Both mine and Ivy’s favorite summer pieces from her wardrobe last summer were her knit dresses. She’s outgrown all of them now, and they’ve been packed up and sent off to a friend. So I get to make her new ones for this year. First up, a Soleil Dress by Selvedge Designs in Bakery Fun by Lillestoff.
I love how little fabric the Soleil uses. I only had .5 meter of this knit, but was able to get all the main pieces out of it, with a tiny bit left over. It helps that Euro knits like Lillestoff are extra wide, giving you just a little bit more fabric than most. I used some Riley Blake polka dots knit for the rest: the binding, and pocket bags and facings.
Ivy calls this her “Nummies Dress”, and has worn it three days straight now. She even slept cuddled up with it last night. The Bakery Fun print is so random and funny. She likes to go up and ask us, “What would you like, customer?” and then “pick” the treats off her dress for us to eat. When I told her I was going to buy her a pretzel, like those on the print, for the photoshoot, she couldn’t stop giggling, she was so excited.
The Soleil is one of my very favorite patterns for Ivy. It’s a simple, comfortable dress, and easy sew using not much fabric, and then there is that opening at the back that is unexpected and perfect.
I made the size 3 for her this year, but it’s still too big, especially around her tiny frame. It’s especially obvious at the back opening, which gaps quite a bit on her. The hem isn’t long enough that I think it will work for next year, and she would throw a fit if I tried to take it away, so I’m just going to let her wear it as is rather than storing it until summer ‘16. I’ve made her next dresses (soon to be blogged) with wider seam allowances through the bodice, and I like the fit much better. I’m going to try taking this one in a bit, if I can peel it off her little body without too much of a fight.
Dress: Soleil Dress by Selvedge Designs, size 3. Main print is Bakery Fun knit by Lillestoff, contrasting is Riley Blake Polka Dots
Sandals: Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe The Original Sandal (affiliate link)