Everything Birthday Dress

Everyone else has a sewing blog, so why not me?!  I have decided to join in the fun so that my name in blog comments leads to somewhere interesting, among other reasons.  The first thing up for sharing is The Everything Birthday Dress:

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I used the Oliver and S Birthday Party Dress pattern to make her birthday party dress for her birthday party and for this birthday photo shoot with birthday balloons.  Add to that an embroidered birthday present on the covered button, and you have everything birthday!

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Pattern Description: Blow out the candles! This children’s sewing pattern for a sleeveless A-line dress has three box pleats at center front with options of button tab or ties. Buttons at back and our signature hem facing are just two of the details featured in this cute girl’s sewing pattern.

Pattern Sizing: 6M-3T

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, and I followed them closely since I am a newer garment sewist.  I even used the forum to help me with the hem facing and sewing this particular pattern with french seams, which was a little tricky with the facings.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the design of this pattern, and the opportunities for mixing fabrics and embellishment.  Oliver and S seem to be well known for accurate drafting and detailed instructions which was a great help to me.  Even though this is a distinct looking pattern, I think there is room for lots of these in a little girl’s closet without looking like the same dress.

New techniques learned: I get excited (and nervous) when faced with new techniques.  That is really my goal right now…to learn at least one new thing with each garment that I sew.  With this dress I did my first hem facing, first catch stitch on said facing, first french seams, first machine sewn-on buttons with thread shank, and first embroidery used on a garment.  Yay, me!

Fabric Used: Amy Butler printed quilting cotton with a pink quilting cotton from Joann.  The pinks were a perfect match.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Oh, yes, and I have for my other daughter for her Easter dress with the ties instead of button tab.  I had another one cut out for this little one, but didn’t get around to sewing it this summer.  Hopefully I’ll finish it sometime and use it as a gift.

Conclusion: Darling dress that I realize has been made and reviewed countless times.  This is a special one to me for many reasons including how much I learned while sewing it.  I am sure I will make it again sometime.

Up next: More reviews! A review of my other daughter’s birthday dress from New Look 6140 and a trio of skirts for me from the popular Simplicity 2226, plus a maxi dress.