Ginger Made: Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

OK, remember wayyyyyyy back in October when my neighbor spied me photographing baby dresses and requested a dress for her granddaughter?  No, because that was OCTOBER and now it’s February?  I don’t blame you.  Well, I finally made it, and what I lack in promptness I hopefully make up for in cuteness-of-dress.

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

Sophia is 8, and she stopped by my apartment one day when she was visiting her gram for measurements.  She didn’t know why she was getting them taken, so when I told her I was making her a dress, her face lit up with a huge smile that nearly melted my heart.  When I asked her what she liked in a dress, she uttered just one word, “PINK!”  So this is suuuuuper pink!  Hopefully she’ll love it!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

Historically I’ve not been that excited about kids’ sewing, so I wasn’t really looking forward to this project.  Someone suggested (Andrea, maybe?) that I find some fabric that I love but can’t really get away with wearing, so that’s what I did.  It was really fun to pick out something for a little girl, and seriously, I wish I could wear this print!  Prints like this are totally absent from the Garment District, so I ordered this from Etsy on sale.  It’s Briar Rose by Heather Ross.  It reminded me of a treasured pair of Strawberry Shortcake gym shoes that I had as a little girl (and kind of wish were still in my closet!).

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

I used the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress pattern.  It’s really cute, and isn’t that fitted, which I liked since I wouldn’t be able to have Sophia try it on while I was making it.  I first saw this pattern during the Super Online Sewing Match on Sew Mama Sew- you can see the contestants’ fantastic versions here!  The name reminded me of skating on quads to the Ghostbusters theme song with my aunt and her high school boyfriend (don’t be a pervert, she was in high school, too, you weirdo!), so that was an automatic plus.  It’s kind of an expensive pattern, so hopefully I’ll have a reason to use it again down the road.

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

The dress goes together easily, so that’s a major plus.  You have to sew pretty carefully around the steep curves in the sleeves and the neck facing, so I couldn’t go at my usual pedal-to-the-metal pace, but that’s fine.  The dress is fully lined with a soft pink shirting from Chic Fabrics, and the finishing is really clean and neat.  I made view B (with the contrasting neck facing), used a covered button (covered by Man Friend!) for the back closure, and added a bow to the front using Tilly’s tutorial.  The only thing that annoyed me was that it took forever to mark the stitching lines for the elastic casing on the front of the dress, and by the time I was ready to sew them, the chalk had rubbed off, so I had to mark it again.  No one’s fault, but I wanted to complain, OK?  I’m also a little bit irked because I didn’t notice the print was directional when I was cutting, so the front has the stems facing up and the back has the stems facing down.  I’m guessing no one will notice… but if someone DOES notice, it will probably drive them crazy!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

I really got into this dress as I was making it.  It was fun to think about what might make an 8-year-old happy.  I hope she loves the dress and feels really special every time she wears it!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

Can you remember any favorite outfits from your childhood?  Any special dresses that made you feel like a million bucks?  Is there any chance that it’s socially acceptable for a woman in her thirties to wear a strawberry-print dress in Pepto-Bismol pink?

Oliver + S Roler Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

A wee strawberry button!

123 responses

  1. Ready for it…. When I was 8 my mom made me a cotton jumpsuit I wore like everyday. The best part, it was Kelly green with an all over insect print. I think I even called it a “bug suit”. My third grade school picture has me proudly donning it with my uncombed hair and big, purple, plastic eyeglasses….

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  2. Oh Ginger this is soooooo cute. It should make Sophia happy cause it’s super pink! Confession – I want to wear that fabric too. If both of us make a strawberry dress it will be less weird, right?

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  3. oh this is so cute!!! i keep saying i need to try these patterns for my kiddos, but the price always holds me back… this one i’ve almost bought, many, many times. i’m sure the recipient will love this dress!

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    • Oh, man, I loved her so much! I still have a treasured Strawberry Shortcake mug… I drank a loooooot of hot chocolate out of that puppy in my day, and now I load it up with my morning coffee! 🙂

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  4. Great make! Oliver + S patterns are so much fun for kiddo sewing! I’ve mostly used their girl patterns, as well as Figgy’s. Figgy’s has a book of patterns for boys that gets rave reviews! I hope to see more of kiddo gingermakes!

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    • I really love Figgy’s patterns! I found their website after I had already downloaded the O + S pattern or I probably would’ve bought one of theirs instead. Honestly, I want to wear pretty much every single Figgy’s patterns! I think I may pick up the book so I can make some stuff for my nephew!

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  5. Oh my gah! This is sooooo cute Sonja…I’d totally wear it in a less pink colourway ;o) I’m sure Sophia will love it…I think you’ve made a little girl very happy ;o)

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  6. Sooooooo cute, she will love it for sure! My oldest is Sophia also, and she loves pink so much she made up a song about it (it pretty much goes “pink, pink, I love pink”). You know, they make this strawberry print in a jersey knit also…pink strawberries on a cream background. You could totally rock a strawberry t-shirt! They have it at Hawthorne Threads http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/heather_ross/briar_rose_jersey_knits/strawberry_knit_in_lilac

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  7. If you want to find cute patterns to try for your nephew, try go-to patterns. They have amazing collections. Really hip stuff.
    You could use the fabric as a cheeky lining somewhere, or in a pocket, or as a kerchief? Surely, a kerchief is okay? (“And don’t call me Shirley”—I know. (; )
    Cheers!

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  8. First of all: I’m sure Roisin (from Dolly Clackett) for one woud totally get away with wearing a dress like this. LOL!
    Second: this is one totally gorgeous little girls dress. Soo cute! I remember as a little girl I had a blouse with an all over print of wrapped candy… How I loved that shirt. In my memory I’ve been wearing it for years, but I don’t know ’bout that.

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    • Oh, and this pink would look really nice on Roisin! She can really pull off prints! 🙂

      That sounds like a sweet shirt. I love that favorite clothes from childhood really stick in your memory. 🙂

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  9. Wow, you are so UNSELFISH for making a dress for your neighbour’s granddaughter. And it looks fabulous. You’ve got oodles of good Karma on your side for this one!

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  10. Oh man this is so darling! I love the strawberry print, and the tiny button! Very nice of you to do some selfless sewing. No one will ever notice the print direction!! I used to go to fabric stores as a child with my step mom and look at pattern books, she never actually sewed me many things but I for sure loved to dream about the possibilities! And I loved looking at little cute plastic buttons.. in the shape of strawberries or the like.

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    • Oh my gosh, I used to love looking at buttons, too! I remember a set of little plastic pink hippos that I always admired at the fabric store. My mom was more of a quilter than a garment sewer, but she made me a few dresses for weddings and whatnot over the years. 🙂

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  11. Cute! I’m beginning to wish I knew little girls to sew for, because you can have so much fun with the prints! I have a niece now that I’m married, but I feel like her parents wouldn’t really appreciate handmade clothes. I do have a friend who’s having a baby girl later this year, so maybe I can make something for her shower…

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