My mother-in-law visited San Francisco last year, and brought me back some beautiful Liberty lawn from Britex Fabrics. There were four pieces altogether, two in blues (which I have earmarked for a Family Reunion dress) and then this amazing Mirako print with a coordinating butter yellow plain lawn. I love the print, it reminds me of a Tokyo streetscape, but I knew I'd need to pick a pattern for it carefully, since it wouldn't work with anything too fussy. When I saw the Oliver + S Roller Skate dress I knew it would be perfect - nice clean lines, and a modern shape to show off the fabric. My only conundrum was that Milla, although she's not three yet, is currently in a size 4 for Oliver + S, which is the top of their smaller size range. Since I already have lots of patterns that fit her now, I didn't want to buy a pattern that she'd grow out of immediately (because the Oliver + S patterns are a bit more expensive I like to be able to make them a few times). Also, I think the style of the Roller Skate Dress is one that would look great on older girls, so I ended up buying the larger sized pattern (5-12).
The upshot of all this is that I made a size 5, which is too big for Milla now, but should fit her at the end of summer and for next summer. I made View A, without the notched neck and contrast facings because the lawn is very delicate and the print is busy enough that it doesn't need anything else going on. The two layers of lawn are unbelievably soft and comfortable, so I think this will be lovely to wear in hot weather. I made a rouleaux strip of the yellow lining fabric to use instead of a ribbon at the front (just like the button loop, but longer).
The only other change I made from the pattern instructions was to leave a gap in one of the side seams of the lining between the casing stitching lines. When the seam is pressed open and the rows are stitching for the casing are done, this leaves a little spot to thread the elastic through, rather than leaving a break in one of the casing rows and going back to stitch it later. I've seen it done this way in Japanese books and it looks very neat and makes it easier to keep the elastic from getting twisted when threading it through the casing (and to adjust / replace the elastic later if needed).
This was a very quick and satisfying thing to sew - I am sure that I'll make more from this pattern. It's very economical in the yardage it uses too, so a nice way to show off special fabric. And even though it's simple, the lines of the dress are lovely, so it looks smarter than the average elastic-waisted number. I kind of wish it went up to adult sizes, but maybe the Pattern Runway kimono dress is a similar option for me?