Darling Olive

Posted Wednesday, 1 July, 2020

Hello dear friends, 

It's been a while between drinks and I hope that you're all well. This week, I have been enticed back to my blog by my latest make, the Olive Dress by Megan Nielsen. 

I was very fortunate to be gifted a copy of the Olive dress and top pattern for preview prior to the official pattern launch. Sneak peeks are always exciting, but even more so in this instance because Megan is one of my favourite indie pattern designers! Anytime I add an outfit made with one of her patterns to my wardrobe, I feel as though I've injected it with something simultaneously classic and on-trend.

For example, the Olive Dress had a definite element of 1930's, drop-waisted, Durrellesque flair to it, which as a vintage lover I was immediately drawn to (Haven't seen The Durrells? It's an excellent show! Highly recommend). I think that this was due to the smock style (incidentally, this is very of-the-moment for 2020). In particular, the neckline and v-detail. The v-neckline and panel are elements which I've also seen on flapper dresses (1920s) and some lovely 1940s nautical-style dresses. So many styling and design options! I feel as though through fabric choice alone, this dress could be taken in many directions.

Sewing Notes:

  • I meant to sew in some waist ties, but totally forgot. It's not a big deal, but might be something to consider trying if you're like me and can't go without a little waist definition in your day-to-day.
  • For my fabric I went with this one from the Fabric Store. It's an Ecovero Moon & Star viscose. I think that it's almost out of stock, but there's so many lovely fabric options out there, such as this star alternative which would be lovely.
  • I must include the fact that between the pattern illustrations and clear instructions, Megan's patterns are so easy to follow! Alternate methods for finishing are included, so when it comes to doing the v-neck and panel insertions Megan's instructions allow for flexibility. I think that this is an effective method of catering to different skill or confidence levels. I found this to be a really useful way of checking my understanding of the instructions, versus what I was trying to achieve. 
  • There aren't any closures on this dress, which lessens the distance between sewing and wearing!
  • Pocket aficionados rejoice! This dress has pockets and I love their construction and insertion method. Instead of having the pockets hang limply within the skirt, Megan has the pockets sewn into the waistline. Ingenious!

For my version of the Olive, I chose to make the dress (you could also make either a short or long sleeved top). Satorially, I wanted a more retro/rockabilly vibe, for bright, fun and easy styling. Also, I couldn't help myself and wore my Olive belted, despite it being a smock dress. 

This dress was such a pleasure to make and wear. This pattern was simple to fit, and quick to construct. Beyond Olive, I'm not sure what my next make will be, but I'm loving the versatility of this one.

Have a wonderful week and love one another.