favorite pattern: sharon aka mama knowles

Today we welcome Sharon, aka Mama_Knowles03, mother of five little ones and prolific Oliver + S sewist.  Sharon is here to share her favorite pattern, one she has sewn 16 times so far!

I’ve been smitten with Oliver + S patterns ever since I first sewed one.  I can tell you my favorite without batting an eye, and it is my second all-time most sewn pattern as well. It’s the Tea Party Sundress + Playsuit.  It was the first Oliver + S pattern I sewed my daughter when she was only about 18 months old, and it was love at first stitch!


tea party sundress


I remember I kept holding the tiny dress up to look at it as I worked on it saying “I can’t believe this dress looks this great!”  That’s what I love about Oliver + S patterns; every time I sew any of them they always look professional when I am done.  They are the best patterns on the market!

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easter sewing round up

The Oliver + S Flickr group has been bursting with your beautiful Easter sewing lately, and Liesl and I wanted to feature some of our favorites today.  It feels so good to throw winter aside and sew in springy colors and light fabrics again, doesn’t it?


fairy tale dress, art museum vest and sketchbook shorts


We’ll start with this adorable sibling duo.  Big sis wears a Fairy Tale Dress and little brother wears an Art Museum Vest and Sketchbook Shorts (such a great pairing and so cute in seersucker!).  You can read more about the dress here and the little guy’s outfit here, sewn by Jessica.

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lisette for spotlight: new fabrics!

It seems as though we just announced a bunch of new fabrics for Spotlight, doesn’t it? Well, here are some more!

Lisette Fall 2014 Fabric for Spotlight

These are some of the prints I loved most when I was designing the collection, and I was afraid they wouldn’t get picked up because they’re large in scale and are quite bold. But Spotlight has been so supportive of these designs! And I’m just thrilled because these are the prints I’ve been wanting to sew for myself.

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feature friday: easter fairy tale dress by anne

It was tough to pick today’s Feature Friday creation given the multitude of beautiful garments that popped into the flickr group during Kid’s Clothes Week last week, but when I saw this little girl I knew it’d be the perfect image to leave you with headed into the Easter weekend.


easter fairy tale dress


Anne of I’d Rather Be Sewing made this adorable Fairy Tale Dress for her daughter in gray yarn dyed linen with just the right amount of floral accent.  I love how she pleated the skirt and added flat piping, too!  Great details.

Head over to Anne’s post for more information about this dress, lots more photos, and be sure to browse around her blog to see all of her cute creations!

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about knit fabrics: what and where?

Whenever we talk about any of our knit patterns, we get many questions about finding good knit fabrics. I know that it can be challenging to find good knits, even here in New York. But over the last few years we’ve been seeing lots more good options! So let’s talk about the different types of knit fabric, what to look for in a knit, and where to find them, shall we?




First of all, the various types of knits. I wrote a post a while ago that explained some of the different types of knit fabrics. Give it a read-through and I think it will help to clarify. Personally, I like to sew with jersey, which is what most T-shirts are made of. But if you’re new to knits, interlock can be nice, too. Each type of knit fabric will sew and behave differently, and it’s a good idea to experiment with them all so you can get comfortable with them and understand the differences. You’ll probably find a favorite fabric, too. I’ll focus mostly on jersey for this post, but many of the on-line shops I’ll list will also carry other types of knits, so pay attention to the types when you’re ordering.

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catching up

With everything that’s been going on around here lately, I’ve developed a backlog of items I want to tell you about. So let’s do a catch-up post!




First of all, I’ve been meaning to mention that I’ll be the guest lecturer and teacher at the Smocking Arts Guild of America annual convention in Orlando, Florida, September 17-21. You can download the brochure with all course and lecture information here. And no, you don’t need to know how to smock to take the classes. I won’t be teaching any smocking at all! But if you have any interest in sewing, especially clothing, you’ll learn a lot from the conference. (And if you are interested in smocking and in heirloom techniques, I really think contemporary clothing is ready for some of those beautiful techniques. I’m thinking about ways I can incorporate them in my own sewing. You might find inspiration there, too.) I hope you can join us for the weekend!

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