fairy tale dress sewing pattern
The ultimate fully-lined, special-occasion dress with crinoline. View A features a Peter Pan collar, tulip cap sleeves, tubular waistband, and front bow detail. View B is sleeveless and has a modified Peter Pan collar and a bow at the back.
The ultimate fully-lined, special-occasion dress with crinoline. View A features a Peter Pan collar, tulip cap sleeves, tubular waistband, and front bow detail. View B is sleeveless and has a modified Peter Pan collar and a bow at the back. Note that this is a fitted dress. Be sure to measure your child carefully when choosing a size. We recommend making a bodice muslin to ensure a good fit.
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After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: collar, darts, lining, set-in sleeves, and zippers.
Dress: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like quilting cotton, chambray, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, silk, and linen.
Lining: Lightweight fabrics like voile and lawn.
Tulle: For extra volume in the skirt.
Coordinating thread, one invisible zipper (12" for sizes 6M–24M, 14" for sizes 2T–4, 16" for sizes 5–6, 18" for 7–8, 20" for 10–12), lightweight fusible interfacing, one hook and eye.
Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 View A 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards View A, Lining 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard View B, Fabric A 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards View B, Fabric B* 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard View B, Lining 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard 54"-wide tulle 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard 1/2 yard
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 View A 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 3 yards View A, Lining 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards View B, Fabric A 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards View B, Fabric B* 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards View B, Lining 1 1/2 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards 54"-wide tulle 1 yard 1 yard 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards
* Collar and sash
SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4 Chest 21" 21 1/2" 22" 22 1/2" 23" 24" Waist 21" 21 1/2" 22" 21 1/2" 22" 22 1/2" Length* 17 1/2" 18 3/4" 20" 21 1/4" 22 1/4" 23 1/4"
SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12 Chest 25" 26" 27 1/2" 28 1/2" 30" 31" Waist 23" 24" 25" 25 1/2" 26" 27" Length* 25 1/2" 27 1/2" 29 1/4" 31" 33" 35 1/4"
* Measured from shoulder at neck
English System Size Chest
6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22 12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27 18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30 2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33 3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36 4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39 5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44 6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55 7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64 8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72 10 28 24 30 54-56 73-77 12 29 25 31 ½ 56-58 78-82 Metric System Size Chest
6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10 12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12 18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14 2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15 3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16 4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18 5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20 6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25 7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29 8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33 10 71 61 76 137-142 33-35 12 74 64 80 142-147 35-37
Average rating: (5 of 5) based on 21 reviewsChristmas dress success!Reviewed by Casey (Verified Buyer) on 01/07/2019I used this pattern to make Christmas dresses for my daughter and niece— both two. I omitted the waist darts because my daughter has a bit of a baby belly and because I wouldn’t have my niece on hand to fit. I modified the pattern slightly— used the view B sash and collar (I think) but the view A sleeves. It worked amazingly, even for a relatively novice clothes sewist!Was this helpful?Another great purchaseReviewed by Jean (Verified Buyer) on 11/25/2018I have only opened it and read through the instructions and traced the size I think I will need. I have chosen a cotton and a lining. Plan to stitch and fit the muslin after the Christmas holidays. I will be excited to get started after that. I own 5 or 6 of the Oliver + S patterns to dress the one grandchild! Each has been a joy to plan and sew. I think this one will be 'Fairy Tale' perfect too.Was this helpful?Another 5 star review!Reviewed by Lily (Verified Buyer) on 03/09/2017With all these 5-star reviews, you can hardly be doubting whether this would be a good purchase. The instructions are clear, detailed, and thorough. I have used this pattern more than any other in my collection- and just bought the 5-12 because my daughter is outgrowing the size 4. I can see making many more of this in the future- but now i use the techniques from The Building Block Dress book to add pockets :) Thanks for making such a perfect pattern!Was this helpful?Digital fairy tale dress gave me back my motivation to sew!!Reviewed by Jessica Weaver (Verified Buyer) on 01/19/2017As always with Oliver + S, an absolute delight to make. I purchased the pattern in both sizes to make the dress for my daughters 5th birthday, she would normally wear a size 5 but is very tall and slim so I went with the size 4 and still had to run the darts in at the back. MAKE THE MUSLIN!! Sometimes it might feel easier to skip this step but it's so important to get the fit right. Don't be intimidated by any components of this pattern or the hand sewing, the instructions will help you get a perfect result. I completed the project in a few evenings (some very late ones!) but it was absolutely worth it, just beautiful.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?oliver + s - the only patterns you'll ever need!Reviewed by Meagan D (Verified Buyer) on 12/15/2016Simple & easy to follow - they're my go to pattern for my favourite little girls!Was this helpful?Fairytale DressReviewed by Natalie Bond (Verified Buyer) on 06/11/2016This pattern had very clear instructions and they were very detailed. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make a similar garment. I had a great result.Was this helpful?Ultimate Party DressReviewed by Anita Kusnohardjo (Verified Buyer) on 02/27/2016I just finished sewing this dress and the result is very satisfying. This dress is beautiful inside out. Lots of hand sewing but so worth it. This is not a difficult dress to sew, the instructions are very clear.Was this helpful?Favorite dress patternReviewed by Jen H (Verified Buyer) on 01/09/2016I love this pattern and have done several versions of it at this point... From corduroy to sequins and silk; sleeveless, tulip sleeves and cap sleeves; Collar and no collar. It's easy to change out sleeves, modify the length of the bodice or change the gathers to pleats.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Fairy tale dressReviewed by Nancy Pultorak (Verified Buyer) on 01/03/2016I made this dress for my granddaughter, out of navy silk Dupioni, loved the style! I made a few changes, eliminated the collar and added mini piping to the neck and armholes. I also eliminated the neck and armhole binding by sewing the lining to the bodice at both the neck and armholes and pulling the backs through the shoulders and then sewing the lining and bodice side seams as one continuous seam. Thanks for the muslin recommendation, I had to make a size larger than she measured.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Wonderful pattern (even for a new-ish sewist!)Reviewed by Denise on 12/07/2015I've been sewing for just under a year, and found this pattern to be great.I just finished a holiday dress for my daughter, and while there were a lot of steps, it went very smoothly. The instructions were very clear and well-written. The pattern itself is great -- I really liked it! I made a muslin first and that is the key. I was able to adjust the fit in the shoulders and practice the sleeves before cutting any fabric. It turned out so great! I'm so proud of myself! Thanks for a great dress pattern.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Really worth it!Reviewed by Angela Hurtado on 11/23/2015I just finished a Fairy Tale Dress for my daughter's preschool graduation. I fell in love with the pattern for its unique tulip sleeves and its classic (but not stuffy) silhouette. It was a lengthy project, especially if you take the time to make all the little details, but it was so worth it!
