When my husband asks tonight why we are having leftovers for dinner AGAIN, I’ll have to show him this dress. I spent the bulk of the day cutting out and sewing G’s last school dress. Our county has somewhere between a dress code and a uniform policy. Any color is allowed as long as it is solid. Blouses must have collars. Dresses that aren’t jumpers must have sleeves. And, the expected modesty rules apply. This item was the last on my “to do” list that I started working down in June.
I made the Oliver + s jumprope dress in View B but with short sleeves in a size 6. The only change I made was to use a deeper hem. I used Kaufman Interweave Chambray in Strawberry. The “interweave” appears to be a new line of fabric for them. It seems very similar if not the same as their Carolina Chambray I’ve always loved in the past. But, it looks to come in dozens of great colors.
I used my last five heart shaped shell buttons. Truth be told…I’m not a fan of hearts. But they are a favorite of my girl and seemed perfectly suited to a red dress. The jumprope collar gives me fits. I always end up adding bar tacks at the corners for strength and am never quite happy with my topstitching. The other qualities of the pattern always make my dissatisfaction easy to overlook, though. What is your favorite? The pockets, perfect placket, or button tabs?
Since their uniform policy allows for “manufacturers logos” I made a little snail tag from yesterday’s liberty scraps. G said, “Why did you put a snail tag?” My answer to her was, “Because, it made me happy.” She said, “I think it will make me happy too.”
And, you can always count on Oliver + S for a well drafted pattern with perfect proportions!
It is my personal favorite. Though, I’m nervous about her being able to make it all day without getting in trouble for playing with the belt.
I also made a short sleeve version of the Oliver + S book report in orange mystery chambray/oxford. She says this one is her favorite.