new oliver + s singles: just the basics

When we develop a new pattern, I like to think in terms of outfits. Almost all our patterns are sold as outfits, so the pants have a shirt and the blouses have a skirt (or pants or shorts). Not that you can’t mix and match our patterns as separates, of course, but I think it’s nice to be able to get a full outfit out of a pattern. I recognize, though, that sometime you don’t need the whole outfit, and you might just want the basics. I mean, every kid needs T-shirts, right? Because of that, we’ve started packaging some of our basic patterns individually as part of our Oliver + S Singles line. This way, instead of buying a pattern for the entire outfit, you can purchase just the pieces you need.

Just recently, we added the Raglan T-Shirt (from the Field Trip pattern), the Leggings (from the Playtime pattern), and the Bloomers (from the Tea Party and Seashore patterns) to our Oliver + S Singles collection.

New Oliver + S Singles Patterns

And just to get you thinking creatively about all the things you can do with these basics, I thought it would be fun to re-visit the Raglan T-shirt and the Leggings to show some examples of how these two patterns can be customized and altered to create additional looks from the same pattern. You know, a little inspiration to get you thinking of all the ways you might use them.

So stay tuned for some ideas! I should also mention that we’ll be adding additional basics to the Oliver + S Singles collection in the near future, and some of them will be available exclusively in this format. We’re working on a basic T-shirt, for those of you who have been asking for one. And there will be a few surprises in there, too.


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  1. Rebecca

    Yay!!! Just what I need. Thank you!!

  2. Jenny

    Great idea!

  3. I love the outfits as well, but true to be told, I do a lot of mix’n’match with your patterns!
    It’s almost impossible not to do it – they all work so well together ๐Ÿ™‚
    Of course, now I’m on the waiting line for the basic T-shirt pattern – I have tons of ideas for such a basic pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sarvi

    Funny, I was just thinking last night that some of the things people want but that are too difficult to accommodate as a full-fledged O+S pattern that covers all the usual age ranges and genders might work as a kind of deluxe single or 4-scissor pattern, (Lined Blazer, boys, girls, littles, bigs). I get that there’s more to it than an afternoon in a cafe with a sketchpad and a laptop, but a girl can dream.

  5. Brenda

    This is great! I’m not really interested in the playtime dress but really want the leggings as that is a wardrobe staple for my girls, good to know I can get them separately.

  6. I don’t do much sewing for kids but would love to use the Hopscotch skirt pockets on a Weekend Getaway tunic – don’t suppose you’ve ever thought of selling pocket patterns separately?!! I’m thinking the diagonal folds of those pockets would go beautifully with the v neckline/folded-back facings…

  7. Lynda

    excellent idea Nina! Now I also want those pockets.

  8. This is a great idea! I already own these full patterns but I eagerly await the tshirt and any new basics. Sweatshirts, skinnier pants, or a bathing suit would be fun!

  9. Darci

    Woo hoo, this sounds awesome. My 9yo daughter is more interested in basics right now

  10. Maria

    This is a wonderful idea. I will take the raglan and Iยดd love to have the natue walk pants as single also. I only have girls, so the pullover is not really something I will sew for them, BUT THE PANTS!!! I love them, they seem so confortable.

  11. Stacy

    LOVE this idea!!!! How about a Single pattern for the Sailboat Top?!?!?!?!? Pretty, pretty, pretty please? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ah, all of you with your requests! Believe it or not the Sailboat Top and Nature Walk pants are already next on the list! They should be out some time next week.

  12. Kimberly

    Love this idea! Can I add one more to the request list?!? (Just to drive you more crazy.) I’d love the Class Picnic shorts! They are so cute, and with summer coming up…

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