meadow garden party dress

11 Mar

the spring Oliver + S patterns are here!  hooray!

there are three new patterns and they’re all pretty darn cute, as you can see in their announcement post.  i was actually a pattern tester for the Lullaby Layette and i’ll post about that later, but the Garden Party Dress (available on paper or digitally) is the one that really stood out to me as being perfect for Em as soon as i saw it.

meadow garden party dress

isn’t it just so pretty and springy and romantic?  i love it and Em does too – in fact the photoshoot went something like “hey mom let’s pretend i’m a real princess” and then her pulling out the drama like so…

meadow garden party dress

and so…

meadow garden party dress

her version of a princess is apparently quite solemn, though she hammed up a few crazy zombie faces too at the end, haha.  and yeah, we have daffodils blooming in our yard.  i’m sorry to those of you still buried in snow!  spring is coming, we promise.

meadow garden party dress

about the Garden Party Dress!  it’s got a lovely gathered bodice that, to me, looked like more work to construct than it actually was – there’s quite a bit of basting and gathering, but it still came together surprisingly fast.

meadow garden party dress

i made View A (dress with cap sleeves) in a size 4 and added 1.5” to the hem length because she’s still a beanpole.  i’m glad i added the length – it hits her just below the knee and should last her through the summer (hopefully maybe).  the pattern calls for 1.75 yards of fabric but i think i made it in 1.5 yards or less…so if you have a perfect yard and a half in your stash, you could probably make it work with careful cutting.  that’s what i’m hoping anyway, because i have quite a few cuts that size!

meadow garden party dress

the neckline facing and simple single button keyhole closure in the back lead to a quick, clean finish.  Em chose the red button.  i made an aqua thread chain out of embroidery floss (Oliver + S has a tutorial here – i just made a loop and then tied square knots around the loop string until it was reinforced into a sort of twisty friendship bracelet from my childhood type deal).

meadow garden party dress

the design gives you a chance to play with fabric choice and really change the look of the dress, which is always fun.  here i wanted to really play up the garden party theme and make it in a modern floral, so i chose a print from Leah Duncan’s gorgeous new line for Art Gallery Fabrics, Meadow.

meadow garden party dress

i love every print in the Meadow line (and everything Leah Duncan does, really), but this simple line drawing floral stood out and seemed so sweet for spring.  it’s called “Lea’s Bloom in Clearwater” and i got it at Bolt, you can find it here online.  i paired it with a royal blue kona cotton for the trim.  it’s always a risk picking blue for Em, but she approved and called it beautiful, so we were good to go.

meadow garden party dress

it felt great to sew a dress for Em, and dresses with sleeves are a must for her school dress code, so this is a practical addition to her wardrobe.

meadow garden party dress

head over to probably actually to check out Gail’s beautiful version of this dress (in another Meadow print, coincidentally!), and over to you & mie to see Cherie’s adorable layette jacket (fantastically modern fabric combo!).  and if you’re still not convinced, you can find more details on this and the other new Oliver + S patterns right here.

happy spring sewing!

p.s. i was given a copy of the garden party dress with no strings attached; my opinions are my own.

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24 Responses to “meadow garden party dress”

  1. Erin March 11, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    this is so beautiful, Kristin!! I love that fabric- it screams spring. :)

  2. Suz March 11, 2014 at 5:33 am #

    How pretty and the fabric is very garden party!

  3. carolyn March 11, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    It’s such a sweet dress! I love the look if the gathered bodice!

  4. Jane March 11, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    Oh this dress is beautiful!! I am in love with pretty much all of Leah Duncan’s fabrics and have been drooling over her new line! And, after seeing the new Oliver + S patterns yesterday I immediately fell in love with this one, that gathering is just too cute! Beautiful dress, so sweet.

  5. Ana Sofia March 11, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    Love it!
    I just got my copy yesterday and really can’t wait to try it :)
    I love your fabric choices (how could I not? Leah Duncan print and the most gorgeous blue trim) and I reckon this would be the perfect pattern to use all the bits of fabric (leftovers) that I’ve been collecting!

  6. gail March 11, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    it’s so beautiful kristin! and i should know cause i saw it in real life! such a perfect style on em. and leah duncan + garden party, well, that’s a big YES in my book ;)

  7. sophiecrespy March 11, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    This is so so darling. I love the contrasting colors and lovely sleeves!

  8. rachel March 11, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    this is amazing, kristin! and i love the photos so much! they made me laugh! that hand over her heart! hahaha!
    the bodice does look complicated. i was studying it and wondering, “how did she do that? it looks like pleating, but not quite.” i love this fabric, too. and her hair! did you do that, too? indigo would be in heaven!
    i can’t wait to see the layette! <3<3<3

  9. Cherie March 11, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Sooo pretty! Love it and I’m glad E does too. Definitely shouts SPRING! What a regal princess she makes . . .

  10. Brienne Moody March 11, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    very sweet. except i am mad about your daffodils:) nice hairdo too, mama! i’m totally amazed that you are doing all of this with the new one in tow. thanks for the inspiration!

  11. delia March 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Love it! That fabric is perfect.

  12. Andrea March 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    So pretty!

  13. Kristi March 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Beautiful, just perfect in that fabric.

  14. Meghan March 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    So pretty! And definitely very spring like. That fabric is gorgeous!

  15. Tara March 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    what a perfect dress for your sweet princess!

  16. franzif March 12, 2014 at 12:40 am #

    Looks great!

  17. girllikethesea March 12, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    awwwww It turned out so cute! The colors are so bright and happy, but not loud.

  18. Alexandra Audrey March 12, 2014 at 5:35 am #

    What a perfect dress!

  19. Rae March 12, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Aww this is so pretty. She’s getting so big waaaah! And how unfair is it that you have daffodils over there. We have -2 forecast for tonight. In. Sane.

    And yes I love everything Leah Duncan does too. Already bought about 10 yards of Meadow, considering that I am about to go down to 0 hours of free time a week that’s probably a little ridiculous, but I couldn’t resist. :)

  20. nicole March 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    So many pretty dresses.

    I hope you are getting some rest.

  21. Lightning McStitch March 13, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    Love this dress. You’ve made a great advertisement for the pattern with this one and Em’s princess acting is priceless.

  22. Kelly March 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    oh well this is just so lovely! I love the colors, and the royal blue for the contrast was a great choice. A perfect princess dress!

  23. Claire March 14, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    Oh so Spring-y… and just beautiful!

  24. reillyhogan March 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    this is so pretty! Can’t wait to try one of the new Oliver and S patterns out. Spring!

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