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I need to stop being so shocked when I use a print. Lolita Patterns just put out this top. She’s called Olive.

There are two views, the ruffly, intricate View A, and the wardrobe builder View B.

Click to go to the Lolita Olive page for sizing, yardage, cutting labels, photos, and tutorial links.

I made a straight size 8 and I like the fit. The side invisible zipper is awesome. I did have to cut the zipper cos it was longer than what I needed but the instructions clearly help you along that step and when you set in the sleeves you create a stopper and your zipper won’t go anywhere- it’s clever! I also added a facing to the waistband so that everything would be pretty on both inside and outside and I’m glad I did. It didn’t take much more time to do and it’s totally worth it. We’ll be showing you how to do that step in the Olive tutorials- yeah we aren’t doing a sew-along but rather showing you the fiddly, time consuming (let’s not call them hard now) parts.

For this version, I used a poly crepe from JoAnn! yeah, seriously. I found this cute print at JoAnn!- as well as the glittery poly chiffon I used for the front cowl, ruffles, flowers and sleeves. Don’t skip the flower. It’s such a sweet detail.

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But honestly, this is probably how I’ll wear this top, with flats and a coffee mug attached to my jaw.

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I’m loving the ruffles on the side!

So, that’s my first Olive!! I can’t wait for you to see the other Olives from the blog tour. Check them out! I’ll update each link as they go live! And after the tour, I’ll show you how I made two knit versions- one in leopard print knit (yup! this pattern is for wovens but I made it in a knit- I’ll show you how I did that) and also a stretch floral lace with short sleeves. I’m loving these two versions. They play with Olive in such a nice way. I can’t wait to show you.

Also, don’t forget that the Sewing Indie discount code (sewing15indie) is only good through 11:59pm Pacific Time Zone on May 19th, 2014! Get your Olive now! 

Blog Tour (you’re gonna die! Everyone’s Olive looks absolutely stunning!)

Three Dresses

Handmade by Carolyn

Velosewer

Peneloping

Quirky Pretty Cute

Made With Hugs and Kisses

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