customizing the sunny day shorts: adding oliver + s pockets

Looking for an idea to customize the Sunny Day Shorts? One easy way is to add pockets. The beach bum shorts tutorial shows you how to draft your own front pockets. And don’t forget about the hexagon shaped pockets tutorial either.

Now, if you are looking for more options and you happen to own a few Oliver + S sewing patterns, then you probably already have some pocket patterns that you can use. I’ve put together a list in no particular order of some of the patterns that include pockets that I thought would work. Also I found a couple of examples that others have made using Oliver + S pockets. Before I get started, though, you might find that a few little changes might need to be made to make them work, like for example, if the pockets are a little bit too big, try going down a size or two. Warning in advance, this is a long list!


Adding Oliver + S pockets to the Sunny Day Shorts


1) The Sandbox Pants have front patch pockets and button-through back patch pockets. Here you can see an example where Deb added the Sandbox Pants front patch pockets to a pair of Sunny Day Shorts to make this awesome pirate outfit (which includes a School Bus T-shirt).


Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts with Sandbox Pants pockets plus School Bus T-shirt

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tween style: dress round-up

Did you know that the majority of Oliver + S patterns include the upper range sizes of 10 and 12? I did my research and determined that 33 out of the current 44 go all the way up to size 12. Tweens (or pre-teens) are around the ages of 9-12 years old, and we would like to share some ideas for creating looks for the tween age group. Here is a round-up of dresses from the flickr group, examples of what others have already created for tweens.

Let’s start out with the Book Report Dress. Sarah sewed one in Ponte de Roma knit in size 12. Although the pattern calls for woven fabric, she made it work with knit fabric by topstitching the neckline and shoulders.


Oliver + S Book Report Dress in knit size 12


Lucinda also made one in knit fabric, too. She shortened the sleeves and added color blocked cuffs.


Customized Oliver + S Book Report Dress in knit


Here is another one from Sarah, this time in stretch poplin in size 10.


Oliver + S Book Report Dress in size 10


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starting out with oliver + s: boy patterns

Here is the second installment of the Starting Out with Oliver + S series. It’s meant to offer some advice as to where to begin when learning how to sew garments with a sewing machine. Last time we kicked off the series with girl patterns. Now today it’s all about boy patterns, but as you already know most boy patterns could be used for a girl, too. Again we are only focusing on the one scissor level patterns, which are considered beginner.


Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts


1) Sunny Day Shorts
A simple shorts pattern that comes in sizes 6M-12. What a bonus that it’s a free download! You can sew along with the Sunny Day Shorts detailed photo tutorial, part 1 and part 2. These 9-11 year old girls each sewed themselves a pair of Sunny Day Shorts recently during a sewing camp and they achieved fantastic results!


Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts

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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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