Because while Ben spent all day Saturday biking the STP, (in his handmade jersey, thank you very much) I spent all day Saturday holed up in my basement sewing like a machine.
First up in my weekend creations - a Popover Dress by Oliver and S (which just so happens to be a free pattern on their website). You see, O's all-time favorite dress is a super-simple sundress that her grandma brought back for her from Cambodia. She started wearing it several years ago when it was way too long but now it's almost too short for her so I figured that it was time to attempt to create a replacement. Fortunately, the Popover Dress is pretty similar in design to O's current favorite dress, making it the perfect pattern for operation "dress replacement."
I really didn't make many any big changes to the pattern except that I added 6 inches of width to both the front and back panels because I knew that I wanted the dress to be nice and flowy. I just gathered up the extra fabric when sewing the pieces together and it worked out perfectly. I kind of wish that the straps were a bit thinner but I'll just have to remember that for next time around. And like most Oliver and S patterns, the dress came together like a dream.
But let's talk about this fabric because that's what I'm most excited about. You see, quite a while ago my sister brought me a packet of fabric from Pakistan with three different cotton lawns in it. One fabric was a solid color and the others had two different patterns on them. According to the picture on the packet I guess I was supposed to use the fabric to sew this...
...but I didn't because I'm a total rebel. I used the super soft plain cotton to line these shorts last year and I've been scheming about what to make with the other fabrics ever since. And if I'm being completely honest, I was also greedily holding onto the fabrics because I wanted to make myself something with them.
In the end, though, I knew that a fabric with such a beautiful border print would make a kick-ass sundress (and sadly the fabric piece wasn't big enough to make a sundress for me). So in an attempt to be a good mom, I cut into my beautiful fabric and made this little sundress for O.
Fortunately, O is a really great recipient of handmade goods. Every time I make something for her, she always asks if she can wear it the rest of the day. My other one, however, is a less grateful recipient and often has to be bribed to even try on handmade clothes. If it were up to her she'd wear polyester clothes with Disney princesses and My Little Ponies on them all day.
You win some, you lose some.