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Olympia Dress

(5 customer reviews)


All Love Notions Sewing Patterns are digital downloads, you may print them at home or send to a copy shop. A physical pattern will not be mailed to you.

The Olympia Dress looks amazing on all sizes!

The flattering integrated reverse shawl collar with v-neck gives it such a classy, timeless look. The Olympia Dress features five sleeve lengths: sleeveless, short, elbow, 3/4 and long as well as two skirt lengths: knee and maxi. The bodice is fitted closely at your natural waist to make your waist look its smallest. Side seam pockets are also included. This dress is meant for light to medium weight knits and the look and fit will change depending on the drape of your fabric. Make the Olympia Dress nursing friendly with the zipper instructions included in the tutorial!

To get the best fitting dress, four different bodices are included for B-DD sewing cup sizes. Get a great fit with minimal work!

See the size chart and fabric requirements in the tab below.

This pattern is rated intermediate for the one-piece shawl collar construction. Although this is the only tricky spot in the pattern, a short video tutorial is included. Most confident beginners can probably tackle this dress with some practice and viewing of the video.

In addition to the print-at-home file is a large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on 4, A0 size sheets. The first two pages are the bodices and sleeve, the third page is the knee length skirt and the fourth page is the maxi skirt. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. A projector file is also included for those using that technology.


The Olympia Dress instant downloadable pdf pattern contains:

  • The Olympia Dress contains 58 pages of pattern pieces for two skirt lengths, five sleeve lengths and four different cup sized bodices. Print chart is included to only print the pages you need for your size and style.
  • An A0 large format file for copy shop printing is included in addition to the print-at-home file.
  • A projector file is also included.
  • A short video is included for the shawl collar construction.
  • 2 pages to customize the fit.
  • 2 pages of inspiration photos from pattern testers.
  • Cutting guide with pattern layout recommendations.
  • Marked bust, waist and hip lines to make adjustments a breeze.
  • 8 pages of bright and clear step by step illustrations.
  • Optimized for most tablets with links to each part of the pattern. Print only the pattern pieces and use a tablet or computer to read the instructions to save on ink and paper!
  • This pattern has the ability to print just desired size(s) and in addition features trimless pattern assembly! Open the PDF in Adobe, select the layer thumbnail on the left hand menu and then select the size(s) to print. See this tutorial for more information.
  • Designed for both letter and A4 paper printing.
  • Because we value work at home business, feel free to use this pattern in your home sewing businesses. Mass production is strictly prohibited.

Size chart & fabric requirements

Modeled video

5 reviews for Olympia Dress

  1. Trista

    Love the bodice and construction of this dress. Well written and fun to sew.

  2. Anne (verified owner)

    I’ve made a dress and a top with this fun pattern. I had a little trouble with the neckline at first, but it more user error than the pattern.

  3. grace412kids (verified owner)

    I bought this pattern right after it was released. Last week I finally made my first out of a fun floral knit. I fell totally in love with it. The fit is perfect and and the instructions for the neckline were easy to follow. I can’t wait to make a classy black version!

  4. Margaret (verified owner)

    I love this dress! It was super easy to put together and amazingly fast. It was rated just a 4 because the neck hung backwards off the nape of my neck so I had to modify the shawl part. Another good thing about the pattern- I used the bottom to make skirts for my mother just by adding a waistband with a elastic threaded through. She loves them because they have POCKETS!

  5. Melissa (verified owner)

    I learned about this sewing pattern from Karina Trinidad’s Lifting Pins and Needles YouTube.com tutorial. I needed to quickly sew up some dresses for a new job and thought this dress was very elegant and chic while providing comfort. This is my first Love Notions pattern. Since I am short-waisted, I lengthened the bodice by 1.5″and graded a size large to extra large at the waist to accommodate my fullness. These alterations were so easy to make because the sewing pattern is well-drafted and comes with a variety of size options which helped me efficiently sew 2 dresses in one day.I assembled the paper pattern, traced my size, made adjustments and cut out the fabric with the markings the day before. To help understand how to create the shawl collar I reviewed both the Karina Trinidad and Love Notions’ YouTube.com tutorials. The written instructions with accompanying photos are very clear as well but I love watching sewing videos! Nevertheless I still had trouble with sewing the shawl collar due to my poor marking, a fussy fabric and my impatience! I had to resort to some hand sewing on the shoulder seam because I couldn’t create a 90 degree angle. Again user error/doing things too quickly. Sewing the shawl collar was a new experience and was a joy to accomplish. I finished the hem seam with a lace finish. I felt so elegant and stylish in this beautiful dress. I cannot believe how easy and quick it was to make!

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