I’ve been thinking about making an Oliver+S jump rope dress for a long time. I bought the pattern a while ago and just realized that E was about to size out of the range. So I cut out a size 3 with two extra inches of length, hoping it would fit. I decided on the simpler View B for my first try at the pattern. The main fabric is Kaufman interweave chambray in sorbet. The floral print is a lovely Kaufman lawn from the second London Calling line.
I was nervous to sew the placket, never having made one before. I reviewed the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for reassurance, but the instructions were very clear. I wish I’d bought better-matching thread (and changed the bobbin thread to match) but other than that, it went together so nicely. Turns out setting in the sleeves was the most challenging part. I had to pull them out and redo sections more times than I care to admit. I’ve never had that problem with sleeves before, so I’ll blame being somewhat sleep deprived these days. And next time I’ll also use french seams to give the inside a nicer finish.
The details on this pattern are great. I love the nice finish of the placket and the little pockets. I’d actually sewn the pockets once before, added to a dress here (E looks so young!). She seemed to be happy with this dress and was particularly pleased that it matched her purple crocs.
I wish I’d sewn this dress sooner because I love this pattern. I plan to sew View A this spring. For those who’ve sewn both, any thoughts on the how they compare for fit? I was planning to sew a size 3T again with added length, but I’m worried that the construction is different enough that it may not fit. This took a bit of care getting on (arms in first, unbutton the placket), but feels roomy enough once on. Any advice is welcome.
I’m still trying to figure out the best place to take pictures inside. Today we tried our bedroom and E thoroughly enjoyed standing on mom and dad’s bed for some picture fun. This almost four year old bring us so much joy.