Vintage Fabric Olivia Dress [and a pattern giveaway!]


When Jessica of Craftiness is not Optional asked me to be part of her Olivia pattern tour, I jumped at the chance. I mean, have you seen her blog and all the amazingness over there? This girl has some sewing skiiiillllls.

Vintage Fabric Olivia Dress  If Only They Would NapSo that meant borrowing another cute little model… whose name just happens to be Olivia. Perfect!

DSC_0601I went back and forth on my fabric choice for this dress, but in the end, I knew I had to go with this vintage thrifted floral paired with the bright pink corduroy. And the most perfect little vintage flower buttons you ever did see.

DSC_0606The Olivia dress actually isn’t just a dress… the pattern gives you options to make it as a top too. Plus you can do sleeveless, short sleeves, or elbow length like I chose. Oh you know I love options! The pattern calls for elastic around the sleeves, but I added a couple of pleats to the sleeves so that I could use the bias tape again. Because it is just too yummy not to use!

DSC_0615This was the first pattern from Craftiness is not Optional that I’ve ever sewn, and I was definitely impressed. It all came together very well and her directions were exceptionally clear. She paid attention to all the details – and when you look at the finished product? Love. It. I ended up getting sick over the weekend, so I only had one night to get it finished on time, and it was no problem at all. Two hours from start to finish, including cutting out the fabric … and maybe probably some Instagram breaks.

DSC_0635The trick to getting a sort of full length shot with my sweet little friend? A baby with crazy hair, because she lives in a house full of boys. :)

DSC_0604It was such a treat to sew this dress. I mean look at those sleeves! I was definitely a little giddy after I finished. So much so that I had a hard time falling asleep! I was totally on a sewing high. :) [don’t lie… you’ve been there too]


Okay really, how does her mama not give her every little thing she ever wants?! So. Darn. Sweet!

Two of Jess’s patterns on sale right now: The Junebug Dress [so so cute] and The Olivia [I think you know how I feel about this one!] — so make sure you check them out.

But…. one lucky reader will win their very own copy of the Olivia Dress pattern! Yay!

Click here to enter!

And head over to Craftiness is not Optional to see all the other ah-may-zing dresses and tops on the tour. So, so lovely.


Disclosure: I received this pattern in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, as always. And clearly I love it. :)

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  1. I love your choice of fabrics! And the buttons-oh my! I would love to make this dress for my two girls, they would both look so adorable in it.

  2. Beautiful colour combos! I would love to make this for my daughter eve… All the way in Australia!

  3. I would make this dress for the 3 of my 7 daughters that this pattern size range goes. Love it!!

  4. If I had a daughter I would make this sweet dress for her. Way to bring back corduroy it’s such a lovely fabric.

  5. I would love to win this pattern. My DGD will be one soon and it will be so nice to be able to make her a dress, tunic and top. Thank you for the chance to win.

  6. I would make the dress for my little daughter whose sweet belly disqualifies her for most store-bought clothes…

  7. I would make it for my four girls, but I would have to start with my baby, since her name is Olivia too! ;)

  8. I would make this for a very special little girl. I have no kids so whenever I get patterns I always give away whatever I make.

  9. I’d have to make one for each girl! I have a 5 and 2 year old….no way I’d get away with just making one :)

  10. I already saw a glimpse of your Olivia dress of craftiness is not optional and I love it. The combination of all the different fabrics that come together really great. It’s the best one I’ve seen so far on the tour!

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