I know you have probably seen reviews of this Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern before on other blogs. It's really a great pattern--great instructions with lots of helpful tips, sizing is spot on, and of course, just adorable and unique features!
I used the measurement guide on the back of the pattern to help me determine the best size to use, and Ella's measurements fit the size 5 almost perfectly. I am hoping this outfit will still fit next summer especially since I used the adjustable buttonhole elastic for the back waistband. The pattern guides you through exactly how to make the waistband for this type of elastic if you choose to use it, but it's not a requirement of the pattern. Overall, the shorts were pretty simple to make!
The blouse was super simple to make. It has a little elastic at the top of the shoulder giving the neck opening enough stretch to make it easy to put on and take off. I think the blouse with the 3/4 length sleeves will be more appropriate for spring or fall since it is so hot this summer, so next time I may make it a short sleeve blouse.
Ella loves the entire ensemble. I do, too. I've already got plans to make a pair or two more this summer! You should definitely try out this pattern if you haven't already. Thanks again, Rachael!