She was in the testing phase and I told her if she needed another tester - wink wink, nudge nudge - I'd love to make this dress. She sent the pattern over and the rest is history.
I knew I wanted to make my first version (because there will definitely be more versions!) of this dress in a Kaufman Swiss dot chambray. It has that vintage nostalgic feel that I love so much.
I was definitely feeling the vintage/nostalgia vibes when I saw this version of the back of the dress on Olga's IG page. I texted Olga and told her I wanted the back of my dress to look exactly like it. She told me that was the circle skirt + flared ties options. :D
In my nearly 9 years of sewing dresses, I had never sewn flared ties before. They are so awesome! I'm so glad Olga added them as one of her options.
Olga suggests interfacing the neckline and armholes, which was another thing I had never done before. It gave the dress a nice stability, especially given this particular chambray is so lightweight.
I had previously not been much of a fan of circle skirts, but I have decidedly changed my mind. In the past, I felt the circle skirts I've cut were too flared for me. Maybe I just used the wrong type of fabric, like a quilting cotton without much drape. In any event, I love this skirt so much. I would definitely choose it again!
I really liked the way the back of the dress closes with buttons versus an invisible zipper. To me, it suits the overall style perfectly. It was interesting, too, that the buttonholes are placed vertically. I like that feature.
Mie from Sewing Like Mad told me that you always place your button shank in the same direction as the buttonhole. Makes sense, right? So I placed the button shanks vertically as well.
Let's just say that physical touch is not one of Tia's love languages, although Tia, of course, shows her love in other equally meaningful ways. I feel like this photo perfectly captures the way Tia tolerates Iris' hugs. Haha
The Polina pattern will be available for purchase on Monday from the Coffee and Thread shop here for those of you who are interested!