Oliver + S Music Class Blouse & Skirt

Oh happy day... I have a new Oliver + S pattern in my hands that I just couldn't wait to sew up! I  bought the Music Class Blouse & Skirt pattern then made a quick trip to my new favorite local quilt shop West Seattle Fabric Company. The ladies were so nice, and best of all they had a basketful of toys to entertain my 4 year old while I shopped! What a great concept, the toys kept her entertained for an hour while I browsed fabric & chatted up the ladies in the store. I could have done much more damage to my wallet, but this is the selection I came out of the store with.

My 4 year old picked out the kitty fabric, and I was inspired by all the fun bright prints - I guess it was a happy day - the sun was shining in Seattle which was a blessing! Take a look at those wild green eyes on the cat, the lime green dot fabric brings out his eyes. The cute little mouse with his pink ears, lead me to pick out the pink houndstooth.
My fabric selection:
  • Essential Dots White Baby Pink, by Moda
  • Cat and Mouse by Timeless Treasures
  • Cotton Candy Houndstooth by Free Spirit
  • Lime Confetti Dots by Dear Stella

I made the blouse and skirt in a size 5 both fit my 4 year old daughter well with plenty of room for growth.  It didn't make sense for me to purchase the 6M-4 size, she is a tall 4 year old so the size 5-12 works well for us.

Here is the front of the blouse featuring Moda's Essential Dots Baby Pink fabric.

I adore all the fine details of the pintucks on the blouse front, sleeves, and back yoke. And the peter pan collar is so precious. It was cold today, so my daughter wore a white sweater over it, with the little collar peeking out. 

She wore her new outfit to church today - here we are walking to her Sunday School class. See that little collar. So sweet.

Here's a view of the back of the blouse, I love pintucks!

And here's a look at the first skirt I made, I cut enough fabric to make 3, mix and matching the pink, green, and kitty fabrics to make them fun. I think next time i'll use the same fabric on both side panels, however the more I look at it the more I like it just the way it is. It looks cuter on her then in the picture. I added lace to the side pockets to cover up the mismatch in the kitty print - which was driving me batty. I can just tell my daughter the kitty is hiding his nose in your pocket, he sniffing around for that mouse... where did that mouse go?

 The side panels have little pockets folded in, that are perfect to fit a little toy mouse, or kitty treats :)

 This skirt reminded me of these little puppets we made last year. Mousie Mouse 1 & 2 - named by my daughter. Her naming conventions have gotten much more advanced in the last year. Now she'd call these mice humdumdeedoda, and humbingadoobee. She comes up with really long, strange names for all her animal friends.

 If you would like to make your own little mouse puppets, check out my earlier post here.

I hope you have a fantastic Monday!

And if you're here for the first (or second or third) time, please leave a comment i'd love to get to know you - what are you working on right now?


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