Monday, November 19, 2012

Hopscotch Dress

When Bessie Mary closed down, I bought some Oliver + S City Weekend knit fabric from Jan, the owner.
And with that fabric I made Oliver + S pattern, Hopscotch dress.

While I was trying to get a photo of the dress, someone came to check out my sewing.

"The knit fabric is lovely to work with," I explained to my admirer.  "And the pattern was so easy and quick to make" I continued.

"It's size 3.  What do think of it?" I asked Miss Doe.

She gave it a '2 hoofs' up.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Birthday Party dress

Another outfit from the hamper of 'cut-and-ready-to-sew-outfits' is finished.

This one is Oliver + S Birthday Party dress.  The fabric is black stretchy denim.  The bow is light blue grosgrain but once again, my camera just can't capture the range between black and light blue.

The facings are light blue cotton matching the bow.

Because the main fashion fabric is rather thick, I didn't include and fold the front facing into the pleats as per the instructions. Instead, I completely assembled the front pleated panel (page 3 col. 3) and then cut out about 5"(12cm) from the front facing piece (page 2 col.3) so it is on the outside of the pleated piece on the inside.

The hem facing is also blue and it follows the folds of the pleats as per the instructions.

No matter how much I ironed the pleated section, the fabric just doesn't want to hold pressed folds or pleats.

I was losing light, so I couldn't get a photo of the back buttons which are also blue.

I bought Caitlin some sparkly black ballet style shoes to wear with this dress.

Dress is size 3.

I love this pattern.  For fall and winter all this needs is a long sleeved T-shirt or blouse underneath.  In the summer, it makes for a perfect sundress.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Puppet Show dress

I'm slowly making headway sewing the fall outfits I cut out way back in late August.

The latest one finished is Oliver + S Puppet Show dress.

I really like this dress but my daughter isn't too keen on it.  However she did ask for long sleeve dresses for fall and winter so hopefully, she'll like this dress because of the sleeves.

The fabric is 100% unknown fibers and it washed really well too.  The collar, cuff and piping is black velvet.

I added length to the sleeves pattern piece to get a full length long sleeve.

For the cuff, I made the band long so it overlapped instead of a gap as per the pattern.

There are lots of buttons for the back and thankfully, I have a load of black buttons in my stash. Unfortunately, the dress is sticking to the mannequin so the back looks puckered and the collar tugged out of shape. 

The dress is size 3. Fingers crossed my daughter likes it.  Lucy does!