My oldest kiddo, Ellery Kate, is going to be 6 in 7 days! She’s been counting down for two weeks now.
I wanted to make her a little birthday dress. Something, easy, sweet, casual, and flowy.
Enter one of my favorite little (free) patterns, the Oliver + S popover sundress.
I’ve probably made about 8 of these dresses (not including the doll version!) and it will always be a fave. It’s such a quick sew, and can easily be modified to make it more interesting.
Here, I modified the skirt piece, by cutting pieces the entire width of the fabric and then gathering at the center where it attaches to the yoke.
I also added a lining (I hacked up an old bridesmaid dress for that- leaving the existing hem), which is very easy to do with this pattern, and I’m so glad I did. It had to have something under the cream fabric since you’d be able to see her Anna and Elsa undies (Do you wanna build a snowman???? sorry… you probably just got that out of your head), but mostly, I wanted a more fun, billowy look for my girl.
(By the way, I originally stacked the lining and outer piece together and then gathered, but decided that gathering them separately and just sort of squishing them together with pins when attaching the yoke, yields a more fluffy look there… and that’s sort of what I was going for.)
One of Ellery’s favorite handmades was this popover in knit. Wore the dickens out of it. I loved the pieced look of the yoke on that one, so I did the same idea here by piecing together some of my favorite Michael Miller cotton couture solids (from left to right: violet, jewel, creamsicle, mist, fog, and wedgewood). The straps are also cotton couture, in cinnamon… and…the main dress is made in (yup, cotton couture) cream.
Yo Michael Miller! Can I get a sponsorship? Or at least a WOOT WOOT!
Ellery thinks it’s HILARIOUS that we only got one long stalk of asparagus in our garden… we planted that shit 3 years ago and it’s supposed to be coming up like crocuses now. Ridiculous.
Ell has finally started to climb the trees in our yard. Which is good because there are like 50.
Get going, girl.
…And happy, happy birthday to my best little friend. Love you like cray cray.
15 thoughts on “A Birthday Popover”
Beautiful dress, beautiful girl!! and thanks for the idea of what to do with the multitude of bridesmaid dresses I have on hand (I think I had the honour 6 times)!
6?! Get cracking girl… I bet you could make some amazing things out of those! I mean, one can never have enough satin…er taffeta?? 😉
Oh how sweet, looks great. Happy birthday!
Aw happy birthday to Ellery! Adorable little gal and I love the flowy popover – it’s one of my favorite patterns, too! The pieced yoke is great – I’ll definitely give you a WOOT WOOT!
Thanks, Kristin! 🙂
How I love those SHOES! She’s a beauty!
You used the word “dickens”. I love how it billows! Super adorable photo shoot. So pretty in that tree. Can’t wait to celebrate this gal on Sat!
Oh I love what you did with this pattern! I’ve made this lots of times myself and never thought about any of the things you did! So beautiful!!!
Oh, thanks! I love this pattern and still think of ways to change it up. I’ve done the gathered skirt piece a few times and it is definitely my fave! -e 🙂
Love this… the pieced yolk and the colours! Gorgeous. I now need to make this dress again, seems an age.
This is so gorgeous Erin. Love love love it all!
Thanks so much, Dana! She loves this one. 🙂