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Olive Dress & Top Tester Roundup

Olive dress and top pattern tester round up

Ok guys, I know I go on about how much I love our testers…but I think you’ll agree from the makes we’re about to show you…they absolutely ROCK! The Olive pattern can look so different depending on the fabric you choose or the little details you add, which is why I love it so much!

Our testers have absolutely knocked their makes out of the park, made their own twists on the views and made us do a little jig of joy because of how fabulously they turned out! I hope you enjoy their makes as much as we do and be sure to take a look at their Instagram accounts & blogs for endless sewing inspiration!

WHO

Tania // Find her on Instagram at @tania.ho

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The neckline!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

Another dress in a more drapey fabric (maybe tencel).

WHO

Lisa // Find her on Instagram at @lisa_sewingaddict

MADE

View B // Dress & View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The neckline is super flattering (hello collarbones!) and the binding technique around the v-insert makes the inside of the dress look so pretty.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’m planning to make a peplum top by cropping the dress, but adding a drawstring at the waistline to allow it to be pulled in.

WHO

Tsalia // Find her on Instagram at @tsaliarh

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The clean finish bias binding on the inside of the neckline! It just looks so pretty!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

Yes, I am thinking of making the dress version in a drapier fabric. For this first version, I used contrasting fabric for the bias binding at the neckline, the pocket and the sleeve cuffs. I like the inside neckline finish of the garment so much that I think it could look really cool if the neckline finish was on the outside of the garment in a contrasting fabric!

WHO

Samantha

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

It is a quick sew!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I hope to sew up the dress, too!

WHO

Chelsea // Find her on Instagram @onthemarkdesigns

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I ended up loving the v neckline and the cuffs on the sleeves!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I am thinking of doing one in a lighter fabric in a smaller size!

WHO

Lucia // Find her on Instagram @lucia_fl

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Learning the technique to sew an V insert!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’d like to make the version A with the arm bands of the B. Also, the version with long sleeves making the sleeves with scraps of other projects, making stripes with the different fabrics.

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Jenni // Find her on Instagram @jennisewssomething

MADE

View B // Dress

WHAT SHE THOUGHT OF THE TEST PROCESS

Thank you so much for the opportunity to test this pattern. I had fun making it, and I’m sure I’ll have fun wearing it out too.

WHO

Connie

MADE

View C // Long sleeve blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Finishing the facing with my own bias tape & the ease of construction fit for both woven and knit.

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Elisa // Find her on Instagram @elisa.prinz

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The simplicity and the versatility of it.

WHAT VARIATIONS SHE MADE

I omitted the triangle to make it very low cut, because I like the way it looked with a top underneath. And I used a (somewhat) contrasting visible bias binding on the neckline and sleeves

WHO

Stephani // Find her on Instagram @stephaninikole

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The clean finishes inside and out and the nice deep pockets!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I am going to try slimming the fit a little bit and I want to try a cute tied sleeve band.

Christina's Olive test makesWHO

Christina // Find her on Instagram @christina_alphabet or at Fetch & Bloom

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the grown on sleeves for version A, they are so simple and effortless. Including the V and patch pocket gives this shirt some whimsy ( I used contrasting fabrics).

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

View B will come to fruition as soon as my fabric arrives.

Penny's Olive test make Penny's Olive test make Penny's Olive test makeWHO

Penny // Find her on Instagram @sewmuchpenny

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I loved the great instructions on the pockets and the way they sewed up – perfection!

WHAT SHE THOUGHT OF THE TEST EXPERIENCE

This is my first pattern test. I really enjoyed the process so thanks for letting me be part of it.

WHO

Hari

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Lovely finishes and not needing many alterations.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

Long sleeve version for winter. I colour blocked this version because I was using up fabric scraps and included selvedge on pocket.

Shirley's Olive test make Shirley's Olive test make Shirley's Olive test makeWHO

Shirley // Find her on Instagram @craftsy_moments

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The dolman sleeves + v insert + pocket give the pattern a casual yet unique look and also lots of flexibility to play around with fabric placements.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I would attempt a hacked peplum top or to hack the gathered skirt to other styles and make a dress version in future makes.

Caroline's Olive test make Caroline's Olive test makeWHO

Caroline // Find her on Instagram @caros_time

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Cute dress, lots of options

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I am keen to try all the versions and with different fabrics like linen.

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Lisa // Find her on Instagram @ellejaysmakes

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

This was a perfect combination of a fun and simple sew, with an ‘extension’ technique for interest.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’d like to do a version which combines an opaque fabric and a coordinating sheer or lace panel insert and/or sleeves.

Helen's Olive test make Helen's Olive test makeWHO

Helen // Find her on Instagram @helen.c.sews

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I loved how many variations there could be – I used the dress version as I had 2 meters of a beautiful fabric that I wanted to use up, but it was outside my personal style, so I’m looking forward to trying the blouse options, and lengthening to a shift. I also enjoyed the comprehensive instructions.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’d like to try both of the top versions, and lengthen the top to a shift dress.

WHO

Michelle // Find her on Instagram @michellegw

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Simple, yet different summery top.

WHO

Cassie // Find her on Instagram @cassannebarry

MADE

View B // Dress

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I think there is lots of room for creativity with this pattern when it comes to modifying the v panel to mix fabrics or add an interesting feature!

WHO

Holly // Find her on Instagram @cotton.creature

MADE

View C // Long sleeve blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

This is a lovely simple pattern, but the added detail at the neckline makes it interesting, different and gives so many opportunities to get creative. I made the blouse version which is so beautiful and versatile, and can be dressed up or down easily.

WHO

Cherie // Find her on Instagram @mammamade

MADE

View B // Dress

WHAT SHE PLANS TO MAKE NEXT!

I’m considering mashing it with the Eucalypt top and making the waistline higher up.

WHO

Ana // Find her on Instagram @mujerconaguja

MADE

View A // Blouse

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I loved the way the armholes are finished. It looks great.

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About Author

Anita is the Operations Manager here at Megan Nielsen Patterns, and happily works on multiple areas of the business in any one day! Anita is the first port of call for any of your customer service enquiries, manages daily operations and oversees all pattern production, graphic design, website maintenance, inventory management & drinking all the coffee/eating all the cookies in the cupboard.

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