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|Oliver + S: OS039PWD (Pinwheel tunic + slip dress) - Type:Toddlers |
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|Reviewed by:||Alison Cummins|
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|Member since: 9/1/02 |
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|Posted on:||7/3/13 11:54 PM |
|Last Updated:||8/22/13 11:02 AM|
Oliver + S Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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A flounced tunic and a flounced dress that can be worn together or separately.
6M to 4T and 5 to 12. I made the 3T.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were mostly easy to understand, but inserting the straps was hard to execute. Iíll do it differently next time. The instructions for sewing on the flounce looked intimidating so I ignored them and just sewed on the flounce. It was very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the flexibility of the style that can be worn in different ways in different weather and on different occasions. I like that it has flounces which are fashionable these days, without being frilly. I like the graphic element provided by the binding. And of course I love that itís an O&S pattern and goes together perfectly.
For the 3T I was able to squeeze all the main pieces for both the tunic and the dress onto a piece of lightweight quilting cotton 49" x 45".
I used a lighter, almost voile for the binding and the dress facing. I made everything from stash and considered several different trim fabrics. I ended up going with a dark blue that didnít really match rather than a yellow that picked up some of the highlights, because I decided that high contrast was more important than exact colour matching. I was right. The graphic lines are striking and the different blues work together well.
For an example of what I'm talking about, I decided I liked the cover illustration for the pattern with the high contrast of light yellow and dark red better than this lower-contrast version.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had barely enough fabric, so in order to be able to lay out all the pieces to get them all to fit at the same time I traced and mirrored the pieces, cutting out doubles of pieces that needed to be cut twice. Many of the pieces look similar (flounces for the dress and flounces for the tunic) so I wrote the number of the pattern piece on a bit of masking tape and stuck it to the cut fabric pieces to identify them.
Kathleen Fasanella doesn't like stay stitching so I stabilized the necklines with narrow strips of fusible instead.
Using the instructions to sew the straps in the dress was a real bear. The straps were pulling the work off grain when I was sewing the facing into the body of the dress so I kept having to stop sewing, adjust everything and repin. When that was done the facing was sewn in beautifully but the straps pointed in all directions. I had to cut them out and redo them several times. I haven't done this yet, but next time I plan to try this method:
1. Cut each strap three inches longer than indicated. Mark the stitching lines two inches from each end.
2. Sew the facing to the body of the dress, stopping at the insertion points for the straps. Trim seams (except for insertion points), press and understitch.
3. From the right side, insert the straps up to the marked stitching line. When you are satisfied that they are straight, pin the ends to the facing at three points.
4. Turn the facing inside out and stitch the straps in place. Trim seam allowances and turn right side out. Confirm that straps are straight and cut off extensions.
Aside from the straps, everything went together easily and perfectly. I usually take a long time to complete a project but I was able to make both the tunic and dress in a weekend and still had time to make a pair of shorts. (I had made the bias binding the previous weekend ó is that cheating?)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely plan to. Iím sewing for a child who lives in an extremely hot and humid climate most of the time (this tunic and dress will not be worn together until ďwinterĒ) so I will be experimenting with voile.
This outfit might look a teeny bit intimidating but it's lots of fun to make and versatile for the child.
The outfit was part of the new clothes that she received for Eid ul Fitr. The first pictures in this flickr set were taken on a trip to the park. She elected to wear just the top as a dress, which was ok as itís a little big. Itís a size 3T and she just turned 3 two weeks before the pictures were taken.
I also included flats with the smock and dress together, just the dress and just the smock.
The last picture is the smock worn with matching churidar which I made following the instructions here (and various other spots on the web).
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