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    Mmollett @Mmollett

    I am a relative novice and I am terrible at looking at the patterns to create a “hack”. I fell in love with this tea collection dress…anyone know which O+S pattern could become this? (Specifically concerned about how to make a placket in the skirt area)


    Tamara @justsewit

    Hi @mmollett what a lovely dress! I can see why you are so inspired by it.

    Do you own the Lullaby layette pattern at all? And more importantly is the little one you are sewing for wearing a size 24months or smaller? I can see a happy and very close adaptation of the linked dress using the top of this pattern and that is why I asked.

    The sleeves look similar to that of the Apple picking dress and the playdate dress.

    This is what I would do to achieve this look. I would take the lullaby layette top pattern piece for the front and create a separate bodice and skirt piece (you can still do the placket this way) making sure of course to add the seam allowances so it doesn’t work out wrong. I would make the skirt part wider so that you can get the pretty gathers as per your inspiration dress. Then I would follow the instructions to create the placket. The way to create the placket running into the skirt is to make the bodice piece higher than where the placket finishes and that may mean lengthening it slightly.

    I would then use one of the above mentioned sleeves in the required size to create the sleeve.

    I hope this helps and that it makes sense. You have vision for a novice so I think it will be great to see what you do on your sewing journey – especially when it comes to making knock offs😀

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    Mmollett @Mmollett

    Thanks for being up late! I have been “you tubing” how to add a placket. I do own the lullaby layette pattern. My daughter has a 20.5″ chest (I think I remember that correctly). Not sure if she would fit into the sizing but I will have a look. I may be in over my head but looking at the placket instructions in the layette set is properly a great place to start…love the instructions in these patterns!
    I’ll probably back for more help!

    Sarvi @Sarvi

    Do you especially want to include a placket, either for looks or ease of dressing? Because otherwise that looks not unlike a Class Picnic top (possibly available on clearance!) with a bit of elastic gathering at the wrist end of the sleeve.

    with love Heidi @with love Heidi
    nzsewist @Ann-Maree

    Maybe the playtime tunic/dress pattern could work here too? The back yoke would need to be changed to be one piece and the front pieces adjusted to include the placket. And some fullness added to the sleeves to get the gathered effect.

    The playtime pattern works great with knits too if you were thinking of making the dress in a knit instead of a woven.

    I can’t wait to see what you make. And I think I will be following your lead as that style would look great on my girls.

    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    @mmollett here’s a link to a blog post right here on Oliver + S where I’ve shown how to do a placket just like that one.
    http://oliverands.com/community/blog/2015/02/hide-and-seekcinema-dress-front-placket-tutorial.html I used the Hide and Seek dress, but you could do it to almost any dress. The playtime is probably the closest to your inspiration photo in shape.
    Hope that helps!

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