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Oliver + S Dress-fest


One of my main goals in starting a pattern business was to not let sewing for my family get lost in the shuffle. Working in sewing for my kids and for our home and for friends hasn’t always been easy this year. With so many hats to wear starting a business, I’ve found it more and more important to find a good balance of sewing for fun and sewing for ‘work.’ One way to sew for fun was to sew up a couple of dresses for our daughter. Her birthday is in June and keeping with the tradition started last year, I made her a birthday dress. This year, it was the Jump Rope Dress from Oliver + S. I made it from an Alexander Henry Pink Heath fabric and I love, love, love this little dress.  I am, however, slightly panicked because the next size is out of print and I can’t find it anywhere. If you’ve got a lead, I’ll take it! It’s a dress that is perfect for pouring your brother a spot of tea (above)…

…for keeping your little brother away from your new pink bicycle…

…and for catching a showing of Pinkalicious: The Musical.

My mom, who is definitely the clothing seamstress between the two of us, made Eleanor the Tea Party Sundress (also from Oliver + S). It’s perfect for watering your grandmother’s flowers:

My mom also made a matching dress for my daughter’s doll, ‘Audrey.’ The doll dress pattern is from the Oliver + S book, Little Things to Sew. Both versions are made with some of the Denyse Schmidt studio line of fabric for JoAnn.

I failed to find a good 4th of July dress for Eleanor, so at the last minute I decided to print off the free pattern for the Popover Sundress from Oliver + S. It was sooooo easy and fast that I made two. (We’re talking…. made them the afternoon of July 2nd and she wore them that night and the next day!) Both of them use more of the Denyse Schmidt studio line and some Kona solid in Rich Red. The Popover Sundress is perfect for taking in a small town parade…

…or using a friend’s tree swing…

…or helping your parents try (and fail miserably) to get a good Independence Day photo of you and your brother…

…or racing in the park…

Graham’s turn is coming up, as his 2nd birthday is in October. I’m planning to make him either the Sketchbook Shirt or Nature Walk Pullover and a set of Sleepover Pajamas from the new pattern.

For now, though, it’s time to switch back to business sewing mode. I’ve got a new quilt pattern ready to introduce this week and two others being tested right now. And, I’ll keep working on finding just the right balance. Do you ever find yourself in a similar situation?

4 Responses to Oliver + S Dress-fest

  1. Cindy L August 29, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I just bought my first O + S pattern at Masionette this Summer. I’m excited to try it – haven’t done much garment sewing in years. Good for you for keeping a balance!

  2. Pearlie's Girl August 29, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Adorable dresses! I wish those had been around when I was sewing for my girls.

  3. Mary Anne August 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Oh my gosh…so darn cute!

  4. Kelly.R August 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Love it! (and by “it” I mean ALL of it.)

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