Monday, June 3, 2013

Oliver + S Seashore Sundress

It's been awhile since I've used an Oliver + S pattern. I bought this Seashore Sundress pattern quite awhile ago and am happy that I finally made use of it. It was as enjoyable to sew as every other Oliver + S pattern I've used.

Oliver + S Seashore Sundress

This sundress is for my older daughter. The fabric is a lightweight twill that I picked up on clearance around the same time as I bought the pattern. As it turns out, it is a Lisette fabric, created by the same designer as the patterns. I thought the stripes might not be ideal for this pattern since I didn't have enough fabric to do much matching, but I'm pretty happy with it after all.

Oliver + S Seashore Sundress

I finished the facings with bias binding and added a tag for fun. The instructions are both good and thorough, but the techniques used are not advanced, so this would be a good beginner pattern.

Oliver + S Seashore Sundress

My daughter likes the small pockets in the skirt, but they are not very noticeable. I had absolutely no length to spare, so I used bias tape as a hem facing. I think I should have gone up at least one size overall and maybe more for length. You can see that the dress isn't any too big:

Oliver + S Seashore Sundress

Summer is a short season here, so I think it will last until fall. Truthfully, she's only worn it once as a sundress. The other wearings have also required leggings and a cardigan. The pattern is designed as a sundress, but it could make an awfully cute jumper, too (given a bit more ease). I'm sure I'll be revisiting this pattern again!