Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oliver + S Tea Party Dress: Cherry on Top

I think it's pretty common knowledge that I am surrounded by babies. Last year was the year of baby showers, which means this year it's all about first birthday parties. While I know way too many babies to try and make something for each of their birthdays, I am making an effort to whip up a birthday outfit for the children of our closest friends. Who knows how long this will last, but I'm putting in a valient effort this year. :)

Kelcat's daughter's first birthday is at the end of this month and her party was on Sunday. I knew that I wanted to make the Oliver + S Tea Party dress for her, but spent a long time finding a fabric that I liked for it.

I wanted something summery and fun, but I couldn't seem to find anything that really wowed me. I finally stumbled upon a red cherry print on a cream background and thought it would be a good fit.

Since I am the queen of procrastination, I didn't start this dress until last weekend and did little bits on it here and there. Thank goodness this is a really simple pattern because there is no way I would have finished this had I encountered problems. The dress and bloomers went together like a dream - no snafus whatsoever, which is a rarity for me.

A few construction details: I omitted the optional flat piping since I couldn't find a green that worked with the print and I used good 'ol Wrights bias tape on the bloomer legs instead of cutting my own per the pattern piece included. I also added a contrasting cream topstitching to the dress bodice to give it a little more oomph. I didn't know how it would look, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

I really love the hem facings for the Oliver+S patterns - for this dress I again went with a bright color so you could catch glimpses of it now and again. Lastly, I used pinking shears to finish off all of the seam allowances. I found that this worked particularly well for this dress. It gave everything a clean finish and allowed the dress to flare out easily.


Here is the final dress:

I knew that I wanted to add a little something to go with it, but couldn't find a bodysuit or t-shirt that worked with the dress. However, when I was out shopping last weekend with Blondie, we ran through Gymboree and I saw this sweater that was practically a perfect match to the dress. I mean, really, can you believe how well it works with the dress? Yeah, me either.

I added some matching socks and red patent leather shoes and called it a day. Kelcat has already said how much she loves it, which is the most important thing. And yeah, I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out, too. :) Another pattern winner from Oliver + S!

16 comments:

Nanette said...

To die for!!!

dapotato said...

really cute! i saw a lotta jansdotter book for kids/infants the other day and thought of you.

Shari said...

To cute!

Susan said...

I love everything about this outfit. What an unbelievable match to your dress. The sweater does go great!

wan said...

that is adorable. i've been resisting buying O+S patterns, but maybe i'll have to give in soon.

Eugenia said...

What a cute and pretty dress. I love everything about it - the fabrics, the topstitching and the buttons are all so lovely. That sweater was a great find - it complements the dress so well.

The Lazy Housewife said...

So. Freaking. Adorable! That's going to be one stylin' baby!

Baby Mama said...

Between you and Wan, I'm totally getting a sewing fever. Must.make.Anak.cute.dresses.

Silvia said...

OMG! So adorable!! Makes me want to have a baby girl just for these little outfits! But not! I'll just enjoy you making them. :)

Feminist Gold Digger said...

Totally beautiful!

Karin van D. said...

That's adorable, the sweater is a perfect match!

KID, MD said...

How did I miss this when you first posted it??? It is ADORABLE!

Amanda S. said...

This is so cute! I totally missed this post for some reason. Perfect matching sweater.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It is truly adorable! And what a perfect gift because you included all of the parts!!!

Insomniac said...

That is so adorable.

Cennetta said...

The outfit is adorable. And you are so sweet to make something special of the precious one year olds.