Adventures in Dress Making: Part I

21 May

So I’m making a dress for Addie and it is terrifying! This is part of my sewing buddy challenge through Whipstitch. I won’t spoil the entire surprise (mostly what my buddy is doing) but I’ll share a few details as I progress.

I decided to make an Oliver + S dress pattern called Family Reunion. I love the classic detailing and I’ve been told the Oliver + S patterns are easy to work with. This one is rated advanced beginner which is above my skill level since I have never worked from a pattern at all and the suggestion is for people who have done a few patterns and know basic constructions.

I figured it couldn’t be too hard though so I ordered my pattern and fabric and bought my notions. One night I got to work…or so I thought. I opened the pattern and freaked out about how complicated it all seemed, I had no idea where to start! I’m honestly completely new to patterns. So I did some reading online and low and behold I came across a sew-along! I love sew-alongs, and this one had great clear instructions and pictures and a Flickr group.

The sew-along started last year at Lola Pink Fabrics, I started by reading through all the posts and it made the project seem infinitely more manageable. I decided to do one post per day and I finished day 1 in about 2 hours one evening last week.

Here are my supplies:

Family Reunion Dress - Day 1 (1 of 4)

First I traced all the patterns onto freezer paper (thank god I discovered this technique because I was having a heart attack thinking about cutting the actual pattern out! – what if I ever wanted to make a different size?!):

Family Reunion Dress - Day 1 (2 of 4)

Then I cut them all out and ironed them onto my fabric. Here are the parts cut out:

Family Reunion Dress - Day 1 (3 of 4)

Once that was all finished I got my interfacing ironed on and started the button placket:

Family Reunion Dress - Day 1 (4 of 4)

So that is where the dress sits as of now. I hope I can get some more time this week to work on it. I’m a little intimidated by some of the sewing that needs to be done, mostly because I don’t know the terminology, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

The dress is 6-12 month size and the weight is best for summer. It looks a little big to me so I have no idea if it will actually fit Addie this summer, if not it’ll be much too small next summer. I hope she gets to wear it but if not I’ll still be happy to have finished my first piece of clothing.

3 Responses to “Adventures in Dress Making: Part I”

  1. Ashley Dawn May 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM #

    Good for you Jaclyn. The dress is going to be just adorable!!!!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see her in it.

    I am hoping to get back at knitting my blanket soon. Any cute boy patterns out there??
    Hope the sewing goes well. Take care. ash

  2. Wendy May 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM #

    Good for you! Sewing clothing is so satisfying, I must admit I don’t have (or don’t make) time to do it anymore 🙂 That dress is so adorable. I love the idea of the freezer paper and ironing it onto the fabric. Genius! I remember cutting the pattern out as well 🙂 I think I’ve traced onto newspaper as well – but that is messy… blech 🙂 If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them my way. I might be able to help!

  3. Lea May 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

    Good luck! I am sure it will turn out beautifully!!

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