I’m so excited to be joining CINO‘s Olivia Dress Tour today. I know most of you are probably wondering what a mother of three boys is doing sewing a girl’s dress. Plain and simple, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sew girls clothing and especially not one of Jessica’s patterns. Luckily, one of my best friends just so happens to have two amazingly beautiful daughters, so I convinced them to let me sew a few things for them.
I can not tell you how nervous I was sewing for someone else. I’m so used to sewing for my own boys (who are rarely picky or interested in the fashion aspect), that I was second guessing myself left and right. After cutting the pattern (which fits together like a glove), I realized I’d totally fallen away from typical girl colors. Here was my chance to sew with pink fabric and I’d blown it.
Then I decided to add the peter pan collar. I followed Jess’ totally perfect tutorial. But would she think this was too much of a little girl feature? Then I freaked out a bit when between sewing on the button holes and the buttons, I totally lost the perfectly matched teal buttons I’d picked out. I reached for the red buttons and then couldn’t sleep that night wondering if she’d hate those. Let’s take a moment and admire the button placket and gathered skirt. Jess’ instructions make that all so easy. I’m still giddy over having completed the gathers. Seriously. I’m not even joking. I’ve never in my life gathered fabric.
Still wondering whether she’d like the dress, I finished off the elbow length sleeves with a contrasting, white cuff. In order to do this I tapered the sleeve just a bit with two front pleats.
Before I knew it, the dress was done and then came the moment of truth. Would she like the dress?
I’m happy to report that she seems to LOVE the dress. She’s such a sweetheart and I’m so glad everyone was agreeable to me sewing and photographing her. I have to say, the experience is so much different from working with my own boys. My girl here and her sister were so excited about the shoot, choosing how to do her hair, which shoes she should wear, where it would be fun to take the pictures.
And besides the one time he knocked her on her backside, the dog was a perfect gentleman. If you don’t already have this pattern, I absolutely encourage you to get it. Every little girl I know may be getting one of these before the year is out. Every little girl deserves a pretty dress, don’t you think?
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Thank you so much for having me along on the tour, Jess!