Ottobre Pheobis Dress and New Oliver and S

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by Melissa

I was not kidding when I said I intended to do some little girl sewing.  This is the Pheobis dress from the Summer 2010 Ottobre Design magazine (you can look at pictures of all the clothes in this issue on the Ottobre site).  This is a straightforward pattern with some really thoughtful details-- two rows of shirring using elastic thread on your bobbin (it's easy to do) at the arm holes, and some flat piping around the neck band.  The back zips up and only the neck band is faced.  I have just enough fabric for the bloomers, but I think I'm also going to make some short pants out of some fine wale, dark brown corduroy.  I feel so bad for tiny knees!

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I cut out out a size 92 (the sizes are calculated by the height of your child in centimeters) in this particular pattern.  It looks a little blousy on the hanger, but it hangs beautifully on a small person (my poor boy child)-- especially if that small person likes to twirl.  I love, love, love Anna Maria's Little Folks 100% cotton voile.  It has a gorgeous hand and drapes and sews much like Tana Liberty Lawn (but is less than half the price).  It's silky but not too sheer, and is perfect for making french seams that aren't too bulky.  I like the prints, but I'm really excited about the solids.  I'm hoping to stock up on some of those for my own summer sewing and I'm planning on getting a few more yards in the prints-- we still have several bolts left at the store, but they're going fast. 

And guess what?  Bolt just got in new patterns from Oliver and S, including the highly anticipated ice cream dress.  Clearly, you will find plenty of ways to use up any voile you might have stashed.