back to school at the sew, mama, sew! blog

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to let you know about a special guest post I wrote for Sew, Mama, Sew!’s Back to School series. This post focuses on sewing school uniforms with Oliver + S patterns.

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Sew, Mama, Sew! has generously provided us with a $40 gift certificate to their store to give away to one of our readers. Leave a comment on this post to be entered into the giveaway. We’ll draw the lucky winner next Tuesday morning New York time.



  1. Hello! I absolutely LOVE your patterns! And I love “Sew Mama Sew!” as well! thanks for doing a give away!

    ps – cannot wait to see more info on your new line of patterns coming out soon! πŸ™‚

  2. Very cute! I just saw the post, and it looks great!

  3. Karen

    Pick me!!!!

  4. DianeY

    So cute! I already ordered them in the SMS pre-sale! But I still wouldn’t have any problem spending more there!

  5. Fun giveaway! Thanks for offering it!

    While I don’t have kids, I still find your patterns to be some of my favorites to sew. Thankfully, I have lots of friends with wee ones and they are greatly benefitting from your excellent patterns. So, from all of us – thank you and keep up the fantastic work!!

  6. Alice S

    I’m hoping to win so that I can purchase several Oliver + S patterns. πŸ™‚

  7. em

    great giveaway! thanks!

  8. Wandered over here from sewmamasew — love the little dress. Makes me wish I were going to school myself this year! I’m off to explore here some more. Sew much goodness.

  9. christina

    Hey, that would almost pay for all the O+S fall patterns I need — count me in!

  10. michelle in fl

    I hope our uniform policy will “stretch” a little (beyond polo shirts) by the time my little girl is in school, because I’d love to be able to sew something like this for her. thanks, as always, for the fabulous information.

  11. Love the patterns! Thanks for doing the give away!

  12. Liesl, your S is just about the cutest little model ever. I’ve just gotten a start on my first ice cream dress for my niece, who is also starting kindergarden; now I can’t wait to make a music box jumper!

  13. S. Bird

    I love your patterns! πŸ™‚

    S. Bird

  14. jacqueline

    I love your patterns! What a great giveaway!

  15. Jennifer

    Two of my favorite things in one… Sew Mama Sew and Oliver + S! Count me in!

  16. Tanya

    Saw your post on Sew Mama Sew earlier today. Great giveaway!

  17. Great article and giveaway!!!

  18. How great – I love Oliver and S AND Sew Mama Sew!!! Thanks for the chance to win something so FUN!

  19. Wow! That would be perfect for all the new fall O+S patterns- I can’t wait to try out the new knit patterns!

  20. tracy_a

    Love the post – and the patterns!

  21. I am so excited to see the new fall patterns. Once again, you have outdone yourself. I can’t wait to see what people start making with them.

  22. Emma

    Love these patterns! Oliver and S patterns rock!

  23. The navy music box jumper (view B) is now my all time Oliver + S favorite, and that’s saying something because I love all your designs! Thanks for giving me such fun and adorable things to sew!

  24. i love all the uniforms you’ve been sewing! my son is also starting kindergarten, and i definitely need to sew some new clothes for him since he’s had a huge growth spurt and all his clothes are too tight and short. i can’t wait for the release of the new patterns!

  25. Jamie

    Love your patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Love the dress pattern! πŸ™‚

  27. Amanda

    I’d love to win this and get one of the new fall patterns and some fabric.

  28. How cute are those jumpers?!?!? Thanks for the giveaways (yours over there, theirs over here ;}) Happy Thursday!

  29. Kimberly

    Oh how I love that navy jumper. Can’t wait for the new patterns to be available!

  30. J

    Love your patterns they are the best!

  31. Jennifer O.

    Great patterns! I’m looking forward to making the jumper definitely and maybe the dress and t-shirt/skirt. Maybe they will finally help me make the jump to knits!

