The Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress.

Hide and Seek dress from Oliver + S sewn by The Southern Institute

If you are a fan of Oliver + S sewing patterns than you were waiting with bated breath for the spring pattern release last week. I hope you weren’t disappointed! Three new patterns were revealed: The Hide and Seek Dress and Tunic (pictured above), The Garden Party Dress, and the Lullaby Layette Set. Each of them are completely adorable and beautifully designed.

When I opened my email a few weeks ago to see a message from Liesl Gibson herself, asking if I would like to preview one of the upcoming patterns I just about fainted! Knowing what a crazy time of year this is for us I knew it would be crazy to take on another project, but then I said to myself, “What are you kidding? Liesl Gibson just emailed you!! Of course you will!” So I did. I instantly fell in love with the Hide and Seek Dress Pattern and chose that to be the one I would sew up for Abby.

hide and seek dress back

Then came the hardest part for me… choosing fabric. It turned out to be easier than I expected though, because I had already seen the chambray swiss dot fabric from J Crew the week before. I fell in love with it then! When I went back to find the contrast fabric for the dress, I saw this dandelion fluff design from Moda, put the two together and that was it… I knew I wanted those two fabrics together. I absolutely LOVE the way they look together. They’re totally my style. Unfortunately Abby was not impressed, but I pulled rank this time and went with my gut.

Hide and Seek Dress Doorway

As it turns out she adores her new dress, fabric choices and all. Let’s talk about fit for a minute. The Hide and Seek Dress is meant to be a bit oversized, loose and easy-fitting, with the shoulder seams not quite hitting the shoulders. You’ll notice that they do hit the shoulders on Abby. I made her dress in a size twelve even though she is not even quite eleven yet. Abby is really tall and lanky, at 5 feet tall. The size twelve fits her perfectly in the shoulders and torso, and quite well in the length. I’m so happy with the fit!

Hide and Seek Dress side view

Can we just talk about how old she looks? I can’t believe how fast she’s growing up. My sweet girl.

Hide and Seek Dress pocket

There are so many beautiful design elements in this dress. The welt pockets are a nice detail, and although I think they were meant to be sewn down, I liked them free like this. Maybe I’ll change my mind later… who knows. There are several pieces to the dress, with the front and back yoke, front and back panels, side panels, and pockets. It was a bit time-consuming to cut out the pieces and was not a quick sew, but if you’ve ever sewn an Oliver + S pattern, you know that they are (IMHO) the most well thought out children’s patterns on the market. Liesl’s instructions are so thorough and easy to follow that, upon completing the garment, you feel like you have just created a masterpiece! And you have! The options for completing this dress are many, with a tunic version included. There are two sleeve lengths, and the numerous fabric panels and pieces leave you with endless options as far as fabric combinations.

Hide and Seek Dress front yoke

The Hide and Seek Dress is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve made for Abby. This will work perfectly as her Easter dress this year, which means that I’m officially ahead of the game! How about that? Really, the thing that makes me happiest about making a beautiful dress from a great pattern is when Abby loves it, and she does, so that makes me a very happy person.

Hide And Seek Dress archway

You can see more of the new O + S line at Delia Creates, Skirt As Top, You & Mie, and Probably Actually.

I was given this pattern to review. Opinions are honest and my own.


  1. Kellie Snyder says:

    I know I’ve said it already, but I’ll say it again: I love the fabric and the pairing. They’re perfect together. I also love the simplicity of the dress itself. So glad Abby loves it too. Good job, mama!

    • Thanks, friend! I love everything about it too… especially that she will actually wear it because she loves it, lol!

  2. Olga Becker says:

    Love the fabric. Simple and gorgeous!

  3. jeanine says:

    love it!!! I also love that swiss dot chambray! I need some!

  4. Melissa Q. says:

    This is absolutely perfect! I love it. That chambray is amazing, I need some for myself.

    • Thank you, Melissa! You are the sewing queen, so that means a lot! CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU!!

  5. Jess says:

    it’s GORGEOUS. I had some of that chambray and used it up on a failed project run and play skirt last sad. Did you get it recently? I’d love to get my hands on some more of it!

    • I did get it recently, Jess, but then I didn’t see it when I was in on Friday. I want more! I’ll be asking if they have anymore next time I’m in. Do you want me to grab some for you if they have it?

    • Oh, and thank you!

  6. JoAnna Janet says:

    I love love love this dress and the fabrics. Great Job, Jenny! My little girl is a little small for this pattern, so I may have to get it for me:) ha!

  7. Veronica says:

    You know this dress caught my eye, but I had no idea it was the JCrew chambray Swiss dot! I saw this last week and almost bought some! The dress is absolutely lovely as is your daughter! See you soon!

    • I don’t know if they have any left now! It wasn’t on the rounder where I found it earlier. :( I need to buy some more!

  8. Sophie says:

    This is beautiful! That swiss dot is fantastic. And what a happy girl!

  9. Sarah says:

    Beautiful dress- I love seeing a tween wearing sweet clothes!
    Could you please share your chambray swiss dot source?
    Thanks so much!

    • Thank you so much, Sarah! I found the J Crew swiss dot at a local independent fabric shop in Nashville. I’ve never seen it anywhere else in town and I haven’t been able to find it online. :( I wish I had bought more of it!


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