It’s no secret that I am infatuated with Oliver + S patterns. I purchased the Ice Cream Dress pattern when we were in Boston in June and returned home to find that there was a sew-a-long planned on Flickr for July. Perfect!
I tried two other fabric combinations (prints), and while I loved the fabrics themselves, they just didn’t look like Eleanor. I knew that I needed to find the perfect shot cotton combination. Eleanor’s eyes have become this really awesome shade of grayish-greenish-hint-of-blue and this combination of Kaffe Fassett green (main part) and spruce (yoke and hem) would be just the ticket.
I’d not sewn a gather on something before, and found Amy’s tips to be spot on. I also used to tip for sewing a pocket with a lining and did French seams (something else I’d not done before). Did you know that pockets are the best place to keep finger puppets? This I have learned!
I won’t tell you how late I stayed up working on this. We’ll just say that the next morning, my husband woke up to find a finished dress that was a mere set of cut out pattern pieces when he fell asleep. I had a very bad case of “I wonder what the next step looks like?” going on.
The button is vintage and came from the button basket that once belonged to my grandmother. Eleanor and I picked it out together. And by “together” I mean, I rejected the 5 giant red and yellow buttons that she liked. But that’s a post for another day!
She’s going to be the flower girl in my cousin’s wedding today and had the chance to take the dress out for a spin last night at rehearsal. It should be an interesting day… during her second test run down the aisle, she yelled, “Look at us! We’re running!” I love it.
My husband snapped this next one. You’re right, Eleanor. Aisles are the best place to practice your marching skills.