Let me introduce you to Olivia! She is my latest make from Rebecca Page and I love her.
I made the knit version and used both my serger and sewing machines. You also have the option of making your Olivia with woven fabrics and doing French Seams. 🙂 Up to you! The neckline is gathered with an elastic casing and I choose to do my sleeves the same way. The pattern has cut lines for both short and long sleeves so I split the difference and made mine around elbow length. I prefer this length come fall.
I did a 1 inch full bust adjustment on this pattern as I am just a bit outside of the size range. Since the pattern is similar to a very wide boat neck it was a little unusual, but it worked out well and I am happy with the outcome. Even though Olivia is a roomier fit I think it was the right choice because now I don’t have any weird pulling in the bust or under arm area. I also lengthened the bodice by 3 inches. I do this to almost everything I make because I will not wear tops that do not cover my stomach. One of the best things about sewing for yourself is making the adjustments which are needed. You shouldn’t apologize for it. I almost always add length even though I am only 5’1. I almost always have to adjust arms at the bicep and I almost always need a full bust adjustment. When I try on clothing in a store these are the areas that always annoy me. If you are going to the trouble of making your own clothes, you should feel good when wearing them.
This shirt is actually designed to sit on the outer shoulder. That would be awesome, but this girl needs a real bra with real straps. 🙂 I just cinched the elastic a little shorter and brought it all in.
This is another beauty from Sly Fox Fabrics. It is called Eminence Chevrons. Mary Beth, one of the owners, picked this out for me. She did a nice job! This isn’t my typical print and by that I mean it isn’t floral, but I love it anyhow. Chevron is always fun. I would have totally made it into pants if I had the patience to match all the points. Speaking of matching, I can’t believe I didn’t get one single picture of my chevron matching on the sides. I honestly worked pretty hard to make that happen.
This is a DTY which is a little like ITY. I love the feel of it. Soft, silky, and cool. All good things in the summer. 🙂 I am linking you to everything that popped up with I searched Chevron over at Sly Fox Fabrics because there are a lot of really great options.
Pattern info time!
This is the women’s Olivia. Size range XXS-5X. Here is the Women’s Link Currently 25% off
There is a girl’s Olivia. Size range Newborn to girl size 12. Here is the Girl’s Link. Currently 25% off.
Here is the Bundle Ladies and Girls Patterns Save $7.60
Hope you pick up this pattern while it is on sale and match yourself a new bestie!
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2 thoughts on “My new bestie Olivia”
Looks great! I’d love to know how you add length to the top
Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by. When I add length to a top that flares out, I usually slash the paper pattern under the bust and add about 2 inches. I then tape in extra fabric and blend the sides. If the pattern doesn’t flare and is more straight on the sides, I can usually get away with just adding the the bottom of the bodice. I do this to both the front and back bodices in equal amounts. I will get a tutorial up on my blog within the next week or two for you.
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