When I first saw the Oliver+S Playtime dress, tunic and leggings
I thought it was cute but very 'little girly'.
|A screen shot from the Oliver+S website|
I do understand that new customers were confused and thought they were dolls clothes but I loved those little girls( and boy) so.
|from the oliver+s site|
|from the oliver+s site|
|from the oliver+site|
I also found it a handy tool when showing the patterns to my older girls.
They could 'see' the design in the painting and that with the line drawing gave them an idea of the garment.
Both Twins flat out refused to look twice at them once the photographed children covers patterns were released.
I also wondered if was a bit too much of an 'easy' sew.
Now, I don't mean to sound obnoxious, but my children are all in school now. They just don't need that many casual clothes anymore. So I like my sewing for them to be a bit of a challenge.
The Twins badly need a couple of neat comfortable 'travel' outfits.
We do a lot of driving, often returning quite late at night. The Littles are happy to wear their pyjamas but the Twins are a bit old to do that.
Elsa wears her Book Report dress so often I thought I would have another look at Oliver+S.
Zara's measurements still worked within the size 12 sizing so I decided I would try the biggest size of Playtime dress.
If it was too tight it would do for my niece for her birthday gift.
Elsa and Zara both flipped over the Seashore dress I made for said niece for Christmas.
And as I still have a good 20 metres of this gold printed denim left I figured it was a fairly safe choice.
I drafted the size 12 with no modifications. Again, I was suitably impressed with the PDF pattern. So easy to put together with scissors and a glue stick.
I thought the dress would be an easy sew, possibly a bit dull but I was so wrong.
The dress has facings which edge stitched and then topstitched in place with the aid of a separate template.
I used a gold thread but it was a nightmare to sew.
I think I will save it for hand embroidery.
The kimono style sleeves are eased and fitted in place.
The pockets are well thought out and also topstitched in place.
Lots of different details, none of them hard but it is certainly more involved then I predicted and certainly not a boring sew.
Said dress has not yet been tried on.
Father Christmas brought the Fab Five a pingpong table and that is taking up all spare time.
But it has been given the thumbs up.
So, if it fits, it will be worn.
I promise to show you modelled piccies soon!
PS I drafted the leggings too, I am hoping they may fit if made up in a very stretchy lycra/cotton knit.
I will let you know.