Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat

Can I just say how much I adore this pattern?  It is so hard to find a good free child's hat pattern online.  This one is so amazing I wouldn't have minded paying for it.  The first toddler hat pattern I tried was a disaster.  The top of the hat consisted of 4 triangles sewn together...I guess to make a round shape...??  Instead it looked like four flappy triangles sewn together maybe to make room for 4 floppy ears attached to one's head.  Not my style.  Not at all.

The Oliver + S Reversible Bucket Hat pattern is FREE.  It fits children 6 months to 8 years old.  I cut out a medium (3-5 years old) and ended up with this beauty:


I made this for my friend's 2 year old boy.  We stayed with her family while we visited around Northern Virginia and D.C.  I will use nicknames here.  The hat fit GoGo, but he wasn't in the mood for a photo shoot.


This is probably the best picture I got of him wearing it.


This one isn't too bad, either.


Crazy boy just wanted to watch a YouTube video! "Me deja ver el video, guys!" I know, adults are silly, huh?


So, we put it on his 6 month old sister.  If we played 'who wore it better,' I think she would win.  My favorite design detail is the topstiching all along the brim of the hat.


At six months old, the hat is a little big for Chicis, but the fit is not bad.  I wish I had gone up a size for GoGo.  

I gained an appreciation for sewing bloggers who photograph their children.  Sometimes they just gotta wiggle! 

What a great hat! I'd love to make it again.  I wish it came in my size...my bucket hat fell off at Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado last summer.  I wonder how many flip flops, sunglasses and hats end up at the bottom of Clear Creek.  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

SB 302 Striped Maxi Skirt


So, I finally busted out some of the fabric I bought last summer in the Los Angeles fabric district.  It was really hard to cut into this stretchy jersey knit.  It was only $2 per yard.  I thought that would make it easier if I made a mistake, that I was only out a few dollars.  It was actually harder because I knew if I messed up I had to buy a knit online at $12 or $14 per yard.  Yikes!


I loved Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic's Maxi Skirt Pattern the first time around, so I knew I could make quick work of it a second time.  This striped knit was stretchier than my first go around, which meant it was an even better choice for this pattern.  The one change I made was taking 1 1/2" off the edge of the skirt.  I find myself tripping over the first skirt I made, especially with bare feet.  I used design plus to fuse the hem together and then stitched it together with a twin needle on the machine. A design plus tute is here.


This project took about 3 1/2 hours to complete.  Stripes take time to match up, especially in the cutting stage.  My hard work paid off.  Most of the striped match up exactly!


My favorite part of this pattern is the way it flares from the knees to the floor.  So flattering!

Oh, and I got a new haircut!  I got rid of over 8 inches of length and have no regrets.  I am still trying to learn how to style it.  So fun!  

I hope you will notice an improvement in the photography on my blog.  I recently bought myself a new Canon EOS Rebel SL1.  It is the smallest DSLR yet, making it the perfect fit for my petite hands.