feature friday: book report dress

It’s always exciting to see what others come up with when sewing Oliver + S patterns. Jen of J Wo sews created this solid colored Book Report Dress with a couple of clever modifications. She installed invisible zippers in place of the button loop closures at the shoulders. It’s so inspiring, it makes me want to try it and other types of zippers, too. Don’t you think exposed zippers would be a fun idea for a tween look?


Oliver + S Book Report Dress with invisible zippers


She also quilted the back yoke. These details make for a really unique dress.


Oliver + S Book Report Dress with quilted back yoke


To learn more about this dress and see more photos, check out Jen’s blog post.


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  1. Becky Phillips

    I love both this pattern and Jen’s version. I just finished making four Book Report dresses, myself. They were a pleasure to sew, so it was great to see this blog post. I especially like the way Jen used zippers for the shoulder closures. It looks so couture! I suspect this pattern would lend itself well to other modifications.

    This is a perfect school dress. It has long sleeves for cool days, and with its shirttail hem, it would be just as stylish worn over a turtleneck and leggings as on its own. With a distinct upper and lower half to the dress, it could be made in two different fabrics for a “blouse and skirt” look. The button and loop shoulder closure is easy to make, and using special buttons adds sophistication and sparkle. Of the dresses I made (they have all been recent posts to O + S Flicker Group ), I’d characterize the different styles as dressy, casual, tailored, and bohemian — and just because of the different fabrics and buttons! I highly recommend this pattern.

  2. Lucinda

    This is fantastic! Love the quilted back and zipper additions!

  3. Ah yes, an oldie but a goodie. Great to see J Wo’s dress here. Those zips are so impressive.

  4. Love love love this!

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