Saturday, May 17, 2014

An Olive in Red Roses

Hello everyone ! I am back today with another great blogtour !

A few weeks ago, Amity from Lolita patterns contacted some members of the Curvy Sewing Collective to see if we would be interested in trying her brand new pattern: the Olive . I, of course, volunteered !

First, let's talk a little bit about Lolita patterns. Amity's designs are directed for a professional wardrobe. They are also super cute and girly. Now, they are pioneers in catering for us curvy ladies with patterns up to a 24 ! Their latest creation, the Olive is a beautiful blouse with two views. The bust piece is shaped with princess seams, a waistband and a pleated peplum is added below. There are also 3/4 sleeves.

Now, as you know, I am trying to focus on certain fabric colors for the summer. I promised Mister I would not buy anything extra but I really needed another fabric for this project. I directly thought of some pieces of a beautiful Liberty fabric I had in my stash. For the little story, I had made a maxi dress with it but I was quite disappointed with the end look (I never blogged about it). This blouse was the perfect time to finally use it !

I cut a size 16 at the shoulders and bust and graded up to a 18 at the waist. I kept the 18 for the peplum as it has quite some ease. I did not have to change anything to the fit. The princess seams fell just right and the ease in the peplum was enough to accomodate my wider lower stomach/hip line.

I chose View B because I did not have enough of my beautiful fabric for view A. And the busy print of the roses would not show the flouncy details well enough. I also added some piping along the seams of the waistband to mark the line a little bit more.

I really like this blouse. Here, I wear it with black trousers but it also works great with a pencil skirt. I wore the Olive tucked in a maxi skirt the other day and it is a great option too ! I love the hourglass shape it gives me !

My favorite details are the sleeve caps. They are very girly. I also really like the neckline facing. I made mine in a skin color lining fabric.

We took the pictures in our garden. It is now full with beautiful roses everywhere !

I will probably make the Olive again, but this time with short sleeves for the summer. I would also add a couple of centimeters to the bust pieces.

Now, if you want to see more creations, please check out the other blog tour participants ! And if you feel that this pattern is something for you, Amity offers a 15% discount during Sewing Indie Month !

Leila 13th
Carolyn 14th
Maria 15th
Ping 16th and 24th
Hannah 19th
Laurie 21st
Katrina 22nd
T 23rd

Who is planning on making an Olive?
Have you ever salvaged the fabric from a failed project?


  1. This is beautiful. The fabric is gorgeous and it is great that you managed to salvage such a cute top from it. Definitely going to check this out as I need to sew smart things for work. Thanks for sharing this. Can't wait to see the others. x

  2. Beautiful fabric and beautiful pattern! I really like the pleated peplum. And the colours are beautiful on you.

  3. That is gorgeous on you! I am a late convert to peplums but at the right spot they are great for all sorts of tummy covering :) fab fabric too - I'm sure you'll get a lot is wear from it

  4. Gorgeous blouse! It looks great on you.

  5. Love the fabric and the peplum!

  6. Very cute - I have a very similar body type to you and I don't know that I would have tried this for myself, but I love the way it turned out! Just found your blog from Pinterest and can't wait to look around some more.

  7. This is such a gorgeous make. I love your work. Just gorgeous.

  8. I love how this turned out! And I am so excited it fit so well without alterations. The black and the red roses look dynamite together!

  9. This looks amazing! I love a rose print and the colour on this is divine.

  10. hi L. Nice blouse, especially the sleeves. They look so even and not lumpy. Is there anyway you can blog about putting in sleeves smoothly. I have such a issue with putting in sleeves, makes me a mad woman…..It will so appreciated……Thanks P

  11. this is so nice, it compliments you.
    i would like to ask how how you graded it? i have seen tutorials on grading that do not flatter my body type (am an apple), most tuts i have seen are for grading a smaller waist to fit a wide hip. if you have any tips or links, i would appreciate, thanks.

  12. This is so pretty! Must visit Lolita patterns now!


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