I had a perfectly reasonable excuse for buying the Oliver + S one, and I'm sure, at the time, I was able to rationalize the other ones somehow. Self-discipline is obviously not my strong suit.
One of the first things I wanted to make was this little denim skirt from Happy Homemade Volume 5.
It totally kicked my butt. It was the first time I'd ever put in a fly zipper. Common sense might tell you that you should use a pattern in your own language for the first time (or at least a language where you could translate a few words here and there. Did I mention this is a Japanese book?), but I was not to be slowed down by a trip to the pattern store.
The hardest part was figuring out which pieces to cut out. In the picture there were about 5 little half "U" shapes that had something to do with the zipper. There was some shading on the picture as well, so was that meant to be the main fabric, the reverse of the main fabric, interfacing, lining fabric, what? I tried a few on-line tutorials, but they were more about actually installing the zipper instead of cutting out the pieces for it. I was using one of my very favorite fabrics (Kokka Trefle Petite Ecole that I purchased here), and I didn't want to waste a single bit.
After a lot of stitch ripping, I finally got it. (You know how Oliver + S indicates the difficulty of their patterns with one scissors, two scissors, etc? Wouldn't it make so much sense for that to be stitch rippers?) The fabric doesn't overlap the zipper as much as I'd like, and I think I may have put it on the wrong side, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. It doesn't use much fabric, and Addie wants to wear skirts all the time, so I'm planning to make more of these.
It has a lot of little details (thanks to the pattern, not me) that make it seem very professional. It has that buttonhole elastic on the inside waist, so you can adjust it for your child. Again, I didn't want to make a trip to the fabric store, so I dug around in some bags of clothes that were headed for Good Will and luckily found a pair of pants that had some of that elastic that I could rip out. It also has double rows of stitching just like your real jeans would. I bought a double needle to do the outside stitching. It was fun to try and perfect for the straight and curved areas, but I couldn't get the pivoting quite right to do the back pockets.
Since I was using my Petite Ecole fabric for the lining details of the skirt, I knew I wanted to make a shirt out if it to go with the skirt. I had to find just the right pattern for the fabric. I'm still in love with the Citronille Capucine pattern that I made a few weeks ago, so I thought about using that, but it just seems like it needs a flow-y-er fabric. I decided to pull out my go-to Oliver + S jump rope dress pattern. I'd been wanting to try my shirt version of View B with the sleeves from View A, and I think it came out great. I love the little tabs on the sleeves. I did forget to do the topstitching on them until it was too late. Oh well.