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Posted on:5/19/14 1:08 AM
Last Updated:5/19/14 1:12 AM
Project Photo:Oliver + S: OS036FT by KamiSue2

Oliver + S: OS036FT by KamiSue2  
Pattern Photo:Oliver + S OS036FT
Oliver + S Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 1 people   
See other patterns in this category: Kids(boys & girls)    Baby clothes    
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Fabric:Cotton - Quilting  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
This is actually another Frankenpattern. I used the Oliver+S dress for the bodice sizing and construction methods, and then changed the pattern to look entirely like Simplicity 2931, a vintage sub-teen dress with a rounded front neckline, v-shaped back neckline, front and back midriff sections, and a full gathered skirt, as described on the envelope. The dress is fully lined, with two additional layers of tulle under the skirt.
Pattern Sizing:
I made a size 10 width-wise in the bodice, and size 12 length-wise.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looked similar to the Simplicity pattern, but I made changes to that design as well.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Oliver+S directions are heavenly. I highly recommend those patterns.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My sister and her daughter chose two different fabrics, and they wanted me to use both in the dress. So I ended up making the bottom of the skirt with a panel of one of the fabrics (I only had a small amount of that fabric) and I really didn't like that so much. But they're happy with it. So all's well!
Fabric Used:
Quilting cotton, which by the way, works so nicely with these 1950's full skirted style dresses.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Like I said, I changed the Oliver+S pattern to have the same design elements as the Simplicity pattern, only I didn't do as deep as a V in the back. I wish I would have drafted in more fabric to gather on the top half of the bodice piece--under the bust and above the midriff piece. I love that design detail in a lot of 50's dresses, and it really just didn't even show up much on this dress. That's probably for the best though, because my 10 yr old isn't that developed yet anyway. I made the dress with 3/4 length sleeves instead of short or sleeveless also.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yep, I could definitely see myself making a different version of the Simplicity dress for my girls someday.
Buy some Fasturns!!! Yeah, I know that's a weird conclusion, but that is my #1 lesson I learned from this dress. They are so worth it! I was trying to turn those silly bias tape bows and accent trims and I spent HOURS using my usual method--a skewer. (Yeah, I know, pathetic.)
And I never managed to turn even one--I think the quilting cotton was simply too heavy for this, ummm, method. And the next day my fingers were tingling all day and my hands hurt. Yuck. So I bought some Fasturns, and once I received them, it literally took me minutes to turn all four. Hurray! Love those things. So worth the investment.

**So after seeing this actually on my niece I wish I had made the midriff piece wider.

*** I never liked this dress much, and really I think the main issue I have with it is simply that I don't like the gray fabric. Yep. It boils down to that.
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Aafke said...
She looks very sweet and happy with her dress
5/19/14 2:32 AM
bakertoo said...
A pretty dress, and the colors are so nice on her. And it looks so well made, and the fit looks good. Great job.
5/19/14 12:21 PM
supizoo said...
She looks so sweet!
5/20/14 5:36 AM
Pj3g said...
Oh is she sweet! So is the dress! Perfect for her!
5/22/14 5:19 PM
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