Low Back Olive Sewalong - Part 1 - Prep Work & Darts

I am so happy to have been able to re-vamp the Olive Jumpsuit over these past few months. It was a closet favorite of mine last year, and I am so excited to be able to sew along with you as you create your very own Olive Jumpsuit (or Romper)!

For this sewalong, I'll be doing the following:

1) I will be doing it over the course of 6-7 days (depending on which version we are tackling), releasing one new part per day. That way, none of us feels super rushed to try and get this project done all in one sitting. Feel free to pick it up, put it down, and come back whenever you are ready!

2) I will be following my instruction booklet as closely as I can so that you can flit back and forth between this sewalong and the drawings in the booklet with as much ease as possible!

3) I will continue developing supplemental material for this pattern as I can! I already have so many ideas to share with you all, I just hope I find the time to write them all out and photograph them for you!

4) I am doing both the Low Back and Strapless Bra Friendly Back sewalong simultaneously! Each works with a pants view as well, so if you are mixing and matching your views, feel free to jump back and forth between the sewalongs, picking up whatever information is most beneficial to you! Today, we are going to take on some prep work and get started on our darts! And what does any good prep work start with? Supplies!


Check page 24 of your instruction booklet for my handy Materials Checklist


Download it HERE

Before You Start!

There are a few things I'd like to note before we jump in to your project!

1) If you haven't already, I highly suggest washing your fabric! Nothing is worse than finishing a project and then having it ruined come laundry day. I can't tell you how much I've regretted not taking the time to wash my fabric before sewing it up. So many cute items are now basically child-sized because they have carelessly been tossed into the dryer and they were never pre-shrunk.

2) While you are waiting for your pretty fabric to wash & dry, I highly highly suggest sewing up a toile. That way, you can be 100% certain that the jumpsuit will fit you EXACTLY how you envisioned it to before you cut out all the pieces in your pretty fabric.

Plus, you can work on some techniques throughout the process that may be tricky and find your favorite way to put everything together! And since we all are shaped differently, any part of this garment might lay on us imperfectly. Might as well work out those kinks while the fabric is tumbling away in the dryer!

3) The seam allowance for this pattern is 1/2"  (1.3 cm) unless otherwise noted!

4) Remember to be easy on yourself and take lots of breaks! Sewing is supposed to be fun, so if you feel yourself getting frustrated, take a deep breath, tell yourself nice things, and grab a sweet treat for yourself! That could mean taking a TV break, walking around outside, grabbing a special cup of coffee, or opting for a quick nap!

Let's Get Started!

1) Stay stitch your Front & Back necklines and armholes; repeat for the Front & Back lining. 

This is important as the neckline tends to get stretched out as we are working, especially with this low back view!

Now this next step is completely optional, but I find it super important to help add longevity to my own garments! If you have a scrap piece of fusible interfacing, iron a small square of it to the lowest v-neck points on the wrong side of both your lining and your fabric pieces.

This really adds an extra bit of support to your garment to help prevent it from tearing in the future since we will inevitably clip into this pieces. Sharp points tend to be the weakest points on a garment, so any little bit that can add some strength is helpful!

2) Sew your straps by folding them in half , right sides together, and stitching 1/2” (1.3 cm) from the raw edge.


2a) Trim your seam in half.

3) Turn your straps out using a safety pin or strap turner; press.


Give your straps a nice press.

Now, if you happen to be working with a thicker material, turning the strap can be challenging. But don't fear- there is a simple solution to make your straps without pulling your hair out! Check out Part 1 of the Bra Friendly Sewalong for the steps you can take to make your straps!

Before I sew my darts, I have recently gotten into the habit of marking them in chalk. It makes the entire process of sewing a straight line on a angle sooooo much easier than eyeballing it.

I generally do one dart at a time to prevent pins poking me all around, and I like to start with the largest darts first. I am not sure why, but it feels very satisfying getting those darts done and out of the way!

4) Sew your front bodice darts by matching up the notches and sewing to a tapered point at the end of your triangle. Do not backstitch at your end point

5) Tie off the ends of your threads at the dart point.

Press your darts upwards and baste in place. Feel free to use a pressing ham to help ensure a beautifully pressed dart!

Now, that wasn't so bad for a day of work now was it? You've accomplished a lot already!

Tomorrow, we will be ready to put together our bodice now that it is all prepped and ready to go! Eeep, are you feeling the excitement?


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