the popover sundress in sew hip

Sew Hip, a new sewing magazine in the UK, commissioned an Oliver + S pattern for its most recent issue. (Yes, that’s it on the cover–shown with Martha the chicken). The pattern, called the Popover Sundress, is a simple pull-on dress with bias straps that tie at the shoulder.

The pattern is fun to make because it’s very easy to sew and gives you the option to add lace, rickrack, or a ruffle to the yoke. The adjustable straps make it an especially versatile pattern that would be cute as a swimsuit cover-up this summer or as a dressier garment if made in fabrics like linen or silk. It would even be appropriate over a blouse or shirt when the weather gets cooler.

Here are some photos we took before sending Sew Hip the samples for their photo shoot.

If you’ve sewn a Popover Sundress from the Sew Hip pattern, we would love to see it! You can add your photos to the Oliver + S Flickr group. We’ve already seen several versions sent to us via email, and it looks like lots of seamstresses are enjoying themselves with the pattern. We can’t wait to see more!




  1. Em

    Other than the mag, is there another way of getting a copy of this pattern? I am in Qld, Australia and haven’t got access to the mag. Any chance of a PDF or tutorial on your blog please? I love your style and can’t tell you how pleased i am to have discovered your patterns:)

  2. So how do I order this issue, just this particular issue?

    I reeeeeelly want this dress pattern.

  3. You can order single issues from their webpage, even internationally. They use paypal and it auto-converts the currency for you. I just ordered it, looking forward to getting my copy in the mail.

  4. I love this dress as well! I live in the US. How can we access the pattern?

  5. Hi everyone. I’ve been told by several people that you can also find the magazine at Barnes and Noble stores here in the States. But the website is your best bet. Can’t wait to see what you make with it!

  6. Do I spy some Oliver + S colored rick rack? (wink wink)

  7. I love the fabrics in the aqua dress. Who makes the fabric? Where can I get? I love your patterns. I can’t wait to make this dress.

  8. Thanks for your enthusiasm, everyone. The fabric is a Nani Iro double gauze, which is made by Kokka and is still available at Purl:
    And April, I think you’re right about that rickrack! Looks good with the fabric, doesn’t it? Thanks for sending it.

  9. I would love to make this for my little girl. Is this magazine available in the US?

  10. It’s so pretty. I was looking at the Nani Iro 2009 range on Sunday, it’s so delicate I never know what I might do with it. Now I know! thanks!

  11. My magazine came in the mail today – wow! that has to be one of the nicest quality sewing magazines I’ve ever seen. Looking forward to making the pattern!

  12. Anonymous

    I just went to the sew hip blog ( and they suggested using a digital download service to get the magazines. It is cheaper than the cover price and you can get it without the wait of mail. And the patterns are included.

  13. Hi! I got my magazine a couple weeks ago and have been dying to do this for my daughter. So I finally thought I'd do it last night but found out that the pattern was for size #3 and I want to do a size #4 so she can wear it next year, too. I'm still a bit new to sewing even if I've managed to sew the Lazy Days skirt and a couple pair of shorts for my twins but have never resized a pattern before. Any helpful hints/tips you can share? Thanks in advance.

  14. Arlyna, the pattern is graded to sizes 6 months through size 8 in the magazine, so there's no need to re-size it. All sizes are there and ready to use. Cheers!

  15. Thanks, Liesl! Okay, maybe I misunderstood or misread the instructions. Can't wait to do it. Then on to the sailboat top, skirt & pants pattern for my twins…

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