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Pattern Reviews> Oliver + S> OS036FT (Fairy Tale Dress)

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Posted on:5/11/14 6:12 PM
Project Photo:Oliver + S: OS036FT by KamiSue2

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 3 people   
See other patterns in this category: Kids(boys & girls)    Baby clothes    
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Fabric:Cotton Eyelet  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
This really is a frankenpattern. (I've been making a lot of those lately!) This dress was actually my inspiration. And the back. But the top half is entirely Oliver+S. Seriously, the Oliver+S Fairy Tale Dress would be the perfect base for every dress I make for my girls if only it had set in sleeves, instead of the tulip sleeves!! I'm not quite capable yet of drafting a set-in sleeve pattern. Ruff. Anyway, sorry about that tangent. But oddly enough, I also used vintage Simplicity 2687 (Click Here for a picture). I used the Simplicity pattern to construct the bow.
Pattern Sizing:
I made a size 5 in the bodice width-wise, and a size 6 length-wise in the bodice. My daughter is a very thin 7 yr. old.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not at all like the Oliver+S, except the tulip sleeves are completely unchanged.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, I love Oliver+S instructions, which I did follow to construct the main parts of the dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
No dislikes.
Fabric Used:
Cotton Eyelet with tulle and a lining of cotton batiste.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Ha. Ha. Let's see, I made the skirt out of two rectangle panels of the fabric--which was 55" wide, so the skirt has a full 100" of width. I also made a lapped zipper instead of the invisible zipper--I thought it might be more sturdy with all that weight of the skirt and bow on it. I hand sewed the midriff ruching thing on--and the bow is constructed by roughly halving the size of the pattern pieces in the Simplicity 2687 pattern. I had to individually stitch the ruching gathers in place--but it was well worth the effort. Here's a picture of one side done and one side not done. Stitched gathers And another of where I just started pinning one side. Click Here It's a big difference. I added stay tape at the neckline and shoulder seams too, to help support the weight of the dress. And I altered the neckline to be a bateau neckline. I changed the rouching too from my original inspiration dress, it just didn't look as good on a little girl.
Things I wish I had done differently:
I wish I hadn't added so many layers of tulle. I wish I had added maybe one. I now understand why they wore those big poufy crinolines in the 1950's to pouf out their dresses instead of stacking layers of tulle. It's simply too unwieldy, and the waist seam is hugely thick. And all the layers including the fashion fabric and lining were extremely light weight. I haven't sewn the bow on yet--it is not tied but is permanent and connects with hooks and eyes, and I think I might change the bow itself to be a little shorter before I finish hand sewing that part all together.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No, once was enough.
Conclusion:
I love this dress. I absolutely love it! It was supposed to be her Easter dress, but it ended up her Spring dress because of a rash of sick kids that took up all my time. Oh well. Spring dresses are nice too.

Here's my blog with more photos. Click Here
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JanyceR said...
adorable dress!
5/11/14 6:20 PM
eleda said...
Your daughter looks beautiful in her new dress.
5/11/14 7:37 PM
LlanoGirl said...
Beautiful dress and beautiful girl! Can't wait until my granddaughter is old enough to sew dresses like this.
5/11/14 11:12 PM
sewtofit said...
After reading your forum post and seeing the finished dress, I see it was well worth all the extras you put into the final dress. This is so precious and you did a wonderful job on the ruching.
5/12/14 1:26 AM
Jeffer said...
Adorable. I love the midriff ruching and the bow in back - super pretty. Your daughter is so lucky to wear these beautiful dresses you are sewing for her!
5/12/14 9:03 AM
sacjeanie said...
It came out wonderfully. You solved your gather problem well. The angles of the bow around the torso make the dress add a lot of visual interest.
5/12/14 9:19 AM
ASiverson said...
You did a great job with the fitting and all! Really, your daughter looks so adorable and beautiful in her new dress. TFS, and now off to the blog for more....!
5/12/14 10:09 AM
Pj3g said...
So pretty! Your girls are so lucky to have you sew for them!
5/15/14 9:45 PM
 
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