feature friday: color blocked carousel dress

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we love color blocking around here. The Carousel Dress is one of the new fall Oliver + S releases, and it is one of those patterns that you can really have fun with color blocking. Gail from Probably Actually shows us how it is possible with this yummy color blocked version. With delicious fabric colors called “honey” and “peach sherbet” it reminds you of ice cream or candy corn!


Color blocked Oliver + S Carousel Dress


Be sure to visit her blog post to see more.

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liesl + co. patterns round-up

This fall four new Liesl + Co. digital patterns for women were released. Are you curious to know what sewists have been making with them? Along with the older patterns, too? We wanted to share a few of the beautiful projects that have been popping up in the Liesl + Co. Patterns Flickr group. Off we go!

To start the round-up we have Allison who sewed this Bistro Dress. She shares more about her sewing experience with making this dress in her blog post here.


Liesl + Co. Bistro Dress


Alicia has made a few Everyday Skirts including this one in a lovely Nani Iro double gauze.


Liesl + Co. Everyday Skirt

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costume round-up

October is a popular month for costume sewing, so we couldn’t leave it without a little costume round-up. To view a larger collection be sure to check out Liesl’s Halloween sewing with Oliver + S Pinterest board.

First up we have Stacy who created a peacock costume using the tutu pattern from the Little Things to Sew book. You can see the modifications she made to the tutu on her blog post here.


Customized Tutu from the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book

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customizing with oliver + s: hide-and-seek dress with faux chenille yoke

Today we are happy to welcome Meagan to the blog. She is going to show us how to do the sew and slash technique to create an amazing fabric texture to personalize an Oliver + S pattern. Thanks Meagan for this wonderful tutorial!

Hey everyone! I’m Meagan and I blog over at Ava’s Lookbook. I’m so excited to be here, thanks for having me! I’m here to show you how I created a faux chenille yoke for the Hide-and-Seek Dress + Tunic. I love that this pattern provides such a blank canvas for customization. I originally created this look for the denim challenge over at the Project Run and Play Sew-Along. I won the Sew-Along with this look. My first win ever! I changed up the way I used the technique for this tutorial, and got a completely different look, which proves just how versatile fabric manipulation techniques can be with small changes. So fun!


Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress with faux chenille yoke


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metro t-shirt keyhole modification

You have seen Shelley here many times before and we are happy to announce that she will be here regularly in the future. Since it is October and there might be some sewists who are sewing Halloween costumes this month, I wanted to be sure to direct you to her Evel Knievel costume and Disco Pants. Today she is going to show how she customized a Liesl + Co. pattern. Thanks for sharing your tutorial Shelley!

Metro T Modification

Hello, Shelley from Bartacks and Singletrack here again. I’m very excited to have been invited to contribute a regular feature on the Oliver + S blog all about tinkering with patterns. A topic that’s close to my heart!

Today I’m going to share how I changed the women’s Metro T-shirt around to have a neckline with a facing and keyhole opening at the back. This can be a pretty feature for an otherwise simple T-shirt, but it can also have a practical application. If you use a fabric with less than the recommended stretch (or you have a big head) you may struggle to get your head through the neck hole. (Cutest T-shirt fail ever! )

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feature friday: miss frizzle jump rope dress

Have you had a chance to visit the Oliver + S Patterns Flickr group lately? This past week the Flickr group has been exploding with all of your wonderful Kids Clothes Week creations which have included some Halloween costumes like this Miss Frizzle (from the Magic School Bus) costume that Janice sewed for her daughter using the Jump Rope Dress.

Customized Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress

Janice added a circle skirt and science images to the dress. Head over to her blog post to read more about the details.

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