I've had the Oliver + S School Photo Dress pattern for a long time, and I've been meaning to make it for a long time. I just really love the style; it's so classic. Since I saw it, I've wanted to make it out of a tweedy wool fabric, but thought that would be totally impractical for a toddler. I saw this wool blend (65% wool/35% poly) online at Fashion Fabrics Club for about $5/yard, and thought I'd give it a try. I washed and dried the fabric by machine and it didn't appear to change it at all, so I figure I should be able to just machine wash, then hang dry and it appears it will hold up fine.
I sort of mixed views, choosing the sleeves and collar that I liked. I also omited the kangaroo pocket, just to get a cleaner look on the front.
I think it turned out pretty cute...I wouldn't mind having one myself (although on second thought, a shift style isn't really very flattering on my body type). It's pretty darn cute on a toddler.
I made the size 18-24 month width and 2T length for my skinny, little, almost-three-year-old. She actually likes it too, which is nice, because she's got opinions about everything. I lined it with a lightweight batiste.
I'm happy I finally made this pattern. It was a joy to sew, as are most Oliver + S patterns, and it should be a great little winter dress.