No Liesl, that's not a typo...
I really do mean "Olive" and S.
I have had the good fortune this past year to have the most fabulous neighbors move into the house across the street from the shop, and since I live next door to the shop, they are my neighbors as well!
My neighbors are very young and very hip and very fun to spy on: they are always getting new rugs delivered or playing on the front lawn or walking their dogs.
They have a cutie patootie little baby girl named Olive, and Olive's very hip, very crafty mama (also known as my neighbor Francesca) has cottoned to the Tea Party Dress pattern by Oliver+S.
Here's a photo of Olive:
(See what I mean with the cutie patootie?)
Francesca came into the shop one day to buy the Tea Party Sundress pattern, then walked across the street to put Olive down for a nap and came back a couple of hours later with this finished dress made from fabric in her stash:
Didn't she do a GREAT job?
(It should be mentioned that Francesca is very new to sewing: her success with this pattern is such a testament to the great directions in the Oliver+S patterns!)
And then, just before Easter, Francesca cranked out another dress for Olive, made from this fabric:
Francesca kept it simple: just one fabric, no piping, and some cute little buttons.
She said the buttonholes were really not hard at all: you just need to make a couple "practice buttonholes" before you do the real thing.
I love how the striped fabric in this dress goes horizontally in the bodice and vertically in the skirt, showing off the design to its best advantage.
And I believe she only needed a yard of fabric, which would make this dress under $10.
Olive is almost 18 months old, but Francesca made a size 3T, I believe...
(Correct me if I am wrong, Francesca: it is 8 o'clock on a Friday night and the Sewing Lounge gals have made me Miami Vice drinks for my birthday so it is entirely possible that I may be remembering wrong!)
Great job, Francesca: not only are you an excellent neighbor, but you make cute clothes AND cute babies!!!