Today we welcome Sharon, aka Mama_Knowles03, mother of five little ones and prolific Oliver + S sewist. Sharon is here to share her favorite pattern, one she has sewn 16 times so far!
I’ve been smitten with Oliver + S patterns ever since I first sewed one. I can tell you my favorite without batting an eye, and it is my second all-time most sewn pattern as well. It’s the Tea Party Sundress + Playsuit. It was the first Oliver + S pattern I sewed my daughter when she was only about 18 months old, and it was love at first stitch!
I remember I kept holding the tiny dress up to look at it as I worked on it saying “I can’t believe this dress looks this great!” That’s what I love about Oliver + S patterns; every time I sew any of them they always look professional when I am done. They are the best patterns on the market!
I have used this pattern 16 times and counting; I never tire of sewing it. I have used it for both my daughter and my toddler son. It’s my favorite baby boy pattern too.
The dress and playsuit work so well not only in hot weather but also in cold. I have put the Music Class Blouse under my daughter’s Tea Party dresses and playsuit, and the Sketchbook Shirt under my little boy’s playsuits.
I like to line my Tea Party dresses and playsuits. At first I used Nicole’s tutorial, but now I do it a bit differently. I sew the inside dress/playsuit completely (but no hem), and then I sew the outside the same way. Then I sew the two bodices together as in the pattern, and I hem both the outside and inside at the same time. It gives it a nice clean finish that I love.
I have customized this pattern a few times as well as sewing by the pattern. I added lace (inspired by the lovely Nicole!) and hand embroidery on another. On one playsuit for my daughter, I made the bottoms like Puppet Show Shorts with lace pockets.
I have made my little boy two playsuits where I combined the bodice piece with the pants pieces so I could add an applique to the front. I have sewn the playsuit up as pants. I even used this pattern to make my little girl a frost fairy costume by cutting the skirt into a leaf shape.
I have more customizing ideas for this spring for both my daughter and son. With this pattern, the sky is the limit!
Thanks for joining us here today, Sharon! Check out plenty more of Sharon’s projects on her blog, Sweet Pea and Pumkins.