The Swingset Skirt is a simple and fast pattern. It would have been even faster had I not sewn the right side of my skirt front to the wrong side of my skirt back while burning the midnight oil. My lights were dim enough that I didn't realize I had made a mistake and kept right on going with the next few pattern steps.
The next day, in the morning light, when looking closely I realized I had made a mistake. The difference between the right and wrong side of this fabric is so subtle, but I knew it would bother me. And this Liberty of London lawn is so special. So after finishing the skirt and trimming the seam allowance, I unpicked the whole thing and started again.
And it was still a reasonably fast sew.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted to pair this skirt with an Ottobre sleeveless top - #28 in the 3/2014 issue. It's the same one I made for Indigo here. I also knew I wanted to make an Ottobre cardigan that's been on my to-make list since last winter. It's pattern #20 from the 6/2013 Winter issue. That issue of Ottobre may just be my favorite. I pretty much want to sew everything in it!
I was a little afraid to sew the buttonholes on the cardigan, because I had never sewn buttonholes on knit fabric before. My machine is iffy on buttonholes as it is, so knit buttonholes seemed like a recipe for disaster. But actually, it went great. Even better than regular buttonholes, in fact. I just changed the setting on my machine to the knit buttonhole setting.
One thing I almost never do with my kids is force them to take photos. I love photography and I love unposed shots so I normally wait until they are in the mood and are excited about a new outfit, if the photos are for my blog. Then I direct as little as possible. My kids generally love to have their photos taken and often ask me to take their pictures.
But this time, I had a deadline for the Oliver + S blog, so I had to ask Iris to take some photos. You can see how she felt about it.
Immediately sensing an opportunity for a power struggle, she looked at me and said she did not want to wear her hair in a ponytail!
And just how would I feel if she took it out?!
I told her it didn't bother me at all. So she let her hair down and I let her be wild and free and everything was right in her world once again.
I'm really glad I had the opportunity to sew this skirt pattern. It's such a good one. You can see what the other Swingset skirt panelists made here. Their skirts are so great! If you participated in the sewalong, don't forget to link up your skirt for the chance to win $100 to spend on the Oliver + S website.