Or, really, what I mean is a frock.
I bought this pattern a while ago lured by the idea of making an old style frock for N. I mean the kind that we wore as kids, and which is reminiscent of the dresses I saw Julie Andrews wear in Sound of Music.
Of course buying does result into immediate production, no matter how excited I maybe about it at that time, and so it sat in the cupboard until I realised that it would be the perfect birthday dress for N.
So fabric was chosen (a lovely yellow voile) for the main dress, and a plain white thin “lining” fabric (as the shop keeper told me) for the inside, and everything duly cut for the actual sewing. This was all done almost a week before N’s birthday (now almost three weeks ago), but then things got in way (as they invariably do) and the frock didn’t happen.
In retrospect, I am glad I did not try to hurry through things. Because with most of the Oliver+S patterns, there is a lot to be learned when one reads the instructions carefully as Liesl does such a fantastic job of it.
Finally I am feeling a lot more confident with invisible zippers and also ensconcing them nicely inside a lining.
N didn’t like the way it felt so I ended up taking it out while thinking of an alternative. She prefers it a little open right now, so I guess for now it stays as such.
Oh, and I also increased the length of the bottom skirt (but not the bodice) by 1″ for both the main skirt and lining. The pattern is pretty fitted as mentioned somehwere in the descprition, so it might be worth making a muslin first as suggested, although I didn’t.
All in all a great dress to make and appropriately called the “fairy tale dress” I think. I, for one, am glad I made it when I still have some physical energy to spare and am not all bleary eyed 🙂
And as for N, who always has the last word on these things–I am happy to report that she is very very pleased with it too.