I began sewing by collecting pins from my favourite sewing blogs. I gathered several pieces of inspiration and then bought a few patterns online. My first was the “Swingset Skirt” by Oliver + S. I loved the skirts that Gail (of Probably Actually) had sewed for her daughter; especially this one and this one. I had made the Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt and had done the Twirly Skirt tutorial, but I just loved the cut of the Swingset Skirt. It seemed to have a lovely flare without being too bunchy at the waist. I knew that my daughter would love it, too. Once I tried it, I ended up making a few for her and a few as birthday presents for her friends. Here is the one that she wears most often:
I love Leila and Ben‘s “Sweet Little Dress” pattern. It’s so simple and…well, so sweet. When I was in our local fabric store over the summer, I fell in love with this line of Mod Basics organic fabric by Birch. My daughter is tiny, so I knew that I could splurge on just the right amount to make a tunic for her with this pattern. It became a staple in her summer wardrobe.
Many of my sewing projects are inspired by the Probably Actually sewing blog. This one is no different. I saw this post back in November and have, since then, been wanting to sew Compagnie M’s Swing Skirt for my 5 year old. I finally found time. The piping, inverted box pleat and the invisible zipper were all firsts for me, but Marte’s instructions are excellent and it all came together well. If you look closely, you will see crinkles and lint. Always a good sign that my daughter finds it comfortable and fun to prance around in.
I refer to this as “minimized” because, in my haste to get started, I did not check the settings on my printer correctly and was at the sewing stage when I realized that the 1 inch tester was not actually 1 inch square. Thankfully, everything worked out. This version is the minimized 4 year size extended to the 5 year length. I missed the detail in Gail’s (Probably Actually) blog post that mentioned that I should lengthen the pocket and pocket facing, too. It would be really helpful because the pockets do keep bunching up while she’s wearing it. Her winter weight tights make it tricky, too. I hope to post attempt #2 of this pattern soon: a non-minimized version.