At that time, pillowcase dresses were all the rage. I liked the idea of sewing a simple dress for my (at that time) only daughter. But I didn't love the shapelessness of the pillowcase dress. Oliver + S had just the solution: the popover sundress.
Another free pattern, this dress is easy to sew and just right for those hot summer days ahead.
I had ordered this Alexander Henry print with Evie in mind. She loves to talk about Ethiopia and she also really loves zebras. (She likes to ask me if she can ride one someday!) But the zebra heads were much larger than I had envisioned, so the scale was too large for Evie's little body. I decided it would work better on Indigo, since she's taller. And Evie gets all of Indigo's dresses anyway, so it seemed like a win-win. Given the scale is so large, I wanted to use it on a simple, A-line shape. That made the popover sundress a good option.
I was running low on cobalt fabric for the contrasting binding, so I headed over to the Oliver+S forums to ask whether I really needed to cut it on the bias or if I could get away with cutting it on the crossgrain. They informed me that it was important to cut the fabric on the bias in order for the straps to lay properly. They suggested I place my pieced seam in the underarm so it wouldn't be visible. Those ladies know their stuff! That's what I did and it came together beautifully. I highly recommend the Oliver + S forums!
Unrelated, my 20 year old niece is staying with us for almost an entire month! The kids are having so much fun hanging out with their cousin (except for Iris, she's still terrified of her!) :) My niece is dairy and gluten free, so if anyone has any fab gluten-free recipes, I'd love to hear them. We don't do much dairy, so I've got that one covered! ;)