Pattern Testing the Olive Top

I can’t even begin to explain how thrilled I was to receive an email from Amity Gleason of Lolita Patterns, asking me to be a part of her pattern testing team. 


Her latest pattern is the Olive Top, which can be purchased over on the Lolita blog. You can also see the wonderful creations made by the other pattern testers and grab yourself some inspiration. I guarantee you will be adding this top to your sewing to do list!

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Now I got a little carried away and ended up making several different versions, doing a little bit of simple pattern hacking along the way. Today I am going to share the first version I made, which is most true to the original pattern.

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I chose to sew up version B, as this better suited my choice of fabric, and also I wasn’t quite sure if I would suit the front flounce of version A – though I do think it is adorable.

This was so simple to sew up, I literally had this cut out and pieced together in an evening.

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The only changes I made to this version were to lengthen the sleeves a little and add a layer of lace the the peplum, just to break up the colour.

It fastens with a side zip and the only fitting changes needed were to take in the back and inch or two (I think I must have an irregular shaped back), which was really easy to do and didn’t impact the look of the garment at all.

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What really jumps out about this pattern is that 80’s retro vibe, don’t you think?

Now I’m more of a 50’s gal myself, but I do think there is a special something about this pattern which will make it a staple wardrobe piece.

Stop by next week to see my second version of the Olive top which, I am sure you will agree, has a very vintage feel to it.

Don’t forget to pop on over to the Lolita blog to find out more about the lovely Olive top and did I mention there’s a blog hop going on with all the pattern testers? Here’s the list so far, I will update it as we go along:

Three Dresses

Handmade by Carolyn



Quirky Pretty Cute

Finally,  there is a special sale going on as part of indie sewing month, so you can get the Olive pattern, and all of the other fantastic Lolita patterns for a bargain!

Happy Sewing



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