This week’s color palette was inspired by artwork created by S. Kids Clothes Week starts next week and this time around the optional theme is “Kid Art”. Maybe you would like to try this idea. Take a piece of artwork and pick several colors out of it and find fabrics to support the inspiration.
Image: Artwork created by S. Fabrics: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
All of these and more color inspiration images and fabrics can be found on the color palettes and fabric Pinterest board.
Labels: color, inspiration
You might already know by now that Kids Clothes Week is next week, July 21-27. We welcome Meg here today who is going to tell us all about it and share a project using this season’s optional Kid Art theme.
When most of us start out with Oliver + S, we might begin with a simpler project like the Lazy Days Skirt, for example. (I know that’s what I did.) But not Meg, no she started out with the Fairy Tale Dress, one of the most challenging and time consuming three scissor level projects. And you know what? Her Fairy Tale Dress turned out wonderful, have a look here.
It’s a crazy time for Meg with Kids Clothes Week just about to take off and we appreciate her taking the time to visit us.
Hello, everyone! I am super excited to be posting on the Oliver + S blog! On my blog elsie marley, I write about sewing, cooking, and making things with my kids. I also run a small sewing community called Kid’s Clothes Week. What is Kid’s Clothes Week? I’m so glad you asked! KCW is a sewing challenge where you commit to sewing clothes for your kids one hour a day for seven days.
Kid’s Clothes Week came about six years ago when I really wanted to sew clothes for my kids, but every night I ended up on the couch rather than in front of my sewing machine. Creativity takes energy, and after a day spent taking care of little kids, I had none. So I issued myself a challenge: sew for one hour every night for a week. If I got into a groove and kept working after the hour was up, great! If I had to slog through every minute, well then I would just stop after an hour. The challenge worked so well I invited my blog readers to join.
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Labels: kids clothes week, school bus t-shirt
We’re happy to announce that we are now carrying the new Sewloft Patterns line of digital patterns for women in the Oliver + S shop. To launch the collection, we asked Lauren Elbert, creator and designer of the brand, to write a short guest post introducing herself and her work.
Hello there! My name is Lauren and I’ll start this off by saying how excited I am that my patterns are now available though Oliver + S. I’ve followed the blog for years, and now I am finally guest blogging here. It’s surreal!
I started sewing when I was a figure skater in dire need of an awesome costume. If you are a skater, you know how expensive and corny some of the costumes can be (think Blades of Glory meets a fairy princess). Equipped with a new sewing machine, rhinestones, and as much spandex as I could get my hands on, I started sewing. With a lot of trial and error, I was eventually able to make all my own costumes, and soon others started asking me to make theirs as well.
Fast-forward four years when I’m a senior getting my bachelors degree in apparel design. My best classes were pattern making and grading. I always found them to be fun, and if you ask most people studying apparel design this is not the case. When I thought about what I wanted to do after I graduated, I wanted something where I could teach people what I learned and also hone into my graphic design side. Sewloft Sewing Patterns become my solution and I have been running with it ever since.
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You have already seen Liesl’s summer edit, as well as Rae’s (using her Lotus Pond fabric collection), now today I am sharing mine. Kids Clothes Week is just around the corner, July 21-27 to be exact, and it’s got me thinking about the wardrobe I would sew for my daughter C if I was planning a new wardrobe for her.
This was a really fun project that C and I did jointly. We sat down together and chose seven styles. Actually it started out at ten or twelve and was a little difficult to decide, but we narrowed it down to seven. The fabrics for this wardrobe are mostly florals from Liberty of London with a couple of solid fabrics, as well.
Garden Party Blouse in a blue Clarisse Tana Lawn. I have been seeing so many lovely Garden Party creations. It’s contagious, I need to sew one, too. This blue floral would make a nice sleeveless blouse and would be just right for those hot and humid days.
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Labels: fabric, sewing, summer, wardrobe
Today we are happy to welcome back Deb who on her previous visit shared how she customized the Secret Agent Trench Coat into a lab coat. Known as “MyNorth” on Flickr, Deb is “Moms” to her three children and “Mamaw” to her two grandkids. She lives in a little cottage by a lake in Ontario, Canada where she’s busy bustin’ her sewing stash. Deb has sewn at least one view of all 47 Oliver + S patterns, plus all the 5 free ones, as well! She dropped by to tell us about her favorite one.
When asked what my favourite Oliver + S pattern is for the “Favourite Pattern” review on the blog, instinctively I replied that the Bubble Dress would top the list. Truth is, all Oliver + S patterns are my favourite. I have them all and have sewn them all including the free downloads. It’s just that the Bubble Dress pattern seems to be my go-to pattern when I want to make something quick, fun and for any occasion.
I really like the capped sleeve and bodice. It could be applied to any style dress. The same goes for the bubble skirt portion. It could work on just about any style bodice dress.
As for fabric choices, well, just about everything works for this pattern. Quilting style cottons, wool, designer fabrics, even home dec; as well, just about any fabric print design, big or small, works too.
In the past I’ve made at least a dozen of these dresses and to prove my point on versatility, I cranked out another eight.
All the dresses (except for two) are size 5 which is still a little big on our model but we are anticipating a growth spurt judging by her recent voracious appetite.
When I spotted this summery sweet border print cotton fabric, instantly I knew that the border section seems to lend itself to the bubble skirt while the less patterned section works for the bodice. I piped the neckline, sleeve and waistline with mauve piping and now my Sweet Petunia has the perfect summer party dress.
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Labels: bubble dress, customized, favorite pattern
I think as parents/adults who love to sew, many of us have an ongoing inner dialogue about which holidays “require” us to make new handmade garments for the kids in our lives. Halloween and Christmas are big ones, of course, but what about Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or…The Fourth of July?
Tara from Girl Like the Sea decided her kids needed Red, White, and Blue Independence Day duds, so she sewed up a Swingset Tunic (lengthened to a dress), then went above and beyond with a hand-carved Abe Lincoln stamp!
Such an adorable, quirky-festive look (love that ticking stripe skirt).
Visit Girl Like the Sea for more photos of this fun dress, including a close up of that Honest Abe stamp and her most perfect button selection.
Labels: feature friday, swingset