These pictures are all a bit blurry. In fact, I took them back in September, and haven’t blogged them because I kept thinking I should redo the photoshoot. But you know what? I love them. Ivy is at her best and truest in them, blurriness and all. So let’s check out the Super Hero Cats dress!
This past June, my husband and I went to Scotland for our 16th Anniversary. While in Edinburgh, we made it out to Kitschy Coo’s shop. I’ve purchased online from Kitschy Coo, and known the owner, Amanda, through the online sewing community for a few years. But being able to go into the cute, quirky actual storefront was pretty fantastic. While there, I picked up this amazing Super Hero Cats fabric, with matching stripes.
Ivy loved it as soon as I showed it to her, and claimed it as hers. A couple of months later, I was ready to sew it up for her. I let her go through my Ottobre patterns with me, and she chose the Lionella Dress from 3/2015 (pattern #15).
“It has ruffles”, I told her, worried but excited
“I love it!”, she told me
“Even the ruffles?”
So I made it, along with some darling stripy leggings to match.
I laid it out for her to see it all finished and adorable and perfect. She grimaced, pushed it away and announced, “Yuck! I hate it!” She wouldn’t even look at it again.
It was the ruffles. Oh, four year olds.
After calming myself down, venting on Instagram about parenting preschoolers, and a night’s rest, I put the Super Hero Cats outfit in her closet and shut the door. Then, I told my boys to randomly go in to her room, pull out the outfit and comment on how much they love it, gush about how cool it was the fabric came all the way from Scotland, really play it up. The whole time I never said one word about it.
It took a few days, but my scheming worked. Ivy, all on her own, pulled out the dress and leggings to wear for the first day of school.
And so did she because, seriously, how freaking cute is this?!?
Very. Very freaking cute is the answer.
The Lionella is very similar to the Passerine Jumpsuit from the same Ottobre issue. In fact, they use the same bodice and sleeve pattern pieces. I’ve sewn the Jumpsuit twice for Ivy now (latest seen HERE), and those jumpsuits are her very favorites. So it really does make sense she picked this dress, even if she had a lapse in judgment for a bit after it was finished.
The Lionella has that sweet open back, with back strap across, like the companion jumpsuit.
The sleeves are a little different for the dress. They are double-layered, with elastic sandwiched in, making them more full and feminine.
But then it also has this really fun asymmetrical, layered skirt: the ruffles.
Thankfully, Ivy has totally come around to them now. Super Hero Cats, ruffled skirt and all, are a regular in her wardrobe rotation now.
Sewing and manipulation, those are my super powers.