Olive: v-neckline

Remember this olive Olive? Lolita patterns newest pattern with a gorgeous peplum.

Here’s how I developed a v-neckline on Olive.

See how the neckline is a wide-ish curve? 

I checked the v-neckline depth I wanted by looking in the mirror and measuring to where I wanted the neckline to end.
Then I folded the pattern at the V point and graduated it to the shoulder line. There was no science to this v-neckline.
Then I took the easy route and created a front neck facing. I do love the facings created for Olive more than my own facings. They sit well and don’t ‘flip out’. 
Here’s my simple back neck facing.

The rest was easy because I’d made this once before and this cotton print was great to work with.  
Adding piping is an additional construction step and a design challenge.
My fabric stash has started to sprout Liberty/floral type fabrics.

And the best way to bring up the style lines with these florals seems to be by adding piping. 
On wearing this version, I think the next version will have a lower v-neckline. 

This v-neckline depth will remain for future ‘work-Olives’.

The peplum still sits flat and the sleeve detailing is still lovely. No ruffles this time because the print was ‘Lolita’ enough for my style.
And Olive is fun to wear.

There are a few more tips for making Olive on the Lolita patterns page.
Serger tips and working with light weight fabrics
Adjusting the bust
Prepping the back and waistband


Sew grateful week 2014

Sew grateful hosted by Debi, is something I’m grateful for and we’re in Sew Grateful week now. I’ve bundled the first part of Sew Grateful week together today.

Giveaway Day 1

Giveaway Day. Host a giveaway on your blog or other social media platform to give something back to the sewing community.
Here are 3 giveaway patterns that I hope will be useful for someone, somewhere.

How does Friday 28 Feb sounds as a cut off date for anyone who wants to put their hat in the ring for these three free patterns. I’ll add some notions to this giveaway too.

Leave your comment below and I’ll announce the winner on the weekend.

Reflections Day –  Day 2

Reflections Day. This is the day to reflect on the role sewing has played in our lives, reflecting on those who have been supportive in our journey and reflecting on what the online community means to us!  What are you sew grateful for?
Our sewing/craft community is truly global so this is what I’m grateful for. Sewing has brought me lots of joy. These are the sewers I’ve met with since last Sew Grateful.

With Kyle and Kashi at Metro Fabrics

Finally met Shannon in Hawaii after so many years of ‘chatting’

Kristiann Boos (and Simon) of Victory Patterns came to Melbourne for a meetup

Grace met up with me for an afternoon in LAX


Kyle at her favourite place at Pacific Trimming


The Melbourne meet up arranged by TJ

Perth dinner with Penny, Jenny and Carolyn

An honour to have met Yoshimi

Amy, Emma and Kirsty chance meet up

Meeting sewers when I’m either at home or when I’m away have kept me sewing.

And I’m truly grateful for the pattern testing opportunities I’ve had the pleasure of doing. Collaborating on projects has been wonderful. 

Minerva Crafts UK (that’s you Vicki) have been very generous to me each month and I couldn’t have become a Sewing Blogger if I wasn’t part of our global sewing/craft world.

If I’ve been able to give back to you through these posts, that’s the other aspect that I’m most grateful for.

Share resources – Day 3

Sharing Resources Day. Share a free pattern, share some vintage sewing resources, share a tutorial or share some great sewing resource links!

Here are the tutorials that I hope you find useful.
Pants adjustments can be found here.
Sway back adjustment
Keeping your jacket’s shape for longer
Pad stitching
Speed marking

Sewing project day Day 4
Sew Grateful Sewing Project Day.  Showcase your latest sewing project. Whether it’s a project using up that pattern that was a present from someone or that you won in a giveaway or using a tutorial someone has prepared, or even a project inspired by someone in the sewing community… the possibilities are nearly endless!

I’ll post my sewing project up on Thursday, through the generosity of Minerva Crafts UK.