In December, Form and Fabric had a free shipping promotion. Usually when online companies advertise **FREE SHIPPING!!** the small print says something like "in the continental United States" and it still costs an arm and a leg to ship to Canada but that wasn't the case with this sale. So I placed an order. Then I placed another order. Then I sent an email asking if I could purchase an extra 1/2 yard of one of the fabrics (sale items were only available in one yard increments but this was the last yard and a half of that fabric) and they sent it to me without charging me for it. So all in all, I was a very happy camper.
The fabric is Lacy Heart from the Flirt Collection and I love it. It's cutesy but subtle and perfect for Valentines Day and hopefully beyond. The pattern is the 2+2 Blouse from Oliver and S and I think it was one of the first of their patterns that I bought. I've made the skirt a couple of times but never the top. I'm happy with how it turned out but had a couple of head-scratching moments along the way. The instructions are good but the newer O+S patterns do a bit more hand-holding (or maybe it was just me!).
I also had some confusion over the sleeve shape and didn't see any discussions in the forum about it. So I went to Nicole's blog (fiveandcounting-motherof5) and of course, being the fantastic and generous sewing resource that she is, she had an explanation and pictures. (I guess I have an early print of the pattern and there is a triangle cut out to reduce bulk at the seams). Thanks Nicole!
It's a size 6 with some extra length. I only used one button and stitched up the rest of the back placket because my girl likes the back of her clothes to be free from any lumpy bits (!). I think (I hope) that it will still fit over her head.
2+2 Blouse, used before: $0 (cost per use about $6)
Lacy Heart, used just over a yard: $8.20 US
blue polka dots: stash