So I got a couple yards to make the Oliver + S Music Box Jumper, which is supposed to be the easiest Oliver + S pattern out there—designed specifically for beginners like yours truly (although the pattern was easy, I actually thought the Sandbox Pants were even easier, but that's just me).
The style is similar to the sundress from Carefree Clothes for Girls, but in addition to other minor differences, it has buttonholes (gasp!). Well, wouldn't you know, buttonholes are easy! SUPER easy. I'm not even kidding. I was a little shocked, but now that I know, I just want to put buttonholes in everything. So watch out.
Pleats on the other hand, are not my favorite thing in the world. That is something I didn't know before making this dress.
So I futzed with them and futzed with them. And then futzed with them a little more. Eventually I got the skirt to fit the bodice. But next time that happens (it will, won't it?) I think I'll do gathers instead.
Another little note about this pattern: I've got quite a bit of fabric left and I don't think that's because of my little booboo with the skirt. It's mostly because I used a different fabric for the liner, but even accounting for that there's a healthy amount remaining. I would estimate that I have almost half a yard left over (this dress is a size 7). Which you know will probably be turned into super awesome baby pants.
Overall I'm pleased enough with the pattern that I'm going to make it again—although this time I'm going to try view B, which has only one pleat (yay!), so stay tuned!