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