oliver + s 2+2 blouse equals 3

By Melissa LeRay

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The Oliver + S 2+2 blouse has long been on my to-do list.  I’ve been trying to get in the habit of making multiples whenever I sit down to sew.  So much of the time spent crafting a garment is in the tracing, cutting out, learning the pattern, etc.  Since time is of a premium now, I want to make the most of it.  I picked out a few new prints and one of my favorite London Calling prints and got to work.

This first top was made with London Calling Paisley in spring.   This 100% cotton fabric feels like Liberty of London – surely that was no accident.

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The next top was made with Riley Blake Seaside Swim Trunks in Grey.  Love these colors.

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The second top was made using Belle’s Dream Clothesline Dresses in white.  This one lined up fairly well!

I knew that the long sleeves would get quite messy when she was eating and playing, so instead of having a hemmed cuff, I made a casing and added 1/4″ elastic.  It’s perfect, as now I can push her sleeves up while she eats, and they actually stay there.  Success!

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When I make another batch, I plan on adding an extra step and zigzagging the place where the front placket/opening meets under the patch.  With a toddler that enjoys pulling on loose ties, those ties and  what they’re attached to, get a lot of abuse.  I also think I’ll try to skip the ties and do a cute little button and loop closure – those ties are simply too tempting for little hands!

2 Comments on oliver + s 2+2 blouse equals 3

  1. gail
    April 5, 2013 at 10:38 am (5 years ago)

    these are great, i love your plaid version especially! the elastic around the sleeves is a great idea. as is making a whole a batch of the same thing, tracing patterns is so tedious!

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  2. brittney
    April 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm (5 years ago)

    They are all so cute! And I love your sleeve mod. I can’t get over your little one’s hair! Adorable.

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