Rollerskates & Strawberry Ice Cream

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Rollerskate Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseDon’t you love to click around the internet machine, drooling over all the beautiful creations that you wish you had time to make (while you should probably be doing something else)?  Me too.  When I came across these two creations from the very talented Avocadopie on Flickr, it became immediately clear that I would be finding the time to provide Kiki with her own versions.

Here we have an Ice Cream Dress and a Rollerskate Dress, both from Oliver + S.  I’ve sewn up both of these patterns before, and was glad to pull them out of the pattern box to use again.

As always, ice cream first.

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseI love this pattern so much.  There’s something so classic and old fashioned about it, but without being stuffy or too sticky sweet.  It really is the perfect thing to wear to the ice cream shop in the summertime (and we have, believe me)!

The fabric is forest Andover chambray, paired with the famous Briar Rose strawberries from Heather Ross.  I think I’ve now sewed with every colorway of these strawberries in both woven and knit.  Love it!

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseJust as I was about to cut the yoke, I saw that if I didn’t make some changes, the strawberries would be upside down in the back — since the yoke is designed to be cut in one piece that drapes over the shoulders in the front and the back.  Luckily, I saw this coming before my rotary cutter actually started rolling.

All I did to solve the problem was to split the yoke pattern piece into two pieces at the shoulder — a front and a back — add 1/2 inch seam allowances and stitch it together.  If you look closely, you can see the new shoulder seam (along with some new freckles)   here . . .

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseNow, the strawberries are facing the right way in the front and the back!

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseShe loves the pockets.  Who wouldn’t?

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseKiki wore it on her very last day of preschool.  Am I the only mom kooky enough to make a new dress for the last day of school???

Now, onto rollerskates . . .

Oliver + S Rollerskate Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseThis dress is a great way to savor a beautiful fabric like this one — more Briar Rose.  This print is a regular feature in Kiki’s closet.  She loves the color, and we’ve found that it’s a great choice for tops and dresses alike.

Like Avocadopie, I decided to skip the neck facing altogether and just add a little bow.  I gave Kiki several choices of ribbon color — no surprise that purple was the winner.

Oliver + S Rollerskate Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseI also found just the right pink rose button for the back . . .

Oliver + S Rollerskate Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseFor both of these dresses, I cut a 4T width and 5T length.  This always works well for Kiki in Oliver + S patterns.  Kiki’s shoulders are so narrow, that there’s room to grow here, even though I sized down in width.

Oliver + S Rollerskate Dress, Heather Ross, Briar RoseIsn’t summer sweet?

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, Heather Ross, Briar Rose