I used the Oliver and S Fairy Tale Dress pattern. I made this one a size two in the width, but added length to make it the length of the size 4. I guess I will have to make more because none of her other dresses fit this well.
Oliver and S are known for having great patterns, full of classic details, nice finishes, and great techniques, and this pattern was no exception. Sometimes the price tag on these patterns can be a turnoff, but for a fancy party dress like this, I think it was worth it. I expect I will make this pattern several more times before she is grown. And if I had a really formal occasion, this would make a really great dress. Wouldn't it be great sewn up in a beautiful silk fabric?
Since this was the first time I made the dress (yes, I did make a muslin, though), I didn't add all the details that are included in the pattern. (And because I think it's still great without all the extras.) I think the simple design shows off the fun fabric. The pattern does include options for a classic or modified peter pan collar, tulip sleeves, a back sash, and tubular waistband with a bow. So many possibilities. The instructions also include directions for attaching a layer of tulle within the skirt for added fullness. I didn't include that this time either, but I think it could be a great detail for a formal dress. I do love the fitted style and shaping. It even has small darts in the waist for the bigger sizes for a better fit.
In classic Oliver and S style, the dress is almost as pretty on the inside. I'm sure most people that see her wearing the dress will not realize how nicely it's finished on the inside, but I was quite excited about it. All the seams are enclosed and everything is neat and tidy and stays in it's place. I'm sure some of my readers will appreciate it. :)
The fabric is fun also. It's a quilting cotton from Riley Blake's Derby line. It was perfect for the summer party we attended in the Derby City! Plus my daughter loved that it was pink and had horses. She is not always easy to please, but she was happy with this.
Twirl your heart out, girl!