Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Oliver + S: Hide & Seek Dress


Ha! I finally took the plunge and made up this dress. This is after having pattern and fabric in a tempting bundle on the side for a few weeks.

I knew two things when I bought this Hide and Seek Dress pattern; the first is that I would love it (true love comes easily with any O+S pattern) and that I wanted to make a black version first. This is the size 7 and I am very happy with both fit and length. No need for any mods on this one.


I chose a cotton-linen blend in solid black and to jazz it up a touch, a multi-coloured raindrop print from Timeless Treasures. I wanted the front yoke panel and welt pockets to be in the contrast and the back yoke in the solid black. For some reason I am not sold on the contrast back.


The linen blend fabric does crease like a devil and these photos were taken after a car journey so not looking as pristine as off the ironing board. Still it is a comfortable and light dress to wear. The length is generous and I could get away with dressing her in an additional petticoat layer and tights when it gets cooler.


The back view looks like a little girls dress from the Victorian period. Maybe it is the sombre colour but I can visualize an apron tie creeping around the back waist here.


She was so excited to have a new dress, it has been a while since we updated her selection. I had trouble getting her changed out of this later on in the day.


The style of this dress ticks all the boxes for me. The length of the sleeves is perfect for our current August weather and it will transition well into Autumn with a long sleeved tee underneath. The sleeve cuffs are finished with the same technique as the Lisette Portfolio Top which is really impressive and professional looking.

I enjoyed the construction of the dress but have to say - phew! that side panel to middle panel seam is a long one to sew in one go!

I will have a tunic version on the go as soon as I get some other things done. The kids go back next week and I am already planning more sewing time. Maybe a bit of housework. If I must. But mostly lots of sewing!


13 comments:

  1. I love this version so much and the fit looks spot-on on her!
    And I agree with you - the side panel seam is quite a stretch - but it does look so nice when it's over, right ;)

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    1. Thanks Ana Sofia! It is such a lovely pattern for a little girl. The sleeves are quite different to anything else in the O+S range and it makes a perfect cooler weather dress. I am really pleased with it.

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  2. Katy this is perfect! I also have this pattern in the untouched pile and now I know to agree with you that the back panel shouldn't contrast ( I hope I would have thought of that anyway...). Love the black linen and yep, the fit looks spot on. just lovely.

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    1. Oh you should make one! Get tracing!

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  3. I love this Katy! I think I do prefer the solid back too. I made one for Sofia in chambray this summer and I loved sewing it. So much that I almost wish she would outgrow it quickly so I can make another one.

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    1. Can't you make a tunic version as well. I intend to make a couple for wearing with leggings.

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  4. The solid back is a winner, well done.
    What a stunningly beautiful dress, I love what you have done here.
    xx N

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  5. It looks great and the fit is perfect on her! I love the raindrops, such a great contrast piece. As soon as school starts full time I'm taking one day a week off to "do housework"!!

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    1. Amen to that! I now have 2 days to myself a week and I am happily in possession of some new fabric to make good use of that time.
      I only had to buy a FQ of the raindrops fabric and have a lot left over. This is such a great project for using up a precious scrap.

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  6. I love this one so much, I just may have to 'compliment' yours! Great idea to have the back panel solid.

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    1. Thanks Brittney. I can't wait to try another one of these, and you go ahead!

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  7. It's a gorgeous dress, Katy! I love the contrast of the panels and the black.

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