Since ivory would stay clean for about 2 seconds around here, I decided to go with a grey linen. This is a medium weight linen and I really love the body it gave this little dress.
I made a few modifications to the pattern. First, I made the body of the dress into one piece instead of two (bodice + skirt), which also meant removing the darts. I wanted to keep the lines simple, so the focus would be on the collar and the sleeve detail.
I also removed the button placket and used a zipper closure instead, for those same reasons.
I decided to fully line the dress. I attached the lining to the zipper seam allowance and the dress seam allowance for a clean finish. I learned this technique on the Hanimi pattern. I love it.
With all of those modifications, I forgot that I normally cut Oliver + S patterns down a size in width for my girls. It's just intuitive when sewing for Indigo and Tarikua, but it's been awhile since I've sewn an Oliver + S pattern for Iris and I forgot. So, the dress turned out to be too wide.
After I tried it on Iris and saw she'd need to grow into it, I actually hadn't planned to photograph her in the dress. But as I was taking pictures of the dress on the fence, Iris followed me out, wearing only her new leggings. I decided to put the dress back on and take a few photos of her in it. How could I resist this face?
When Iris came toddling out after me, she had her tie-dyed bear under her arm. Which just so happened to match her collar.
I'd call that a happy coincidence. Serendipitous, even!
Would it be possible for me to make a dress these days without making a coordinating pair of Sunki leggings? That's a rhetorical question... obviously. :) Now that I know how easy they are, they're a must!
I used this peacock fabric. The weight of this knit is perfect for leggings (10 oz).
And that's my (modified) Puppet Show dress with Sunki leggings!