The pattern I used for the project is Simplicity 2865 which is an older pattern from their Built By Wendy line, a collection of patterns I really like. I've got quite a few of them stashed away. I made this dress in a red and cream interlock knit fabric purchased from Dressew.
This dress would have taken me a lot less time to sew if I didn't have so many fitting woes! Can someone please remind me never to cut a size 10 in the Big 4 pattern companies? I've had nothing but trouble whenever I cut a 10. I should always be a 6 or lower. For this pattern, I should have cut the smallest size available which was a 4.
I cut a 10 because the pattern said the finished garment measurements for the bust was 32.5 inches. WRONG! I really should have measured the bust across the pattern because it was a lot more than that. I had to take in the side seams by 1.5 inches on both sides but only on the back pattern piece because I didn't want to alter the front armhole shape. I also had to take in the shoulder seam by 1.5 inches. Even with these modifications, I had to throw the finished dress into the washer on hot water and then into the dryer to shrink it up even more.
I have a feeling even if I had cut a 4, it still would have been too big so it's mostly the fault of my small frame. Luckily I did not have the recut the collar. Knit fabric is so forgiving to sew with! Anyways, I managed to get through the problems and now I have a cute dress.
Here is a close up of the little red candy buttons I sewed to the placket. I also purchased these buttons from Dressew.
Now the reason I call this dress the Olivia dress is because the inspiration came from a children's picture book. Here take a look!
Can you see what I mean? I even wore the black and white striped tights to really capture the spirit of Olivia. This is a book series about a very petulant, adventurous, imaginative little pig named Olivia, written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. She's quite a fashionable little pig too.
I plan on sewing more projects inspired by children's picture books in the future. I think this is a great way to combine two of my great loves in life -- sewing and reading. So expect to see more of the other sides of my life (the book worm and in a previous post, the nerd) in this blog as I slowly reveal them.
Outfit details: Shoes are from Payless (bought them this autumn and I love them!)