I used the "Pink Daisy" overalls pattern from Ottobre (3/2009 #8) for the dress, but modified the lower half to be a skirt, rather than pants. The main fabric is a nice heavy green twill I had left over from a baby carrier I made my cousin. It's fully lined with the cherry blossom quilting cotton...I had originally planned to line only the top half, but I'm glad I lined the whole thing. It makes for a nice, warm jumper for fall/winter/spring! I wasn't sure what to do for buttons, so I snagged some navy blue ones from my stash, covered them in fabric, et voila! matching buttons! (By the way, they are non-functioning...didn't think it was necessary with the long zipper and wide armholes). I prefer taking pictures in daylight, but hubby forbade me from putting it on her till he came home so he could see too. The close-up of the buttoned shoulder is most true to life.
I added 2 whole inches to the sleeve length of the Garden blouse (Ottobre 1/2008, #6) and it's still a tad on the short side. I always have to roll up Miss M's sleeves anyway so she doesn't get them in things; now I won't have to. I also changed the collar to a mandarin collar; I thought it fitting for this print. I was intimidated by the pin tucks, but they turned out to be so easy that I just had to laugh at myself for ever sweating it! (By the way, you can click on the pictures to view them bigger. This blouse shows off the cherry blossom print so nicely!)
I wasn't sure if I'd like the back pockets on a dress as well as if it were actual overalls. I had some trouble with the binding on the pockets. You're instructed to gather the tops of the pockets (both front and back) to the length of the binding, but the binding is the same length as the ungathered width of the pockets! Once I got the binding on the pockets (I shortened them by about an inch each), they were still longer than the pocket placement marks, so I ran a piece of 1/8" elastic through the binding and pulled in the fullness that way. It turned out very nice, but next time I'll see if I can shorten the binding enough to make the elastic unnecessary. Did anyone else who has made this run into the same problem? Or did I do something strange when cutting out?
My SWAP will be complete after just two more garments! BUT...I am definitely going to add some more leggings and some pinafore dresses for layering. I'll see what I can use from my stash. I am also thinking about another jacket for playing outside on chilly days.