Long time no see! I can’t believe how much time I’ve been letting slip by between blog posts, but this end of the pregnancy/back-to-school/preparing for maternity leave thing has been kicking my butt!! I’m finally on leave from work and I’m officially 2 days away from my due date! Exciting times!!!
But I’m here today to share an fun new Oliver + S pattern that was just released for the fall. There are three new patterns and this one is called the Playtime Dress, Tunic and Leggings Pattern and it’s available as both a paper and PDF pattern in sizes 6M-4 and 5-12.
This pattern can be made with woven or knit fabric, which makes it versatile. I chose to make it in knit because that’s pretty much all Yuki will wear these days. Both pieces are super comfy and Yuki loved playing in these all day, so I’m happy!
It’s not the most exciting or colorful choice of fabrics, but I wanted to make something practical and I already had this striped knit in my stash. It’s a pretty thin, and super soft and stretchy fabric. Which makes it really comfy, but a bit of a pain to sew. Add the fact that I chose stripes and it was a downright nightmare at times. Sewing with striped knits always seems like such a great idea – until you realize it isn’t. I had a helluva time lining up those stripes and still did not do a great job. But then striped knits just look so good as clothing, it’s hard to resist, isn’t it?
The back calls for a button or snap closure. I chose these gold buttons and was a little nervous about how the thin knit would hold up with the button holes. But between the two layers of fabric plus the interfacing, it did quite well. One of the things that I love about knit is its stretchiness (obviously), so if I were to make this top again in a knit, I might adjust the back bodice to one piece to avoid having to make a closure at all.
The leggings pattern is so simple and so awesome. I wish I had tried sewing my own leggings before. Now that I know how easy and quick they are to make, it seems silly to buy them. I bought this fabric at Joann’s and it’s got these cute metallic gold polka dots. They are actually pretty subtle and only really shine depending on the angle of the light. But they are fun and fit Yuki well, and did I mention, they are comfy?
If you take a look at the photos on the O+S site, you’ll see that there is stitching along the facing and pockets which you can do in a contrasting thread for accent. At first I thought I’d just eliminate the top stitching altogether, but then I realized that the facing would flip up and probably bug Yuki (and me), so I sewed it with black thread and it’s very subtle. I also realized that with the flimsy knit that I used, the pockets hung down below the hem of the tunic, so I stitched the pockets down as well. Now everything is stitched down and secure! The contrasting stitching will be a fun variation to play with in the future.
Oliver + S patterns are always well written and easy to follow. I love knowing that I’m doing things the “right way” when I’m following their directions. This pattern is no different and I’m excited to have a cozy little outfit for Yuki to wear this fall and winter. If you’re interested in purchasing this pattern, head over to the O+S online pattern shop!
And if you want to see a totally different version of this same pattern, go check out Jessica of A Little Gray’s dress version! It’s adorable and hot PINK!
*The Playtime Dress, Tunic and Leggings Pattern was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*