We are starting off another week of Best of Summer reviews with a bang today, my friends! Our guest this fine day is Kristin of Skirt As Top and I la-la-love the outfit she’s sharing today. Also, make sure you read to the bottom for a 20% coupon, good on all Oliver + S paper patterns! Take it away, Kristin!
hi! i’m kristin and i blog over at skirt as top – mostly about clothes for my kids, but lately i’ve been venturing into sewing more clothes for myself, sometimes quilts, sometimes other stuff. but since kid clothes are my bread and butter, i’m excited to be here talking about my favorite summery girl pattern – the FREE Popover Sundress Pattern by Oliver + S!I’m approacing this post interview-style with the questions Caila sent me ahead of time, with photos of past popovers plus a current rainbow butterfly one sewn for the series, which you can see more of on my blog today! Click on any image for more info about that item. 1. Why is this one of your favorite summer sewing patterns?
2. What do you believe is the skill level required? (beginner, intermediate, advanced) BEGINNER! Definitely beginner. If you can thread your machine and read directions, you can sew this pattern. Do you know how I know that? Because I did it! The popover sundress is the first garment pattern I sewed, all by myself, back in 2009! This is it:
3. What fabrics and/or colors do you suggest for this pattern, this summer? ALL OF THEM! I’ve sewn this pattern in seersucker, vintage sheet, double gauze, linen, corduroy (for those in the southern hemisphere!). Come to think of it, the only fabric it seems I haven’t sewn it in is regular old quilting cotton, though it’d work great with your favorite print there too. Since the dress is simple, you can really let the fabric shine.4. Does your child like this outfit? If so, what does he/she like in particular? Ummmm, let’s let the photo do the talking:YES. She loves rainbows and butterflies and dresses and girly things, so she thinks my most current version of the popover sundress is “pretty!” I think she’ll get a lot of use out of it this summer. 5. How long does it take you to sew? If you’re pretty comfortable sewing, I think it’s a “one naptime” or “one evening” project, especially if you already have the PDF pattern printed and taped together. I started from scratch and made a few things harder on myself (contrast hem, centering the print, making my own bias tape and trim out of scraps) and it still took me just a couple hours.If I made a straight up version with my pattern already prepped, it’d probably take an hour or so? A speed trial sounds fun. 😉 6. Which size, view, etc. did you sew? I sewed a size 4, but flared out the skirt and cut the skirt length at 5 (then slashed it to add a contrast hem). I find the pattern runs a bit short, but the width is true. I also flared out the skirt about 1″ to be more a-line. I used my walking foot on the ties and when i topstitched over the trim since the linen is a bit heavy, but with lighter fabrics that’s not necessary.You can browse lots of versions of the Popover Sundress here in the Oliver + S flickr pool for more inspiration. And I’ve got more action photos and details about my newest popover sundress over at skirt as top!thanks so much for having me, Caila!