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A Little Dress for a Family Reunion

May 19, 2012

In a bout of procrastination, I made the Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress for my little niece.  I used some of the indigo-dyed batiste from that was leftover from my circle skirt project.

I love the cute little sleeves and the button tab detail.  I also learned how easy it is to turn a facing to the outside, which creates a nice band of fabric around the neck.  Since the fabric resembles a light denim, I topstitched around the edges of this neck band, as is typically done around the waistbands of jeans.

The hem for this dress is created by stitching on a facing, and then it’s topstitched like crazy.

The back contains the best buttonholes I’ve ever made.  Seriously.  I watched in amazement as my machine stitched beautiful buttonhole after beautiful buttonhole.

This photo highlights the one design change I made to the pattern.  The front and back are supposed to contain six pin tucks.  I stitched my first one in backwards, which created a pleat instead of a tuck.  Since this fabric shows every stab of the needle, I decided I’d just continue stitching them all backwards. I figure I’ll use needing to get the tucks right as an excuse to make this dress up again some time when procrastination peeks its head in again.

I was actually able to give this dress to my niece in person yesterday. I’m in Seattle right now visiting my brother and his family. This dress is a present for our mini-family reunion. And, since they’ll be jetting off to Michigan soon for a giant family reunion with my sister-in-law’s family, just maybe this little dress will get to participate in two family reunions this summer!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2012 7:18 am

    Beautiful little dress. I love the jeans detailing with the topstitching.
    Not too much beats a good buttonhole!

  2. LLBB permalink
    May 19, 2012 11:18 am


  3. May 19, 2012 11:42 am

    So sweet!

  4. sewtechnicolor permalink
    May 19, 2012 1:28 pm

    So cute! And I bet she looks adorable wearing it. =)

  5. May 19, 2012 2:19 pm

    so cute! Isn’t it so gratifying to sew kids stuff every now and then?

  6. May 19, 2012 2:50 pm

    So adorable – beautifully made. I’m sure your niece will love it and will look beautiful in this dress.

  7. May 19, 2012 5:38 pm

    What a great gift. Your niece is going to be one stylish little gal!

  8. May 20, 2012 7:04 am

    Oh its adorable! I bet she’ll look cute as a darn button (or buttonhole ;)

  9. Shams permalink
    May 20, 2012 6:17 pm

    Oh, Amy, how adorable!

  10. May 20, 2012 7:37 pm

    Very cute!!! I’ve been looking at Oliver + S patterns since I have started to melt a little towards sewing for children. LOL

  11. May 21, 2012 11:44 am

    So, so cute! I love this!

  12. May 22, 2012 8:40 am

    CUTE! I love the pintucks.

  13. May 23, 2012 1:33 pm

    what a gorgeous dress, far more enticing to the eye than the o&s pattern pic imo, makes me want to sew one for my own niece, and maybe draft something similar me-size, so simple but chic looking!

    • May 25, 2012 5:57 pm

      It was a fun and easy make. The neck ended up being a bit wide, but I really liked how the rows of stitching gave definition to the skirt hem. I may think about adding several rows of topstitching the next time I make a full skirt.


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