Tuesday, 8 May 2018

A Spring Birthday Dress

Pattern: Oliver + S: Garden Party Dress

Fabric: Liberty lawn for the main and blue quilting cotton for the bands

Size made: 7

My little beauty turned 7 this month. This feels incredibly old to me and I am a little scared how fast time is ticking. We were discussing her birthday a few weeks ago and she asked me what dress I was making her for her special day. Up until that point I hadn't given the matter much thought. 

My brain started scanning through my pattern inventory versus my fabric stash and I was thinking of a possible match when she asked "Can it be blue? And pretty?"
Right. This required a shopping trip.

We went shopping together and happily settled on this delicate and summery Liberty lawn. I was delighted because, you know, Liberty! Luckily for us, there was a sale on all the older stock Liberty fabrics so we got a bargain.

I actually intended to make up the new Oliver + S Cartwheel Dress so I did a muslin to check on the style, the fit and the pattern itself. So infact she has a spare dress. Once I had finished the Cartwheel I took a step back and thought "does that feel like a birthday dress?" The very fact that I asked myself that, gave me my answer. No.

I love the pattern and she will get loads of wear out of it. I will certainly make another one and there will be a blog post soon, once I have photographed her in it. But I wasn't vibing birthday.

Luckily, I found the Garden Party in my pattern box. This is one I haven't made up yet. The sleeveless versions on my web searches looked light and girly and full-filled the criteria.

I enjoyed sewing this enormously. The shirred bodice looks beautiful and the bands give the dress balance and structure. It is easy to put on (I sized up and at this stage, she doesn't even need the button undoing to get it on and off). I love it!

My thread chains are getting better too. The first one I did on another dress tangles easily whenever it gets washed. This time I used 3 strands of embroidery thread instead of regular sewing thread and it has a little bit more body to it. Fingers crossed it won't tangle!

So there we have it. One happy girl, Mummy did well. She wore it on her birthday and wanted to wear it the next day too. 

I also got to tick another unused Oliver + S pattern off my hit-list. I own about 5-6 patterns that I have yet to sew up and the challenge is on to make them before my girls size out of the range altogether.