oliver and s garden party dress

oliver and s garden party dress

Have you guys seen the new spring patterns from Oliver and S? They’re all adorable, and Liesl was nice enough to send me the Garden Party Dress pattern ahead of time to play around with! Of course, I was a bit of a slacker and just now sewed one up, but I wish I hadn’t waited-it’s FANTASTIC. I really loved this pattern. When I sew with Oliver and S patterns they really make me focus on the quality of my sewing-which in turn helps me become a better seamstress-geez I just love them. Anywho let’s talk about the pattern and dress some more!

oliver and s garden party dress

I love the details on this dress-the gathered bodice and contrast pieces are so feminine. (and perfect for Easter dresses! which…this might end up being hers. We’ll see)

Of course, since I was SO careful to make sure the scallops were all going the right way…I er…didn’t. Just one panel (front bottom in case you want to scrutinize)

We’ll pretend it was on purpose.

It was a fairly quick (probably 2-3 hours spread out) and straightforward sew.

oliver and s garden party dress

oliver and s garden party dress

I love the closure in back-I used some ribbon and a square red button from my stash.

Oh yes the fabric…the both fabrics are by Joann-their store line I guess. No fabric line name on the selvage.

oliver and s garden party dress

I adore red and aqua together-so fresh and springy! and this girl badly needed some new dresses, so hooray for that!

oliver and s garden party dress

Spontaneous cartwheel! We had a lot of these this shoot. She has decided she wants to do gymnastics instead of ballet. Which is ok with me, since I did gymnastics for 10 years I am a fan-but I am constantly wincing when she crashes over after attempting a handstand. yikes. Makes me scared for her to try beam or something…lol. #nervousmomma

oliver and s garden party dress

I sewed up a size 4T and added 2″ to the length, which will get her some good longevity out of this dress! I’m tired of her growing out of them in 2 months, lol.

oliver and s garden party dress

ย You can see the mismatched contrast bands here…WHOOPS!

She’s still a fan-and wore it the rest of the day.



  1. Love it!

  2. Really pretty dress. So cute. And just have to say it – your girl is just a cutie ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. so so darling! love the touch of aqua!! and your girl is such a doll!:)

  4. This is really pretty. I love the gathered bodice and your fabric choices are beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Beautiful dress. Love the colors too and a big yay for gymnastics. Did it as a kid too and coached 10 years as well. Much scarier to watch your own kid try new skills though – especially on beam. Good luck. Her petite build is a bonus!

  6. This is so cute! I’m going to have to get that pattern. The details are adorable and like always, love the button!

  7. Ooh, I love this version and the pattern! You amaze me every time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. OMG it’s so pretty! Your choice of fabrics is great!

  9. This is darling! Love it with sleeves and the square button is perfect-o! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Also…I didn’t even notice the scallops until you pointed them out. You sewed it up so beautifully! (and I just realized that I thought this dress came sleeveless…but it doesn’t. ignore the sleeve comment. bhaha). ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. I saw these new patterns…i love oliver and s!! i have every pattern! ha ha…except these new one! You have dont such a great job on yours!! Love it

  12. so, so lovely! you need to pack this one in may so they can be major twinsies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Marie Danneels says

    So, so, beautiful and you have adorable daughters ! I think, here in Belgium, many sewfreaks love your blog aaaand your daughters -))

  14. Such a beautiful dress, Jess. I would have never looked at scallops twice if you didn’t point it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Great dress! Nice fabric too. Just when you’re trying not to make mistakes, you’re making them. I recognize that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Oh my gosh, I LOOOOOVVVVVE that fabric!!!

  17. Love this! I didn’t notice the scallops until you pointed them out either. =D That fabric is really pretty! And the square button is perfection.

  18. Beautiful, as always!!! I’d completely go with a ‘planned mismatch’…..the front ‘mirrored scallops’ look nice, and who in the world would notice the side seam issue — at least they meet up vertically :).

  19. Love this dress- beautiful colors on Sadie- I love that second picture of her- very sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. beautiful dress and blog. I was secretly relieved you had sewn the scallops up wrong. It means even my sewing idols get things wrong from time to time and there is hope for me! thanks for sharing!

  21. Lovely, lovely dress. I’m with Nicola, an honestly blogged slip-up makes us (the audience) feel good! he he.


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