  32. Melissa S

    Absolutely love your designs! And Sew Mama Sew rocks! What a great combination πŸ™‚

  33. Looking forward to the fall pattern releases! And winning a GC from Sew Mama Sew wouldn’t be bad either.

  34. Anita

    yes, please include me in this great give away! I love the new jumper pattern.

  35. katie

    great giveaway! I love both sites and could use some new patterns

  36. Bethany

    I can’t wait to sew from your new patterns!

  37. I’m really looking forward to your Fall patterns, and will probably get all 4!!!! Please count me in for the draw.

  38. Emily

    I really want to try the knit dress. It seems like the perfect opportunity to try knits. So excited about these new patterns!

  39. Very much looking forward to the new patterns!

  40. I am anxiously awaiting the new patterns, I have an old one that I should get started on in the meantime.

  41. Daisy

    Can’t wait for the new patterns, and what a great giveaway! Thanks.

  42. Sarah

    This is a great giveaway! I love the look of your patterns and need to pick one up and try it out.

  43. Christi

    Can’t wait for the new patterns! I’ve got big plans for a beautiful lavender wool suiting I’ve had in my stash for a couple of years. Hmm. Will it be a school picture dress or a jumper?

  44. Your post at SMS on school uniforms was terrific. My son wears uniforms and its an interesting challenge to think about creating the pieces myself. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  45. Erica

    I can’t wait to try some of your new patterns!

  46. How great! Thanks! Looking forward to all 4 new patterns!

  47. Elizabeth

    Your patterns are my go to patterns for back to school sewing. I can’t wait to buy the new patterns!!

  48. Marlena

    Awesome. They have great fabrics and pre-orders for the new fall Oliver + S Patters. I already know what I would get if I was the lucky winner. Thanks Sew mama sew.

  49. ali

    thanks for the giveaway, I can’t wait to sew the new patterns.

  50. Lisa Michelle

    Congratulations on the fabulous new releases!! Love the attention to detail.

  51. So cute, these dresses. Especially the school photo dress which looks great for older girls. I wonder what age you are extending the pattern to?

  52. what a great giveaway! thanks!

  53. Thanks for a great giveaway, and an adorable dress!

  54. I will have to check out the SMS site in a minute.

    I already have all the O+S patterns, to win the giveaway would be great – then I can get the new ones that’s coming out!

  55. kelli

    I love your patterns! Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. Mela

    How great would it be to win a gift certificate with which to buy one of the new patterns and some great fabric to make it with!?!! SOOOO excited!

  57. Laura covington

    I’ve never won anything, but I really want every one of your new patterns. Can’t wait to see more examples in the coming days.

  58. Catherine

    I’m excited about the knit dress and pants, too. Thanks!

  59. Amanda

    Thank you so much. I can’t wait.

  60. Sarah S

    What perfect timing! I have a girl just starting in this uniform thing next week, and I was finding myself a little sad to part with the pretty prints! πŸ™‚

  61. kate g.

    hmm… maybe i could use the gift certificate to purchase a few of the new oliver & s patterns:)

  62. Denise

    Love your patterns – have made 4 ice cream dresses this week! Can’t wait for the new patterns. Thanks

  63. Holly

    I’m looking forward to your new patterns coming out. But, as always, they make me long for some in my size!

  64. Samantha

    Great post over there! It’s so easy to feel locked in with uniforms. Thanks for the reminder that we can add the fun linings and personalize them a bit.

  65. Emily

    I would love to shop at Sew Mama Sew!

  66. Alison

    Crossing my fingers and toes!!!! I’m doing my back to school sewing and for the first day…why a Jump Rope dress, of course!!!

  67. Jen Spilker

    Oh, I would love to win! Thank you…

  68. I read that post. I thought it was really informative. They are talking of uniforms here so any little bit helps.

    I would love to win $40 over at Sew Mama Sew. They have such an amazing selection.

  69. Victoria

    I love the classic look of all your patterns! Thanks for bringing back more simple, classic lines!

  70. Erin

    Love your patterns and Sew Mama Sew! Thanks for a chance to win!

