Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lotus Pond Meets Oliver + S

When the fabric line Lotus Pond came out from Rae Hoekstra (shop link), I was immediately struck by the color palette.  I knew I had to test it out, you know, so I can vouch for it if someone asks....

I started with one of the more subdued prints, called Fluttering Fields.  It's a really sweet peachy pink, with teeny butterflies and flowers.  I knew the look I was going for; I wanted to make a 2+2 Skirt from Oliver + S.  I thought and I thought about what type of top - in the end, I decided with a modified Oliver + S Class Picnic top.  The top fabric is a really nice white cotton from Robert Kaufman - really, really nice quality.


You can clearly see my crappy ironing job at the bottom; I swear, it looks better in real life!  I used a blind hem stitch, and I really need to do some better steaming along the hemline.

Julia actually chose the really short sleeve length on the top, and I agree with her.  I'd wear it.  I added some decorative stitching around the bottom, because, really, I just can't leave well enough alone.  I was going to add butterfly embroidery (in lieu of the decorative stitching) but in the end, I like the way it looks.  In fact, I'm going to make a pair of leggings to go with the top to get some extra wear.

The 2+2 skirt is a size 3 with about 5" added to the length.  She's still wearing a couple of old size 3's and it fits her fine, but the length is super short.  I like the 2+2 skirt with the pleats stitched down, and not ironed like crazy.  Kind of more of a dropped waist effect.

As always, here's the overload of modeled shots....







We're getting near the super-crazy end of school here - school play, dance recital, and the start of summer activities - beach, concerts in the park, all the good stuff!

10 comments:

  1. It's such a cute outfit (and I'm totally cracking up at the first modeled shot because that is also my girls' go-to pose). I love the skirt in that fabric and the top is so cute with the little stripes at the bottom.

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  2. This looks awesome! I recently decided to test out the embroidery stitches on my machine and now you have me itching to do it. and thanks for adding to my "have to have" pattern list. These both look so great

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  3. I love this! The fabrics are adorable, and I love that decorative shaping! And these two items together have such a casual 1920s tennis outfit vibe. Perfect.

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  4. Gorgeous, you can never have too many photos of a sweet girlie!

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  5. I'd wear that whole outfit too! Love the length of the skirt and the soft colours. You always make me feel like doing more embroidery (or buying a new machine!) and the top is perfect.

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  6. These are absolutely beautiful! Like the previous comment, I'd wear this outfit too!

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  7. Very cute.....and I love the overload of modeled shots!!

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  8. Beautiful, love this set.....

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  9. Such a pretty set! I must try the decorative stitching...it's such a nice way to add a little pizazz.;)

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  10. What a great outfit! I love how you shortened the sleeves on the top. And the skirt in a quilting cotton is lovely. I'd always thought this skirt looked too formal/uniformy for regular wear but this skirt proves otherwise!

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