Sunday, January 22, 2017

Building Block dress

Oliver + S has published a book called the Building Block Dress. In the book are basic pattern pieces and all the information one needs to create just about any style dress.

Oliver + S Building Block Dress

Caitlin saw some grey and red plaid fabric in my stash and asked me to make her a dress. Enter the Building Block Dress book.

She's size 8 for some parts and size 10 for others. So I decided to make a dropped waist dress and for the collar, make a detachable fur collar.

Here's the dress finished.
I used the bodice pieces from the pattern in the book, lengthened and flared them out at the side going from size 8 to size 10.
Also used the sleeve from the book but had to shorten the length. 

I used the collar piece from the book and added an inch at the fold. I cut the lining (cotton) 1/4" smaller than the fashion fabric which in this case was fur.

I did a fairly good job matching up all the plaid and the dress fits perfectly.

There wasn't enough plaid leftover to make a matching dress for her doll however she was keen on using some other plaid that was leftover from a table runner so she made a dress for her doll mostly by herself.
Lots of plaid going on in this photo as we play 'pin the sporran on the highlander' at our Robbie Burns dinner party.

Just look at her "sonsie" face.


  1. You should be on the Great British Sewing Bee! Do you watch that show? It doesn't come on here but have managed to catch it all on Youtube before it gets taken down. It is one of my favorite shows.

  2. Terrific dress and great job of matching up the plaid! She sure has grown into a lovely little lady.