The Olivia is a late 30s pattern adapted to modern figures. The exaggerated collar and puffed sleeves are typical of the era.
Dahlia blooms scattered on a black background create a striking design sure to turn heads. The flowers are ivory with apricot and hot pink (it works better than it sounds!). The leaves are two tones of olive green. Show the sleeves off with a sleeveless pullover or knot it at the waist for a cute summer cover up.
The fabric is 100% viscose (AKA Rayon) and as such is very true to the styles vintage origins. However it does come with a warning in that all viscose will shrink 1-2% when washed. With ironing you can recover it to its original width, but the length doesn’t revert back to the original measurement. The manufacturer recommends dry cleaning for this reason but we prefer to wash on a cool setting (30 degrees is ok) and accept the small shrinkage. You cannot put it in the dryer, not even for a little bit, as it will not iron out again! The shrinkage will be permanent!
Other points to note:
Wonderful 1930s wide collar
Gathered fullness at the cuff
Gently puff sleeves
Viscose (aka rayon) fabric100% viscose
Machine Washable at 30 degrees
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