Vintage Fabric Olivia Dress [and a pattern giveaway!]

When Jessica of Craftiness is not Optional asked me to be part of her Olivia pattern tour, I jumped at the chance. I mean, have you seen her blog and all the amazingness over there? This girl has some sewing skiiiillllls.

Vintage Fabric Olivia Dress  If Only They Would NapSo that meant borrowing another cute little model… whose name just happens to be Olivia. Perfect!

DSC_0601I went back and forth on my fabric choice for this dress, but in the end, I knew I had to go with this vintage thrifted floral paired with the bright pink corduroy. And the most perfect little vintage flower buttons you ever did see.

DSC_0606The Olivia dress actually isn’t just a dress… the pattern gives you options to make it as a top too. Plus you can do sleeveless, short sleeves, or elbow length like I chose. Oh you know I love options! The pattern calls for elastic around the sleeves, but I added a couple of pleats to the sleeves so that I could use the bias tape again. Because it is just too yummy not to use!

DSC_0615This was the first pattern from Craftiness is not Optional that I’ve ever sewn, and I was definitely impressed. It all came together very well and her directions were exceptionally clear. She paid attention to all the details – and when you look at the finished product? Love. It. I ended up getting sick over the weekend, so I only had one night to get it finished on time, and it was no problem at all. Two hours from start to finish, including cutting out the fabric … and maybe probably some Instagram breaks.

DSC_0635The trick to getting a sort of full length shot with my sweet little friend? A baby with crazy hair, because she lives in a house full of boys. :)

DSC_0604It was such a treat to sew this dress. I mean look at those sleeves! I was definitely a little giddy after I finished. So much so that I had a hard time falling asleep! I was totally on a sewing high. :) [don’t lie… you’ve been there too]


Okay really, how does her mama not give her every little thing she ever wants?! So. Darn. Sweet!

Two of Jess’s patterns on sale right now: The Junebug Dress [so so cute] and The Olivia [I think you know how I feel about this one!] — so make sure you check them out.

But…. one lucky reader will win their very own copy of the Olivia Dress pattern! Yay!

Click here to enter!

And head over to Craftiness is not Optional to see all the other ah-may-zing dresses and tops on the tour. So, so lovely.


Disclosure: I received this pattern in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, as always. And clearly I love it. :)


Flowery Tunic and Polka Dot Bows

Yes, I’m still continuing with my posts of my handmade Christmas gifts! I never want to ruin the surprise by blogging them ahead of time.


My sweet niece Hazel [how cute is she?!] is just two months older than my youngest. This works out well for outfit sewing, since I had a pretty good idea of her size.


I made her a tunic out of this super lovely crushed floral knit from¬†[which they don’t seem to have currently, which is a bummer, because it is SO lovely]


I added a little placket in the front with some ivory knit and some sweet lace that has a vintage-y feel.


The bias tape and the adorable little flower button are both vintage. Which makes the top much more special in my eyes. Plus, I know her mama loves vintage, so I thought that would be fun for her. :)


The pants are simple flat-front cords, made specially for that cloth diaper booty.


I added simple polka dot bows to the bottom of the pants, to give them a girly flair. But they are just tacked on, since Hazel will have a baby brother in March, and I wanted her to be able to hand these pants down to him.


Sewing for girls is pretty fun. :)