feature friday: hand painted fairy tale dress

This week’s feature is a Fairy Tale Dress sewn with hand painted fabric created by Suz of sewpony. She painted on the birds, leaves, and flowers. She also sponged the bottom of the dress to get the same blue effect as the Belgian style inspiration dress.


Customized Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress


To learn more about this dress and see more photos, check out Suz’s blog.

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customizing with oliver + s: lengthening the sunny day shorts pattern

Today we welcome Kristi from SweetKM.  Kristi sews beautifully, knits beautifully, and runs a shop where she sells adorable knitting patterns.  Kristi is here with a clear and easy-to-follow tutorial to lengthen the Sunny Day (or any basic shorts) pattern.  Thanks, Kristi! 


Lengthening the Sunny Day Shorts Pattern


My son likes his shorts at a very conservative just above the knee length that often requires adding an inch or two to a pattern. After sewing him a few pairs of the Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts, and making the same modifications to each pair, I thought I’d share my notes for lengthening this pattern. This way I can refer back to them the next time (and there will be a next time) I make these shorts, and maybe you will find them helpful.


Shorts on Kid


While I’m using the Sunny Day Shorts pattern as an example, the same steps can be taken with most any basic shorts pattern.

Here’s the tutorial:

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customizing the class picnic blouse: spaghetti straps top

Today we are happy to welcome back Cindy. On her previous visits she has shown us a way to customize the 2+2 Blouse and about a year ago her family hosted Flat S. Now she’s going to share a newly created project she made using the Class Picnic Blouse. Take it away Cindy.


Customized Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse


Recently, I sewed a pair of hot pink ruffle shorts using the Class Picnic pattern. BK didn’t have any sleeveless tops to wear with the shorts so I decided to customize the Class Picnic Blouse and make a top with spaghetti straps like the Swingset Tunic.


Customized Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse


The first step you’ll need to do before cutting into your fabric is redraw the armhole so it isn’t too wide and low.

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my favorite oliver + s pattern: ashley and emily from frances suzanne

Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne are back visiting today. They are two sisters who sew for their youngest sister’s three daughters. Last time they were here they talked about customizing the Croquet Dress. Today it’s all about one of their favorite patterns.

Hello, Oliver + S avid fans, supporters, and sewists alike! When we were asked to share our favorite Oliver + S pattern, brainstorming commenced, and a list was made. But, how in the world could we pick just one? So, we visited our Oliver + S gallery to see what “jumped out” to us as a favorite.

We tend to overanalyze in situations like this, and discovered some interesting things about our love of Oliver + S patterns! We were introduced to Oliver + S patterns three years ago while visiting our Jedi Master, and completely fell in love with them! It wasn’t until several months later that we sewed our first one, a Class Picnic Blouse. Currently, we own 32 patterns (excluding Little Things to Sew), and have sewn 29 of them in some shape, form, or fashion in the past two years. Now, to get those others from our pattern stash sewn.

In the end, our indecisive selves decided on…drum roll please…the Puppet Show Dress, Tunic, and Shorts.


Oliver + S Puppet Show Dress

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introducing the named patterns fall-winter 2014 collection

Laura and Saara of Named Patterns have been very busy of late, and we’re happy to be able to share the results of their work with you.

Their new collection for Fall-Winter 2014, Ritual, is now out, and we’re excited to have ten new styles from the line available as digital patterns.


Magena fringe jumper


The collection was inspired by the Native American peoples: their culture, clothing, and myths. The simple structures and shapes, earthy materials, and interesting cuts combined with generous embellishment triggered Laura’s and Saara’s interest in researching Native American clothing which in turn led to the creation of this collection.

The team has produced an amazing inspirational look-book for the line that’s available by clicking through the see the full post.

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