Last year I showed you how I used a free peasant dress pattern to make art smocks. Little did I know, I already had a pattern specifically designed for art smocks. Hmmm... Perhaps I have too many patterns if I can't remember those I have. In my defence, this pattern is in one of my sewing books. For some reason, I love buying sewing books and looking through them, but I rarely think to look at them when making a project.
I discovered the art smock pattern inside Oliver + S Little Things to Sew. This is the first Oliver + S pattern I've sewn with and I'm sure it won't be my last. I was impressed with the construction techniques used. Liesl Gibson knows her stuff!!!
The art smock closes with a piece of velcro at the neckline and is open down the back, making it very easy to put on and take off. The sizing is spot on and allows plenty of room to be worn over bulky clothes.
The bias used to neaten the neckline gives a very tidy finish. I find bias much easier than turning a hem on a curve; even more so when making a casing for elastic. The finish is also more even.
The pattern gives detailed instructions for French seams. As this is something that will soon be covered with paint on the outside, I didn't worry too much about the inside and just sewed plain seams, neatened with an overlocker (serger).
I also substituted elastic at the wrists with shirring, simply because I find it less fiddly... just a personal preference.
The floral fabric, Happy Flowers by Donna Dewberry for Free Spirit, was chosen by Little Miss, specifically for her art smock. The polka dot from my stash co-ordinates beautifully. Ha ha... it's almost too pretty to be splattered with paint.
When I first glanced at Little Things to Sew, I thought it was mainly for babies and toddlers. I was wrong, as the art smock fits children up to 10 years of age. All up, there are 20 projects in the book, ranging from complex (travel quilt) to very easy (bear puppet bath mitt). I think I'll have a go at the reversible bucket hat next.
Do you, like me, have good sewing books on your shelves gathering dust?