Our friends at Creativebug know that if you’re crafty you probably have one or two crafty people on your holiday list. So they’ve decided to make shopping a little easier for you.
This month you can give the gift of handmade and buy a Creativebug subscription for a crafty friend or relative (or for yourself!) at these special holiday prices.
- 3-month subscription for $30
- 6-month subscription for $60
- 12-month subscription for $99
Subscribers get access to Creativebug’s complete library of video workshops, covering everything from embroidery, to upholstery, to flower arranging, to sewing and knitting.
And to make this fun, Creativebug has provided two free three-month subscriptions for us to give to one lucky winner. That’s one to keep and another to give to a friend. To enter the drawing, visit the Sweepstakes section of the Oliver + S Facebook page. (Comments left here will not be entered into the drawing.) The contest closes at 11:59PM on December 6, 2013. Be sure to enter before then. The winner will be notified by email. Good luck!
Sometimes I want to make gifts for other people’s kids, but not knowing sizing makes it too difficult to sew fitted garments. Enter Liesl’s book, Little Things to Sew which is such a great kid gift resource. There are quite a few projects that are quick to sew and work for a more generous size range (hats, mittens, toys, etc.).
And hey, if you have your own kids to sew for, love Oliver + S, and don’t own Little Things to Sew, now’s the time to pick it up online or at your local bookstore and sew up a few “one evening” gifts! Or, you know, put the book itself on your Christmas list.
The book includes 20 patterns, many of which are not only multi-size/one size, but unisex! You can see a list of all twenty projects by scrolling down to “details” on the main book page.
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Labels: little things to sew
So let’s just say, for the sake of discussion, that you want to sew for yourself. You look at the size chart to determine which size to sew and–gasp–your measurements don’t exactly match the chart! Believe it or not, you’re not alone. But what should you do?
As I mentioned in my last post about finding your size, when you’re making dresses and blouses you’ll get the best fit if you take your high bust measurement and make adjustments from there. If you’re making fitted skirts and pants, you’ll want to use your hip measurement–the widest part of your hips–to find your size. And for a full skirt where the hip isn’t fitted, use your waist measurement to find your size.
So what do you do if you’re making a straight or fitted dress and your bust measures size 4 while your hip measures a size 6? Or even a size 8? (I’m asking for a really good friend.) Or what about when your waist is smaller than the skirt pattern size you’ve selected?
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Labels: fitting, sewing, tutorials, weekend getaway blouse + dress
For the last two years we’ve been part of the American Express Small Business Saturday program. Unfortunately, this year Amex is not allowing web-based retailers to participate. We know that many of you have come to look forward to that promotion at this time of year, and we don’t want you to be disappointed.
So here’s the deal. This week, we’re offering a 50% discount on all Oliver + S and Straight Stitch Society paper patterns. Fill your shopping bag with paper patterns and use coupon code Holiday2013 at checkout. No American Express card required!
Now, for the fine print: Discount is good on paper patterns only and is not applicable on past orders. Coupon code must be used at checkout for discount to be applied. Offer expires at 11:59 PM ET on November 30, 2013.
Of all the Ask Me questions that have been submitted so far, I think this is my favorite.
A non-sewing related question–any favorite tried-and-true favorite dinner recipe?
Why as a matter of fact, yes! Because sewists have to eat, too, right? I’ve been meaning to talk about food for a while, so thanks for the little push.
I mentioned last week that we eat dinner together as a family every evening. During the week that means cooking at home, while on weekends we sometimes have time to take advantage of our neighborhood’s many fantastic, well-priced restaurants.
Since evenings are a bit of a rush, between shopping, cooking, eating, washing dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher), homework, and a rather lengthy bedtime routine (ugh), the shopping and cooking parts need to be efficient. New Yorkers, for the most part, don’t own cars, so we shop for groceries almost every day. This means we can buy fresh produce, but we shop every day mostly because the average person can only carry just so much when it comes to groceries. So here are our dinner tricks.
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Labels: ask me, food
Today we’re starting a new series here on the blog–to ask Oliver + S fans to share a bit about their favorite Oliver + S pattern – telling us why they like it, what they learned from it, and show off the multiple times they’ve made it!
Our first guest is Gail (you may know her as supergail) who I “met” through the Oliver + S Flickr group. We both soon realized we live in the same town, so now we’re real life friends too! Here she is.
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Hello! I’m Gail, and I blog (mostly about Oliver + S clothing!) at probably actually. When Kristin asked me to write a post about my favorite Oliver + S pattern, I had to break it down a bit. I have so many favorites, and I’ve said it before, but it feels almost blasphemous to pick a favorite among such a fabulous collection of patterns!
But all blasphemy aside, I knew immediately what I’d choose.
It’s not the pattern I’ve sewn the most, nor is it the one that gets the most wear, but the Jump Rope Dress is my favorite Oliver + S pattern purely in terms of style. It’s just a great looking dress, full of professional details you don’t often see in children’s clothing patterns. I fell in love with this dress in the Oliver + S Flickr pool long before I’d sewn a single Oliver + S garment. It was the first Oliver + S pattern I ever purchased. At the time I had no confidence in my ability to make a dress like this, but it inspired me keep sewing in hopes that someday I could. Heck, even the packaging is inspirational.
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Labels: favorite pattern, jump rope dress