I've gotten to the point in sewing for my girls that I don't often buy new patterns for them. I have plenty of patterns and plenty of Ottobre magazines, so I can usually find exactly what I want to make in what I have, and if I can't find exactly what I want, I can find something to start with.
But when I saw the Classic Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern from Oliver + S, I had to have it. I like both pieces and can see myself sewing the shorts and the shirt for the girls.
I love woven shirts for my girls, but I don't often make them any beyond a basic peasant top. This top has a similar feel to a peasant top, but a slightly more classic look.
I decided to sew it up in this brown pin-dot seersucker I ordered from Chez Ami. I did lengthen it slightly, so she can wear it with capri leggings. I love the length of the sleeves, and both the sleeves and hem have nice deep hems.
This was my first time sewing with an Oliver + S pattern, and while I didn't need the level of detail she includes in the instructions, I found them extremely clear, and the techniques result in a nicely finished shirt.
I have the shorts cut out to try next, but I will definitely make more of the shirt. The yoke provides a really nice opportunity to add a monogram. In fact, I may still go back and add one to this shirt.