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Jump Rope Dress (A)

After the first Jump Rope Dress for monkey pants, I really got the urge to keep sewing stuff for her, so I completed view A of the pattern that same week. This one is made with Heather Bailey's Bijoux fabric, Tiled Primrose - yellow, in a size 5. I have to add, that I found these buttons in a budget multi-color pack at Walmart and do they ever go so well with the fabric. I hadn't even bought it for this dress. I made a feeble attempt to match the pattern on the placket with the dress bodice, but clearly wasn't trying very hard. It doesn't really matter though.

Our crazy weather suddenly went from highs of 90 to 45 and it's been too cold to go outside and take pictures. But finally, here it is. I'm so happy with this dress, the style, the fabric, the fit, everything. It's so cute and orderly. Monkey pants is not an orderly looking girl to say the least, and she looks quite proper, yet not uptight, the style is still casual and fun. Really love this dress so I'll probably make another in the Spring. I'd make another one right now, but I gotta pace myself a little.

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  1. Wow that is gorgeous! I'm not very good at sewing but i wish i was. :D Then i could make my little girl gorgeous little dresses like this one.

  2. Honestly, that looks amazing on her! Beautiful job!

  3. That is so darling! Congrats on link of the week at Quilt Home today! I won last week and boy did that $20 come in handy! :)


  4. Beautiful! I have some of that exact Heather Bailey fabric in my stash and have no idea what I want to do with it.

    Congratulations on winning the Quilt Home link of the week giveaway. I won a few months back, so I know how excited you must be!

  5. Oh I am inspired, you are clever! My daughter is just the same age and she would love this dress, i'm off to online shop, lucky i found your blog via QuiltHome!!


  6. I have to tell you that I have enjoyed your blog! Your cakes are amazing and your sewing skills as well. I found you through Quilt Home newsletter. Congratulations on your win!

  7. Thanks! I didn't even know I had won until I read these comments. Awesom! It's not often I win something. Quilthome is one of my favorite online fabric stores because they have the best selection. My sister just got done ordering all the fabrics for the quilt for my daughter there.

  8. I, too, just found out about your blog through Quilt Home. (Congratulations!) Your sewing is incredibly beautiful!! as are your cakes! I love to sew, cook, bake and knit (not as well as my sister!) and I have a 5 year old daughter and a 15 year old daughter and I love sewing for them. Oliver & S are wonderful timeless and lovely. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents! Very inspiring!

  9. I found your blog from Flickr's Oliver and S group. I *adore* everything you create.

  10. hi! just found your blog thru flickr. wonderful creations, i love your sewing!

  11. darling! way to go! and what a compliment to be on liesl's email.

  12. Omigosh! Besides the fact that the dress is absolutely precious. I must know the brand of shoes she is wearing. They are an absolutely perfect looking Mary-Jane! Just found your blog on Oliver+S blog.

  13. Aimee,
    Thank you. The shoes are from the Gap this year. I think they still have them in the stores.

  14. Thank you! I will have to check!

  15. I have the same Bijoux Pop fabric:)
    Very nice to use ofr a dress:)

  16. I just happened to come along to your blog-You are so very talented and I love your work!!!!I love this dress and the pattern choice-it is just to die for and too adorable to stand!! Keep up the good work!!!


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