Something to wear over her swimmers.
The Oliver+S Class Picnic blouse and shorts.
We weekend at Robe fairly regularly and Lidia is always admiring the floaty, sequinned and lace trimmed beach tops that are sold in the sea side boutiques.
They are so expensive (and often very poorly made)
So, for her first outfit for 2015, she requested something for the beach (or pool).
To start with, I trimmed the front yoke with rows of over lapping cotton lace.
As the cheese cloth fabric I used was so stretchy I applied soft interfacing to the back first to stabilise it.
I then continued to sew the blouse finishing the neck and sewing more lace on to the sleeves.
I hemmed and trimmed the sleeve before sewing the side seams.
After sewing the side seams things were a bit bulky, a few taps with my hammer took care of that!
I also clipped the seams to create some ease before neatening.
After neatening, I pressed the seam to one side and topstitched a wee rectangle at the sleeve end to keep it in place.
For the bottom edge, I hemmed it and then added the lace.
I used taslon to sew the shorts. This way they will be drip dry and be able to be worn as swimmers.
I used some poly piping on the edge of the facings. It actually made them easier to sew.
I also piped the front waistband.
But left the back plain.
I sewed some sequins to the lace but they looked a bit flimsy, then I remembered the mother-of-pearl pailettes my sweet friend Claire picked up for me in Hong Kong.
I hand knotted them so if one breaks they won't all fall off.
So, there we have it.
Beachy but elegant.
Perfect for milkshakes@Robe.
Casual chic child-friendly clothing.
A sweet summery look.
|worn with CC Finch shorts.|
The shorts look a m a z i n g over her swimmers.
Sigh, isn't she lovely?
Thanks for popping by.