Today we’re happy to welcome back Shelley (a.k.a Lightning McStitch), who has been running the Little Things to Sew: Cover to Cover Challenge over on her blog. Shelley dropped by to tell us about her favorite Oliver + S pattern, the Nature Walk Pullover and Knit Pants. Thanks so much, Shelley!
I’ve loved reading the “my favorite Oliver + S pattern” blog posts but I always wondered: How could they choose just one? If I was to be asked, which pattern would I choose? Surely that’s like being asked to choose between your children.
Well I wasn’t asked really, but here I am offering up my opinion on which of Liesl’s babies is my favorite. I thought about it just like the picking a favorite kid conundrum. What is it about kids that I like best?…
At the end of a long day I have to say I like them to be easy and uncomplicated. And that’s just how I like the Nature Walk Pants (which is also available as an Oliver + S Singles pattern for download). They’re so simple and quick to sew.
Need some shorts for back-to-childcare tomorrow? No problem:
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Flat S is back in the States! After traveling home from Australia, she arrived at Melani McNeilly’s house in North Carolina a few weeks ago, just in time for a bit of snow–and to celebrate a very special occasion. It also looks like she made a great new friend. Let’s turn this post over to Melani for her summary of Flat S’s visit.
Flat S came to us from Sydney, Australia, and A was so excited to have her. The weather (lots of cold rain, blah) and my work schedule cancelled some of the fun things we were hoping to do with Flat S, but we still made the best of our time together. North and South Carolina generally see spells of ice and a smattering of snow from time to time, but we got lucky this winter and wound up with just shy of a foot of snow to play in (big deal for us here!). A was so very excited, and couldn’t wait to get outside. She and S rolled giant snowballs and made lots of snow angels.
We were also happy to have Flat S visiting during a very special occasion: A turned 5!
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It’s surprisingly easy to add a racing stripe to the leggings pattern. The process is really just color blocking, so if you were following along with color blocking 101 or our color blocked raglan tutorial this will be familiar to you.
To get started we need to find the the approximate location of the side seam, if there was one. (The legging pattern consists of a single pattern piece–no side seams.)
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I’m kind of cheating with today’s post, because it’s a repeat of an older post. But it’s totally relevant to customizing the leggings pattern, so I thought it would be helpful to show it again.
I sew a lot of leggings for S. She wears them instead of tights in the winter, and she also wears them as an extra layer of insulation when it gets really cold out–like long underwear. (This winter they’ve gotten a lot of use.) But during the rest of the year, we make a lot of “playground shorts” because she wears them under her skirts and dresses. Like this:
This is a really easy change to make to the leggings pattern, and you can read about it right here.
Meanwhile, I’m going to put on my own long underwear and drive through all this Michigan snow to spend some time with my grandma. See you tomorrow!
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I’m so glad you’re excited about the Oliver + S Singles patterns! We’re excited too. Since everyone seemed to like last week’s raglan T-shirt customizing series, I thought we’d focus on the leggings pattern for a few posts.
Let’s start with a few of our favorite bloggers again, shall we? I love this floral version by the hungie gungie sisters, who also sewed the darling legging with the heart knee patch at the knees below. Cute, yes?
That T-shirt cracks me up.
Not flashy enough for you? How about gold lightning bolt leggings like these ones from Girl Like the Sea?
I think you could take the leggings pattern in so many different directions. I mean, with all the different printed knits that are available these days, you can even make leggings that camouflage when you’re flying! I also love this pair that are made from a thrifted sweater. They look so cozy.
Over the next few days I’ll show you a few different ideas for customizing the pattern, including an easy way to add a racing or tuxedo stripe up the sides of the legs. Stay tuned!
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Many of you have been excited about the new(ish) Oliver + S Singles program. If you’re not familiar with it, we are releasing a number of easy-to-sew, single-item, digital-only patterns at a great price. These are the items that can be turned into the go-to basics of any kid’s wardrobe: t-shirt, leggings, skirt, jacket, etc.
We’ve just added two more much-requested items from our backlist to the program. (And, yes, it does help that you’ve asked so nicely!)
Welcome the Nature Walk Yoga Pants and the Sailboat Top to the mix. These two new items join the six others already in the collection to provide a number of items that you can mix and match, customize and alter, to create a foundational wardrobe for any season.
Interested in how versatile the Nature Walk Yoga Pants can be? Check out this blog post showing how the same pattern has been used to make a pair of athletic pants, a pair for everyday casual wear, and pajama bottoms.
We hope you enjoy working with these styles and that you turn them into staples in your sewing. Are there other items from our backlist that you would like to see made into Singles?
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