Pattern Review: Oliver + S Sailboat Top, Skirt + Pants

Sailboat Top Sailboat Pants


I cannot resist the lure of the boat neck, so I was more than happy to give the Sailboat Top and Pants a go. The shirt pattern can be made up in either knit or woven and since I wanted an excuse to use some of this super soft french terry, I chose knit. I used lightweight denim for the pants-- but how cute would those be in seersucker? Very. I would like a top like that in my size, please.

Considering the number of pattern pieces and facings, both items went together pretty quickly. The one and only modification I made was to forgo button holes on the shirt. I only did this after checking that the knit neck hole would go over a 4 year-old head. If I were to make this in a woven, I would most certainly add the button holes. The pants have an elastic waist band in the back and the top buttons down as well. It's adorable, but in future I'll probably close the underside of the button flaps from the inside to create pockets.

Sailboat Top Buttons

This outfit has the potential for 8 button holes. It's a good idea to test your machine's button hole function on scraps before you start sewing them in. You could sub in snaps in a pinch, or if you're local, you could bring your project down to Modern Domestic and sign up for an hour of machine time. The button hole functions (that's right-- functions!) on the Bernina classroom machines are fantastic.

This is a unisex pattern that also includes a pattern pieces and instruction for a skirt/culotte. Sewing for small people is so satisfying. The fit is flexible, you don't need that much fabric, and the seams are so much shorter! We carry organic and non organic french terry options and we just received a tube of lightweight hemp denim that would be beautiful for pants.