Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Style Arc Olivia: Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress

When my friends Meghan and Liz came to visit and travel with me a few months ago they both complimented me on my oh-so-comfy Style Arc Olivia dress. I offered to make them each one of their own. Twinsies!!

(Don't worry, they live halfway across the country from one another, so are unlikely to show up to an event accidentally wearing matching dresses!)


For their Olivia dresses, we chose a rayon challis in a gorgeous abstract floral that we found at one of Hanoi's traditional markets... I wish I bought all the colorways! Here's a photo Liz took of me bartering (not very well) for the fabric at Dong Xuan Market:



Although I would be sewing their dresses after they had gone back to the States and wouldn't have access to them for fittings, Olivia is a fairly forgiving pattern, fit-wise, since it has an elastic waist and no closures. The Olivia dress is also an insanely easy sew, especially when done assembly line style as I did with these two dresses.


Liz's was a straight size, whereas for Meghan, I went for a smaller bodice graded to a larger skirt. I sorta eye-balled shaving a bit of fabric off the top of the skirt so it matched the bottom of the bodice. As I was making them (and sneakily trying Liz's on, hope I didn't stretch it out, buddy!), I was thinking that for my next Olivia for myself, I will size down at least one, maybe two sizes on the top, as I find the bodice of my Olivia to be a little bit roomy.


In this slippery fabric I topstitched the neckline facings down, figuring they would endlessly flop outwards if I didn't.


Both of their Olivia dresses turned out beautiful, if I do say so myself, made even more beautiful when these lovely ladies put them on! This dress is seriously like those jeans in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants- looks fabulous on everybody!! I don't know if the dress has any magical, life-altering powers, but it looks this good and feels as comfy as it does, then maybe?


Thanks for sending my photos, ladies! It makes my heart happy to see you looking smashing in the dresses I made you!

24 comments:

  1. Beaitiful! Love that fabric, and your friends look so happy!

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    1. Thanks, Gillian! That fabric was definitely a good find- luckily I bought some for me, too ;-)

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  2. Ah, what a nice friend! I admire this pattern but I worry that it won't suit me because it doesn't have any bust shaping, which usually indicates that it won't be possible to get a decent fit. It looks so breezy and pretty here! :)

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    1. Yeah, no bust shaping. It's a rectangle. You have to embrace the blouse-y-ness of it!

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  3. I love everything about this post!!! You are such a great friend, and your friends look SO GOOD in this dress! It does seem like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress since it looks like the *exact same dress* but also, this is just a very flattering style and you've fit these perfectly. I love the idea of the one dress that looks good on everyone and changes their lives ... I might need this pattern so I can live out this fantasy!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! They look great, I agree. Ha ha, fit- I did nothing. It's just that this is an easy dress!

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  4. Really gorgeous. Need to decide what I shall be making this from come spring!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Can't wait to see yours...

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  5. They do both look great, love that fabric you picked (that pic in Hanoi makes me want to go on a fabric holiday ;o)

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    1. Yes to fabric holidays! I am totally guilty of suggesting we see landmarks or eat food that happens to be near a fabric shopping spot!

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  6. THANK YOU! I absolutely love my dress - from deftly picking a gorgeous fabric amidst a dizzying array of choices to magically sizing it perfectly from halfway around the world - you are one amazing lady/friend/seamstress! :)

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    1. Ha ha, I have well-trained colorful fabric seeking eyes, O'Brien! ;-)

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  7. I was eyeing these when you posted them on Instagram, so glad you posted modeled pics. That fabric is GORGEOUS and the dresses look great on your friends.

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    1. Thanks, Masha! This fabric was such a good find. I got the pink colorway, too, but am feeling regretful about leaving behind the mustard and turquoise versions!!

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  8. Love the dresses! The choice of fabric is perfect for them, too.
    Did you buy multiple copies of the pattern or graded it yourself? I really wish Style Arc would sell multi-size patterns. I don't buy as many as I'd like for that reason.

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    1. Thanks, Camila! I didn't grade it myself... I did have to buy the pattern twice, though, because I used the Etsy versions- for me, I got sizes 14-18, for my friends, 8-12. You can get multi-sized versions on Amazon in U.S. and U.K... not sure where you are!

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  9. They both look gorgeous in their new fabulous dresses.

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  10. Lucky friends! I am converted to this pattern now - next StyleArc sale it will be mine!

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    1. Yes, definitely wait for a sale- they happen often enough that it's worth it to wait! And thank you!!

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  11. That is a really cute pattern made up; I've never really noticed it before. I do love the fabric! Lucky friends you have!!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! It's a great basic pattern than apparently looks great on many sizes and shapes!

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  12. Those are two lucky ladies! The fabric is soooooo gorgeous. Fantastic job.

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  13. The sisterhood of the travelling Olivia Dress!! I love it!! This looks amazing on both your lovely friends! I love that fabric too - what a perfect choice. You are being such a good unselfish sewer Meg!

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