I love to make dresses for my girls. It’s my sewing comfort zone. But, I really haven’t sewn many (besides a few basic knit ones) in the last several months. So, I was excited to participate Olga Becker’s (Coffee + Thread) Eleena dress tour, and hoped it would get me right back into the dress-sewing swing of things!
Spoiler alert: it did!
The Eleena dress is a vintage-inspired dress with sleeve options as well as an optional collar, with sizes ranging from 2-12. You must take a look at all the variations here on Olga’s blog, because they are all so unique! I was so so tempted to go the long sleeve + collar route because I just love the look, but I knew this simpler version would get more wear in our house.
I made Ellery a size 7, with an 8 in length. The fit is perfect, but I probably should’ve just gone with a straight 8 to give her some more growing room.
For the main fabric of my dress, I used a subtle print by Cotton + Steel (sprinkle in peaches) If you look closely, you can see the tiny white dots. I love the inverted pleat down the front, and chose a very pale pink solid for that panel for an understated contrast, and Ellery was actually pretty interested in it- she kept asking me how I did that. 😉
I’ve always been a fan of flutter sleeves, and I’m so happy with the way these ones turned out. Perfect amount of flutter, which i accented with some tiny ivory pom-pom trim.
This is the first invisible zipper that I have ever sewn! And it looks alright! Please ignore the wrinkles- but do not ignore those little back shoulder darts up there! i love smart fit details like that. I found Olga’s overall instructions to be really great and thorough- you can certainly tell she’s experienced. I checked out a youtube video for a visual for the zip because I tend to do better that way.
Thanks again, internet.
I added a little ribbon rosebud at the center of the neckline, and I think it’s pretty sweet and dainty.
Easter dress. BOOM.
The Eleena dress pattern is on sale for $7 until March 7th. I hope you’ll check it out!
Olga is giving away 2 of her sewing patterns and a yard of Sarah Jane fabric, and you can enter that HERE.