As always, this pattern has great finishing details and a very straightforward construction. I felt like I learned a lot, and the finished product was an instant hit with my daughter. I loved the instructions for installing the invisible zipper, which resulted in a perfectly laid out zipper with no frustration. It will definitely be a favorite dress around my house!1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Prettiest flower girl dressReviewed by Emily D. (Verified Buyer) on 10/18/2015I made this dress for my niece's flower girl dress for my recent wedding. The pattern came together in a few hours and looked fantastic. I chose it for it's vintage classic look and it was exactly what I was looking for.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Perfect fancy dress patternReviewed by Laura on 08/29/2015I've made this pattern 3 times without modifications and used it as a base for several others, all in the last two years! It's involved and takes some time to put together, but the end product is well worth it and the instructions make it possible for anyone who has made a couple other projects to complete.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?PerfectReviewed by Lindsey Masterson on 04/26/2015Wonderful instructions, and a great fit. I love that there are so many adaptation options.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Beginners can do this - with a little helpReviewed by Amber @ChiefHouseholdOfficer on 04/23/2015I was terrified when I realized this pattern is a 3 out of 4 scissors. (I've only been sewing the past year). But the instructions are great and I decided to film a video sew along series for others who are beginners but want to try this more advanced pattern. If I did it, 'sew' can you. My site www.ChiefHouseholdOfficer.net5 of 5 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?DreamyReviewed by Lightning McStitch on 03/23/2015Don't be frightened! So the pattern description sounds pretty daunting, doesn't it?! But really, there's nothing overly difficult about this pattern. The instructions are of the quality that you only get from Oliver + S. If you've never sewn an invisible zipper before then this is your best starting point. All the rest is broken down into little steps and you will be delighted with yourself when it all comes together. There are two views given with the pattern, but the options for mixing and matching sleeves, collars and belt/waist trim make it like 8 patterns in one. I find that as I'm sewing a Fairy tale dress I'm already imagining the next one. I give this one 5 handsome prince kisses!4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Very simple pattern for fine dress with some room for improvementsReviewed by Hokidoki on 03/18/2015I am very grateful that Liesl made this fine pattern as simple as possible. it has a lot of finishing details but it doesn't overwhelm this beginner-intermediate seamstress that much. The only improvement i have is for Liesl to provide more pointers on tweaking the pattern for fit. the dress armhole is way too big and unflattering on my daughter. the pattern is more suitable for kids with broader shoulders. I ended up taking her dress that fits, superimposed it on the dress and tweaked it based on that. it's probably not the correct way of tweaking but it works.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Fairy Dress Sucess!Reviewed by Brooke on 12/30/2014The project was definitely challenging, especially the sleeves, but the end result is fantastic. I was really pleased. My little girl looked like a princess in her fancy Christmas dress!1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great instructions!Reviewed by Katie on 12/28/2014The fairy tale dress is by far the most complicated dress pattern I've ever sewn, having done just two simple sundresses before, and only having sewn one zipper in my life.... but my daughter chose it so off I went and while it did take me some time and a few tries in places, the instructions were so clear and thorough that it all seemed straightforward and easy and the end result was just great!Was this helpful?easy to follow, beautiful dressReviewed by Flora on 12/16/2014I sewed a dress for my 4.5 yr old daughter and it turned out perfect! I made a size 5 for her and it looks like she'll be able to wear it now and for another year or two. Then her younger sister can wear it! The only thing I would change next time I make it is to make the big sash that is only in the back of view B and have it come to the front of the bodice as well to add a little something to the front.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great dressReviewed by Carla Jilek on 10/28/2014Love it. Can't wait to make a special dress out of this pattern. Love the sleeves.Was this helpful?
- In the first printing of this pattern, sizes 5-12 only, the lines and labels for piece 6, Collar (View A), were reversed. Use the size 5 line for size 12 (and vice versa), size 6 for size 10 (and vice versa), and size 7 for size 8 (and vice versa).
Determining Which Printing You Have
As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.
The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.
Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.
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