Thursday, 5 March 2015

Oliver and S Carousel Dress


This is the Carousel Dress by Oliver and S. 
It has been patiently waiting on my shelf for me to get around to it, even having fabric sitting underneath for good measure. I wanted to try this for my youngest daughter who hasn't started school yet but is in nursery a couple of days a week. It looked like a good dress style to play in, but at the same time not too shabby to take her out afterwards.

I ended up making two versions of the pattern due to the sizing. I know that she fits (an O+S) size 3 for her upper body and a size 2 for her lower half. I got away with a size 3 Bubble Dress so thought I would be okay. Wrong! 


In terms of photo's I have picked the best of the bunch but the dress swamps her. It is quite roomy around the shoulders, the sleeves look quite billowy and the lower half has too much spare fabric for her frame. BUT... better too big than too small! Seeing as how I enjoyed making it up and loved the finished article, I pulled out the pattern sheet and traced off the size 2.


The fit of the dress is quite relaxed through the waist and hips and the raglan sleeves are shaped with a shoulder dart which makes it sit really nicely.


Over in the flickr group there is an absolutely gorgeous version of the Carousel by Wagyu Burger that is a shorter style. Leaving off the bottom hem gives you the perfect length for a top. So using that version for inspiration I cut out some brushed cotton check, cut the pockets on the bias and added some crochet lace trim over the sleeve hem seams.


If I am honest, I think I love this length even more! It is incredibly versatile, looks so cute with a pair of jeans or leggings and will probably get pulled out of the drawer more often.


This is the very last of a scrap of fabric I saved over from this Ottobre dress. Being a heavy brushed cotton, it suits our current climate better than my first version. I don't usually sew up things in advance but the dress will be perfect in summer as it is nice and light. So that is one for the warmer weather wardrobe and one for now!

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  1. I am really liking the top versions too. You did s nice job.

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  2. Katy I love both your versions! The lace trim on the check is brilliant (I never would have thought of that combination!) I agree with you, the darts on the shoulder just give the dress more shape, it really is a good pattern.

    Sorry I didn't warn you about the size - I went down a size for once, I remember reading somewhere it was very loose fitting ...

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    1. Ha! She is really hard to size for anyway. I haven't done as much O+S sewing for L so am still getting the fit right. I love the top and am glad you posted yours as the top version is so sweet.

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  3. They both look great but you're right the sizing on the second one is better. I haven't made this dress yet and I hope I'll remember your experience when I do (not likely if past experience is anything to go by!)
    I love those little arms in the photos. Such a cutie.

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    1. Thanks! This was the first time I have done a thread chain and was surprised at how easy it was. Whether mine stands up to wear and tear remains to be seen!

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  4. I think that's the first top version I've seen of this dress - it looks so adorable on her (but I'm so partial with gingham)!

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    1. Thanks Ana Sofia! Gingham does look cute on little ones.
      It is a great pattern.

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  5. The top looks very sweet and practical. I'll have to give it a try... :)

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to seeing some more posts of this pattern.
      Hope you like it as much as we do!

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  6. The top looks very sweet and practical. I'll have to give it a try... :)

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  7. This is making me wish I had a little girl to sew for. Sigh

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    1. Margot would look very cute in this, give it a go!

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  8. Aaah, both brilliant but the gingham just pips the post! It's fab and I love the touches of lace.

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    1. Thanks Jenna! The lace was a last minute thing that paid off!

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  9. Oh Katy...the dress and the top are so cute! I adore the gingham top!

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  10. My absolute favorite version of the Carousel Dress! Love the gingham with that little hint of lace!! Perfect!

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  11. These are absolutely adorable. I just love the fabrics that you've used and the hint of lace on the top- simply charming! I've just written a post about the history of the A-Line silhouette and how it can inspire today's sewers and I've linked to this post as a great example (hope that's alright). Here's the post: https://dobbinsbobbins.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/throwback-thursday-a-line-dresses/ :)

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