October 12, 2011
Olivia's Party Dress
Last month a sweet girl I know emailed to ask if I could create a special dress for her little sweetie's 2nd birthday. The theme is Olivia the Pig so she wanted black/red and white and something classic but simple. She sent me a photo of a Jenni Bowlin paper pack she was using for the invitations and luckily I tracked down a print very similar in this etsy shop.
(Hope you don't mind her modeling this M. It was just for a few minutes and the dress just looks so much prettier on a person than a hanger :))
This was seriously the most gorgeous fabric I've ever worked with! It's a cotton/rayon blend and is the perfect sturdy weight. Easy to sew + beautiful! The pattern is a combination of Simplicity 2767 and the bodice from Simplicity 2460 and a few of my own additions.
The red material is this luscious stretch satin I found at Joann's. It is on the cuffs, neckline and sash and also the lining so it feels pretty on her skin. The lining is shorter so the hem pulls up to make a bubble shape. There is a little tulle sewn in there as well for extra poof. The wrists are elastic so she can pull them up when it's time for cake.
The best part of course being the backside! I skipped the zipper and instead added in a keyhole and button closure for a bit of elegance. The sash also buttons so she can wear it with or without.
And to pay homage to Olivia, we had to have the oversized red bow. So glad I could help to make a little girl's birthday extra special again this year!