you guys! this the first oliver + s dress i’ve sewn since march! how did that happen?
oh yeah, i got all selfish with my sewing and stuff. haha. anyway, man it felt good to sew this dress for E. she’s getting tall and lanky and i’ve had to start cleaning things out of her closet that she still tries to wear even though they’re waaaay too small – dresses that fit her like shirts, mostly.
the pattern is the oliver + s garden party dress. i sewed a 4T with 1.5” added, then i hemmed it with a baby hem for even more length. i sewed one back in march, adding the same length but hemming as instructed; and this dress now hits her at the same place that one did just 4 months ago even with the extra inch i gained.
i made the sleeveless version this time and decided i wanted to see the bias tape around the armholes so i didn’t wrap them all the way to the inside as instructed…it made the armholes just a tad wide, but i like how they frame the top band.
the main fabric is Leah Duncan’s summer grove by night from her Meadow line for Art Gallery, which i love (my first garden party and my recent wiksten tank are also Meadow – can’t get enough!). it’s from my sponsor LiMa Sews (she’s having a 20% off sale through 7/21 with the code “JULY2014” by the way – pretty sweet!). i wanted to use a print for the contrast bands and Lizzy House’s metallic copper pearl bracelets were my pick. i got a fat quarter at modern domestic; it’s online at drygoods.
the print really needed to be gathered to me – i considered the roller skate dress because she loves and wears hers often, but ultimately decided on the more romantic garden party – it feels almost Shakespearean with this print. i should’ve paid closer attention and matched the pattern on the sides though – it’s more noticeably “off” in photos than in person. annoying.
there is a story about one detail of this dress. i had a ladybug button that was THE PERFECT BUTTON. like, nothing else even came close. choirs of angels sung when i found it in my stash and set it on the dress for the first time. as i got ready to sew the button loop to finish the dress, i took a quick break and went upstairs for a few minutes. when i came back down, the dress had slid off my cutting table onto the floor, and the button was gone. totally gone. i proceeded to tear my sewing room apart (i typically sew in a total disaster area – it’s a small space and really hard to keep tidy), couldn’t find it. cleaned my sewing room for a few hours the next day, couldn’t find it. it had vanished into thin air.
i gave up and tried to locate a replacement. it took three stores, but i finally found it at fabric depot – two to a pack and 30% off at that! finally, i could finish the dress with the button that HAD to be.
meadow fabric + pearl bracelet accent + ladybug button with polka dots…you do the math. totally worth the hassle.
it’s nice to change up the types of things i sew/who i’m sewing for, and i especially love taking little after-dinner walks with this little gal in the summertime. i should do more kid sewing just for the excuse to take an evening stroll-and-shoot! the light is so pretty.
plus i always love this E’s poses – we could all take lessons from this little lady: