Now for something really springy looking! An Oliver + S Swingset skirt, sewn in the frog pond print from the Briar Rose collection. I didn’t originally intend to sew clothing out of this fabric, since it’s rather busy – I think I had a pillowcase for E’s bed in mind when I bought it. But sewn up as a skirt, I really like it. The colours are fresh and pretty, and the little frog leaning against a tree stump and reading the newspaper is awesome. I hadn’t anticipated that we would have to call it the “penguin skirt” because E has decided that she doesn’t like frogs. However, as long as I remember to refer to it in the correct way, she is happy to wear it.
I lined it with shot cotton in sprout, I believe. The shot cotton was purchased from Mad About Patchwork, which has a great selection of colours and a good price, just in case anyone else is looking for a Canadian source.
This was my first time sewing the Swingset Skirt, and I love the way it turned out. It has a nice fullness to it, but is still every-day wearable. The ribbon drawstring is cute, but comes untied within about 10 seconds flat when E wears it. The ribbon has since been removed, and next time I sew this, I’ll just put in three rows of elastic. It would be easy to make the skirt reversible that way too.