Roller Skate Button Down Dress


I made this very simple modification on the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress. This pattern is so awesome because it is such versatile starting point for many projects.  So for this one, I kept the main shape of the dress the same as the original but I didn’t line the dress.  Instead, I included a button down front to make the shirt dress.  I did also keep the elastic at the waist (but used a bias binding casing to put it in) and then, I finished all the edges with bias binding.  Technically I could have finished the bottom without bias tape but it was late, and I had really gotten into the whole bias tape thing (and I cut a couple inches off the bottom, thought it would be too short and the baby was sleeping so I couldn’t measure it).  Luckily, it’s a little big so she has room to grow into it a bit.


I’m currently crocheting a little sweater that I can pair with this dress to bring it into fall/winter.


Apple Picking


This past weekend, we went apple picking for the first time with Molly!  To be honest, it was the first time for all of us.  We had so much fun (even though Molly spent her time trying to eat rotten apples she found on the ground)


She is wearing the dress I made for her to wear at her birthday party using the Craftiness Is Not Optional Madison Dress tutorial.  More importantly though, she ate her first doughnut.  The apple farm we went to makes fresh hot apple cider doughnuts.  They were amazing (Molly didn’t eat very much though.  She doesn’t really like sweets and I’m not really complaining about that but that’s why she’s making that face hahaha!).


She loved carrying around apples and she had one in her hands almost the whole time we were there.





We had so much fun and now we have sooooo many apples, I don’t know what we’re going to do with them yet!

New Pattern Joy!

I get really excited when Oliver + S releases new patterns! And I loved all three that were released and had to pick just one 😦  It was a seriously hard decision but since fall and winter are fast approaching, I went with the new Playtime Tunic.


Actually it’s supposed to have long sleeves, but I had this bicycle fabric laying around and I thought it would be perfect for this!  And I only had 1/4 yard.  So I shortened the tunic length and squeezed the pattern onto the fabric and forced it to fit.  Anyway, it’s still warm enough outside for short sleeves 🙂


I have been so excited for this walking stage because, let’s face it, it’s hard to get great pictures of clothes on a kid who is sitting. So I was super excited for this photo shoot since it’s the first one since she really started walking… I have now learned how very difficult it is to get a good picture of a little one who just wants to run around the backyard and play.  Also, she doesn’t understand “SMILE!!!” just yet!


Back to the outfit: I found these buttons in my button stash that I received from my husband’s grandmother. I thought they were just perfect since they sort of looks like wheels of a bicycle.


I just thought this picture was too sweet not to share 🙂  Anyway, I love this pattern and I’ve already made two tunics to match these green leggings I’ve made.  I really enjoyed making leggings on my machine.  While it’s always amazing and fun to make things well beyond the quality (and the level of detail/customization/personal fit) that you can get from the store, it is also fun to make things that looks so store bought that no one even asks you if you made them.