Oliver+s Fairytale dress

So, is there such a thing as plagarism in sewing? If so, I’ve committed it. I hold my hand up, yep, it was me. Guilty as.

You see it all started with this dress from Nest Full of Eggs:

I loved it. Everything about it. The wide stripes, the colours. Just Wow.

And then this wide cream/orange striped heavy cotton sateen turned up on the sale table at Spotlight and I just couldn’t resist. Now orange has never been a favorite colour round here but somehow that was overlooked in the urge to recreate this beauty of a dress.

So here’s our version, made for the end of year celebration at school. The school leavers make a speech and are generally made a huge fuss of and since Older Brother was leaving this year, well that seemed like a good enough excuse for a new dress.














So, maybe the stripes aren’t quite as wide. And I forwent the pockets so it’s maybe not a complete copycat? The stripes are not home made and by skipping the pockets I didn’t need to match those stripes at the side seams. So call me lazy. I love this dress and it made my daughter feel like a million dollars.

It is lined with an old eygyptian cotton sheet which is incredibly soft and smooth. The tulle layers are sandwiched between the dress outer and the lining so there is no scratchiness. I made a muslin and got a good fit from the size 7 with only a few minor adjustments. I followed the instructions on the Oliver+s blog here.

I did have to stripe match at the back seam, however. I’m quite pleased with the results. I hand finished the hem for a lovely smooth finish.














I just wish I had a picture of her wearing it. This is the best I can do – she’s on the stage at school in the front row. I think you can just make her out!
















Well? Am I guilty of sewing plagarism?

Pattern: Oliver+s Fairytale dress without collar or sleeves.
Fabric: Cotton sateen lined with egyptian cotton.


4 thoughts on “Oliver+s Fairytale dress

  1. Suzie, that is the goal of our sewing!! So we can duplicate those things that appeal to us for a fraction (hopefully) of the cost. 🙂 I love this dress! Looks like it came right out of a boutique. Love how you photographed it with the green leaves behind it. Really makes the orange just pop!
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    • I agree Shirley. I have previously shamelessly copied ideas from clothes on websites or in shops. It is usually just details or colours,though. It felt naughty to be stealing an idea so completely from another blogger! I keep meaning to work on my photography so thanks for the positive vibes.

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