The hot weather continues in Melbourne, although we are currently in the middle of a 48 hour respite period. Hot weather requires cool clothes. Viscose/rayon is one of my favourite fabrics for hot weather, and Clare really likes to wear it too. So I made her a simple Oliver + S roller skate dress, in rayon.
The roller skate dress is such a simple pattern, and it can be sewn in around an hour and a half, just in time to wear to church on a Sunday morning. Ask me how I know! It just consists of two dresses, an outer and a lining, an elastic casing around the empire waistline, and a button and loop closure at the back.
If memory serves me correctly the floral rayon is an Amy Butler design, that I bought online from the USA. The reverse/lining side is a textured viscose gingham from Rathdowne fabrics. Because the lining is exactly the same as the dress, I chose to keep it the same length and hem the two skirts together to make the dress reversible.
See? Same dress, inside out! I’ve made a reversible version before for Stella (although Stella has decided that she doesn’t like hers, for some reason. Grrrr.) and Clare was very happy to choose two coordinating fabrics. I sewed this at size 8, and she’s happy with the fit. I think that we’ll see this dress quite a bit for the rest of the hot weather. Although I wonder which side she will favour?