Disclaimer: I was a tester for this pattern and received it for free, but all my opinions are my own.
The Olympia Dress features a reverse shawl collar with V-neck with five sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow, ¾ and long as well as two skirt lengths: knee and maxi. The pattern also includes instructions to make the Olympia Dress nursing friendly with a zipper in the centerfront.
Size Range: XS-XXXL
Bust: The pattern includes four different bodices for B-DD sewing cup sizes and can fit women from 33 – 52 inches.
Body Shape: Pear-ish
Bra size: 44DDD
What size did you make? XXXL with C Bodice graded 3 inches at the waist. Knee length.
Fabric: Sweater knit from Walmart that I picked up for $1 a yard. Yup this dress cost me 3 bucks!! #doublehandclap
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
I was actually surprised at how the dress comes together relatively easy. I was apprehensive about the shawl collar construction but the pattern includes a short video tutorial that pretty much held my hand through the process and before I even realized the hardest part was over before I could break a sweat.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape?
If you are a fit and flare kinda girl, this is definitely a pattern to add to your collection. The shawl collar takes it up a notch and that v-neck is beyond sexy!!!!! I saw this dress done in a variety of knit fabrics and was amazed at how many different looks can be achieved with one pattern.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
Definitely…I need to make this into a peplum top to go with my pencil skirt like ASAP! I have already envisioned that I will be making this dress in velvet with a very full maxi skirt for the holidays. Side Note: I detest winter but I am seewwwww looking forward to my holiday looks this year…lol!
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up?
As tempting as it is to go by your bra cup for the bodice…DON’T DO IT! Trust your measurements. The instructions are very clear as to how you should determine which bodice you should use to fit your body. These triple D’s fit perfectly in a C bodice. **Putting on my testers hat: The designers went through about 8+ iterations to make sure the bodice fit was on point. #laboroflove**
Another great resource is to join the Love Notions group on Facebook and see some of the other fabrics that were used for the Olympia Dress. It will blow your mind!!
Pattern Rating (1-5):
Size range: 4
Construction process: 4
Final fit: 5
Overall rating: 4.5
I consider this pattern a great curvy sew for my intermediate/ambitious beginners. Overall, I personally love the way the dress looks on me and has been on heavy rotation since I made it.
Until Next time, GariChild