The Olivia Dress

The Olivia Dress sewing pattern

The Olivia dress is the second sewing pattern in our Cotton + Chalk collection. This summer dress pattern with a relaxed, boho vibe has a round neck with elastic casing at the waist and sleeves. It comes in two varieties. Dress A has a round neckline with an elastic casing at the waist and is knee length with a ruffled hem, while Dress B is a maxi length dress with an on-trend side seam split and contrast band. Both can be made with full or three-quarter sleeves, depending on how hot your vacation destination is!

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The Olivia dress sewing pattern twice

The Olivia Dress,
Get it with: July issue 18, £6.99

Sizes: UK sizes 6-20


  • Insert a hidden elastic waistband
  • Add easy-sew gathered sleeve cuffs
  • Give shape to a neckline with interfacing
  • Make a ruffle hem (Dress A)

The Olivia Dress sewing pattern details

You will need: 

  • Fabric: see pattern envelope
  • Double-fold bias tape: 1.3cm (½in) wide x 1.6m (1¾yrd)
  • Elastic 2cm (¾in) wide x 1.1m (1 1/8yrd)
  • Elastic: 6mm (¼in) wide x 60cm (24in)
  • Iron-on interfacing 46x60cm (18x24in)
  • Cording: 3mm (1/8in) wide x 1m (40in), for Dress A only

Fabric suggestions:

Light to medium weight fabrics such as viscose, rayon, cotton and silk.

Get the pattern: With the July issue of Simply Sewing magazine.