my favorite oliver + s pattern: allie from crozette

I’m delighted to introduce you to Allie who blogs at Crozette. She is stopping by today to talk about her favorite pattern and show us what she has made from it. So nice to have you here, Allie!

Hi Oliver + S friends! I’m so happy to be here today to share my favorite Oliver + S pattern—the Sunday Brunch Jacket!

sunday-brunch-favorite

This jacket was the very first Oliver + S pattern I tried, back in 2010, but that is not the only reason it is my pick for “favorite.” I remember seeing it first on the Purl Bee blog. I wanted to make that exact one!

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

But beyond nostalgia for one of my earliest, successful projects, the pattern is my fave because it is such a timeless style, and it comes out looking so professional, even by beginners. I think the bias-finished seams inside are so nice. I remember wishing it was lined when I first started making it, but now I love how comfortable it is for kids to wear as it is, and how Liesl thought through every detail so it comes out tidy and well-fitting. Bonus: even though it is no harder to sew than a dress or a top, people are always extra impressed when you tell them your kid’s outerwear is handmade.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

I recently counted, and so far I own 18 Oliver + S patterns (15 paper, 3 digital—I’m a paper girl), plus Little Things to Sew. This is one of just a few patterns I own in both size ranges. My other favorites include the Sketchbook Shirt, Family Reunion Dress, Library Dress and definitely the Lullaby Layette.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

My first Sunday Brunch Jacket was in an upholstery weight fabric—a damask print that has always reminded me of the “play clothes” Maria makes the Von Trapp children out of her old drapes. I made no modifications and my daughter Louisa wore it a ton, even on one unseasonably mild New Year’s Eve when she was two and a half.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

I later made one out of corduroy as a gift to a friend.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

Corduroy is a great fabric for this pattern, and easy to find in sophisticated “kid” prints.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

Choosing (or making) a bright, contrasting bias tape for the binding makes the whole jacket seam a little more fun.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

When Louisa was a little older, I made her one in Anna Maria Horner velveteen, which has the same appeal as corduroy but takes it up a notch in dressiness.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

I even made a tiny matching one for her American Girl doll.
Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

More recently, I used the jacket pattern as a starting off point for drafting a winter coat for my younger daughter, Lottie. I used the sleeve pieces and the yoke pieces to draft a straighter coat, and changed the collar into a hood. I quilted it following Cherie’s tutorial. If you try something like this, size up because quilting all those layers makes it snug.

Customized Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

And what better use for this pattern than an actual Sunday brunch? I just finished up the jacket I started this post with for Lottie to wear on Easter. We always go out for a fancy brunch with my family after church, pre-egg hunt. Easter is March 27 this year, so a light jacket will likely be a perfect necessity. We are ready for spring!

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

Thanks for letting me share my oldest and favorite Oliver + S pattern! Take a peak at more of my many Oliver + S projects on my blog, crozette or my instagram, @crozette.

Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket

Happy spring sewing!

-Allie

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7 Comments

  1. All of the jackets you made are beautiful! I love your fabric choices!

    1. Thanks, Darcy!

  2. I seriously cannot pick a favorite, Allie! I always loved the AMH velveteen one, but the quilted corduroy is just so great too (especially in person!).

    1. Thanks, friend!

  3. Jen

    I love these posts and yours is fantastic! You’ve convinced me to give this pattern a try. Do you think it would work as a raincoat done in laminate?

    1. Thank you! It’s a great jacket. I actually was tempted to try laminate, especially Liesl’s new one, but this might be tricky because of the gathers below the yoke. Also not the best raincoat with no hood. However the bias tape seam finishing is definitely great for laminate. Let me know if you try it!

  4. I own this pattern but have never sewn this jacket – you are making me want to go digging through my corduroy to make a light jacket for Maggie this spring – probably in pink, haha! All of yours are just perfect, love those neat insides. And that quilted version!!! So good!

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