My second item for Summer Kids Clothing Week, complete! This is my third time using the Oliver + S ice cream dress pattern (for a dress and a shirt) and I love it! The last time I made the shirt I added quite a bit of length so there would be room for pockets. This time I decided to use the extra length try out horizontal pleats (is there a more technical name for these??) after seeing the adorable Paris Skirt from Nothing Too Fancy.
Pattern: Oliver + S ice cream dress, size 2T with added length
Fabric: Shot cotton in eucalyptus. This fabric was so much fun to work with. It’s actually teal and dark purple strands woven together. It is lightweight- nice for wearing but takes a bit more care when sewing.
Alterations: With the extra length I added two horizontal pleats to give this top a bit more interest since I was using a single dark/muted fabric. I’ve never made this kind of pleats before so I making it up as I went along. I made the pleats before sewing the bodice pieces together. This meant I could still use french seams inside but the pleats sadly don’t match up at the sides. Does Oliver + S have a pattern with this type of pleats? I’d love to know the proper way to make them, and Oliver + S patterns are the way I learn most of my new sewing techniques.
Anyway, all I really wanted to do this afternoon was take a nap but I gathered up all my energy, listened to some This American Life episodes, and finished this up. I’m pretty happy with the result (and please excuse Es’s post-nap hairdo):
Es was not really in a posing mood this afternoon and just wanted to be silly and make funny poses on her picnic table:
Every age has been fun, but three years old so far has been a complete kick. Es has so many opinions, comes up with such goofy ideas, and is a total chatterbox (at least around people she knows). She enjoyed her new shirt and I’m excited to have another project crossed off my list.