Lila starts preschool next week, so of course a first day of school dress was in order. Up until a few days ago I’d planned to make her another Jump Rope dress – I have such love for that pattern and I’ve sewn it for her the past two Septembers, so I thought it would be a fun first day of school tradition. But the truth is, she wore last year’s Jump Rope dress all of two or three times. And it’s a pretty labor intensive sew. And her two Geranium dresses are in constant rotation. So there you have it, the Geranium won out.
There are so many options to change up this pattern, but I’m a creature of habit and I stuck with my favorite combination – faux cap sleeves, rounded neckline, pleated skirt, and side seam pockets. I wanted to try something new though, so this time I added flat piping between the bodice and the skirt.
Flat piping is super easy, and like most good things, I picked it up from Oliver + S. You just cut a 1 3/8 inch wide strip of fabric (on the grain is fine for this, but cut on the bias if there are curves involved), fold it in half, and align the raw edges with the raw edges of the main bodice piece (see Rae’s instructions for adding trim for more specific Geranium-related details). Then baste it to the bodice with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and use that line as a guide when attaching the skirt. And the best part is that you don’t have to stitch-in-the-ditch to close up the bodice lining – you can just hide that stitching line under the flat piping. All of this mumbo jumbo probably makes no sense unless you’ve made the dress, but trust me, it worked!
The fabric is a voile called The Way of the Flower from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s gorgeous new Koi line for Cloud 9 fabrics. It’s such beautiful stuff and the voile has a lovely drape and feel. Word of warning though – the dark teal color bled a little when I washed it (on warm/cold), so I’d recommend washing this one in cold water.
Both bodices are lined with one of my favorite Koi prints, Smile and Wave.
We bribed Oscar with a couple puffs to try on the little one 🙂
LiMa Sews provided me with the fabric for these dresses – they have the full line of Koi prints in stock, including the three voiles. And, as luck would have it, they’re running a back to school sale this week – 25% off your entire order, through tomorrow. All those gorgeous organics from Birch and Cloud 9, Leah Duncan’s entire Tule collection (definitely next on my list), a big selection of already marked down fabric, and much more – it’s all on sale!