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Oliver + S Tea Party Dress Pattern Review

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Confession:  I have several Oliver + S patterns that I’ve never used.  I had the best intentions, but after making the Birthday Party dress I kept shying away from them because I realized just how much work these patterns would be!  They are made for people without a serger, so you won’t find any time saving construction methods, and they always seem to have hand sewn hems.  I recently sorted through my patterns and noticed that Ellie has sized out of many, but the Tea Party dress still had a 5T option, so this is the summer to use it!

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I want to love this dress, I really do.  I love the piping, I love the thoughtful matching bloomers, and I love this Milk, Sugar, Flower fabric. The construction was also easy enough that I’d be willing to make it again.  But I’m not crazy about it.  I don’t like that the straps come to a point (I think a rounded end would be nicer) and the silhouette is a little too dramatic.  I think I’d like this a lot more on a 2 year old.  (Curses on my pattern procrastination!)

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Also, my biggest complaint is that the bloomer pattern is awful.  Like “there’s no way they pattern tested this in the larger sizes” awful.  It ends up with a ridiculous amount of fabric running vertically between her legs when the bulk should be width-wise.  When I cut the pattern I had my doubts, but kept the faith.  The faith was not well placed.  If you’re making this pattern in a larger size (and possibly at any size), don’t use the bloomer pattern pieces!  I’ve made Heather Ross’s bloomers from Weekend Sewing before, and will use that pattern in the future.

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Pattern:  Oliver + S Tea Party Dress

Fabric:  Milk, Sugar, Flower (bird print), kona cotton solid brown, and a pink print I’ve had for a few years.

Sizing:  The dress is a little on the big side.  The bloomers are just a straight disaster.

Difficulty:  Easy

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