This is not the first time I’ve made the Ice Cream Dress from Oliver + S. As you might recall, I did a black with orange polka-dots blouse for her last year when she had little hair and a very clear need for (more) Halloween clothing. After making it, I certainly put it on her several times and it’s look cute each time, but… Well, how much need is there for a short sleeved Halloween colored woven cotton shirt? Practically none. Plus, we all know it but try to ignore it, quilting cotton can be less than ideal for clothing. You’re meant to quilt with it, not make a shirt.
When I fell in love last year with a bit of Nani Iro double gauze fabric, I held off on purchasing it. I held off far longer than I expected to. Then the pictures on several children’s clothing blogs started to get to me. How cute they all looked, I thought, in their little double gauze outfits and how their mothers praised the fabric. I weakened and bought a metre. It came to me and I was certain that I’d make myself a shell out of it.
Only, the image of Belly in a loose, swingy shirt made from it on top of her cute tight jeans stuck in my mind. Then, as I wound my way through Joann one day, I spotted tiny bunny buttons.
I went home with the buttons in a bag and a plan in my mind. I was going to cut out fabric. It took me over a month to cut it out, however. The fabric was so precious. I hated cutting into it. Every bit of the leftovers of it is still sitting in my stash and I plan to use it for quilting since there isn’t enough for even a tiny bit of a shirt or skirt or pants. But, cut, I did. I even had a hard time sewing this since I was terrified I’d ruin it when I made it. I’d ruin my plan and this fabric and my daughter would hate it and I’d be angry at myself.
Well, miracles do happen, because the picture above this paragraph is basically the one I had in my head. A swingy loose shirt that billows out over tight leggings. It’s adorable on her. It can be layered in the winter and worn by itself in the summer. Better, unlike my knitted goods, she doesn’t act like the act of wearing this shirt will lead to her murder.
I cannot stress how beautifully this shirt hangs and the softness of the cotton is a dream. I now know why all those sewing blog moms write beautiful odes to Nani Iro. It looks and feels like the finest shirt. It is both fluffy and drape-y. It’s all the things.
It even got the seal of approval from my two year old daughter who hates everything. (Seriously, she’s a grump. She gets it from me, so I understand.) She is happy to pose in it and just to wear it as an every day item. I hope it becomes a preschool staple next year and that she wears it all winter and summer long. She didn’t even get too angry about this photo shoot which is really rare. The only time she yelled at all was when we put the pigtails in. She has a hate/love relationship with her hair.
I did eliminate the V at the neckline. I never really cared for that feature in the first place and it was just added trouble to make.
Don’t mind her blue lips. I bribed her with M&Ms for even bigger smiles and dancing.
She totally can’t see the bunny button, but I know it is there. That makes me happy. Now, excuse me, I need to go buy a ton of Nani Iro fabric to make her more shirts. I also need to go get more Oliver + S patterns!