Oliver +S Jump Rope Easter Dress

It seems to now be a tradition for me to sew dresses late into the night on Easter Eve.  This year turned out to be no exception.

I chose an Oliver+S pattern (Jump Rope dress, that I WISH went up to a size 12) that was new to me, I’ve always had great success with their patterns in the past and this one turned out to be just as detailed as the ones I’ve used before.

I decided it was time to cut into some of that Heather Bailey Freshcut fabric that I’ve been hoarding. Purple has got to be my least favorite color, so when my daughter told me she wanted a purple dress I groaned a bit…. We compromised, (thank you Heather Bailey!!) and she was just as happy with big purple flowers on her dress.

Even though I wanted to be lazy and make the belt out of ribbon, I went ahead and used fabric and I’m glad I did.  I really like the contrast.

My son was excited that he could fit in one of “Dad’s ties” even though it was still a tad long, it worked out great…. and my pocket book is happy now that they can share ties.

Here he is with the dog, somehow that dog always manages to work her way into our photo shoots.

Here I am with my girls…My oldest daughters dress is from Francesca’s, she stole my pearl necklace and green belt. (I got them back later.. *wink*)..

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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    I made the Jump Rope dress for my 5 year old. It definitely has a lot of details. I love your older daughter’s dress! So pretty. What a beautiful family you have.

  2. says

    Glad you were able to compromise on the purple, I think I would have groaned too! You all look great, and definitely no mistaking that your eldest daughter is yours in that last pic!

  3. Leslie Brown says

    hi Melissa !!!! you have a Beautiful family!!!! and you did a great job, i love that pruple ( growl also) LOL !!! have 2 grandaughters…..ones Purple the other Pink !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! soon it will be easter 2014, HAPPY EASTER TO ALL !!! LESLIE

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