i mentioned back when i posted my forest path cape that there would be a couple more Oliver + S pattern previews coming, and here is the first! Oliver + S just released the roller skate dress + tunic, one of two new spring patterns now available. today a couple friends (Jess and Cherie) and i are very excited to show you a few examples of it all sewn up.
we’ll each post our version of the roller skate dress or tunic throughout the day today, so we’re calling it a rolling tour!
i’m up first.
since Em is a major dress gal, i’m always looking for new casual dress designs i can sew for her to keep her comfy while still fulfilling her need for fancy. i really love the roller skate dress for that. i think i actually said “oooooo!” out loud when Liesl sent me a preview of it. it’s cute, simple, stylish, and comfy. the version i picked (view A) is only two pattern pieces! it’s fully lined, a fast sew, and so versatile i can see myself sewing it multiple times, each resulting in a totally different look. perfect for my little gal.
i sewed a 3T with a 4T length. the chest has a generous fit brought in with an elastic casing for some shape, and it seems like the kind of fit that will last for quite a while as a dress and later as a tunic (she tends to grow up, not out).
the back closes with a button loop, and the construction of the whole dress is really clean and well-explained (as are all Oliver + S patterns!). it has a bubble dress-esque faux cap sleeve which is what makes the sewing especially quick, and the optional ribbon on the front adds a fun bit of contrast.
Em was super excited to wear her new springy dress. weather around here is iffy in february – flowers are starting to bud, but temps are still hovering around the 40s. not exactly summer dress weather, but that didn’t stop her from picking her saltwater sandals and pink flower hair clip for these photos! she layered it with tights and a sweater for school the next day.
she’s also really into having her hair braided after her evening bath so it’s “curly” the next day. then she doesn’t let me brush it.
do you like my polka dot wall?? i have ruffles & stuff to thank for that fun idea. thanks, disney!
oh yeah – the fabric is a thrifted vintage sheet (first used as a quilt) and i lined it with a soft cream gauze. my inspiration was this crewcuts dress though i’m excited to try this pattern out in more modern fabrics too – it seems super flexible that way.
and check out the other stops on our little rolling tour…it’ll pop up over at A Little Gray today around noon eastern time (up now!), and at You & Mie around 3pm eastern (up now!)! they each made different tunic versions for their little gals, so between the three of us you can see nearly all of the options this cute little pattern has to offer! fun fun.
UPDATE: the roller skate dress + tunic pattern is now available for purchase on the Oliver + S website! you can order either paper or digital versions of the pattern, or keep an eye on your local fabric store if they usually carry Oliver + S. yay!
the pinwheel pattern is up next!
*i was provided with the roller skate dress + tunic pattern at no cost for this pattern review. my opinions, as always, are my own.*