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DG Patterns Olvie Top

When #sleevefest2017 popped up on Instagram, I thought it was a great challenge.  The idea is simple.  Make, hack, draft, embellish etc. any sleeve on any garment and post it on IG, tagging the organizers (@dream.cut.sew and @valentine.and.stitch).  It’s a simple concept, but the sky is the limit.  And somehow I find myself waiting until 2 days from the August 31st deadline to post my project.  Hey, but better late than never, right?  Here’s my DG Patterns’ Olvie Top which absolutely qualifies with its dramatic tie sleeves.

DG Patterns Olvie Top

DG Patterns Olvie Top


You’ve already seen the Olvie in my latest hack where I swapped the sleeve for a frill on the sleeveless version.  There’s also a cutout sleeve, plain sleeve, and a tied petal sleeve, so there’s tons of options for fun sleeve fans.  The petal sleeve is what drew me to this pattern in the first place.
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DG Patterns Olvie Top

The top itself has an A-line shape and there’s the option of a dress length.  I don’t typically choose looser styles, but this one is not overly voluminous.  Thus far both of these tops have been doing a good job keeping me cool for this end of summer.DG Patterns Olvie Top



For this version, I’m using a Heather Ross cotton lawn that I bought at Hart’s Fabric when I was in Santa Cruz.  I love Heather Ross’ illustration style, and I couldn’t pass by the cute snails.

Because this fabric is quite sheer on its own, I lined it with cotton voile.  It’s the same voile I used for my Designer Stitch Jenny Dress, but I bleached it.  I was afraid that the yellow was going to change the color of the peach too much.  Plus, the lined sleeves partially display the lining when tied.  The softer yellow I got after bleaching is a much better match for this fabric.

Back neck opening

I noted it on the frill sleeve that there’s no directions in the pattern for a back neck closure.  You really need to have something because of the high fitting neckline.  Some options could be an invisible zipper, an exposed zipper, or a simple loop and button.  I wanted to do another exposed zipper, but the cotton lawn is too lightweight for a heavy metal zipper.  I opted for a bias loop and button.

Button options


A quick Instagram poll showed two clear favorites in my button options.  The larger “mustard” (it’s actually closer to cantaloupe) button and the small coral button were both ahead of the others.  I really love the striped button, but I have a couple of those, so I’ll save them for a project where I can display all of them.

DG Patterns Olvie Top

I was leaning toward the smaller coral button until I realized that my loop was far too big for the small button.  So cantaloupe it is!  It’s a little unconventional, but I do like the contrast against the rest of the fabric.

Tied petal sleeves

DG Patterns Olvie Top


These sleeves are just my favorite.  I love how airy they are and they add so much to a simple top.  They are easy to line, though I suppose you could choose to hem the edges with a baby hem.  Be sure to make sure that you overlap the tops of the caps by the 1″ allowed on the pattern the same way on both sides.  At first, I overlapped them opposite ways on each side.  I decided that I like the look of the back sleeve overlapping the front, so I unpicked those 2″ on the other sleeve and made the quick fix.

DG Patterns Olvie Top

Fall styling

DG Patterns Olvie Top

With summer on the wind down, I wanted to use this top as a transition piece.  I’m styling this with a wool pencil skirt I made ages ago, my favorite fall boots and an old coral Brass Plum necklace.


Sleeve Fest 2017

You still have until the 31st to get your sleeves in for Sleeve Fest.  Check out @dream.cut.sew or @valentine.and.stitch on Instagram for more details.  There’s random drawings for participants from some pretty fantastic places!

Are you participating in Sleeve Fest?


Happy Mother’s Day!  In honor of the day, I’ve been up to a lot of Mommy and Me business this week.  First up is DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt.

DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt

Addison skirt

I’m really making more of an effort to have make more skirts.  It’s hard to deny how polished you look in them.  DG Patterns’ Addison Skirt caught my eye when it first came out with its asymmetrical wrap feature and ties.  Daniela really has great style, and her patterns all seem to feature some really cool detail, and the wrap is that detail for this!

I made it up in a mint ponte.  The pattern calls for the wrap pieces to be sewn from a layer of self fabric and of interfacing, turned, and topstitched.  I wasn’t sure about the interfacing.  Perhaps in a stretch woven (another choice for the pattern), it would be possible to use a sew-in interfacing like muslin. I just treated a second layer of ponte from scraps of this turquoise zebra print I had leftover from another project as a lining.

Typically, I cut the zebra the wrong way out on one side.  Rather than keeping it as the lining I intended, I turned it into a design feature.  Why not fuse asymmetry with color blocking while I’m at it?

Twee circle skirt

Addison skirt

I made a matching circle skirt for baby girl from more scraps.  I added tiny pockets that I bound along with the waistband with foldover elastic.  This little baby skirts are absurdly fast to make and take like zero fabric.  I think it took me 30 minutes, and I was dithering.  Focused Elizabeth could make one in 10 minutes.  This will not be the last one for her!

Addison skirt

Mother’s Day Aprons

As I said yesterday in my apron retrospective, some of my earlier memories are with my Mom and my Gram in the kitchen working away.  We’ve always been a baking/cooking family, and my boys love helping me.  Their aprons have been getting too small for some time, so what with The Monthly Stitch’s Amazing Aprons theme this month, I whipped up a batch of new aprons for them.

Kids’ Aprons

I used this tutorial on Craftsy for the kids’ aprons.  It fits my two younger boys just fine, but my oldest will need another bigger size.  The Wizard of Oz print will be for my daughter when she gets bigger.  The cow print is Marimekko, the cars and the Wizard of Oz are both Japanese canvas.  I lined all of them with random bits and bobs.  The aprons are all reversible.  This was a great stashbusting project.

Vintage Simplicity 6808

My apron I made from vintage Simplicity 6808.  I found this home dec fabric on the $2/lb table at Colorado Fabrics one day and knew it’d make a great apron.  I bought the pattern a while back when I was making this apron for UpCraftClub.

apron from a skirt pattern

My article deadline came for the apron, and the pattern hadn’t made it to me in the mail.  Since then, the pattern has been sitting in my bedroom where I had forgotten about it.  In the process of decluttering a bit, I decided that the time for the pattern was NOW.

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I sewed it up pronto, adding some striped bias tape I made from a bit of lilac shirting.  I’m totally in love with the big deep pockets and wrap around style.  This will be a great apron for gardening!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day!  How do you celebrate the day in your sewing?