The challenge was do 'flip' an Oliver + S Roller Skate dress - and this was exactly what I was planning to do anyway! I had already made a version in March and it was very popular, so out came the pattern a second time.
Now... the story behind this all...
My mother is a great sewer. When my sisters and I were young she made all of our clothes for us. One of the resources she used for patterns was the german 'Burda' magazines for children. Now I have no idea if they still do magazines for children, but they were like what 'Ottobre' is now. (I know they do single patterns and magazines for women, and have a very popular website - I presume it is all the same people?)
We had some beautiful clothes made from these patterns and one outfit that always stood out was this:
Mum had made it for my youngest sister who loved it, wore it and now has it for her daughters. I don't have a picture of it on a niece but here is the actual overalls that my mother made:
So I decided I could make a dress version for K using the roller skate pattern.
And... I think I did a fantastic job of sewing it... I can't really fault my own work ... that is really saying something. All the seams match, the lining lines up and there are no fudged bits. It is a brilliant pattern though.
The first change to the actual pattern was to only use the lining for the bodice - so it finished on the bottom side of the elastic casing. (The lining is a DSQuilts fabric from Spotlight that has been used before.) This worked well as the main fabric, a denim, was a good weight already - it is not too stiff so can 'float' but yet has enough body to take the embroidery without adding extra backing. And denim wears well too.
Round Two of 'The Super Online Sewing Match' hosted by SewMamaSew. Maybe I can use it again?