I had an idea for a skirt for A and the base pattern would be the Oliver + S Sunday Brunch. So, first up I made one straight up to check sizing and how it all comes together.
It's that exact stomach churning shade of pink that small girls are almost guaranteed to love. The fabric was gifted to me by a neighbour of a relative and is a nice cotton drill. Perfect for a test run and as predicted she loves her "Barbie skirt".
As an aside, did you know Barbie has had over 36 careers? The kids have recently discovered Netflix and are now regularly showering me with Barbie facts. She's been an Astronaut, a Veterinarian, a Racing Car Driver... And apparently she invented Pinkacillin which is a cure for Plastic Pox. Of course I couldn't let that one slide and the kids then got a very informative (read: long winded) lecture on Pox viruses and moulds and bacteria and their differences, as well as the discovery of penicillin and the launch of modern antibiotics onto the world. Fascinating mum.
I made a straight size 5 skirt and I love the shape and fit. It's short without being an indecent mini. Just A-line enough for plenty of movement and has cute little slanted pockets.
The waist to hip gradient is not great, and last time I made this skirt she was only one. Trying to get it on over a cloth nappy was almost impossible. Now that she has a slim backside the fit is just adorable.
A little kick pleat at the back makes it even easier to run and jump and twirl about. She'd found a bit of old rope in the back street so I was frantically snapping shots as she put the skirt through all kinds of manoeuvres!
This pattern is Oliver + S old school, dating back to Fall 2008. It's now only available as a digital pattern unless you stumble on a paper version on Ebay. I noticed the evolution of the instructions over the years in going back to the very beginning with this one. Curiously, there was no mention anywhere of finishing the side seams. My advice is to finish them together and press towards the back.
It was exactly the skirt I wanted it to be for the modification I had in mind. That one was made quickly afterwards and met with the oft heard exclamation : "That's NOT pink!"
But I'm happy to say it's much loved and is being worn right now. I'll show you tomorrow...