I stayed up late finishing a dress on Labor Day. It didn’t cross my mind at the time since Tuesday was just a regular day for us, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I spend future Labor Days that way too, making first day of school dresses for Lila. We’re home together for another year, but I guess this could be considered her honorary back to school dress.
Not that she would’ve been able to wear it anyway – it’s been in the 90s all week. That’s always the way it is at back to school time around these parts.
Speaking of school, I can’t help but feel a bit jealous of my stay-at-home mom friends who started their only children in preschool this week. I keep finding myself fantasizing about the handful of hours they’ll have to sew, or grocery shop alone, or just not entertain their kid. It’s bittersweet, I know, and I’m sure I’ll be a disaster on Lila’s first day of preschool. But in theory, the whole school thing sounds kind of amazing. The extent of back to school for us is a class at the community center promisingly entitled, “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance.” I have to attend and participate though, so yeah, not quite the same thing…
But back to the dress.
The pattern is the Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress – I made view A back in June, but this is my first go at view B. It went so much faster the second time around – view B is a simpler design, and I already had one placket under my belt. The placket requires the most time and precision, but the pattern really isn’t difficult, and it’s a very satisfying sew.
If it wasn’t obvious from three of my last four projects, I’ve really been loving chambray lately. I bought the gray with this dress in mind and had to restock after using it for my Go Anywhere bag. And I used the blue for Lila’s baby carrier. It’s versatile stuff!
The inside placket, pocket binding, and covered buttons are Empire Weave in Dandelion from Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom line. Everything’s top-stitched in yellow.
The cuffed sleeves and gathered pockets are my favorite details:
I made a 2T this time – it’s a little on the roomy side, but that’s how new school clothes are supposed to fit, right?
Sorry about the shoes – she’s been dead-set on wearing them that way for weeks. I find it a little bit distracting, but it doesn’t seem worth fighting over – and even if we did, I wouldn’t win.
And as we all know, sometimes photo shoots require bribes, so I put a little treat in her pocket to sweeten the deal.