Oliver+S Class Picnic Top, Size 5
It's really a simple top to put together but my sewing time for this was in small snatches and I was really tired while working on it too. So, as you can guess, I made a few mistakes that had me ripping out and redoing. You know, a year ago I would have probably left the mistakes and then been mad at myself every time I saw the top. Is it maturity or becoming a more accomplished sewist that has me taking the time to correct the boo-boos when they happen?
The biggest boo-boo was not having the flowers lined up along the front. My photographic evidence...
Luckily I had more of the fabric which by the way is from Denyse Schmidt's Picnic line that Joann Fabric's is carrying. Cutting a new front yoke wasn't that big of a deal. My other gaffe was not thinking when I shortened the sleeves. I folded the bottom of the sleeve pattern piece under 2 inches. That was fine until I went to hem the sleeves and realized that since the sleeve isn't straight I set myself up for some serious fiddling, stretching, and actually making the sleeve hem not as deep as I wanted in order to match up the width of the sleeve and the hem. I made it work though.
Another modification with the top was to add red piping between the front/back yokes and the front/back panels. The second Class Picnic top that's half way done and made out of another Denyse Schmidt print will have ric-rac peeking out where the piping is on this top.
The size 5 is a tad too wide on Miss M. I think the 4 would have fit nicer but I only have the larger pattern. But little girls grow up fast so it's better to have a top that's a little too big than one that's too small.
In conclusion, for the Spring 2011 Kids Clothes Week Challenge, I've sewn 5 pieces of clothing all for either M or B. The break down is 2 nightgowns, 2 tops, and 1 dress. Not bad for a week's work!