Monday, October 28, 2013

The Olivia Top: Pattern Review & Giveaway!



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. :)


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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. :)

70 comments:

Renee said...

Where is the bias tape from? Such a cute top! I'd love a chance to get it! (reneeharts at gmail dot com)

Tasha Early said...

Love your version of the Olivia! Would love to win. Iseamstressed @Gmail.com

Karen Shaw said...

This top looks adorable! Would love to make one for my girls. (Karenshaw646(at) hotmail.co.uk

KariAnn said...

This may be my favorite Olivia (both the top and the girl ;-) )yet! I love it! You have to tell us where you got that bias tape! knittinchick@yahoo.com

marina said...

This is such a cute top. I love that you did it in simple colors. marina dot ekob at gmail dot com

Lisa Wege said...

such a cute top!

EHC said...

This pattern gets cuter every time I see how others have sewn it up!

Andy and Natalie said...

I love the simplicity of this, so darn cute! And my goodness, that bias tape is adorable! I'd love to win the pattern. nlmalone1287@yahoo.com

sisforsewing said...

Probably my favorite Olivia version so far - I just love the way the bias tape compliments the blouse.
The color palette is pretty perfect for our current rainy weather :)

Elizabeth Mason said...

Love this! valancy16@gmail.com

Carol Meyer said...

This is so cute and I love the bias trim. Jess makes wonderful patterns, I started following her when she had just one little girl!

Thanks for sharing Katie, I'm a new follower!
Carol

mjb said...

This pattern is so so cute!

Heidi Amber said...

I need this pattern for my Olivia! What a great name, huh? ;)
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Elizabeth said...

I love this pattern and your daughter looks adorable wearing it!!

Beth said...

Super cute! And I love that bias tape - I've never seen anything like that before, but I'll have to check it out.

Beth said...

Forgot my email...smile080@yahoo.com

Laura J. said...

I love that grey color. Great choice! indzerisjohnson (at) Yahoo

Kristie said...

I love what you did with the pattern.
I often have the same problem with sewing for my kids, finding the right length to go with the right width.
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A Rose said...

Your Olivia is adorable!
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judi said...

I love the trim you chose! Very sweet!

Sharon said...

That bias tape is awesome! redheadusa at hotmail

s. said...

Another vote for that bias tape being awesome!

SaraJ said...

This is my favourite version yet! The bias tape makes it!

michael ann said...

so stinkin adorable! and i can NOT get over your little olivia's pigtails, they're so so cute. great job!

Kirsten said...

My little would look adorable in this.

Sandra said...

you made a very cute edition :)
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Lacey said...

Please pick me!!!! laceyawerkamp@yahoo.com

Charisse said...

I love your version! Such a cute pattern, and I have an Olivia too, so I am super hoping I can win! charisse_medico@yahoo.com

Bek said...

How adorable! I love the top and the bias tape - so unique! Thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern! jonandbek@gmail.com

Stephanie said...

So cute. That bias tape just pops. Adorable.
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LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Very cute!

Jenny Larking said...

Oh yes an awesome version and a very sweet little model. Thanks for your review and giveaway jennylarking at gmail dot com

Stacia, the Homey Owl said...

The bias tape is SO adorable! I wouldn't have been able to resist it, either!

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Rebecca Holmes said...

Oh, so cute! I love your bias tape!
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SeeMaryQuilt said...

Love seeing all the versions of this pattern! Thanks for the chance!

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Allison said...

Adorable top! Vintage door on Etsy sells similar bias tape.

Jessica said...

that bias trim is adorable! SO SO sweet!
Jessica

Jessica said...

Such a cute top! I need to get my daughter a long sleeve white top so she can wear her sleeveless stuff...

Sydney Lund said...

Love this top and I really like the sweet bias tape you used

Dotted Whale said...

Your top is adorable. I love the fabric selection!!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I think this dress would look adorable on my daughter too and I love all the options she includes.

Monique said...

This pattern is adorable, but your daughter steals the show!!

Nicole said...

Love it! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Nicoleu0206 (at) gmail (dot) com

Leela the Kid said...

lovethe bias tape. pahl dot leela at gmail dot com

Mego said...

Love it!
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Amanda said...

This is adorable! I'm going to go ahead and publicly admit that this pattern will make me learn how to correctly sew buttons/holes. alechols@vt.edu

Jen said...

This top is very cute! I'd love to win the pattern and make it for my daughters.

Meems Seams said...

Ack! So cute! I love the versatility of this pattern and I know my daughters would love the ease of wearing it! mlower03 at yahoo dot com

Abby said...

I love your choice of fabric, and of course the bias tape is beyond cute!
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Shanon Brugh said...

so cute! good job on finding store-bought bias tape that's super cute too! shanonbrugh@gmail.com

Ajaire said...

I've really enjoyed seeing all the Olivia's pop up on the internets recently. It's such a cute pattern and this one is just perfect for fall and layering. And like everyone else I adore that bias tape! :)

carol said...

That button placket would look so cute on my seven year old granddaughter and I love sewing for her!
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Renee // nearest the pin said...

Your version is beautiful Katie! Love the look of this pattern.

Jenya @ While she was sleeping said...

The dress is wonderful. OH I love that bias tape! jenyathompson at gmail dot com

Mrs. S said...

Your version turned out so great! Thanks for the chance. vaspinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

AmberO at Sleeping is for Sissies said...

Adorable top and super-adorable girl! sleepingisforsissies (at) gmail

jenny w said...

I would loooove to win a copy! Please enter me. Thank you.
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Katie said...

I love the bias tape. I'm now going to have to hunt out some for myself!

Heidi said...

I love your version of this pattern and I'm not going to lie, I've been lusting after this pattern since I first saw it!
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Caroline Flynn said...

very cute
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Chelli said...

Oh that bias tape (for the 60th time). Love your version!
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Goldogmom said...

I would love to win this pattern. I have a DGD who will be one next month and I am getting excited to make her cute clothes, as I did when her Mama was small so many years ago.

Thank you for the chance to win.

Michelle

Jordan's Girl said...

I love it! So cute~

Melissa
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Scrap Advocate said...

Cute and simple to make. I just both some sale fabric today and would love to try this out on one of the pieces.

Scrap Advocate said...

Really cute. I would love to try this pattern on a fabric i purchased today

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

My daughter is bugging for one of these dresses now!

Sherri Sylvester said...

LOVE it! What amazing bias tape. Very cute - the pattern sounds amazing!

Erin A said...

This is incredibly adorable!! I love when people use a simple fabric that they make stand out with fun and incredible details. Beautiful and already pinned. :)

Alyssa said...

Love it! I wish I had a daughter I could make it for. I guess I could make it for one of my friend's daughters. (Actsuchiya@hotmail.com)

Jessica said...

so cute! the bias tape is perfect!