April 24, 2012

Pattern Review: Oliver+S Badminton Dress




Pattern description (taken from pattern):
Who's ready for a match? This girl’s skort, top, and dress pattern features matching shorts hiding underneath the scalloped hem of the skort. The coordinating top includes a curved yoke, ruffles at the shoulder, and a ribbon drawstring detail at the front. The top can also be made as a dress with a scalloped hem.  Available in two sizes: 6months-4 and 5-12.

Sewing difficulty:
ADVANCED BEGINNER: Suitable for someone who has sewn from a pattern before or has taken a few classes and completed several projects.


Fabric recommendations:
Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, broadcloth, shirting, poplin, twill, chambray, and linen.  I chose two coordinating cottons from Riley Blake's Sunny Happy Skies.

Overall design and fit:
This dress just slips over the head and the sizing was right on.  My daughter finds it very comfortable and has worn it the past three days in a row :)


Written instructions:
Are easy to follow, just read the instructions carefully.  Everything made perfect sense, and is in 'beginner' language.

Tips + Modifications:
I wanted an extra bit of length and a contrasting piece of fabric at the hem, so I chose to cut the scalloped bottom edge from a contrasting fabric and attach it to the existing hem instead of cutting the existing hem with the scallop template.


Time spent:
It took me one morning to go over all the directions and cutout the pieces, and about 3 hours to sew it all together.   So it's a quick pattern, great for an anxious little girl asking to wear it every 10 minutes.

Conclusion:
This makes a beautiful and quick finished dress, and has some unique details like the ruffled sleeves and scalloped hem.  Oliver+S impresses me once again - modern patterns with easy-to-follow instructions and professional results.  I'll have to try out the skorts next, perfect for my girls' Spring/Summer wardrobes!

6 comments:

**nicke... said... #

very very cute! i have yet to make any oliver&s patterns but i really want to.

Amy said... #

very nice! your daughter seems to love it so much! I have made one pattern from Oliver &S it was super simple to follow.

Anonymous said... #

Love it!!!!

Laura :)

Michelle @ Barabooboo said... #

That is adorable! I love the scalloped contrast on the bottom...afterall what's the point of using RB fabrics if you can't put more than one together??!

Tami said... #

So cute! O+S patterns are something special.

Sue said... #

So Cute! Love it! :)