This is the absolutely darling Play Date pattern by Oliver + S. Pretty much everything I sew is Oliver + S, so it's not really unexpected.
One of the smart sewists on the Oliver + S forum came up with the "Make It While It Fits" challenge to use all the un-used patterns in our stashes before the release of the new season's. A great idea it was, so I jumped on the bandwagon. I still have several patterns that I haven't used, and the Play Date pattern only goes to a 3T, so this was the first one I attempted.
I chose some Eleanor Grosch fabric from Free Spirit (conveniently located in my shop! - www.the-fabric-stash.com). I have some really cute turquoise shoes in my eBay wish list in preparation for this outfit. I used Kaffe Fasset shot cotton for the piping and the hem facing. I reviewed every single photo of the play date dress in the flickr group before doing this pattern.
I got the idea to do embroidery on the yoke instead of buttons or ruffles. I tried a couple of patterns that didn't work for me. Sometimes it's harder than it looks to choose the right embroidery pattern to match the fabric.
I had tried the dress on Julia a couple of times while I was putting it together. I wanted to make sure it fit over her head, and wanted to check the fit. For some reason, that made her hate the dress. I think she could use a size 4 in this pattern as well, so maybe it fit tighter than her usual dress. I really can't figure out a two year old psyche.
I made this over Saturday and Sunday, maybe about 4 hours total. It went together very well, and when it was completed, I made the suggestion to my child that she put on the dress, and we go across the street to the beach and take some photos. ABSOLUTE MELT DOWN. Screaming. Yikes. It is amazing how passionately she feels about things.
Once she calmed down and became a human being again, she agreed to wear the dress, briefly, in her sister's bedroom only. I did get some fairly good modeled photos after all: