oliver + s, the book

I’m pleased to announce that our first book, “Oliver + S Little Things to Sew” will be published by STC Craft – Melanie Falick Books in March, 2011. I loved writing this book, and I know you’re going to enjoy reading and sewing from it.

Oliver + S Little Things to Sew

Featuring 20 full-length sewing projects, the book brings the style and attention to detail you’ve come to expect from Oliver + S to the world of accessories and toys for children. My goal when writing it was to create a book filled with projects that you’ll want to make again and again.

Not only are the projects unique and fun, but the book is also beautifully produced (something that you’ve come to expect from all Stewart Tabori and Chang titles). It’s a hardcover book with a removable dust jacket featuring paper doll illustrations of many of the book’s projects. Bound inside the book are two cardstock paper dolls that can be removed. You can cut the items from the dust jacket and use them to dress the dolls, just like you can do with our apparel patterns. Also included are two large removable sheets that include the pattern pieces for each project.

This book has been a long time in the making, and I’m very proud of the result. While writing the book, I had the pleasure of working with the same great team that produces our sewing patterns. Dan Andreasen illustrated the projects, and Brooke Reynolds designed the book. The book also includes wonderful photos by Laurie Frankel of a delightful group of children modeling the finished projects.

The book begins shipping next February, but it is already available for pre-order from all major online booksellers. Once it is released, we’ll also make autographed copies available on the Oliver + S site.

We’ll be showing some glimpses of the book over the next few months, so start checking existing projects off your sewing list because I think you’ll want to make several projects from the book once it arrives. You’re going to have fun with it! I promise.




  1. nicole keller

    Well Done Liesl, It looks to be a lovely book.
    Goodness, do you get time to sleep?

  2. Patty

    where can we do pre-orders at?

  3. emily

    Looks like my already-enormous book collection will be growing… 🙂

  4. Jody Beecher

    Shoot. I want to make every project just on the cover!

  5. Such fabulous news! How wonderful for you. :)) I will look so much forward to buying that book…

  6. Oh, wow! I can’t wait to have it here in my hands :).

  7. Cherie

    I can’t wait! The book looks absolutely beautiful!

  8. Katie

    I am very excited about this – congratulations, it looks absolutely beautiful. I have been searching everywhere for the perfect cape pattern for my little girl and it seems that you have been reading my mind! Can’t wait to see it in person.

  9. sarah

    So excited to get my hands on it. February seems so long away! Congratulations!

  10. Oh, I can’t wait! The book sounds wonderful.

  11. How will I ever make it to March??? I will definitely want the signed copy! Wonderful news!

  12. Bea

    I CAN’T WAIT!! just ordered the next size up on the pjs, and the nature’s walk pattern today!

  13. Yippee!! Was so excited when I heard, ready to go out and order a dozen copies for the shop–am certain they won’t last long! Congrats–huge accomplishment, and I hope you’re enjoying every second of it.

  14. sahmcolorado

    You can pre-order this on Amazon and also on Barnes & Noble.

  15. ohhhhh so exciting! I’ll be buying it as soon as it comes out! woohoo, well done!


  16. Jennifer

    I was just thinking the other day that you should do a sewing book of patterns that are now out-of-print.

  17. It sounds wonderful! Can’t wait.

  18. Rae

    Oh that looks wonderful Liesl!!! Looks fantastic!

  19. WOW that is great news, I can hardly wait unitil March I love the cape on the cover and would love some sneak peeks from inside!

  20. What a shame it will not be out in time for Christmas! (I’m sure this is disappointing for you too.)

    I will look for the book here in the UK. I am looking forward to it. I love your style and attention to details. I also appreciate the time you take to make sure that you have communicated the construction process clearly.

  21. Woooohooooooo! Congratulations! A MUST BUY for sure!

  22. SO EXCITED!!! YAY!!!

  23. Erin Waters

    Very cool! Is the little capelet included in the book? Would’ve come in very handy about a week ago as I was up late trying to make a cape for my little red riding hood!

  24. yay!!!!!!!!!

  25. Putting in the request for an autographed book – can’t wait, Liesl! You KNOW how much I’ve been looking forward to this!

  26. So Awesome!!! I just adore your patterns and am so happy to see this new book. 🙂 Going on my must-buy list!

  27. I’m dying! I can’t wait! The capelet was just what I was looking for at Halloween, and of course, couldn’t find. I’m so excited!

  28. Congrats Liesl! This is sure to be a truly fabulous book, and I’m especially excited since its release will coincide with our new one’s arrival. I know I’ll be needing such a book! 🙂

  29. Katja Magus

    Very excited and also very happy for you- I’d love to know if this would be a good book for beginner sewists who are just learning, to give as a gift to friends…what are your thoughts on the skill levels?

  30. Angela

    Congratulations! I can’t wait! I love your patterns and your attention to details. I know I will love the book!

  31. Emily

    For those looking for capes, M4703 might do in a pinch, before the book comes out. 🙂 I’ll be interested to see the patterns in the book – is that an art smock on the cover? And a penguin backpack? *dies*

  32. Andrea

    Looks great!

  33. Congrats! I love the book already–that cape looks super cute. All the O+S things I have made have turned out well.

  34. Jennifer R.

    I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I know already that this is going to by my go-to book that I’ll sew from again and again. Your patterns helped me achieve my goal of sewing clothes for my daughter that look chic instead of DIY. I just can’t even tell you how much anticipation I have for this book’s release! Yay! Yay! Yay!

  35. Lucinda

    Reading your news just about made my day! CONGRATULATIONS! What a thrilling endeavor for you, and I can imagine seeing all your hard work come to fruition must be an amazing feeling. So eager to catch a glimpse of the inside.

  36. CONGRATS! The book looks amazing! The projects on the cover alone have me anticipating the pre-order! I can’t wait for more peeks!

  37. Oh, Liesl, this looks wonderful!

  38. Jessica M.

    Liesl, how exciting! I can’t wait to add this to my collection!

  39. Oh, I’m so excited to get my hands on it! It is going to be fantastic!

  40. Abby

    so WANT that book!

  41. Sara

    This is fabulous news! What is the range of sizes in the book? Will there be clothes for 7 year-olds too. I hope so!!!

  42. susan puente

    Can’t wait for the book to come out..will be watching for it..congrats on the publication..I know it will be wonderful..

  43. AJ

    I love it! I’m excited to get my hands on this! Congratulations Leisl!

  44. pamela

    i cannot wait. really. i cannot!

  45. I am so excited for this book! I love making your patterns for my daughter and sons and this will give me even more beautiful options.

  46. ACK! Wonderful news, congratulations.

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