Gastroenteritis folks. It’s done two rounds at our house. The laundry has been Sisyphean. The sewing, minimal. The sleep? Well, let’s not even mention the lack of sleep.
I have managed to eek out a super quick project though.
Ages ago I bought a few yards of chocolate brown baby cord. After four pair of kid-sized pants and my Ginger skirt, I was left with just under a yard. Cue kid No 1 complaining about having no winter skirts “at all”. Hmmm, possibly a slight exaggeration. But in any case, we couldn’t have that, so I whipped up this skirt the same evening.
This is the Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Skirt. It’s a simple, straight skirt (though the pattern is described as a-line), with elastic waistband, pockets and a black kick pleat. I made this in a size 6 and it fits just right.
As always with Oliver + S patterns, this was a dream to sew. The instructions were so very clear, and I finished the whole thing in under 3 hours. That includes tracing the pattern and cutting the fabric. If I hadn’t added piping, it would have been even faster.
The only changes I made were to add an inch to the length and add flat piping in a pretty lavender print. The skirt definitely needed that extra inch. And the piping will match a top that’s in the works.
Kid No 1 was in the skirt the next morning and out the door to school, so I would have to say that this was a highly successful project. Unfortunately, that left very little time for photos, and it was dark and dreary so these are not my best. Another skirt for Kid No 3 is on the way, if only I can get the laundry done.
This project is part of the Stashbusting Sewalong.
Pattern Review: Sunday Brunch Skirt by Oliver + S.
Fabric: Baby cord. I used quilting cotton for the flat piping. The print is FloraDots in Violet from the La Dee Da collection by Erin McMorries for Free Spirit Fabrics.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: Added an inch to the length and used flat piping for trim.
Results: Great and fast. I would recommend this pattern and plan to make it again. In fact, I’ve already cut out the fabric!
4 thoughts on “Stashbusting for Kids”
Gastro…yeah, it hit us too, but we were lucky that it passed quickly (pun intended, but not appreciated)
What a cute basic skirt with just enough extra. Has she reached the stage yet where she doesn’t want “cute” anyone or has gotten picky about what you make?
Can you believe I’ve yet to try an O&S pattern? I guess it’s because I have quite a collection of vintage Simplicity and Burda mags with good kids’ basics.
Sorry to hear you had the bug at your house too. ‘Tis the season…
And thanks! She still likes cute, but she’s been acting so grown up lately, I thought this would be nice too. And it’s still comfortable which is key.
You must try O+S. The styles are cute, but the instructions are the real gems. Many of the patterns have a great how-to on a technique you can use on other projects. This skirt has a great kick pleat, the jump rope dress has great shirt placket instructions, etc. It’s all thoroughly well explained and the finishing always looks very professional.
We have some sickies in our house too, hoping it’s not long-lived!
Love the skirt, you really are SO good! Next year i’d love to start sewing kids clothes… my grandma just gave me a serger. Can I ask if you have any “starter” pattern suggestions, book suggestions, beginner clothing tutorials, etc.. you could recommend? I have NO idea where to start and can’t see myself coming up with anything close to what you do. lol! But I figure I gotta start somewhere right? 😉
Thanks for the compliments! Maybe I should do a blog post with some projects that are good for beginners… Hmmm.