Added Sep 10, 2011
The Music Class Blouse and Skirt pattern by Oliver + S! My first experience with Oliver + S, and I was so pleased with the results.
Why make school uniforms yourself, you may be wondering? Because I’ve just sent my baby to kindergarten, and this was a cathartic way to come to grips with such a milestone! Plus, I love having the freedom to lengthen hemlines for my ever-growing string bean and those long legs of hers.
I made three blouses for my daughter using white shirting. I was worried the shirting would end up being too wrinkly and transparent, but they actually look better worn than on the hanger. Since I busted these out assembly-style and for the sake of efficiency, I chose to gather the fronts of the blouse, instead of making pintucks.
I made two skirts from this pattern, and I’m even more thrilled with the results. After the photos were taken, I edge-stitched each pleat to keep them intact, and that worked very well. These skirts whipped up like a dream.
I’m used to buying vintage patterns from thrift stores (for pennies) or waiting for $1 sales at Joann’s. However, the money spent on this pattern was well-worth it. It’s so difficult to find a classic blouse pattern for children from the Big Four pattern companies. And the directions are so well done, yielding fabulously finished results.
I can’t wait to use this pattern again!
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