Oh snap. What is this cuteness going on?! You guys. Olivia has her very own top named after her! Ok, ok. So maybe Jess wasn't thinking of my Olivia when she named her new pattern The Olivia Top & Dress, but probably she would have if she knew how awesome it was going to look on this child of mine. Because, well, look at her! I kind of want her to wear this every single day. Or never wear it so it will never get stained and stay just as adorable as the day I made it. (Am I the only one who struggles with this internal dilemma over handmade goodies?)
But back to the point. Which is that The Olivia Top & Dress pattern is awesome. And I will tell you why. First of all, Jess of Craftiness Is Not Optional wrote & designed it. And if you know Jess, then that should be reason enough. But in case you don't know Jess (though I'm not sure how that's possible unless you're one of my family members who doesn't actually follow sewing blogs and only reads my blog for occasional pictures of your granddaughter/niece) I'll tell you some other reasons this pattern rocks...
- It's super versatile. Short sleeves? Long sleeves? No sleeves? Check, check, and check. Dress length? Top length? Check, check.
- THAT BUTTON PLACKET. SO CUTE.
- The instructions are clear, well written/photographed, and easy to follow.
- I thought that button placket was going to be the end of me, but it totally was not.
- It's for sizes 6M-8.
- Did I mention how cute that button placket is?
Olivia wears a 5T on top these days, but (as per the pattern instructions) I decided to make the size(s) that fit her measurements best instead of her age. So this top is a 3T with a 5T top length and I'm really happy with the fit.
Buuuuut I tried it on Olivia a couple times as I was working on it and decided to make the armholes a little wider, which was a good decision. Basically, I just sewed up the top according to the directions, but once the side seams were sewn up, I cut a little extra out of the armhole to give her some extra wiggle room.
Admittedly, I had originally planned on making this a short-sleeved top instead, but, after I decided to widen the armholes, I ditched the sleeves and just followed the instructions for finishing the armholes with bias tape instead. I was feeling a little lame and cheaty about it at first, but then that adorable bias tape was on and--bam!--no more regrets. :)
As you can see, I also decided to be a little cheater pants on the hem too. And by that I mean I didn't hem it so much as I slapped some more of that awesome bias tape on there and called it good. I kind of can't get enough of this cute bias tape. Obvi.
Olivia and I give her pattern--err--I mean Jess's pattern two great big happy thumbs up! Maybe next time I'll even make a dress since this kid currently has somewhere around 2 dresses. Whatevs.
Want to snatch up this awesome pattern for yourself? You can buy it right HERE on Jess's site or leave a comment on this post with your email address for a chance to win a free copy! Giveaway will close next Sunday (Nov. 3) at midnight US eastern time. Winner will be announced next Monday morning. :)
Updated to add: Sorry ladies! I meant to include this info and then completely forgot! Thanks for the reminder! Both the fabric and the adorable bias tape are from my favorite local fabric shop Sew to Speak. I don't see this specific fabric or bias tape listed in their online shop, but the ladies who run this store are amazing and I'm sure if you called in and asked for it they could hook you up. :)