My original plan for today's outfit was an Oliver + S Jump Rope dress:
The fabric I was going to use, was Riley Blake's Indian Summer Hearts in Pink:
The whole dress was going to be inspired a dress I saw on Pinterest here.
Somewhere around Thursday afternoon last week it dawned on me that Valentine's Day was only a week away and I hadn't sewed a single stitch on any garment yet. It also dawned on me that I had a lot to do over the weekend and just didn't have time to sew up a Jump Rope dress. I had to move on to Plan B as much as it pained me. I really only had Thursday evening to sew something up and the quickest dress to put together is the Oliver + S Popover Sundress. So, that's what we ended up with.
I tried to make it a little more Valentine's by adding heart appliqués.
The fabric from the dress came from a dress that was in a stack of UFO's (un-finished objects). I adore the colorful hearts and had every intention of finishing the other dress. The only problem is that I started in over a year ago and the likelihood that it still fit was slim. So, at least I was able to repurpose the cute heart fabric into a project that did fit (and I finished).
I thought the dress needed just a little something extra, and what better to add some fun to a dress than ric-rac. I added a little green ric-rac under the front yoke:
(My mannequin is extra chesty and makes the top of the dress pull funny)
I also added a little ric-rac around the hem.
I have never done rid-rac around a hem before. Here's a little trick that made it work. Iron the hem (in this case I did a 1" hem), unfold the ironed line and use that as a guide to pin on the ric-rac. I used a little Dritz Wonder Tape to hold the ric-rac in place instead of pin and it made it a little easier to sew on. (Wonder Tape is great anytime you want to add embellishments, I use it all the time!) Sew the ric-rac down the center, then refold the hem and finish. Easy, peasy, extra-cheesy!
Doesn't Piper look great?
(I admit, the styling of the entire outfit is a little weird but that happens when you are working with a 3 year old!).
The other dress will happen, just not this week.
In other news, this past weekend Zachary performed with the Tri-County Honors Choir. It was a lovely concert. I was so proud of him. I think I smiled through the entire concert. We didn't take any pictures, because pictures of a choral concert seem a little silly. We did order a concert DVD so we will be able to enjoy the performances again and again. ;)