I made the Oliver + S 2+2 blouse from a very soft and drapey denim I bought in Wellington earlier in the year. I used a Liberty bias binding for the neck ties
and I rounded the ends of the front tab, and added some cute buttons
and used the same buttons on the back
I also used the bias binding to cover the inside where the centre front is gathered.
Despite having a whizz bang sewing machine I hate making buttonholes! I can't count the number of times I have had to unpick buttonhole stitching because they are not aligned... or worse still, I have just accepted wonky work.
Anyway, this time I borrowed an idea from the quilting world and marked the buttonhole placement with a fine tip pen on some Glad Press n' Seal and then laid it over the top of my blouse. And the result was nearly perfect and there was no need for the quick unpick! Yipee!!
Another denim item I recently made was the Oliver + S school photo dress. This was the first Oliver + S pattern I ever bought but it was the first time I had used it.
I lined the dress with a pink bridal lining fabric
Finally an Ottobre pattern. These are the pumpkin pants from the Autumn 2006 Ottobre magazine which I have wanted to make since I first saw them. Unfortunately at the time I didn't have anyone to sew these for and then I figured there probably wouldn't be too many parents who would let their kids out with such retro, flared pants. Luckily, Rosa's Mum likes retro.... don't you?!?
The back pockets were a little awkward to make and I didn't have the stamina to make 4: there were another 2 for the front on the original design. So I cut the jeans pockets in the front instead of making the fancy patch pockets, and I didn't make the flaps for the pockets either. At any rate, I am pleased with how the various pockets turned out and I have convinced myself, at least, that they are more practical this way...
Finally I used bias tape to finish the leg hem rather than doing a rolled edge as the pattern suggested.
So some denim delights for Rosa that should never be seen out together....