It is the week before KCW, which means it’s giveaway week! We have a fabulous week full of fabulous prizes. But instead of leaving a comment or ticking off boxes in Rafflecpter, we’ve got a little scavenger hunt for you to play each day!
Today’s giveaway is from the beloved pattern company, Oliver + S. They have a new pattern out this fall! One of Oliver + S’s very first patterns, he popular Swingset Skirt, is now available all the way up to size 14! You can sew this twirly skirt for your 6 month old daughter, who is just starting to crawl, and sew it again when she’s 14 years old and almost as tall as you! And lucky you, today Oliver + S is announcing a Swingset Skirt sew-along (which will take placeNov 9-13). One lucky sew-along winner will win a $100 gift certificate to the Oliver + S website. You could win our giveaway and then win theirs–so much Oliver + S goodness!
Liesl has a lovely post about the Swingset Skirt: how it’s constructed and why she’s re-releasing it now. It is definitely worth a read. She also has a whole pinterest board devoted to ideas for the Swingset Skirt.
This is such a great, basic pattern that you really could take it anywhere. I wanted to explore how you could use this pattern with the theme DISGUISE. Pockets are a quick and easy way to change up a basic pattern. Disguising the pockets as shark jaws or fox claws turns a simple skirt into a statement piece!
Or you could disguise the skirt as a different skirt with trompe l’oeil details. Make freezer paper stencils to paint pockets, pleats, even a fanny pack on the fabric before you sew up the skirt. This is practical for the younger set–what 1 year old uses pockets?!–and my older tween-age daughter finds details like this irresistibly clever and cute.
For a simpler take on trompe l’oeil, use realistic photographic prints. I am in love with the idea of a brick wall Swingset Skirt! You could even “spray paint” some graffiti on it (sorry, now I’m getting complicated again). Grass, clouds, popcorn, rocket launch–these are all fabulous fabrics to use or you could turn a favorite photo into fabric on Spoonflower.
1. R2D2 skirt 2. wonder woman skirt 3. spiderweb poncho
We can’t talk about disguises without talking about Halloween. Even if your daughter doesn’t want to be a twirly princess this year, the Swingset Skirt still will work well for all kinds of costumes. Sew on a few blue squares and you’ve got an awesome R2D2 skirt that your daughter can (and will!) wear all year. Or your kid could dress up as a spiderweb with a skirt disguised as a top (hat tip to Kristin, the original skirt as top).
Making the Swingset Skirt with different fabric can change the look completely. The skirt is gathered, but if you use a pleated fabric in silver or gold you have 1/2 a cupcake costume! Or you could use a pre-quilted fabric that looks very much like a waffle cone and voile! you have 1/2 an ice cream cone costume. The best part of all of these ideas is that you won’t end up with a throw away Halloween costume, but a well made, gorgeous skirt that will last.
To enter the giveaway, hunt around the internet for the answers to a few tricky questions. You have until Monday October 19. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive the 3 digital Oliver + S patterns of their choice.
GOOD LUCK and HAPPY KCW!