Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pattern Review - Butterfly Kisses Olivia Skirt

This week I've had the privilege of sewing for my girls. They are some of my favorite people to sew for! As always, they must have input regarding fabric and pattern selection. "Sister A" chose the darling Olivia Skirt by Jina Barney of Butterfly Kisses Patterns

I bought this pattern quite a while ago, but this was my first time using it. It certainly won't be my last though!!! I ran into a question when I first started, and wanted to make sure I understood clearly before moving ahead, so I emailed Jina. Yep, she's one of those great designers that puts an email address right on her patterns for this very reason. And, she responded promptly to my questions to help me get on my way with my project. My daughter and I couldn't have been more pleased with the end results either! The twirl appeal of this skirt is irresistible!

The skirt came together beautifully! Jina's approach teaches some sewing techniques that were new to me even having sewn similar style products before. Techniques that made the sewing assembly easier, more enjoyable and the finished product even more attractive. These are techniques I will apply to other sewing projects in the future and I am thankful to have learned them through this pattern.

And since a skirt this cute totally deserved a matching top...
"Sister A" helped choose her favorite prints on the fabric we were using and we created a one-of-a-kind applique. Then, I hand-stitched the words "bon voyage", including tiny buttons for the o's. The round button even has little stitch marks around it that match the applique stitching, too cute!!! I also added her initial to the luggage tag and a tiny heart button to the suitcase. Yes, I think I may be in love with this outfit! It matches my sweet girl's personality and style perfectly!
Now to get something made equally fitting for her sisters! So until then...
Bon Voyage!

Pattern: Olivia Skirt by Butterfly Kisses Patterns
Fabric: Bon Voyage Collection from Timeless Treasures
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