There’s something about Spring that inspires me to sew, sew, sew. Maybe it is the warmer weather and the ability to go outside without bundling up under a puffy winter jacket? Or it could be that I just have more time and the days are longer and brighter and I have more energy? Either way I have been sewing up a storm these past few weeks and although I have sewn several items of clothing/bags etc since my last blog post I haven’t been interested in blogging or sharing them- until now!
Coming out of winter hibernation I have a few blog posts ready to go and here is the first one- the Olympia Dress by Love Notions Patterns. I came across Love Notions when I first sewed their Laundry Day Tee – which I am totally in love with and will post about soon! This Olympia Dress is my second pattern by this company and the first I have paid for- and I am so happy with how this dress turned out. This is my second version- the first version I used an inexpensive lycra jersey that I am just not in love with. This version is using a pretty substantial scuba knit from Joann’s that I have been holding onto for months and didn’t have the occasion to use until now- I think it is just perfect for Spring and for Easter.
This dress is super simple to sew and even though I was nervous about the integrated reverse shawl collar I think it turned out Ok and was pretty easy to figure out using the directions and the video posted on the Love Notions site. The pattern has a great size range and even individual cup sizing which is wonderful. I sewed this up using the XL size and the D-cup bodice. I made the sleeveless, knee length version but the pattern actually includes five sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow, 3/4 and long as well as two skirt lengths: knee and maxi.
I am in love with this pattern for its flattering shape, simple construction and versatility. I feel like the non-gathered waist works better for me than the Colette Moneta that I had previously been obsessed with- it fits well and is super quick to sew. The stability of the scuba knit makes things so simple- no slipping or stretching issues so I was able to sew this in about 1 1/2 hours. No zippers, closures or elastic required means it comes together very fast. Instant gratification!
I’ll leave you with a shot of the tree outside of my house- it is what I see from the view of my sewing room window- no wonder I am inspired- just beautiful!