Added Dec 28, 2011
Brooklyn, New Yo...
The pattern is Oliver + S’s Tea Party dress, a lovely sundress (or playsuit) with button straps, curved lined bodice, optional piping, and flared gored skirt with hem facing. I made the 24 month size, and it fits my 27-lb 18-month-old just fine—for now. The instructions were clear and elegant. The curved seam was a bit tricky, even though this was a beginner pattern, so I took it REALLY slow. I made my first buttonholes EVER… They were so easy that this dress has four of them (three on one side, one on the other), because even though I practiced a few times with my Viking’s magic “sensor buttonhole foot”, I still managed to get the placement wrong.
Z loves her fancy new sundress—she was twirling all over the place so much I realized why this dress was designed to go with diaper-covering bloomers, which I haven’t made yet. More details on the blog.
The skirt fabric is Heather Ross orange/yellow floral cotton (double gauze from the Far Far Away collection, purchased at Brooklyn General, and the bodice is made from random brown broadcloth left over from a Halloween costume I made for my husband. The bodice is lined with the skirt fabric, and the skirt hem is faced with the bodice fabric. The Heather Ross fabric was a delight — super soft and floaty and kinda crumply — not like the nasty stiff cheapo quilting cotton I sewed Z’s last dress out of. The buttons are from M&J Trimming and have really cute little white flowers on the holes.
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