E is crazy about dresses and tights these days. While searching through my patterns I considered making her another Oliver+S library dress because I love the style and the slim fit. But I remembered that this pattern takes a long time to put together and it buttons up the entire back. I don’t like finding buttons, making button holes, sewing on buttons, and ending up with a dress that E can’t get into or out of by herself. E also hardly wore the other one I made. But Melissa from Meow Made created the perfect pattern modifications that address all my concerns. She shared her tutorial here to use knit fabric and four of the library dress pattern pieces to make this comfy dress. It has no closures and uses less than a yard of fabric. The tutorial is very clear and the sewing process is easy and surprisingly fun.
Better yet, E absolutely adores the dress and digs through the clean laundry to wear it immediately out of the dryer. The fabric is a thick, cheap cotton-rayon blend that was easy to work with but hasn’t washed well (it’s already pilling quite a bit). I figured this was a muslin using what I had on hand but it works nicely as a play dress and I like the festive green color. Next time I’ll either use a print or contrasting fabric for the waist and neck bindings.
I used the size 3 pattern pieces (modified following the tutorial directions) with some extra length. It is a nice snug fit. I ordered some more knits to make this up again and I may trace out the size 4 to get longer wear. I also might decrease the width of the neckband and not overlap it quite as much so that the neck isn’t as high/tight. But even as is, this is one of the most most-loved (and easiest) dresses I’ve ever made and I can’t wait to make a few more. Thank you Liesl and Melissa for such a clever dress!
And it’s perfect for showing off your dance moves.