This week I made Ellie a birthday dress to celebrate her upcoming first birthday. Already one! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. I've had the Oliver + S Family Reunion pattern for a while now and have been meaning to make one for Ellie and Lois. I finally got motivated with her birthday coming up and got to cutting and sewing. I was tempted to buy some nice, new fabric, but really I have plenty to work with, and especially for such a wee dress, you don't need much fabric. I used some navy stripe shirt fabric my mom gave me a while back and some Liberty fabric for the neck facing and buttons. I've been looking around for a while now at what sorts of fabrics I like for this dress (lots of ideas here on pinterest), and found I like simpler fabrics for the base with a bit of contrast. It was so much fun to make!
Of course this dress isn't perfect, and I'm looking forward to making another one to get better at it. For example, I backed up my stitching on the pintucks, but probably should have tied the thread in a knot (as the pattern suggested) to make it look neater.
I made fabric covered buttons and love the nice pop of pattern to the back! And it was super fun to make buttonholes. Now I just want to put a buttonhole in everything!
The neck facing in the back doesn't match up well. I'm not sure how I misjudged that one and didn't realize it until I was almost finished. But I think I will tie a little navy blue ribbon to the back so that you can't tell.
And most importantly, Ellie likes her dress and it fits! And a few more clearer photos with our other camera. Yay! Dress done.