  71. that is so great that there is so much flexibility with the uniforms πŸ™‚ i have a terrible time following patterns, but maybe if i win, i can try one out and have a finished product at the end!

  72. Kristina

    I heart Oliver and S!! My daughter will also be starting Kindergarten this year but we have to wear PLAID poly jumpers. No uniform sewing for me -I am thinking view b in thin wale cotton corduroy…in what ever color she desires but absolutely no plaid!

  73. Love your patterns! Any chance you’ll ever do a polo shirt–those are part of my kids’ school’s uniform attire ):

  74. delitealex

    Love your patterns I’ve seen so many cute ice cream dresses all over blogland too bad I have only boys to sew for. Great giveaway.

  75. I would love to pre order this pattern

  76. Cherie

    I enjoyed your post. I smiled when I read about the pink lining on the dress. I also hadn’t considered a herringbone twill but that sounds lovely. Thanks so much for the information!

  77. Kathleen

    Oh I so wish I could sew school clothes but the unforms are very specific. I can’t wait for the new patterns to come out. I see her holiday outfits in all the news patterns.

  78. Rebecca S.

    Ooh, I hope I win! And PS – I am loving the new patterns!

  79. The first Oliver+S garment I made, the ruffled halter in Stitch, was so wonderfully clever to put together (and so easy!) that I’ve become a huge fan. My little boy is loving his new clothes, and I”m loving working with your patterns!

  80. Would love to win, then I could get some of the new patterns.

  81. Jessica

    I would love to add some cute jumpers to my daughter’s uniform wardrobe. Thanks for the chance to own some new patterns!

  82. Great giveaway! I love O+S and SMS too!! So much fun!

  83. I would love to be in the draw, Thankyou

  84. I love your patterns! I plan on ordering all the new ones to see for my 2 girls. I’m very excited about sewing with knits! There are so many great ones available right now. I’ll have to stock up in anticipation.

  85. Selina

    The post is just in time for me to battle my fear and possibly sew something for my daughter when she starts preschool! I’ve been wanting to try an Oliver and S pattern.

  86. I love the new patterns .

  87. thank you liesl for your patterns, i love making your

  88. My daughter started school two weeks ago (they start the day after they turn 5 here in NZ) and already clothes are an issue! Her school is unusual in that they don’t have a uniform which is good in some ways (because they tend to be ugly and badly-fitting) but bad in others because it would take some of the arguments away in the mornings! But at least it means I can sew whichever Oliver+S clothes I want for her – can’t wait for the knit patterns to be available btw!

  89. Genevieve

    I love your work!! You have a big fan in Princeton.

  90. Cynthia

    I recently began sewing with your patterns and love them. I’m very excited about trying the new fall patterns.

  91. I would be very very happy to win of course πŸ˜‰

  92. Oooh I could do so much with $40 from Sew Mama Sew!

  93. WandaFish

    I love your patterns, simply adorable. Patiently waiting for your fabrics to hit the UK too! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  94. Sarah Cameron

    I saw this post yesterday. What a gorgeous model!

  95. making the whole school uniform thing fun!

  96. Torey

    Love your patterns! My grandaughter is adorable in anything Oliver &S. Your model is sucha cutie…love seeing the actual garment made up on such a cutie pie!

  97. Jenny

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the school photo dress pattern. Your samples are gorgeous. I’m thinking of using it for holiday dresses this year, too. I’m so inspired by your ideas! Thanks so much.

  98. Heidi

    I am on a mission to own all the oliver and s patterns!

  99. i absolutely love your patterns! and i love how polished the clothes look with just a different fabric selection…i’m so used to just working with prints – i definitely need to explore!

  100. Maude LagacΓ©

    Can’t wait to order my new oliver+s patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!

  101. Liz

    I love your patterns, they really inspire me!

  102. Marcia W.

    I became acquainted with your patterns through the Ice Cream Social sew along blog posts. Adorable! Please enter me into your giveaway.

