Pattern Review ~ Tea Party Sundress

on March 24 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 31 Comments

Rachel wrote this review for us and her daughter happily agreed to a photo shoot with her new dress! Enjoy Rachel’s review below, her ButtonsMagee blog and her introduction too.
Oliver + S Tea Party Sundress
“Girls’ dress and bloomers with unisex playsuit. Sundress and playsuit feature buttons straps, curved bodice seam, and optional flat piping.” The sundress is a pretty A-line dress with an empire waist.


Tea Party Sundress by Rachel, ButtonsMagee

Fabric Recommendations
The linen worked well in making this dress. I would advise using lightweight and not handkerchief weight linen as it makes the skirt rather translucent. Any terrific quilters cotton would also look great. I will probably try this pattern again in the fall with some lightweight wool suiting material to be worn with a turtleneck.
Pattern states light to medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, broadcloth, calico, chambray or seersucker. Notions required are thread, two 1/2″ buttons, 1/2 yard optional flat piping, and elastic for bloomers. I used lightweight linen to make my dress.

For the 24mo dress it called for 1/2 yd.of fabric for bodice & hem, 1/2 yd for skirt, 3/8 yd for lining, and 1/4 yd interfacing. I found this to end up being more fabric than I needed, but they do a good job of showing how to lay out your pattern pieces.

Overall Design 5 stars
This dress is such a lovely style with a vintage feel to it. Small detail were definitely taken into consideration with the finished hem and bodice lining. I made the 24mo dress, and it fit my 2 1/2 year old perfectly. Because of the A-line style, this pattern seems very forgiving of different body shapes. There is a size chart though if this is a concern.


Written Instructions 5 stars
Even for a beginner in apparel such as myself the pattern was very easy to follow. The instructions were concise without being overly simplistic, and there is a glossary of terms used for anyone who might have a question. This was my first garment made from a pattern and I was please with how clear the process was laid out. After each numbered step there were hints to help make the sewing easier, which proved invaluable to me, not being experienced in sewing from a pattern.

Diagrams / Images 5 stars
The illustrations were excellent, with each new step in the instructions coming with a diagram. I found them very easy to understand and well detailed.

Pattern Pieces 5 stars
There is one very large white sheet of paper with the pattern pieces on it. Each size pattern has its own type of line, be it dotted, solid, or dashed. I traced my pattern onto white paper and it was very easy to make out the correct size. There were markings for pivot points, buttons hole placement and notching.

Overall Level of Difficulty Adventurous beginner to intermediate
The dress was fairly easy to sew and went together smoothly. I would recommend this to anyone who knows their way around a sewing machine and is looking to start making clothes. To make this dress you must be able to make buttonholes and match uneven seams, which may be a challenge for a very beginner.

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Modifications + Tips
Overall the pattern was exactly on target. I would recommend surging seam allowances. I don’t own one, and with the dress skirt consisting of six panels the underside of the dress looks pretty messy. However, this would not prevent me from making it again. This is definitely a pattern that requires precise cutting of the pattern pieces to avoid puckering. Mainly my suggestion would be to take you time and press the garment between each step.

The Tea Party Dress come together in one afternoon. It drapes beautifully on my daughter and could be made to suit all occasions. After making this dress I am hooked on the Oliver + s patterns.

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31 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Tea Party Sundress

  1. alisha nissenfeld says:

    I cant find where I put my lay out pattern guide. This is my first project. will someone please e mail it to me?

  2. Angie says:

    Awww…She’s SO cute! That dress is really sweet. It it lined throughout, or just in the bodice?

  3. that is soooo sweet. It’s always the perfect little girl patterns that make me want a little girl, too. the vintage ones always get me -right there-.

  4. Do you think my son would mind if I made one for him? Or, my husband if I started having more and more kids until we had a girl who could wear this adorable dress?

  5. alison says:

    Thanks so much for the review. These patterns look great, but I was curious to see how they really sew up, especially for someone who isn’t an expert. I think I’ll give one of these a try now!

  6. Kat says:

    I love the dress, I can’t make one though or my fiance would really freak out, maybe in a few years. 🙂

  7. ayomide says:

    Love the dress! looks so cute on daughter. NIce vintage feel to the pattern

  8. amelia says:

    so cute! i have been eying these patterns since i saw them on the ‘disdressed’ blog, and i am glad to see that they go together so nicely!

  9. Christine says:

    Too cute. I wish I had one. (the dress, not your cute daughter).

  10. Thien-Kim says:

    What an adorable dress! I think my daughter needs one of these.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Soooo cute! I may have to get this pattern, and use up some cute stash fabric making dresses to give away. (Though my 13yo would be happy if this came in her size!)

  12. Libby says:

    Adorable! I love the vintage look of this dress also. Plus who wouldn’t love a dress with the words “Tea Party” in it. Will definitely give this pattern a try for my granddaughter.

  13. Carrie says:

    Thanks for the review. Such a cute dress and a cute little girl! I may have to get this one for my little one, and check out the other patterns by Oliver + S. Love the vinatage syle…

  14. Kristi says:

    Thanks for the review. You did a great job!

  15. Love this pattern! Wish I had a little girl to sew for. I will have to start canvasing my friends’ baby girls for sizes!

  16. Ashley H. says:

    I’ve been eying this pattern (and the other Oliver + S patterns) for a week now. I think you just made up my mind!

  17. Sarah Bray says:

    Beautiful dress! Thank you for such a helpful review.

  18. Rachel says:

    Thanks everyone! It really is a fun pattern. And it went so well that I tried my hand at sewing another dress for my oldest.

  19. Mommykatt says:

    I love your color choices for this dress. Very cute.

    I think I’ll have to check this pattern out…

  20. Teddi says:

    Adorable dress – so sunny and springy! I went right over and bought the pattern (also the bubble dress pattern) so my little one will have one too! I love the pattern cover – might have to frame it! Thanks for doing the review and I will be looking back here for tips when I’m ready to begin my own dress! Great job!

  21. Debra says:

    How cute!! That is a lovely dress.

  22. Emily says:

    I love this dress. It’s just adorable. My daughter needs a size 6, which this dress doesn’t go up to. I wonder if the pattern will be easy to alter to fit her.

  23. Mary says:

    Lovely dress! Thanks for the review!

  24. Ariana says:

    I LOVE that little dress. So cute!
    I love your review, too. I’m a very beginner (as in, have yet to take a class or really sew anything! lol)…so the review was especially helpful.

    I love the fabric you chose.

  25. Michele says:

    You did a wonderful job! I wish that my first attempt at sewing a dress from a pattern turned out as well as yours did! Maybe I’ll have to give this pattern a try for my daughter.

  26. Amy W says:

    Cute! my daughter would love this! Thanks for the review!

  27. miss chris says:

    Great job, Rach! Little Zoe looks ardorable. This really was your first shot with a pattern? That says a lot for the instructions! I just bought the toddler pattern… I wonder if it will be too big for my two year old… ?

  28. Mellissa says:

    Thanks so much for the review, love the dress.

  29. Emily says:

    Holy cow, that is the cutest little dress! I’m particularly impressed since this was Rachel’s first garment from a pattern. Adorable!

  30. Alicia A. says:

    Hello, there little Zoe. (we have a big Zoe and a little Zoe, you know.) You’re a beauty in your new dress!

  31. Teresa says:

    I love the vintage look to the dress. Very cute!

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