this week only, save 40% on paper patterns

In case you don’t subscribe to the Oliver + S newsletter (and why don’t you?), here’s some information you probably missed. From now through March 28 you’ll save 40% on Oliver + S paper patterns when you use coupon code MarchPaper at checkout.

All On Sale

Two new spring pattern collections will be arriving at the warehouse soon, and we need to make room for them. So help us out, will you? Give some of these wonderful paper patterns a good home.

Here’s the fine print: this discount is good on Oliver + S paper patterns only. Discount not applicable on past orders. Coupon code must be used at checkout for discount to be applied. Offer expires at 11:59 PM EDT on March 28, 2015.

And because I know we’ll get lots of emails about this, let’s see if we can head off the issue here. Digital pattern fans: this sale is limited to paper patterns because we need to make room in the warehouse, not because we don’t love you too. But it’s OK. You can buy a paper pattern once in a while. They work just as well as digital patterns. And you don’t even need a computer to use them!

You can find all the Oliver + S paper patterns that are on sale here. Happy shopping!



  1. GREAT! Thanks so much! Ordered the Badminton set. I can’t wait to make a bunch of shirts for my girls this summer!

  2. i was going to order yesterday, but the shipping kind of negates the sale. Any chance you could ship for less? Or ship first class?

    1. Hey Stacy, we use as many low-cost shipping methods as we have available to us. And you get to choose how your package will ship. We use first class mail and a UPS version called Mail Innovations which can be cheaper and provide better tracking information. Keep in mind that first class rates end at 13 oz. That means that if you are in the US, you can get two patterns shipped at first class rates, but after that the package weight it over 13 ounces and you’ve automatically jumped into the priority shipping option. Sorry, but there’s nothing we can do about that. It is what it is.

  3. Thanks for replying! I tried with various numbers of patterns yesterday and tried picking different shipping options, but it kept saying the least expensive meathod for 3 patterns was $14!

    1. The site uses two different optimizers to help determine lowest cost. But cost is determined by the weight of what you order and where you are located. Unfortunately, shipping is what it is. If you can find a way to game the system by placing two orders instead of one or order two print and a digital, by all means do that.

  4. I just ordered, and this time the standard option appeared!

  5. oooh! I was just thinking of splurging and getting the After School Pants pattern. Now, I feel less guilty:-)

    A technical note. I often have to step away from the computer while online shopping, to chase my toddler. That’s happened three times while trying to place my O&S order and each time, my shopping cart is empty. I’d sugest increasing the time the cart holds an order from whatever it is to a longer time, maybe 12-24 hours? That’s a common amount for online sellers.

  6. Stephanie Falkenstein

    Hi Todd – Out of curiosity, is there any reason why you don’t use the USPS Flat Rate envelopes/Tyvek pouches/padded envelopes? Domestic rates are so reasonable, and I’m sure you can fit in 3 or 4 patterns for the $6.50 price tag.

    Liesl – My daughter and I love, love, love your wonderful patterns! She can’t live without her Badminton skorts! Even in the wintertime, she jams her legging-covered legs into her favorites…Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make such great garments for our kiddies!

    1. Stephanie, that’s not an option we’ve been able to figure out how to manage successfully. The idea of using and charging for a flat rate envelope works fine until an order won’t fit or contains an item that will be damaged in shipping in that method without additional padding. The drawbacks have always outweighed the benefits in our analyses. And in most cases, actually, shipping via USPS flat rate services actually ends up costing MORE than shipping the same package by weight. (You didn’t think the USPS created flat rate shipping out of a desire to decrease their revenue for carrying a package they would carry anyway, did you?!?)

  7. sarah pepper

    Todd-you really should go and talk to your local post office about your shipping options. There are discounts available for business accounts. The flat rates were designed to make it easier for people to ship via usps thus increasing business and revenue while keeping it simple for shippers like yourself. I work behind the counter and have fielded lots of these questions!

  8. Sarah, if I may intervene here, we don’t ship orders from our studio. We work with a very professional fulfillment center that handles our products as well and thousands of other products. They are VERY on top of all the options available to small business like ours, and we work very hard to keep shipping rates as reasonable as possible within all the available frameworks. Thank you for the suggestions, and please believe me when I tell you that Todd and the wonderful folks at the center work very hard to make our business run smoothly and offer the best available options to our customers.

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