introducing sewloft patterns

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!


Lauren Elbert


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.


Sewloft Patterns

Continue reading →

the summer edit: rachel’s picks

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.


Oliver + S Garden Party Blouse in Liberty of London fabric


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.

Continue reading →

Labels: , , ,

my favorite oliver + s pattern: deb from sewing stash challenge

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.


Oliver + S Bubble Dress

Continue reading →

Labels: , ,

feature friday: abe lincoln swingset dress by tara

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!


abe lincoln stamped swingset dress


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: ,

customizing with oliver + s: croquet dress

Today we welcome Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne. They are visiting today to show how they and others have customized the Croquet Dress. They have lots of inspiration to share, so I will let them get started.

Hi everyone! We are thrilled to be here today (first time ever!!), sharing ways to “Customize with Oliver + S,”  specifically the Croquet Dress.


Oliver + S Croquet Dress View A and View B


When asked to share with you, we had sewn the Croquet Dress twice, both times with minor customizations to the pattern. Not that you need to be reminded of this, but the great thing about any Oliver and S pattern is the impeccable directions! So much so, these patterns give us the confidence needed to attempt changing the given design to fit our needs.

The first time, we sewed the Croquet Dress as a blouse.

Continue reading →

Labels: ,

color palette: purple ombre

This week’s color palette was inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid. Here are many shades of purple to delight you.



Image: Glorious Treats. Fabrics: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.


Does the Pantone Color of the Year ever influence your fabric color choices? Have you sewn anything this year with purple? And what do you guess will be the Pantone Color of the Year for next year?

Labels: ,

← Older posts Newer posts →


Unless otherwise credited, all work on this blog is © Liesl + Co., Inc, 2008-2014. You are welcome to link to this blog, but please ask permission before using any text or images.