Have you remembered to use the special Fat Quarter Shop discount? It expires in a few days, so hurry on over and treat yourself to a little Mother’s Day present! Use the sale code: SKIRTFIX for 10% off your entire purchase (excluding Flash Sale items, pre-orders, pre-sales, and club items.)The Hopscotch Skirt, Top and Dress pattern from Oliver + S was one of the first Oliver + S patterns to catch our eye. It was the pockets on that little skirt. The pleats create a slight oriental flair, think a Chinese takeout box, and we were hooked. The top and dress are made from knit fabric, and being that knit fabric is our newest addiction, we simply couldn’t wait to sew up the Hopscotch Skirt pattern. Let’s start with the skirt.The Oliver+S Hopscotch skirt pattern delights the sewist yet again! What seems like a straightforward skirt has button plackets on the front, a waistband, and pleated pockets. Sometimes we skip over marking the pattern pieces, but for these pockets to turn out right, it is absolutely essential to transfer the markings to the pattern. The pockets are nice and spacious, and have we mentioned how in love we are with the pleats?We used the same buttons from our stash as we used on the Music Class Blouse. We used Hello, Bear fabric from Fat Quarter Shop to make the Hopscotch Skirt. Like all Art Gallery Fabric we’ve worked with, you can really feel the difference!The Hopscotch pattern also includes directions for a top or a dress. That’s just another reason why Oliver+S patterns are such a good deal; three for the price of one!Both the top and dress pattern have a cute little criss-cross front, echoing those pockets we adore.We chose to finish ours with the sweetest narrow fold over elastic. We can’t find the exact one any more, but here’s a similar one:
This does create a little pucker where it on the side inside the dress, so we will end the FOE before the inside seam next time. It doesn’t make the garment unwearable, just annoying to look at if you’re the one who sewed it!There’s a little surprise in the way we sewed up the Oliver + S Hopscotch skirt, top and dress pattern; we made the dress and the skirt, and Annie is wearing them layered! We took a page out of Kelly’s book (from Sewing In No Man’s Land.) When she competed in Project Sewn, she made a maxi dress and skirt and layered them.This adds versatility to Annie’s summer wardrobe. It makes 3 looks from 2 pieces. Annie says this dress, made from Hello, Bear knit fabric from Fat Quarter Shop is so soft and comfortable she wants to sleep in it.The final look is the skirt with a white blouse. This allows the skirt the starring role. We love them together, and we love them separate.Both of these Oliver+S patterns were not difficult to sew, and we love the little thoughtful things included in the pattern. For example, the seam allowances on the dress. And the way the button placket is constructed on the skirt is so clever and produces such beautiful results.If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win Oliver + S skirt patterns and a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop.
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We are loving the Oliver + S patterns you’ve been sewing. Keep adding any Oliver + S pattern you’ve sewn in 2015 to the link up. You can also link up anything you’ve sewn in 2015 using fabric from Fat Quarter Shop. We’re changing it up a little this time; since our sponsors have been so generous, there will be 1 winner from the link up and 2 winners from the Rafflecopter! All 3 winners will receive 2 Oliver + S pdf skirt patterns and a $40 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!
Please remember to go to Fat Quarter Shop this weekend and use the sale code: SKIRTFIX for 10% off your entire purchase (excluding Flash Sale items, pre-orders, pre-sales, and club items) before May 11th. Ready, set, go!
Oh, and we’re entering this little outfit in the Hello, Bear challenge since it’s made with all Hello, Bear fabrics by Bonnie Christine! #hellobearchallenge