The Olympia Dress

I'm not even sure exactly when or why I stopped wearing dresses...but I realized recently that I have very few dresses that I like or wear with any regularity.  It's probably largely due to the fact that I've either been pregnant or nursing for the past 10 or so years...and most dresses aren't extremely nursing friendly....and sometimes toddlers play with dresses in a way that isn't exactly public appropriate...but I digress ;)  

When I saw the line drawing for the new Olympia Dress from Love Notions, I was hooked and jumped at the chance to test it.  I decided to use a couple of double-brushed poly prints I got in a mystery box from So Sew English that weren't love at first sight...but they have grown on me through the sewing process.  This wasn't my first time sewing a shawl collar...but by far, a much more successful attempt!  The instructions are so much more clear than what I attempted months ago (admittedly earlier in my me-made sewing journey) and Tami also provides a short video making it even easier to visualize and get great results.

I also love that the Olympia Dress includes an invisible zipper nursing-friendly option, but we're close enough to the end of our nursing journey that I opted to omit it, but I love that it makes it easier to nurse and wear a dress!  And pockets...what girl doesn't love pockets??  That's a definite win!!  

Also exciting...the Olympia has built in cup-sizing...so no need to worry about an FBA - all that work has already been done for you!  It has 5 sleeve options and both knee and maxi length options.  This dress is so, so versatile!  It releases today,  and is on sale for $8 through Saturday. I received this pattern free of charge in return for sewing and giving feedback, but all opinions are my own.  **This is an earlier version of the pattern, so there have been a few minor tweaks.  I also elected to not turn the sleeveless bands to the inside to provide a little extra shoulder coverage.

Also exciting...the Olympia has built in cup-sizing...so no need to worry about an FBA - all that work has already been done for you!  It has 5 sleeve options and both knee and maxi length options.  This dress is so, so versatile!  It releases today,  and is on sale for $8 through Saturday.

I received this pattern free of charge in return for sewing and giving feedback, but all opinions are my own.  **This is an earlier version of the pattern, so there have been a few minor tweaks.  I also elected to not turn the sleeveless bands to the inside to provide a little extra shoulder coverage.

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