Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Oliver and S: Playtime Dress



It feels like forever since I sewed up a new children's pattern and despite buying this when it was released, I had a few other things to complete first before indulging myself.

This is the Playtime pattern from Oliver and S. The options are dress, tunic and leggings so all in all it is a great value pattern. There have been some lovely versions appearing in the flickr pool and so I asked Little Miss what she would like and followed her instructions.



A long sleeved dress is becoming more appropriate as the days grow colder and this can be made dressy or casual depending on the fabric. Also it can be sewn in a knit fabric or a woven. How great is that?!
My daughter chose the fabric, I don't like it but I won't dwell on it. 
She loves it and you have to pick your battles. She got a dress she wanted and I got to give the pattern a dry run. Everyone's a winner.



It does have a Christmas vibe to it with its sprinkling of gold stars. I added to the festive look by topstitching in gold thread. This was a test of endurance as it kept snapping on me unless I took it really slow. 

The gathers on this dress are beautiful and give it a lovely fullness. The pockets are in the side seam and I have to keep reminding Boo that they are there! They do hide themselves away perfectly. 



I found some white tights with little gold stars over them and snapped them up immediately. Beforehand I was puzzled as to how to style her, the green is a quite a dominating colour (partly why I am not keen) and so it needs to be offset with something subtle.



She chose to wear it today for her school Christmas party and I have to say she looked very pretty. There are a couple of versions in my head now that I need to find fabric for. It is such a versatile pattern that it will be used a lot. I just know it!

7 comments:

  1. This is really pretty - and Christmas-y! - Katy. So sweet with the tights.
    I'm beginning to think that perhaps this pattern may need to join my collection.....

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    1. The pattern is a must! I wanted an everyday dress pattern and this is perfect. However if you look at Brittney's version it also looks pretty good as party wear too! Get it! ;-)

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  2. I'm waiting for my pattern to arrive in the post. I would never have bought this fabric either, but she was right, it makes a great little girl's dress!

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    1. I am halfway done on another one which is for wrapping up. Much nicer fabric, I feel better about this version.

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  3. "Everyone's a winner." Can't beat that! The dress is very pretty and perfect for Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I love the way the bodice comes together, it makes it a really nice thing to sew.

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  4. Oh its so pretty and CHRISTMASSY!
    I hear you on that metallic thread.
    xx N

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