I first stumbled upon Oliver + S patterns way back when I was pregnant with Miss O and as a former non sewer (aside from high school sewing!) I love these patterns! With each and every step clearly explained, and easy to follow they make sewing a pleasure, not to mention they are hands down the most beautiful designs I have found to date.
This Playdate dress is the forth dressmaking project I have attempted since I discovered the joys of sewing and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Made in complementary Liberty Tana Lawn sourced from Tessuti Fabrics with red corduroy bias piping, and matte blue buttons, this dress is just screaming to be worn with patent leather Mary Janes and one on Pixies Bows! As with all my projects I sewed this pattern using my Grandmothers Singer 99k, that she received as a wedding present in 1959. Whilst only having a straight stitching machine can be quite limiting at times I have found it also pushes me to use different methods to finish the seams. In this project I have used both a combination of pinked seams (I found a tutorial on the Oliver + S blog of course!) and bias seam binding, and whilst they may take a little extra time the results are worth it. Initially I was planning to use either red or flower mother of pearl buttons on the front of the dress, though I found even after using a simple mother of pearl flower to fasten the dress at the back nothing I found seemed to be perfect for the effect I wanted on the front. Until yesterday, when searching for something else entirely at our local spotlight I found the perfect matte blue buttons, sewn on using red thread they finish the dress perfectly. I’m sure this is a pattern I’ll be repeating for many years to come.