Oliver + s School Photo dress

I have to confess I made this entirely for my own gratification. It’s not really Elsa’s style and there’s only a little of Winter left so she didn’t really need another warm dress.

But there was this incredible dress on flickr that was featured on the Oliver + s blog with a tutorial so I was just itching to have a go. In fact I only bought this pattern to try this modifiction I though it was so amazing.

Now the dress is made I really do like the style and Elsa seems happy to wear it so maybe it was worth it after all.

I tried really hard on making the inside as lovely as the outside. I love the results and I think I’m now hooked! I hand sewed the arm lining to the bodice to hide the sleeve seam which is even above and beyond the oliver + s finish.

This is my invisible zipper insertion. I went to the shop to get the foot but baulked at paying over $80. I figured I’d find a way to do it. I did! Instead I used the embroidery foot #20 for my Bernina. I lined up the edge of the zip with the inside of the foot and moved the needle over a few notches so it landed just beside the the zipper teeth. The Oliver + s tip to iron the zipper flat before you start was really useful.

It took three trials and two zips before I figured this technique out.

Gosh the hangaroo pocket is fiddly. I guess that’s what I wanted to challenge myself with! This is a three scissor pattern after all.

Hope you don’t mind a few gratuitous shots of my girl. She was off from school sick today so I grabbed the opportunity for a photo shoot.

Anyway the inevitable has happened. Elsa has decided pink is no longer the only colour worth considering. I may have to have a garage sale for all the pink fabric in my stash!

She wore this dress to a birthday party last weekend. I was stoked she chose it. Well, and a little sad. It’s such a mature feeling dress. She’s growing up so fast.

She saved the best faces until last. She was very keen to put this last one on the blog but didn’t want to add the photo where she stuck her bum out to the camera!

I think she could be well enough to go to school tomorrow.

Pattern: Oliver + s School Photo dress
Fabric: Spotlight baby wale corduroy.


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