This was another of the Oliver + S patterns that I wasn't quite sure about when I first saw it. I had the same reaction with the Apple Picking dress. I think it must be the drop waist silhouette that my eye isn't used to seeing, as it hasn't really been in fashion since, oh, the mid-eighties (when I had a peach drop waist dress that my mom made for me, which I loved). Dropped waists appear to be making a comeback, so I guess we can go with that ;)
Anyway, I decided to give it a try anyway, and I'm glad I did. It really is a cute pattern with some fun details. I think ultimately, it was the bow that got me :)
I made the size 12-18 months, and I have to say, the sizing seemed a little big to me. I had to bring the shoulders and neckline in significantly. If I were to make it again, I would go down a size. I haven't had this problem with any of the other Oliver + S patterns. In fact, I've almost had the opposite problem with some. Miss S is 18 months and is a little on the small side, so she should have fit it about perfectly. I'll just have to remember this for the future.
For the waist casing and the bow, I used a polka dotted quilting cotton that I bought before Miss S was born to make her a quilt which hasn't yet happened...
I used a covered button for the back closure, and instead of making a thread loop (I'm way too lazy for that), I used a tip I'd seen on a blog. Unfortunately, I can't remember which blog, but they suggested using a piece of a hair elastic, which worked great.
A fun summer dress I'm glad I tried :)