Added Oct 10, 2010
“Loose-fitting pull-on smock dress or blouse….” I sewed View A
Not long ago when I first discovered Oliver + S patterns I had a choice to make, 2 patterns or 3. My will power and good spending habits (lol) limited me to 2 patterns at that time because the ones I chose (Jump Rope and Music Class) seemed more practical. Those could be converted into uniforms and this was more of a play clothing item. Well I regretted not getting the Ice Cream dress and as soon as I came to my senses purchased this pattern.
The adorability factor alone of this pattern and classic styling means this will be a long lasting style in my daughter’s wardrobe for years to come.
Although cutting this dress out wasn’t that fun because I still don’t get why every piece had to be cut on a single layer (fabric conservation maybe?), construction was rather straight forward.
I used premium quilting cotton from Joann fabrics (the $9.99 kind with a 50% off coupon). Good decision. I had these butterfly buttons from a project years ago. Don’t mind the button loop placement, you can put yours in a place that makes more sense. I’m always doing odd things like this for some reason. I think it’s because of my lack of actual sewing time and repeated attempts to stay up past my bed time to sew and attempts to assemble key segments while exhausted. There was a step that required me to clip the seam allowances at the center back so the seam allowances could be pressed toward the yoke without interference from the center back seams. I did, but I didn’t like how it turned out and instead of working to perfect it hid the tiny imperfection with another butterfly.
In any case, this dress was perfect to wear to a back yard party that my daughter wanted to wear something “pretty” to. I think we hit the nail on the head.
I’d recommend lighter weight fabrics because of the gathering detail but I don’t see why you couldn’t even try corduroy with this pattern.
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