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!
Labels: customized, leggings, playtime
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!
Labels: customized, inspiration, playtime
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?
Labels: nature walk, sailboat, singles
I’ve got one more fun raglan T-shirt customization idea for you this week. And next week I think we should do a few more customizing ideas with the leggings pattern, do you agree?
How about a funnel-neck version with a kangaroo pocket?
Kristin turned the raglan T-shirt into a cute sweatshirt for her son the other day, and I was thrilled to see it because we had been talking about a similar idea here at the studio. Like Kristin said, if you go up a size the raglan T-shirt pattern will be a little more roomy so it can be sewn from a fleece or French terry and be worn over other layers.
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Labels: customized, field trip, raglan, tutorials
If you’re snowed in like we are, you’re going to need a project! Today’s raglan T-shirt tutorial will show you how to turn the basic raglan into an A-line top or dress (sometimes called a trapeze top or dress). Like this:
Yesterday I mentioned that this alteration is often done incorrectly. Here’s how to do it the right way.
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Labels: customized, field trip, inspiration, raglan, tutorial
Hello again, and here we are on day three of raglan week! Honestly, we could easily extend this theme to two weeks or more with all the different options for customization and different directions you could take this. Today I wanted to show you how to alter the raglan T-shirt pattern to make short sleeves.
This is such an easy change to make, and you can use it to shorten sleeves to any length. Are you ready?
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Labels: customized, field trip, raglan, tutorial