my favorite oliver + s pattern: melani aka sayiamyou

Today we are happy to welcome Melani to the blog. You may know her as sayiamyou on Flickr. She’s stopping by to share a bit about her favorite Oliver + S pattern. Thanks so much for being here Melani!

Hi everyone! I was invited to talk about my favorite Oliver + S pattern. There truly are so many that I love. In fact, I have yet to sew an Oliver + S pattern and not develop a love connection. But, looking back through all my sewing I can easily see which one has continued to grab my attention – the Swingset Tunic and Skirt pattern!


Oliver + S Swingset Tunic + Skirt


I first made the pattern for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. I paired the top with sailboat pants, and very quickly afterward made the skirt in a fun print to coordinate with a ready-to-wear top and denim Sunday Brunch Jacket. I’ve been hooked since sewing the first set. Each of these pieces is so much fun to sew, and coordinates perfectly with other clothing, either Oliver + S or ready-to-wear.

In spring, we have paired the tunic with jeans and a cardigan, or the skirt with a light jacket.


Oliver + S Swingset Tunic


Oliver + S Swingset Skirt and Sunday Brunch Jacket

But, as the temperatures begin to rise it has been fun to pair the tunic with other Oliver + S patterns. I liked the extra length on the Sketchbook Shorts and Sailboat Pants for outside adventures to give her little knees a bit of protection, as she was inevitably going to climb onto something.


Oliver + S Swingset Tunics with Sketchbook Shorts and Sailboat Pants


Our hot, humid summers are perfect for combining the tunic with other favorites, like Puppet Show shorts or the 2 + 2 Skirt!


Oliver + S Swingset Tunics with Puppet Show Shorts and 2 + 2 Skirt


And, of course, the pattern is gorgeous as a complete set. The bodice of the tunic has a very pretty curve that can embellished, as I’ve done here with ruffles.


Oliver + S Swingset Tunics and Skirts


Oliver + S Swingset Tunics and Skirts


Unfortunately, as the Swingset pattern doesn’t extend beyond size 5, this will be the last year that my daughter is able to wear the tunic, so I made her a couple new complete sets for summer. The skirt, however, has just been released for Fall and includes expanded sizes!

Don’t forget other Oliver + S patterns that are excellent coordinates for the Swingset skirt as the season begins the shift to Fall and brings cool days. The Hopscotch knit top (with a reversible Swingset skirt for even more mix-and-match), School Bus t-shirt and the Class Picnic blouse are great for layering. You can even use the pockets from the Playdate Dress on your Swingset skirt for a place to tuck away chilly hands!


Oliver + S Swingset Skirt with Hopscotch Knit Top


Oliver + S Swingset Skirt with School Bus T-shirt


Oliver + S Swingset Skirt with Class Picnic Blouse


Thanks Melani!


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  1. Love the skirt from this pattern! 😉

  2. Sharon

    I have always loved all your version of this but the last photo has to be my very favorite with the pockets!! I must try them out for us for fall well, so clever of you!

  3. This is great Melani! I just made the swingset blouse for the first time (before it’s outgrown) and I can see why you’re hooked. Putting pockets in the skirt is a fabulous idea.

  4. Nicole Keller

    I love seeing all the photos of your sweet girl. What a great pattern, you have ‘sold’ it beautifully.

  5. These are so pretty! I love how you made them work so well for fall — I keep thinking of them as a summery set but now you have me inspired to look for some more autumnal fabrics…

  6. Oh Mel, it has been so much fun to watch her grow. All of these are so great, and I am happy to see it paired so well with other patterns, too.

  7. I love the top from this pattern (skirt is pretty good too ;o)

  8. So many great styling tips for the Swingset Tunic and Skirt, Melani! I love the corduroy skirt with pockets and will definitely be copying you on that.:)

  9. Sarah Anderson

    I loved seeing the photos your beautiful girl grow over the years. Beautiful girl, beautiful sewing.

  10. Oh, I love seeing all the growing up photos! It is such a great pattern and you’ve made some really gorgeous versions!

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