I didn’t get a Thanksgiving dress made for E, so I was determined to finish her Christmas dress in time. I knew I wanted something with longer sleeves and eventually settled on the Oliver + S Library Dress. I finished it maybe an hour before we needed to leave for a Christmas party. This is a lovely dress, but not a quick sew. While I don’t think it will become a staple the way some other Oliver + S patterns are becoming in E’s wardrobe, it was perfect for a special occasion.
The shot cotton has such a nice shimmer to it and seemed festive while being wearable beyond the holiday. I’ve used shot cotton for many projects and love it. I don’t think I’d recommend it for this dress though. The lack of right and wrong sides on the fabric made my head spin as I tried to keep track of what was what on the waist, sleeves, and front pleats. The fabric is thin enough that I probably should have lined it, but wasn’t sure how best to do this with the pleats, what fabric to use, etc. And shot cotton wrinkles like crazy, so please excuse the wrinkles (and piece of mystery fluff on E’s arm) in these pictures. This project motivated me to finally order a sleeve ironing board yesterday.
I love these metal buttons and was happy to find something fancy but super-flat, as the buttons run down the entire back. I did hand stitch the back of the waistband and hem and was glad I took the time as theses parts feel nicely finished.
I tried a suggestion from a friend and now keep E’s dresses in her drawer with her pants (vs. hanging in the closet) and it seems to have turned E into a more enthusiastic dress wearer. So hopefully there will be many more dresses to share in 2014.