E turned 5 (five!) this weekend and so I made her a dress for the occasion. She went through my fabrics and eventually settled on a floral fabric from my grandmother. My grandmother was a quilter so most of her fabrics are small pieces, but she must have intended this one for a quilt backing as she had a few yards. After a bit of deliberation I decided to give the Oliver+S roller skate dress another try. I made a tunic version two summers ago. E’s measurements put her at a size 3 for chest/waist and a size 5 for height. I used the size 4 pattern with some added length and dress width. I modified the collar facing to be rounded (inspired by Gail, here) because I was concerned that getting an even and orderly v shaped point on the front facing was going to be tricky. I’m not much for that kind of detail. I am glad I added the contrasting facing this time and I think it’s my favorite part of this pattern. I also love that E’s decided to start wearing knee socks, inspired by the fabulous Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows. Ivy has some great outfits and is often sporting knee socks. I kind of want to copy as many of Ivy’s outfits as I can for spring. This is an easy dress to whip up (although the facing slows things down a bit). I appreciate only having one button and no buttonholes. But the fit on this pattern just doesn’t work well for E. Same as last time, the bodice parts tends to ride up and the fit is funky around the arms. You can see it pulling up a bit here, although it tends to be much worse than this picture shows. She spent the entire day pulling her dress down. Last time I sort of fixed the problem by loosening the elastic a bunch. I forgot to do that this time and followed the directions for elastic length. I’ll have to go back and add a chunk of elastic and see if that helps. [Edited to add: a went back and added 4 inches to the elastic after all your help advice. Thank you!] Anyone else have this problem? I’m sad that this dress wasn’t as great as I’d hoped for E’s special day. But it was lovely to celebrate this fabulous girl. I am so excited to see what five brings for her and us. After her party we headed outside to get these pictures. Of course O wanted in on the action. He got to wear his art museum vest from Christmas, in reverse, for the festivities. And hooray, it’s spring! I love that E’s birthday means the flowers are blooming in the front yard. Hope spring (or fall!) is a welcome addition to your life these days.