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!