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:
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?!):
Then I cut them all out and ironed them onto my fabric. Here are the parts cut out:
Once that was all finished I got my interfacing ironed on and started the button placket:
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.