I’ve had my eye on the Oliver+S swingset skirt for so many years. But E had other skirts that she wasn’t outgrowing (skirts have a ridiculously long life compared to other articles of clothing, I’ve found) and so I just never got around to buying the pattern until now. My pattern only goes up to size 5 so I knew I needed to get moving. But I was happy to see that the pattern was rereleased yesterday (going up to size 14), so there can be more swingset skirts in our future.
Both skirts are a size 5 with one inch of added length. E prefers to wear her skirts low on her waist so the extra length was probably not necessary but should extend the wear. The first one I made is purple corduroy with a lightweight white cotton for the lining.
This is a simple pattern and my only problem was getting the elastic evenly distributed around the skirt. It tended to bunch up on whatever side I’d inserted the elastic through but I’m hoping the ribbon covers up some of the bunching. I think the ribbon is a cute feature but they are constantly coming undone. I may need to just tack a little bow or ribbon in place because E is always fiddling with them. Any hints on elastic or ribbon would be welcome.
The other skirt is a Robert Kaufman shirting (same as the nightgown I made here). I used the same fabric for the lining pieces because it’s what I had on hand and I’m really trying to get my fabric stash down to a couple bins.
In other news, this gal is finally a kindergartener. Schools were delayed with a strike, pushing our already late start date even later. E is exhausted but happy. We miss having her around but we are settling into our new routine. And I’m also looking forward to having a bit more sewing time after a busy summer.