wardrobe edit: holiday season

Just for the fun of it, I’ve put together a fantasy wardrobe edit for the holiday season. This is what I would sew for my daughter if I was planning a new holiday wardrobe for her. It contains mostly dressy holiday ensembles and a few outerwear items, but there’s a casual outfit and some sleepwear included as well.

The fabrics for this wardrobe are mostly solids with a few prints thrown in and some sequins, too! You’ll see lots of red, but some mint, gray, silver, black, and a little bit of blue, as well.


Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress


Fairy Tale Dress in a floral cotton voile. What would the holidays be without the ultimate special-occasion dress? If you’re looking for more ideas to make this dress holiday ready head on over to the Fairy Tale Dress Round-up.


Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress


Fairy Tale Dress in a mint with red poinsettias border fabric. The Fairy Tale Dress turns out wonderful in a border print and in this fabric it’s going to look so pretty!


Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket


Sunday Brunch Jacket in a deep red cotton velveteen. I think this is the perfect jacket to go over a Fairy Tale Dress. Those long sleeves will be just right to keep bare arms warm in cold weather.
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fairy tale dress round-up

Ah, the Fairy Tale Dress. You know, the one that you can take to full-on, fancy party mode (if you want to that is). It’s the ultimate dress for special occasions with two different Peter Pan collars (or it could be made collarless), two different waist bow options, with or without tulip cap sleeves, an invisible zipper, it’s fully lined, and it even has a crinoline, to boot!

The Fairy Tale Dress is a more time-consuming pattern because of all the wonderful details, and we strongly recommend making a bodice muslin to ensure a good fit. This style is more fitted than our other styles. Also, if you are sewing this dress for a toddler, head over to the tutorial for fitting a Fairy Tale muslin for a toddler. Be sure to take your time with this one. You’ll be amazed at the end result.

What have you got on your sewing list right now? Do you have plans for sewing up a special dress for the holidays? Enjoy these ideas for Fairy Tale Dresses for the holiday season.

First up, we have Rita who sewed this green and gorgeous version with a Nani Iro double gauze border print. The wearer calls it her “popcorn dress” and in their household they have a Christmas tradition of stringing popcorn into a garland, so how perfect is that?


Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress


Shelley made this lovely one in sheer blue/grey fabric underlined with cotton.


Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress


Here is a pretty one in pink by Kelly who used a Liberty print for the dress and shot cotton for the collar.


Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress


These two coordinated dresses were made for sisters in rich and vibrant colors. Marnae made the first one in a floral cotton poplin and the second one in a fuchsia faux dupioni silk.


Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dresses

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this week only, save 50% on our paper patterns

It that time of year again. Time for our giant pre-holiday pattern sale! This week, we’re offering a 50% discount on all Oliver + S and Straight Stitch Society paper patterns. Fill your shopping bag with patterns and use coupon code Holiday2014 at checkout.

Use this as an opportunity to purchase some stocking stuffers for friends who sew. Or for yourself. We won’t tell.


Paper Pattern Sale


Quantities may be limited on some items which will not be available in paper after they are gone. If you’ve been waiting to purchase patterns from our backlist, now is the time to do it. They may not be available for much longer.

For those of you who prefer digital patterns, this sale is on paper patterns only. But to give digital lovers a little extra incentive, we have recently been able to lower our shipping prices and we have added the opportunity for you to select the shipping method (and price) you want for your order. Give it a try. People used paper patterns for 150 years. And they liked them!

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 29, 2014.

holiday pjs

My next Lisette fabric collection will be arriving in Spotlight stores soon, and when the sample yardage arrived a couple of weeks ago I got really excited to start using it. I’m so happy with how these watercolor prints turned out, so S got new pajamas! Which is good because she really did need new pajamas, new fabric collection or not. Because this fabric collection is printed on cotton jersey (so, so soft!) I thought it would be fun to sew her the Playtime Tunic and Leggings to use as pajamas. She’s quite thrilled with them.






I skipped the pockets and used snaps for the back closure. And yes, she could wear this outfit during the day. In fact, she loves it so much she wore the leggings most of last week. I’ll show you more of this new fabric collection soon, too, but in the meantime let’s talk about holiday pajamas. Here is your annual PJ round-up to inspire you to start your holiday pajama sewing. (And, yes, it’s time to start sewing now!)

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gift guide

’Tis the season to be sewing gifts. Looking for gift ideas for the special people in your life? Create and be prepared for the loved ones on your list with this gift guide. Here are many handmade gift ideas, some of which would make great stocking stuffers. The first ones are Straight Stitch Society sewing patterns and to get more ideas of how they look sewn up with different fabrics be sure to check out the Straight Stitch Society Flickr group.

The Have It All Wallet is a very popular pattern that makes for a quick and impressive gift. It offers two cute flap options.


Straight Stitch Society Have It All Wallet


The newly released In a Clutch Cosmetic Case can be made in three different fun styles. It makes a pretty carry-all that could also function as an evening bag.


Straight Stitch Society In a Clutch Cosmetic Case


The Forget-Me-Not Jewelry Pouch offers two different styles to hold jewelry, but it can also be used as an adorable evening bag.


Stsraight Stitch Society Forget-Me-Not Travel Jewelry Case


The Apples to Oranges Sewing Kit includes a pincushion, a zipper pouch for notions, and an optional needle pad. Make an apple or an orange, or both!


Straight Stitch Society Apples to Oranges Sewing Kit


The Feed the Animals Coin Purses make cute gifts for kids. It offers three different animals: a cat, a dog, and a monkey.


Straight Stitch Society Feed the Animals Coin Purses


To round things out, here are a few free patterns, too:


Fabric-covered headbands



Hair Bow Ties



18-inch doll Popover Sundress



18 Inch Doll Skirt Tutorial finished skirt



Play indoor tent


And for the sewing person on your list how about a paper sewing pattern? Most of the Straight Stitch Society patterns come in paper format as well as Oliver + S patterns. Or how about some sewing supplies and tools?

Happy holiday sewing!

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heirloom techniques: honeycomb smocking

There was already a smocked dress round-up not too long ago, but it seemed a bit crowded if I would have added these honeycomb smocked garments, so here they are today. I cannot wait to share them so let’s dive right in, shall we?

First up, Jane used chambray to make this Garden Party Dress. It was her first time trying honeycomb smocking.


Oliver + S Garden Party Dress with honeycomb smocking


Another Garden Party Dress, but this time by Julie who made one in white for a special occasion.


Oliver + S Garden Party Dress with honeycomb smocking

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