Here is the dress I made for Itsa for her first day of school. She is super happy to have a dress that matches her brother (who she loves to pieces even when he's indifferent to her existence). I used the same fabric as I used for Aki's shirt, bought at Fabricland.
I used the Oliver + S Birthday Party Dress pattern. I had been eyeing the pattern for a while, and unsure if I should buy it, but then found it on clearance at A Great Notion for $2 and snapped it up! Nice deal.
This was an easy and quick dress to do up, with the pleats being the only technically challenging part.
I decided to use snaps on the back instead of buttons as I had run out of thread and didn't want to leave the house for more. I love design choices born out of laziness. I'm not so good at using my snap pliers though, so these snaps took a lot more effort than necessary. But I really feel I have a better technique now.
I serged the seam allowances.
And added a Varelikatt label. I really like having those little labels.
The hem facing is a nice touch on Oliver + S patterns. I basted the hem first, then I blind stitched it. This was the first time I had basted a hem first, and it was so much easier to do a blind stitch. I can't believe I haven't done that before.
Itsa really enjoys wearing this dress, and I think this may be my go-to little girl dress pattern.