Ivy is always jumping, running, and just moving. Always, always moving. And she has an equally active imagination. She loves to wear capes and use her super powers to fight bad guys, and brothers. When she’s not pretending to be a puppy.
So I made her a little dress full of superhero inspiration and perfect for playing in. And it’s also super cute.
The pattern is Ottobre 6/2013, #4: the Toffee Dress
The fabric is kind of ridiculously adorable. I don’t do a lot of character clothing for my kids, other than PJs. But super heroes have always been an exception for me, and I just couldn’t pass this print up. I’m a sucker for cute knits. I scored it from Fabric Stashe . A girl could go broke buying up all their amazing prints. When Ivy first saw the fabric, she draped it around her body and wore it that way until bedtime. The next morning, she had a new dress waiting for her. How’s that for a super power?
I like the Toffee Dress pattern because it doesn’t take up much more fabric than a top does. Which means I can get a dress, with a tiny bit of leftovers, in a size 2 (or 86 cm) out of a half yard/meter cut of fabric. It’s a pretty quick and easy sew, too. What I don’t like about the Toffee Dress pattern is I can’t seem to get the opening at the neck placket not to gape open. I’ve ironed it, adjusted the snaps, nothing. I get it flat, then Ivy starts to run, jump and play, and it opens right back up. blergh.
I was thinking that it doesn’t gape too much when flat, but it totally does. And it just gets worse as Ivy plays in it.
I made a short-sleeved Toffee Dress for a friend’s daughter a few weeks ago [out of Nosh Organics Dachshund fabric, paired with some Ruched Leggings from Ottobre 1/2014 #15 out of Riley Blake Navy Stripes]. Apparently, this dress’s neck has the same gaping issue when on. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, or if it’s the pattern. Either way, I’m bummed. I had planned to make Ivy a couple more of this pattern, it’s so quick and easy, and such a great fun-fabric-show-off. But I don’t think I’ll be making more unless I can figure out that neck placket issue.
I’m going to go back and try to hand sew the bottom of the placket closed, and see if that helps. Even if it doesn’t, Ivy loves this dress, and she tells me there are super powers in the pockets, too. Can’t beat that!
Super Dress: Pattern is Ottobre 6/2013 #4, Toffee (Jersey) Dress, size 86 cm. Fabric is Hero Cats knit by Fabric Stashe, ribbing from Jo-Ann Stores
Leggings: Granimals from Walmart
Shoes: SWYT from Zulily (affiliate link)
Doggy Dress: Pattern is Ottobre 6/2013 #4, Toffee (Jersey) Dress, size 86 cm. Fabric is Dachshund knit by Nosh Organics from Ottobre on Etsy, ribbing is from Nuttal’s
Leggings: Pattern is Ottobre 1/2014 #15, Ruched Leggings, size 86 cm. Fabric is Navy Stripes knit by Riley Blake from Material Girls Quilts