Just a quick note or clarification for the many of you who have had the same questions about the book.
Yes, Oliver + S Building Block Dress is for everyone, not just little girls sizes 6 months to 12 years!
If you’re interested in learning how to alter patterns and you want to sew for yourself, your husband, grandson, mother, or anyone else, many of the techniques in this book apply to these sewing projects too. The dress pattern included in the book is a great starting point, but the book is intended to be used in situations far beyond that single dress pattern.
So if you’ve ever wanted to alter a sleeve for yourself, add a facing, change from a zipper to buttons (or vice versa), or include a lining where there wasn’t one, this book will serve as a reference guide to help you make those changes to the pattern and to sew them with confidence. And it doesn’t matter if you are sewing for a girl (from the pattern included with the book) or if you are sewing for yourself with another pattern. The techniques I teach you are the same.
I’ll be demonstrating some of those ideas in the weeks and months to come, so don’t hesitate to get the book just because it includes a sewing pattern for girls. You’re missing out if you limit the book that way. Even if you never sew from the included pattern, you’ll use the book as a reference time and time again, I promise.
Also, I’m busy planning all sorts of fun events for our exclusive Building Block Dress Facebook group! If you purchase a copy of the book from our website (right here!) before 11:59 PM ET on Saturday September 24, we will send you an invitation to this private group.
Invitations will go out via email at this time next week. One of our first events will be a Facebook live discussion where I’ll talk about how I design a dress. I’ll explain some of the tips and techniques I learned in school and in my experiences as a designer for other companies, as well as what I subsequently discovered when I started this little company. I’m also busy sketching ideas I’ll be sharing with you on the group: a dress design idea a day, as it were. We’ve got so many things planned, be sure you don’t miss it!
And finally, regarding the book tour. I would dearly love to extend my trip and visit more than the six places already on my travel agenda. I’m flattered that you’ve asked me to come to so many places. But as much as I would love to make a stop in your town, this trip will require me to be away from home and my family for three weeks, so I’m sure you can understand that I’m not able to extend my travel to go everywhere you are. After all, who’s going to write more sewing patterns (and books?) if I keep traveling? (Although it certainly sounds like fun….)