  103. Ana Sofia

    I’ve been following the Back to school series on SewMamaSew and thinking how I’ve been sewing Oliver + S for my children for alomst 2 years now. I strongly recoment them all for a coehesive and proper back-to-school wardrobe! Congrats to Olivr + S and SewMamaSew for all the amazing inspiration!!!

  104. Lisa

    I am looking forward to the new patterns, they are just wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.

  105. Joy

    I really enjoy your patterns and would love to go shopping for new ones.

  106. I love the different versions of the music box jumper–the two that you show look completely different! This looks straightforward enough that I might actually have time to complete one for my daughter for this fall. P.S. Can’t wait to see your new fabric line in stores!

  107. Ckay

    I love the simple classic aesthetic of your patterns. Unfortunately I have only got around to making the backpack/tote. You are doing a great job, keep it up!

  108. I would have such fun spending it! Thanks!

  109. Laura

    Really useful post!! The school where my kids go has a similar dress code/uniform that starts in the 1st grade. I’ve been sad thinking I would no longer be able to sew for them when they hit 1st, but these are some great options!!

  110. Heather b

    Loved the sewmamasew article – i loved how your patterns can be made to be uniform-like. Your patterns are so classic! Thank you

  111. What a lovely addition to their blog, Liesl! Your little S in that hat – one of my favorite pictures of her ever.

  112. I’m really excited about your new patterns! I can’t wait to get my hands on them πŸ™‚

  113. Megan

    I don’t need to sew any school uniforms, but I’m hoping to make a school days coat for my daughter this year.

  114. Jamie

    Your patterns are so wonderful and I love sewing from them!

  115. Caralee

    I am looking forward to getting to sew my daughter uniforms next year. very cute.

  116. Jamilee

    Love your party dress pattern!

  117. Emily

    These patterns make me very excited for fall sewing! Great to see the different looks.

  118. Marla

    I love all the jumpers on the SMS blog. They are so adorable! Nice patterns!

  119. Ginny Mapes

    Just got the Bubble Dress pattern from Oliver + S and will be starting it soon.

  120. Ginny Mapes

    Love Oliver + S Bubble Dress pattern. Will be starting it soon. Thank you for the give-away!

  121. Kelly

    Love your patterns, always the best to follow.

  122. Angie

    Ooh, count me in!

  123. kelli

    Oh, wow, the chance to win free fabric to use to make more Oliver +S patterns…what could be better?

  124. Ribbqah

    Love your idea of the hot pink lining for the school photo dress with the great pockets!

  125. Ribbqah

    Love the idea of the the hot pink lining for the school photo dress with the great pockets!

  126. Emily P

    Can’t wait to try some sewing with knits…Love everything I’ve made with Oliver+S patterns!

  127. rothy

    I love the school photo dress as a uniform.

  128. Penny

    I am just beginning to sew cloths and I am overwhelmed by the creativity and variety of patterns!! I would love to be included in the draw! Thanks.

  129. too cute! thank you!

  130. sahmcolorado

    pick me! pick me!

  131. Kathy

    Love all the patterns, especially the dresses!

  132. colleen

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love your patterns!

  133. bec

    hurray for knits! well, maybe. we’ll see after i try out a couple of your patterns. thanks!

  134. Oliver&S are patterns that I have drooled over for awhile but have yet to buy. Even if I don’t win this giveaway, I am absolutely buying the Nature Walk pattern. My daughter LIVES in knit pants and they are either hard to find or too expensive and the pullover looks fun too! Thanks for the chance!

  135. mjb

    I’d love to have a little extra “free money” for fabric shopping!

  136. Keri

    I would love to have that $ to encourage me to start sewing clothes again. (have fallen off the wagon, but keep adding to my stash of fabrics…) My little one is the perfect age & size for your patterns. and school is starting, so I will have the time to do it! thanks for the chance!!

  137. Emily

    I just looked into the Seattle Public Schools uniform requirements, and it looks like most schools don’t have them! Is it odd that I’m a little disappointed?

