I've mentioned before how I felt a bit lost this year when I realized it was time to embark on a new style of sewing for Indigo. She's growing up, turning into quite the little lady, and her style was changing right along with her. After spending more than half a decade sewing dresses for preschool-aged girls, I could see these dresses were becoming a little too 'kiddish' as Indigo calls it and it was time to find or redefine her new style. Initially, I was unsure and intimidated.
But those feelings are all behind me now and I have fully embraced this new stage. I am loving -loving- sewing for Indigo. It's been so fun to branch out into new patterns that feel a little more sophisticated and chic to me while still being so wearable and not too grown up.
Sometimes finding such patterns can take some effort. So I was pretty thrilled when I saw the Antalya dress, a newly released pattern by Willow and Co. Olga from Kid Approved nailed it with this one! I love everything about this dress and in my opinion, it's about as perfect as you can get for the little-big girl.
There are so many great details about this dress and they are all so unique. I hadn't sewn anything quite like this dress before. I love learning new skills with an indie pattern, too, because they are always so thoroughly written. This pattern was no exception.
So, first, I love the short dolman sleeves. They make the dress feel so effortless and stylish.
I happen to be a pretty big fan of piping (and Indigo is too), so it's no surprise that I love the piped bodice. I also appreciated that Olga tells you which way to press the piping seam allowance. I learned that one the hard way when I made this dress.
I also loved the partial gathering of the front bodice that then extends into the back skirt. It works so well with the clean lines of the dress.
The fabric is Nani Iro Sen Ritsu. It's a delicate, floaty cotton and the photos do not do this fabric justice. I never took notice of this fabric until I saw a photo on Flickr of the Oliver + S Puppet show dress made in it. The photo was a close up and I was looking at it on my computer screen instead of my iPhone. I stared at it like it was a fine art painting.
When I googled the fabric line, I remembered that Kristin had used it here and it was maybe even used in Stylo? I think it may have been.
It's hard to see in photos, but the copper colored flowers have a metalic sheen that's just so beautiful. It balances and adds interest to this otherwise delicate floral print.
I knew I wanted to play off those copper accents with my piping choice. I had an issue with a pretty large fabric company messing up my order and the fabric I had ordered was apparently 'lost in the mail'.
So I dug through my own stash and serendipitously re-discovered a half yard of shot cotton that I had used for this skirt for Indigo two years ago. It's a copper color with some green undertones interwoven in it and it was perfect for this project.
Marie Kondo would not be happy with this discovery, because in this case, my fabric hoarding paid off and I can't say it's the first time either. Every once in awhile I find the most perfect coordinating fabric in my stash and it makes me so happy. I don't have a great indie fabric store here and online shopping can be so hit or miss. So while I love the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I may be a life-long fabric hoader. I never know which fabric will later spark joy. :)
I chose to finish the back of the dress with buttons rather than the exposed zipper. I do love the exposed zipper, but it didn't feel right with this delicate fabric. The buttons felt like a better choice.
Indigo (who just turned 8) is very tall and thin so I cut the bodice in the size 7 and the skirt length in the size 10. I added 3 inches to that and it was just right for her. So, if you like a knee length skirt you may want to add a bit of length to this pattern, just to be safe.
I really can't say enough good things about this pattern or the dress! Thanks for the super awesome pattern, Olga! Indigo and I love it!