It's no secret how much I love the Oliver and S patterns, so when they came out with the Fairy Tale Dress I added it to the ever-growing collection. It's not a quick pattern, has lots of little details and the bodice is more fitted which requires a muslin so with that in mind I waited until there was somewhere special she could wear it.
My cousin is getting married this weekend and nothing says special occasion dress like a wedding! I picked up some lovely sari fabric at Joann's that I thought would be pretty, but I'd forgotten how much I detest sewing with silky fabrics. Whenever I'm picking out fabrics I completely forget how horrible it is, much like how having that second child you forget how bad childbirth was the first time around. By the end of this project I was at my wits end with the raveling ends and slippery fabric.
I made a big boo boo while cutting it out (late nights and pattern cutting don't mix) but I didn't have any more lining left so I sewed it together and went with it, but it's on the inside so nobody sees it anyway.
I did sew my first invisible zipper which I was happy with, but took a little time to decipher as I was going along. Not as scary as I'd feared though. That little waistband is a tube, and needed to be handsewn and somehow it got twisted a bit, so I've got to fix that before Saturday but I need a break from this dress for a bit.
That hem was also tricky because it should be handsewn with an invisible hem, but my fabric would pull and create runs whenever I tried to put the needle in to pick up the stitch so I used a fusible tape which is kind of cheating but nobody except a sewer would notice.
The collar also needs to be tacked down because even though it's understitched, it still wants to pop up and the lining rolls over to the front. You shouldn't see the lining at all.
We took a few more photos but the sun was bright so she was squinting a lot and the dress still needs a good pressing.
I'm sure I'll make another dress with this pattern again, but with a more forgiving fabric and no time crunch!