sewing it yourself with oliver + s

Today it’s all about ready-to-wear inspiration, and who doesn’t love a bit of inspiration? Thousands of ideas for sewing girl’s clothing can be found on the Oliver + S Pinterest boards (just take a look here and here). Collect some inspirational images and sew-it-yourself with Oliver + S!

Our friend Deb was inspired by a photo of a dress and wanted to recreate the look. She grabbed the Fairy Tale Dress (used the box pleats tutorial) and added the Garden Party Dress sleeves and look at the chic results!

Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress with Garden Party sleeves

That’s just one of many fantastic examples of what can be done. I’ve gathered here for you today several examples on how you could reproduce a look using Oliver + S patterns. Off we go!

1) First up, these skirts would be sure to brighten up anyone’s day! Make them by using some fun fabric and the Hopscotch Skirt pattern.

Oliver + S Hopscotch Skirt

2) How about a sweet Butterfly Blouse with pintucks? Check out our tutorials here and here for help.

Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse

3) I think the Hide-and-Seek Dress would be a good one to reproduce this frock. Use chambray and do some hand embroidery (or use a floral print for the yoke).

Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress

4) Next, make a darling Playtime Dress, but sleeveless.

Oliver + S Playtime Dress

5) Sew a Hopscotch Dress with contrast binding to look like this one.

Oliver + S Hopscotch Dress

6) The Music Class Blouse and one of our skirts should do the trick. The Swingset Skirt would produce a very similar look, I think.

Oliver + S Music Class Blouse and Swingset Skirt

7) And finally, sew a Forest Path Cape (or the Woodland Stroll Cape) as a spring (or fall) jacket.

Oliver + S Forest Path Cape


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  1. Lots of great ideas here. Time to get sewing!

  2. Lucinda

    I love posts like these . . . certainly get the creative juices flowing! Love how your patterns are so adaptable to many different looks! Thanks for sharing these ideas:)

  3. Fiona

    Fantastic, all of them. Thank you for the suggestions, and clever interpretations.

  4. I loved them all!! Can I order the paper patterns from y’all or do they have to pdf? I’ve got no internet.

    1. Jill, you can see a list of all paper Oliver + S patterns that are available on this page:

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