Best feeling ever.
And it's held up through a ton of washings (since I'm posting this in June and she wears it almost weekly). Sadly, there hasn't been any in focus documentation of the fairy tale dress. Aside for these grainy, poor lighting, bad hair, end of the day pics. Oh well, you get to meet the dog. Her name's Blue.
(Check out the adorable sleeves! One of my favorite parts of the pattern.)
Pattern: Oliver + s fairy tale dress
Size I sewed: Size 2T width/ 3T length (I went according to the size chart)
Material used: Quilting cottons from Joann's, tulle for crinoline.
Notions needed: An invisible zipper.
Appropriately rated: Intermediate. Appropriately rated, but as long as the sewist has made a few other projects Liesl describes all steps clearly. The invisible zipper was a cinch with her instructions.
Time spent: A lot. Like, many evenings, naptimes and a car ride to finish the handwork (but, I'm pretty slow). It's a very involved dress with lots of pieces to cut out and many, many steps. Plus, the lining is handsewn to the zipper to finish the dress and the hem looks really nice when done by hand. The result is only possible because of the effort and it's worth it.
Comments: It was intimidating to start this project after reading through the directions. But I trust Oliver + s patterns, so I just kept following the directions and plugging away and really liked the end result (a lot, can you tell?). The only part I didn't love was the tube sewn to the waist. Mine didn't ever get very tube-like and I probably shouldn't have sewn it on at that point. It is a nice touch on the dress, but the pale pink fabric I used was kind of thin and cheap and just didn't hold it's shape very well.
If you're looking for an amazing fancy dress pattern, this is it! I would 100% recommend it.