Tuesday, December 7, 2010

.... and the Birthday Dress

I made this dress from scraps of fabric as I mentioned in the last post. When my daughter saw me putting the fabrics together, she asked who it was for. I said I could make it for her if she liked, so she was happy with that. The fabric has a lovely sheen to it, so I think that's why she likes it (despite no pink!).

The pattern is the Playdate Dress from Oliver+S, but I made some changes to the construction of it.


I lined it fully, except for the sleeves and that meant I had to put in the yoke differently. Instead of sewing the yoke seperately as in the instructions, I attached it to the front first and then the back, each with lining. Then I joined the back and front. The neck (and armholes) was finished with bias binding which I handstitched to the lining at the neckline.

I omitted the buttons on the front yoke to show off the paisely pattern in the Sandi Henderson fabric, and also because I didn't have any matching buttons in my stash.


Lots of wrinkles on the lining as I couldn't iron the cotton on a hot setting in case I would damage the outer fabric.

I was very pleased with how this turned out. I didn't follow the instructions directly, but the construction of the yoke is explained very clearly. I had read about some problems fitting the head through the yoke, so I made the back opening almost the same length as the yoke.
This dress got lots of compliments, maybe because it was such a change from the crazy prints I usually sew!

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  1. Super cute! I really like Oliver + s patterns. The instructions always seem to be clear and well written.

  2. They're great patterns, Karin, especially as each step is explained so well. Quite expensive to get, this side of the world though!