  138. Joy

    Your clothes patterns are so fun and unique! I particularly love the School Photo dress you showed over at Sew Mama.

  139. Sakura

    I love all your patterns! They are just so thorough and the quality of the garment made from them is just awesome. I have made so far the “Ice Cream” dress and love it. I am gonna make the 2+2 blouse next….after that…? Would love to have them all -they are so classic and can be used for so many occasions.

  140. Larina

    Me! Me! Me! I just purchased 3 more of your patterns (Ice Cream dress, Music class and Birthday Party. Now to just win and get some fabric to make them all!

  141. Sarah

    I’m hoping to win this giveaway!!

  142. I enjoyed your guest post over on Sew, Mama, Sew. My children don’t need uniforms, but I love the classic lines of your patterns.

  143. My kids are too little to need school uniforms yet, but I am excited to sew up view B of the music box jumper for my daughter to wear with woolly tights next Autumn. Great giveaway too πŸ™‚

  144. Kate

    My 4-h kids are having fun learning to sew with your patterns!
    And I love the compliments every time my daughter wears an
    Oliver and S dress! Thank you!

  145. virginia

    I love oliver and S patterns. I have been admiring for some time, but not using because of sizing. Now I fine sizing up to 10 or 12. Great! My middle grandchild is a little heavy and sized out of your wonderful things. Now I can, using your ‘so cute’ ideas, sew for both she and the younger girl. Thanks.

  146. Trisha

    I really like the Music Class pattern with pocket so cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

  147. val miller

    I loved your post over on sew mama sew, and I also love your patterns. I am just so excited that some new ones are coming out!! CAN’T wait!

  148. Great post! I adore your patterns — can’t wait for the fall release!

  149. I love your patterns! My dd loves wearing the clothes that I make her from them. πŸ™‚

  150. khristal

    These patterns are so pretty. I pick so many good techniqueswhen i use these patterns. thanks for helping me become a bstter sewist.

  151. I loved the blog and its great to find new ways to utilize Oliver and S patterns. I’m hoping for more sew-a-longs to develop for the new fall patterns with knits!.

  152. I love your patterns, I find them so easy and straighforward to use, thankyou so much for making it simple for a novice sewer to make lovely clothes πŸ™‚

  153. Jessica M.

    Oh, I just love the new fall designs!! Can’t wait to try them!

  154. almamater

    Darling autumn line!! I am finally getting the sewing itch again after an extended Babymoon.

  155. I’ve only made one thing so far, but I love it and I’m very excited to try more of your gorgeous patterns. I’m learning so much!

  156. Great giveaway!
    I’m hoping to win so that I can purchase several Oliver + S patterns, I have one baby girl and two boys that need clothes — new clothes, not their older brother & sisters things. πŸ™‚

  157. chandra

    I just went to our local shop to buy what would have been my first Oliver and S pattern, but the didn’t have the one I wanted! Maybe I could just win it?!

  158. Angela

    What a generous giveaway! Thank you for such beautiful patterns, I love them all!

  159. Katja Magus

    Love the new ones and would love to have a gift certificate to get them!

  160. rebekah

    I would love to win!

  161. Kirsten

    Thanks – excited to buying some new fabric to go with these amazing new patterns!

  162. Dana

    Oh I hope I win. I can’t wait to make some new clothes for my daughter!

  163. oh, yes!

  164. JennyG

    I just got my first 2 Oliver & S patterns (Sunday Brunch & Birthday Party) in the mail the other day. They are so precious. I told myself I wouldn’t jinx future baby plans by buying any little girl things. BUT I JUST COULDN’T HELP MYSELF! I was wistfully following the Ice Cream Social sew along and caved.
    Now that I own 2, I want them all.
    Baby #3 will most likely be another sweet boy. πŸ™‚ So I should probably start buying the boy patterns.

  165. Congratulations to Kate of Lady Bird who is our winner.

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