I started the oliver + s school photo dress a year ago, originally planned to be worn in Vancouver last Christmas, where it is much colder. Those plans fizzled and I finally placed it back in the sewing queue, just in time for American Thanksgiving!
I’m not sure why I didn’t finish this little black dress–it’s the perfect special occasion dress without the ruffles & frills. Instead, it’s graced with classic lines, a beautiful collar, cuffed sleeves and a hidden kangaroo pocket. I regret not finishing this dress sooner–I cut the pattern in size 5 so there’s not much room to grow! Luckily, the dress fits perfectly.
The fabric is a black polka dot cotton flannel, purchased here, previously used to accent the fox backpack. It has a soft thickness to it that makes the fabric warm and gives it a wool-like structure, without the scratchiness. The lining is Kona cotton in black.
The instructions for the invisible zipper were by far, the best I’ve ever seen. The zipper is perfect–truly invisible! This is my first oliver + s dress–the pattern is well-written and the illustrations are as always, super clear and helpful. I didn’t make a single modification, nor did I need to.
Froo’s first pose:
Uh, right after that shot, Froo insisted on only silly poses. I uploaded the photos and showed them to Froo, which made her laugh hysterically. I asked her to take some serious ones, but then my camera battery died. Oh well, she refused serious, so we only have silly:
Not much luck with the close-up shots either:
Finally, one happy pose. I think she’s just pleased with herself for shaking all her sillies out.
I promise, this little black dress with polka dots is really pretty in person! It’ll keep my little girl warm and stylish during the winter months. A little grown-up(ish), yet fun at the same time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!