Pattern: Cartwheel Dress by Oliver + S
Size Made: 7
Fabric: Woodland Clearing by Robert Kaufman (Liesl Gibson)
I made this dress back in May when I was auditioning patterns for her birthday dress. I ended up using the Garden Party pattern instead, but as a bonus, she ended up with two choices. Lucky Girl!
Relatively new to the market, this pattern has a really interesting and clever construction method. It is a wrap-style dress, with no closures other than ties (which can be sewn to wrap around the front or around the back) and some velcro, which is hidden underneath the skirt section.
A sew-along was hosted over on the Oliver + S blog at the end of May, which is a great visual aid for showing off the details of the construction.
We really like the look and feel of this design. It is well fitted in the bodice area with subtle cap sleeves, which are great for summer.
The wrap section crosses over with enough overlap so it gives good coverage and no worries for me.
The velcro tabs underneath, which you could use a snap for instead, seem to hold firm even under the most active play.
I liked the look of View A with the ties at the front, my little one would like them at the back. I will be happy to oblige her and make another View B version sometime soon.
The Woodland Clearing fabric was a lucky find for me. I bought what was left on the roll when I spotted it at the fabric shop and it was just enough to make this dress with none left over. Phew!
I would heartily recommend this pattern for a cute summer dress. We will be getting a lot of wear out of this one.