Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Class Picnic Ensemble... A Cozy Favorite

I may be the biggest fan, EVER, of the Class Picnic shorts and top by Oliver and S.

Is that still true if I don't go to great lengths to modify the pattern and add crazy details???  I do tend the keep it simple and just let the fabric stand out, but it is one of my favorite things to make Camden.  In fact, you can see ALL past versions in this 2016 blog post.  How has it been that long since I've sewn this pattern???

I became carried away with sizing on this pattern.  Camden is a solid size 8, essentially, but I decided to go with a size 10 and then lengthen the top.  It is clearly almost a tunic on her, and I may go back in and tighten the elastic on her shoulders.  I also almost want to go back and make a size 8, LOL.  I like that she'll get a good two full years out of the pattern, but the top is hilariously large at this point.  As for the shorts, they will totally fit, waist-wise, through two summers, I'd like to think, but these shorts do run.... well, short, so, who knows where we'll be in a couple of years. 
Pretending she was sad about something

Speaking of the shorts, this is one of those patterns where you think, "Awww, man, do I HAVE to???"  The sewing of them seems daunting, for some reason, though it completely isn't.  They tend to go together quickly, and it is nice that you don't need a lot of yardage for the main fabric, so, you can peep through remnants in your stash and likely find something.  I had planned to use a solid purple for the trim on the shorts, but I wasn't feeling the shade of purple I had, in comparison to the purple on the flower print of the top (which is just Joann Fabrics, by the way!), so, I made it matchy-matchy, no biggie.  A lot of the time, she throws on a camisole with the shorts, anyway.

This pattern is seriously a quick sew, and I am just enjoying the last couple of years when I can sew things like this for Camden, because soon, she'll be too grown-up to want to wear these types of patterns.  At least, that's what I worry about, aha!

Nothing crazy has been happening on the home front, and I don't have many photos of work on the new house, because I have been running Camden around, and Matt has to work, so, we aren't able to get as much done.  His parents have been super helpful - both at the house and with watching Tiberius while I ferry Camden to her sewing camp this week.  She is LOVING it, and I'll have photos of that in the next blog post!
Homeschool life can be pretty intense

Getting our planting on

Attending our last story time in Bend

I have NO idea what I'm doing, and I hope our plants don't die



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Music Class Ensemble! For Sewing Class!

Here's the deal!  Poor Camden needs to represent this week!  I may have said so in my last post, but Camden attends a sewing class at Modern Domestic, and it's her FIRST sewing camp, for which we are BOTH excited!  But I was aghast to realize it was coming up so quickly, and not only did she not have a fun Easter outfit, but she didn't have any new handmade clothing for her sewing camp.

First-world trials and tribulations, y'all.

It's rather easy to pull together the Music Class set by Oliver and S, as it calls for low yardage.  I have only ever once made the blouse with long sleeves, and I wanted to say I've made this a few times before, but I can find NO photo evidence of this fact :O  Well...other than the version I made back in 2013.  But I'm going crazy, because I know it exists.  Anyway, I used the Tokyo Train Ride fabric by Cotton and Steel.  I can't recall what I originally bought it for, but it works here, and this seller still has some in stock.  You NEED this print.  Orange does it for me, though, aha!  Samesies with the skirt, as it calls for low yardage, and I'm so crazy with my cutting techniques - which often leaves me with fabric leftovers, and I'm all, "What do I DO with this???"  LOL.  So...good and bad having leftovers.

The pattern itself, as usual, is quick and easy enough to put together.  If you plow through those pintucks and pleats, everything else is a breeze.  This was actually the very last outfit I made before shutting down sewing room operations.  I hope that this time, there isn't such a long stretch between sewing sessions.  When we moved in the summer of 2016, I packed things up in probably May, and then I wasn't able to sew again until November, essentially.  I mean, I guess I could have set up shop at the kitchen table or something, but that is a whole slew of other issues.

I know everyone and his/her mother has made this outfit, as it's an oldy, but if you have NOT, you need to!  I have nothing new and special to say about it, other than my usual:  ALWAYS lengthen Oliver and S patterns for longer wear.  I made the size 10 this time (though an 8 would have been fine), and I lengthened even that, so, since Camden just turned 8 a few days ago, I'm hoping we'll get use out of it until she's partway through her 9th year.  We shall see!

And some days in the life of....
A quick birthday poster before we ditched town!  And she has new sheets for her new room!
More presents from us - and grandma and grandpa!

Grandma prepared a couple of fun posters!

As usual, Matt adds the Darth Vader touch!
When I have kids with me at my massage appointments...

At this point, the fabric is mostly off the shelves, too!
New sewing room!  After trim is finished, I'll go in and paint it up!
LOL at this photo
Gifts from grandma in Michigan!
They always look forward to their singing cards!