Saturday, 18 January 2014

Oliver + S: Seashore Dress



This was one of the first sewing patterns for children that I coveted but the last one I got around to making up. I got distracted by a few other patterns along the way!

It is part of my 'prep for summer' regime that both girls have had new sundresses and it is still only January. Boo is out of the size range for the Teaparty dress that I made for L so I purchased the Seashore dress pattern at the same time.


This is made up from quite a stiff cotton. Whether the stiffness will disappear after a few washes I don't know. I will keep my fingers crossed it does. It is 100% cotton but it holds creases like linen. 

She is over the moon with the dress, no exaggeration! It hasn't come back off again after these photos were taken and seeing as it is only 5 degrees outside, I have had to convince her to put on a cardigan.


The gathers are so sweet on the skirt panel and I especially like how the gathers incorporate the pockets too, so you really don't see them right away. If I had to have a negative about the pockets, it would be that they are quite small. I would prefer to make a deeper pocket bag next time as I can't see more than a couple of seashells fitting in these ones!

One bonus about photographing items afterwards is that you see things you missed. I was looking at this thinking ' have I taken out the gathering stitches?' Nope, I haven't. Must do better.
The fit of this dress is perfect for my girl as she is quite tall and slender. The princess seams and dropped waist make her look very long in the body. I love this pattern and am only sorry I waited so long to try it. 

6 comments:

  1. The fabric is so pretty and this style certainly is perfect for your daughter.

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    1. Thanks Deb, I will have to make up a few more. It was a nice thing to sew up too.

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  2. This one is on my shelf and hasn't been opened yet. Maybe I should get one done before the end of our Summer. Yours is lovely, so glad she likes it so much

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    1. I have wanted to make this pattern up for a long time. We haven't had much of a summer over the last few years so maybe if I make a sundress, it will come? Fingers crossed.

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  3. This is lovely, I love the simple lines of this dress. It was my first Oliver and S purchase also, and I've made quite a few for my girls and their friends now. I'm also toying with the idea of increasing the bodice width slightly to sew it up as a school pinafore.

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    1. Thank you! Have you seen this version, http://www.flickr.com/photos/po-prior/9680577513/ I think it works well as school uniform.

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