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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Super Online Sewing Match Round 2 Project: Roller-Skate Dress


Here's my second project for Sew Mama Sew's Super Online Sewing Match- the Roller Skate Dress by Oliver + S. I may have gone a little crazy with "cutesy" on this one, but hey, it's a little girl's dress! As you can see, I decided to make mine with an ice cream theme. I wanted the style and color scheme to be reminiscent of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

My original plan was to have the main fabric be a pink and white stripe, but somehow there was none to be found at any of my local fabric stores, so I settled on this pink and white gingham. It's a really nice woven, 100% cotton fabric that's much thicker than the flimsy blended ginghams I usually see. Now that it's all finished, I think I like it better than stripes! Here's the back view:
The most challenging part of this dress was these ice cream cone pockets. They required a lot of planning to get them to turn out right. First, I drew out the design for them on paper, then made a nice symmetrical pattern with Illustrator. I cut them out in fabric and used Wonder Under to adhere the shapes to a piece of white fabric. I added fusible interfacing to the back of that fabric and then hand-embroidered the pattern on the cone and around the edges. Then I sewed on the linings and turned them right side out, made a buttonhole in each, and sewed them on the front. Then I went over the machine stitches with embroidery floss to hide them.
The best part is that they are actual functional pockets! The "cherry" keeps them buttoned up.
Here's a closeup of the neckline. I edged it with the same red rick-rack I used on the sleeves and hem. I made the bow with red cotton fabric and stitched around the edges with white embroidery floss.
Here's a closeup of the hem. I was so stoked that I got the gingham to line up on the back seam!
I did the same stitching as the bow on the button loop.

I love how the dress is fully lined- it gives it such a clean look. Here's the inside of mine- I lined it in a light cotton batiste (maybe too light-it's kinda see-through!):

I serged the seam allowances on this one. I was hoping to do french seams but it seemed like it would really throw off the way the pattern went together.

I got my little cousin Carlie to model it for me in my parent's backyard:


It's a tad too big for her, but I think it still looks adorable!

This is the first Oliver + S pattern I've made (probably because I don't have kids yet!) and I have to say I really enjoyed sewing this dress. Not only is the pattern adorable, but the instructions were very clear and easy to use and it all went together nicely. It seems like a really versatile pattern that could be made in a lot of fun ways, so I'm sure if I have a little girl one day I'll be sewing this one at least a few more times!

 I'm excited to see what the other contestants come up with for this challenge. It's fun to see how each person comes up with something very different yet uniquely awesome. I was so impressed by the projects that everyone came up with for the A-line skirts and I have to admit I was very relieved to learn I had made the cut! Wish me luck getting through this round!






33 comments:

  1. OMG too cute! The cherry buttons are so clever! She's absolutely adorable, too.

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    1. Thanks! I must admit I've got some cute cousins!

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  2. That dress is so sweet my teeth hurt! :-)
    I love the pocket details and the little special stitches you did.

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  3. Be still my beating heart. THIS. IS. ADORABLE! It couldn't be any sweeter.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Following you now- oh my gosh you've got some amazing knitting! I'm jealous- all I can make is scarves!

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  4. I love it! So adorable! And those pockets are to die for. Almost makes me wish I had kids...

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    1. Thanks! I know what you mean- I can already tell I'm gonna go crazy sewing way too many baby clothes when I do actually have kids!

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  5. Wow the dress is truly amazing.
    http://docksjo.com

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  6. Amazing attention to detail!

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    1. Thanks! This contest has made me freak out about trying to make every detail perfect-it's kind of nerve-wracking!

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  7. Adorable!! I love the cherry buttons. Very nicely done.

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  8. This is super-sweet. I love pink and red together and the cherry-topped pockets are so cute.

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    1. Thanks! By the way, I'm your newest follower!

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  9. Oh my cuteness! That is just too adorable.

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate your nice words!

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  10. Wow, you did so much work! It's really cute. Good job!

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    1. Thanks Ngoc! I love your dress too! You did an excellent job and I love the color combo!

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  11. This is lovely! So fresh and fun and whimsical!!

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  12. That is such a little bundle of cuteness! I just love the ice cream pockets!

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    1. Thanks Tanya! Just started following you, BTW!

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  13. Your version of the Roller Skate dress turned out SEW SWEET!
    Very clever detail with the ice cream cone pockets ~ maybe some day you'll share a step-bey-step photo tutorial on how you created them?
    One day if you have a little girl she will be dressed super cute in the clothes you sew for her :)

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    1. Thanks! I will definitely try to do a tutorial on the pockets one of these days when I get the time!

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  14. That is THE CUTEST! The idea of making those ice cream pockets is so neat!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I think I had ice cream on the brain because I almost made an ice cream tote for you instead of the cat!

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  15. Would you be interested in adding a photo to the O+S flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/oliverands/ ...if you are on flickr and are able to, that is...

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    1. Of course I'd love to, thank you for letting me know about it!

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  16. Wow...it's so cute! I like how the simple gingham fabric turned great after you added details! Good job, Melissa! :)

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