Library Dress by Oliver & S {pattern review}

Library Dress by Oliver & S {pattern review}

With Libraries being my all time favorite places to go– I point them out whenever we drive by them in random towns, I was totally excited when Sew Mama Sew asked for a few pattern reviewers for Oliver & S Library Dress Pattern.   I knew it was the dress for me {really for Eliza, but you get the idea}.

I have in the past made a few dresses- even smocked and beaded the fronts of 2 Easter dresses! I usually keep with uncomplicated skirts, but this one dress I couldn’t resist.

Eliza is a size 12 right now, the larges size the dress pattern came in.  I have to tell you upfront that this was the best printed dress pattern I have ever sewn.  Why?  Because ALL of my parts matched when they were sewn together!!  I usually end up with 1/4- 1/2 inch off on some parts…or the hem doesn’t match…or the seams won’t line up.  But this dress worked.

At first I thought that maybe this dress was a little complicated, but after I got all the parts put together and read through the instructions, it was a piece of cake!  These patterns are truly wonderful.  I am going to even say that if you are a beginner sewer- of clothes, you could probably sew this one just fine!

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The fabric I picked has been hanging out in my stash for a while now.  It is a vintage piece and had waited long enough.  It was time to get it made into something cute.  I prewashed the fabric to get the vintage smell out, and it has red.  Didn’t want that to spread the color love.

The bottom edge has a few borders and ric rac design.  Made it tricky when cutting out, but everything matched up perfect in the end.  I added a little ric rac on the top of the waist band instead of piping, to go along with the ‘theme’ of the fabric.

I also fussy cut the waist and sleeves.  It made it a little wasteful of the fabric, but there was plenty so no worries there.  I didn’t do the collar option {thought Eliza wouldn’t go for that} and did the simple cross over front.

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This is a quick run down of my opinion–

Clear Markings- check   Great diagrams- check    Understandable Instructions- check    Options- check

There were a few times when I had to re-read the instructions a few times {the waist band was tricky for some reason, even though it really wasn’t}.

Things I would change– the sleeves weren’t as gathered as I thought they should be or what I was thinking they were.  The hem at the bottom of the skirt was a little tricky because the pattern had you cut out the corners on the back pieces.  Wasn’t quite sure what to do with the hem and the ends…figured it out and hand stitched a few places to keep the raw edges inside.  No biggie, but I hadn’t done that before, so I wasn’t quite sure there.

In the end, I love how it turned out…and would totally recommend the pattern to anyone ready to tackle dresses.  You can find more info on the pattern here.

Thanks to Oliver & S for letting me sew up something cute before it was let out to others and Sew Mama Sew for picking me to review it.  🙂

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  1. Laura

    14 September

    Hi – I came over from Sew Mama Sew, and I have to tell you how excited I was to see your girl in a dress made out of fabric that looks exactly like a dress my grandmother made me when I was about 8 years old. That fabric brought back memories! Not to mention how lovely Eliza’s dress is. Nicely done. I really like the simple cross-over neckline.

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