In the fall, we pick apples. Lots and lots and lots of apples!
Of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity to sew up the Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress pattern. I picked up the Apple-Picking Dress for half price when I bought the Croquet Dress. I didn’t know when I would sew it up, but an Oliver + S pattern for 1/2 price? Come on!
There were elements of the Apple-Picking Dress that weren’t my favorite, and I had read some reviews that lined out some other potential issues, like the length. So when I knew we would be picking apples, I revisited the pattern and decided to make all those potentially unfavorable marks against the dress into positives.
Problem #1: Drop waist: Annie is not a toddler anymore, and has lost her cute toddler belly, so the drop waist isn’t really a favorite anymore.
Solution: bring the bottom of the top up to her waist.
How to: I did this by measuring her back-waist length, and then folding the pattern to that measurement plus seam allowances.
Problem #2: Short length: Annie is getting really tall, and all the reviews I read mentioned the length as being a little short.
Solution: make it a peplum top!
How To: I did this by using only the short ruffle and leaving off the second, long ruffle. We’ve been seeing quite a few peplum tops lately, they really seem to be making a comeback.
Problem #3: Bow: I felt the bow made it so old-fashioned and even out of date looking when used with modern fabrics.
Solution: Use vintage fabrics and vintage color combination.
How To: I dug into the stash and found this very vintage brown fabric. Then I searched for the perfect red to go with it, and found the sweet embroidered red fabric, again in my stash.
Problem #4: Shy button placket: The button placket seems to be sort of hidden behind the bow.
Solution: Outline the button placket with piping, Frances Suzanne style.
How To: The perfect piping remnant was waiting in the stash, too short for any other project!
If you’re paying attention, you just realized I sewed up the entire Apple-Picking Peplum Top from stuff in my stash!
Now I can envision sewing up one of these for Annie each year!
As usual, this Oliver + S pattern was a dream to sew up, and the results are so professional looking, don’t you think? The hardest part for me to sew on this pattern was the top stitching on the collar because it is cut on the bias. This makes it hang nicely on the bow part, but tricky to edge stitch on the collar!
So what do we do with all those apples that we pick?
Apple cider, of course! We have an old fashioned apple cider press, and there is nothing better in the fall than freshly pressed apple cider!
When it got chilly, Annie threw on a sweater over her new peplum top, and she was ready to press some more apples into cider.
The skirt you see Annie wearing in these photos is a Land’s End hand-me-down from Allegra and Aria. Land’s End school uniform clothing lasts and lasts and lasts!
It was a busy day, so Allegra and I both contributed to this photo shoot.
I love the small contrast at the sleeve hem that matches the collar. The red in both places really makes it pop.
Many hands make light work, and when making apple cider, every hand is appreciated! Of course everyone loves the taste of the finished product and is buoyed on occasionally by a glass of fresh apple cider!
Mr. Skirt Fixation, restored this apple cider press for us. He gave his stamp of approval on Annie’s Apple-Picking Peplum top, too!
I couldn’t help playing around with a few of the photos to give them a vintage look.
Since the modified Apple-Picking Dress has transported Annie to a bygone era.
Have you ever modernized something by making it old fashioned?