Welcome to the page for Olive! Here you will find all the pattern tutorial links, cutting labels, and finished garment measurements, as well as photos of the finished garment and anything else related to Olive.
This pattern comes in physical form as well as PDF/print shop form.
To see the envelope back with US measurements and yardage calculations, click here.
The metric version of the envelope back can be found here.
Finished Garment Measurements
These measurements represent the total finished measurements of the garment–not your body! To calculate how much design each the pattern has, look at the measurements which correspond to yours on the sizing chart, then find the matching size on this finished garment measurement chart and subtract the two. That resulting number represents the amount of design ease in each part of the garment. This is helpful in deciding which size garment to make. If you do not know how much ease you like in your garment, measure a comparable article of clothing in your closet that you feel fits you well. You want to sew up this pattern in the finished garment measurements that most closely resemble the favored item of clothing from your garment. This will ensure that you like how tight or loose the finished garment is. Also, please keep in mind that Lolita Patterns are developed with much less ease than most patterns. This results in a close fitting, tailored look. We include the finished garment measurements to aid you in your decision of which size to cut and sew.
One note about the finished measurements for Olive: The waist measurement may seem large and you may be tempted to size down in the waist. I don’t recommend this! This pattern was originally drafted with the minimal ease Lolita patterns is known for in all areas including the waist. However, in fit sessions, when the waist was closer, the pleats pulled at the front and back and it did not look nice. Therefore, the waist was increased until the pleats were able to lay perfectly. I have personally made the size 2 (waist 28) and my waist is 25 and it does not feel excessively large at all. I love the way it fits and the pleats lay nicely.
You can download or print a copy of the cutting labels for Olive here. Cutting labels help ensure that you can identify each piece (or stack of pieces) as you need it, know which side is the right side, and which side of the piece is the top and which is the bottom. Since there are so many pieces, and many are shaped similarly, this helps avoid confusion as you sew.
Olive Tutorial Links
As new tutorials are posted on different aspects of Olive, a link will be posted here for easy reference.