Who doesn't love her? Casual summer dresses, which cannot be topped when it comes to being a matter of course, our pattern of the dress Olivia fits exactly into this category. The slightly dropped shoulders, the great V-neckline that results from the wrap look in the front and the drawstring with the tie at the waist are guaranteed to put this pattern at the top of your DIY list. It is very important here that you use a flowing fabric, as the dress is offered in double sizes and the cut has a lot of swinging width.
Center back length: 96-102 cm depending on size.
In this example, the wide-cut wrap-look dress with a drawstring around the waist was sewn from a thin cotton fabric.
We recommend a flowing viscose , silk or polyester satin , opaque as the dress is unlined.
- Sizes 34-40: outer fabric 1.95m (140cm wide)
- Sizes 42-50: outer fabric 2.15m (140cm wide)
Cut the pattern pieces out of fabric and transfer the notches from the pattern. In addition to the description, the colorful brackets in the pictures show you where a seam needs to be sewn.
- 1x each front piece
- 1x back in break
- 2x skirt part in break
- 2x bag opposite
- 1x tunnel at the back
- 1x tunnel in front
- 1x neck strip
- 2x strips for the armholes
- 1x grosgrain ribbon (2.5cm wide, about 160cm long)
Place the two front pieces right sides together on the back piece and close the shoulder seams and the side seams. In the future left side seam, use the marking in the pattern to leave the lower section open for the later tunnel. Here it is advisable to sew the seams with the normal machine and to neaten the edges individually.
Press the seam allowances of the left side seam outwards and topstitch the slit for the drawstring.
Sew the side seams of the arm strips right sides together (blue staples) and then iron the strip of the neckline left sides together, as shown in the picture above. Pin the right side of the ironed strip for the neckline to the left front edge of the bodice and sew it in place. Start at a bottom of one front piece, sew around the neckline of the back piece, and finish at the bottom of the other front piece.
Press the seam allowance inwards and fold the strip over it so that it completely covers it. Completely topstitch this twice – first with a narrow edge at the edge so that the seam allowance can no longer slip...
... and then 5mm further in so that the seam allowance is covered. It will look like that.
You do the same with the arm strips with the only difference that you sew them on in a circle. Pin the strip onto the armhole, right sides together, so its side seam meets that of the dress and sew all the way around.
Here, too, you stitch the strip twice as soon as it lies over the seam allowance. Place the two tunnel parts right sides together and close a side seam.
Fold the two open ends 2x 1cm inwards and stitch them tightly. Then you fold the later upper edge by 1 cm inwards (it is best to put it on your top so that the side seams of the tunnel meet those of the top so that you know which is the top edge). Iron this well and pin the tunnel with its wrong side to the inside of the bottom edge of the bodice so that the raw edges line up exactly. Start on the right front piece...
... and end at the left side seam. Now stitch the tunnel along the folded-in upper edge to the upper part of the dress. Fold the ends of the turned-in edge inwards as a small triangle to achieve a clean finish.
Lay the top flap with its wrong side on the right fabric side of the bottom flap so that the front centers are exactly on top of each other. Now stitch the two layers from the center front to the end of the overlap using the stitching of the tunnel.
Then you prepare the skirt parts. If the fabric is fringed, we recommend neatening the side edges of the skirt parts and the pocket pouches all around. Using the markings in the pattern, place one pocket piece on each pant piece right sides together and close the seam by ending 1cm before the end of the bag. Lock the seam. Repeat with the other three bag pieces.
Then place the two skirt parts right sides together and close the side seam. The pockets are folded outwards. Start at the top of the side seam (here: left, red clip), sew around the bag and the rest of the side seam up to the hem. Repeat on the other side.
Fold the hem of the skirt in twice by 1cm, iron it and pin it in place. Then you quilt it tight.
Then place your skirt part right sides together in the bodice so that all open edges are on top of each other and close the entire seam. Turn your dress right side out.
Prepare the grosgrain ribbon by folding the two ends inwards by 1cm twice and stitching them tightly.
Use a safety pin to pull the ribbon through the drawstring. You can now tie the ribbon into a loop on the left half of the front part.
Congratulations, your Olivia dress is complete!