Hey chickens. I am about to show you some makes that have been fully put to use over the last couple of months, only I have been a bit behind posting them …I’m going to review a pattern I downloaded as soon as it was released- the Olivia oversized tshirt by Maria Denmark. It’s nothing new for me to say that I love Maria Denmark patterns and have not only made plenty of casual wear out of them, ( Laura lounge trousers, birgitte tee, day to night drape top, it’s just a tank, kristen kimono tee – free) but I have also used some of them as sportswear, using technical fabrics to make up as running tops. But by far my favorite to date for running in has to be Olivia ….let me show you …
Olivia is my perfect run top ( except in hot weather when I’ll wear a vest like the XYT top by Fehr Trade). I have now made up a 3/4 length sleeved version and a short sleeved version out of technical wicking fabric (bought from the Sewing Chest) and what a success!!
I’m would like to think they make me run with more speed ( if only!)! But in actual fact I love them for running because they are reasonably long line and have a nice hip hugging hip band that doesn’t ride up when running.
Being dolman sleeved there is also loads of breathing space around the under arms for air to flow and keep you cool. And you know you need that.
And this top is a quick make- I can make two in a couple of hours. You see with dolman sleeves there is no sleeve insertion – just cuffs. I made it all on my overlocker, and as always, the instructions are crystal clear, no nonsense, with photos to guide you through. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
I’ve also made a non running version – recognise the fabric? The drape suits the Olivia is tee perfectly. It’s a good top for work with a pencil skirt, or also over skinnies. The Olivia tee really suits fabulously drapey jersey. I feel I am hooked as I also have two more cut out for when I have completed this weekend’s “sewing plan”. I know that Shanni over at Shanni Loves also seems to have an addiction – many of hers are in beautiful thick stripes …
And, just in case you need to catch up on what’s happening – It’s Sewing indie month – with 21 Indie Sewing designers! (I just want to queue up some music for that, don’t you? ..)
and Maria Denmark is one of the 21 indie pattern designers taking part. Click here to find out more about Sewing indie month, what’s happening when, the challenges, the tips, inspiration and no doubt temptation! There is already so much sewing indie sharing going on – I’m loving it! And Maria Denmark is offering the Audrey knit dress at 25% off to celebrate. And I have to tell you I am wearing my Audrey dress as I type….get on over there!