We are now at the fourth and final installment of the Size 5 Project. The idea behind the Size 5 Project is to make a child something from one or more of the original four Oliver + S patterns before they size out of them. We started out with the Puppet Show Shorts, then continued with the Tea Party Dress and Bubble Dress. Now we are ending with the Swingset Tunic + Skirt. Janice has a round-up for us right now. Here she is.
Thanks so much for asking me to participate in this bittersweet project!
Let’s talk about the Swingset Tunic and Skirt today – a pattern I have owned since my early days of sewing with Oliver + S. I made two tops from this pattern:
And one modified dress:
I can’t believe I’ve never made the skirt – as many times as I have drooled over ones in the Flickr pool.
One thing I noticed as I perused the Flickr group for inspiration is that most people don’t wear these two pieces as an outfit. That’s actually one of the beautiful things about Oliver + S patterns – the ability to mix and match between styles.
Here is an example of the two pieces worn as an outfit that caught my eye. It’s such a great color on the beautiful model.
Sometimes, you let the fabric speak for itself – the tunic is a great piece to showcase an unusual print:
These two skirts are just beautiful to me – and a lot of it has to do with their choice of ribbon as an accent – a simple choice like that can really make a garment pop:
This top is remarkably similar to one my daughter requested (thanks to Lotta’s coloring book pages):
Then, of course, we have more creative ideas with embroidery and applique:
The tunic and skirt both are great for embellishing – a way to make it your own. Like, really, what other kid on the planet rocks an Abraham Lincoln top?
So, are you ready to sew up a Swingset Tunic and Skirt yet? I’ll be back tomorrow with some embellishment ideas and tips.