Friday, October 18, 2013

The Olivia Dress - a pattern review and a GIVEAWAY.

So you know the blog Craftiness is not Optional, right!? Of course you do! So that lovely talented lady Jess has made another pattern - The Olivia dress/top. Woohoo!

It is a cute, no fuss pattern with lots of options. Dress or top length plus three sleeve lengths - well technically sleeveless and then two sleeve lengths. It has a comfortable loose fit but not too loose.

What I love the very most though....the professional way this pattern is made. The instructions are super clear and all the pattern parts are there for you. You don't have to make any yourself after given measurements. You just print, put it together, trace your size, cut your fabric and sew your dress. Ahhhh, love it! 

I am doing a bit of an experiment with this dress. Evelyn is always choosing her own clothes (while I am choosing other battles) and her knit dresses win 9.5 out of 10 times. But I would obviously love her to use all the clothes I am making for her - and sometimes that is woven dresses - so I was wondering if it was the sleeves in woven fabric that makes it that tiny bit uncomfortable for I went with the sleeveless option - even though I personally LOVE the little puff the sleeves has -  and then we will see.

Update: She chose it for school on monday. So far so good, yay. And proudly told people that complimented her that her Mommy made it - awwww.

I am not normally to these novelty prints - does this even fit into that category? Anyway.... there was just something about these purple haired ballerinas that just won me over. (maybe because I had hair that color once - yes, really! And no, I am not posting a photo.) The fabric is Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman. Collection 'Girl Friends'. The other two fabrics are 21 wale cotton corduroy from also from Kaufman. And my favorite snaps from SnapSource.

And YAY you can win a copy of this pdf pattern (size 6 months to 8 yrs) too.

Earn your entries in the Rafflecoptor below and check back in a week. The lucky winner will be announced during the weekend of 26-27th of October '13.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And make sure you don't miss the rest of the tour.

And if you just want to get started with this dress right away you can buy the pattern HERE.


  1. Oh my goodness the cuteness! oh and the dress is awesome, novelty print and all. The best is when the kids are proud and want to wear what we make for them- that is priceless.

  2. Cuteness overload! Where did you get those glasses? :) They are awesome. How would she not like it, ballerinas and all! Love it!

  3. she is rocking the ballerinas! I love it! thanks again!

  4. So sweet, Mie! (And I had purple hair too Lol).

  5. SO adorable! And her glasses compliment the colors in the dress. :) And even more awesome that she proudly beams her mommy made the dress!

  6. Oh yeah, forgot, I NEED to see pictures with purple hair. :) :)

  7. Beautiful! And the dress is too. The fabric looks like a knit in the photo. If you try a knit let us know what sizing changes you make. Gota love those red heads (and purple heads too).

  8. Choosing to wear it to school AND tell everyone her mummy made it? Congrats!!! I too am being careful about what I make for my daughter. She is into buttons and pockets... So if I want her to wear what I make, I will ask for her opinion about fabric, and then manage to add pockets and buttons wherever possible :) Gosh these little demanding adorable people make you look outside a square, hey!

  9. Super cute, I love it! Always a winner when they wear it straight up!!


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