Oliver + S: Playtime Dress (or Tunic)

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my latest passion evolve. Sewing.

I bought a sewing machine while my sister was visiting during my maternity leave. Just a little over a year later, I’m obsessed. Sewing is a lot like baking, so it’s no surprise that I love it. I even sometimes refer to the patterns and recipes.

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So instead of spending hours pouring over recipes and thinking about ingredients, I’m now reading patterns and gawking at fabric (and buying way too much!)

When I started this blog back in 2007(!), it was primarily to catalog the recipes that Hubby and I were making in our tiny Boston kitchen. While we don’t live in Boston anymore and I’m not baking as much, I decided to take a stab at using this blog for a similar purpose, to catalog my sewing adventures.

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I’ll have to go back and post other patterns that I’ve made, but this Oliver + S pattern is a recent project that I completed for M’s school pictures (which are Wednesday). I had this Art Gallery fabric in my stash for a while, waiting for the perfect project. M has recently become obsessed with flowers and as a result has asked to wear this dress every day since I finished it.

This isn’t my first Oliver+S pattern, and like the others I’ve made before, I found some of the steps difficult to understand. I have become accustomed to the tutorial style patterns that include photos for each step of the way. I was able to work through it by reading the difficult steps a couple times before proceeding, but if I had started with this pattern, I think I’d be discouraged. It is rated as an advanced beginner, so I would say that’s accurate.

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The only modification I made to the dress was to add some length to the skirt since M is in the 93 percentile in height for her age. And she’s all legs. She was right between two sizes and I went with the smaller size since I wanted her to wear it for pics this week. As a result, it’s a little snug when pulling her arms in to the sleeves, but nothing unmanageable.

I found the details of the pattern worth the extra effort. Since my fabric was so dark, I did go over the topstitching twice with my pink thread so you can see it. Oh, and I also used snaps instead of buttons because I hate buttons. And I have a ton of snaps.

I hope this is the first of many posts about my sewing adventures. And I hope those of you who are still reading are doing well! I’m sure I’ll get around to great photos of M modeling everything, but for now, the phone pics will have to do 🙂

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You can purchase the Oliver+S Playtime Dress pattern here. It also includes a tunic option as well as a leggings pattern (that I’ve used multiple times and love!)

The fabric is called Floral Asphalt from Art Gallery Fabrics, which can be purchased here. As you will see, I use Art Gallery fabric a LOT!

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