3.06.2013

Oliver + S School Photo Dress

When Indigo's last Oliver + S School Photo dress was passed along to Evie, I knew she needed a new one to take its place.

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I made this version over a month ago.  It languished on my ironing board, waiting for the button and hook and loop closure to be sewed onto the collar. 
oliver + s school photo dress

Neither the thread chain loop nor the hook and loop closure survived the long haul on the last version of this dress.  I won't spend too much time thinking about what that says about my hand sewing skills!  I decided to live on the wild side and skip both this time.


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If you're interested in sewing this dress, let me give you a tip that'll make it come together in no time.  The instructions tell you to finish all of the side seams of this dress using a serger or zigzap stitch.  I did that, but I also finished all four sides of each pocket.  Then all of your seams with be finished!  Easy peasy.

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Speaking of that pocket, Indigo absolutely loved it!  She said it was her favorite pocket ever!

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She said, "Mom, I can touch my hands inside the pocket."  She's definitely an enthusiastic child and I love when she takes notice of special features like this one.

oliver + s school photo dress

{The fabric for this dress is Robert Kaufman Spot On Bermuda.  I was inspired by this dress to use contrast bands for the cuffs only.}

7 comments:

  1. Oh it's so classy and perfect! Love that print and the contrast cuffs. I need to make this one again.

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  2. i love everything about this dress - have been wanting to make my niece one. I struggle with the loop closure too - have you done any alternative?

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    1. Thanks Paula! I noticed that on my girls' store bought dresses, none had a loop and hook closure. So I felt it was okay to omit that - and I can always add it later if I feel it needs it. I didn't feel like the collar needed the button. To me, it was more like an extra embellishment. I had bought a beautiful little button that would have looked cute on this dress, but my girls are v e r y independent about dressing and undressing themselves and I felt the delicate thread chain would likely get accidentally ripped off, like last time. I never want my girls to feel like the things I make them are too delicate to play in, be kids in, etc so this just worked for us. Personally, I thought it looked fine without the thread chain and button - but you could always add it if you felt it was necessary. Liesl's tutorial on making the tread chain was fantastic - if you decide to go in that direction. :)

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  3. Delightful! Love the whole look, your little girl is cute as a button too.

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  4. Such a pretty and sophisticated (in a GOOD way) dress! Love it! And I would get a kick out of that pocket too, I don't blame her!

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  5. Wow! This dress is gorgeous! (and so are your photos!)

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  6. I just love this dress, Rachel!

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