Someone needed a new special occasion dress. And someone else was dying to sew up the Clever Charlotte Olivine dress. It’s such a perfect design, isn’t it? It has that little something that screams special but is still comfortable enough for running around and playing.
I decided to go with cotton because it’s washable. But I also wanted something that says holiday dress. Gold. Blue with some gold accents. I showed souricette 1 some possibilities and let her choose. She went with these two fabrics.
For the lining, I chose plain old navy blue cotton lawn. It’s soft against her skin, lightweight so that it doesn’t make the seams bulky.
I pretty much kept everything as is. I did add piping to the bodice pleats to make them stand out more. They line up with the skirt pleats pretty well but I added a sash anyway. I wanted that contrast fabric to take up a little more space.
The instructions in the pattern were good. I did go rogue a little. I did my own thing for the pleats because of the piping. I also gathered the sleeves on a smaller arc to have more of a puffed sleeve. The lining was sewn in using the instructions from the Blake dress. Inside, I hand stitched the lining at the armholes to keep the seam allowances nicely tucked between the layers. Oh! I also made my first ever blind hem on the machine! I don’t have the special blind hem foot so I used the one that’s for stitching in the ditch. Totally putting a blind hem foot on the wishlist, though…
All in all, it was a fun experience. A good break from Peony (are you sick of hearing about it yet?). I’m not sure the pattern would be great for someone who needs a lot of hand holding but it isn’t hard at all. And it’s so pretty!
Best of all though, souricette 1 loves it. (PS: Sorry for the pictures. They were taken after a special birthday party so both model and photographer were tired.)