#bestnine and sewing goals

If you use Instagram, you’ve almost certainly seen these mosaic posts everywhere for the past few weeks. They’re a compilation of the  most-liked photos from last year, and you can visit 2016bestnine.com to generate your own. Here is ours:

Oliver + S Best of 2016 from Instagram

Do you know what I love about this collection of images? Many of them are from you, our customers and friends! You did some really lovely sewing in 2016, and we get so excited when we see all the wonderful things you’re making. I hope you’ve stopped to consider the year and how much you accomplished. I’d love to see collections of your Oliver + S, Liesl + Co, Lisette for Butterick, and Straight Stitch Society makes from last year. I hope you’ll consider making a mosaic of your 2016 Oliver + S sewing to add to the Flickr group or post it to Instagram (use #2016oliverands so we can find you). (Mosaic Maker is a good tool that makes quick work of it.) We’ll do a round-up of your mosaics sometime in the next couple of weeks when you’ve had time to assemble and post them. You might be surprised to see everything you made, and you might be even more surprised when you see how much your children have grown!

So here’s to 2017 and all the exciting opportunities it will bring for more sewing and for developing your sewing skills. I’m busy developing a long list of tutorials and ideas that we’ll be sharing with you this year, and I think it’s going to be a great year. We’re going to have a lot of fun together.

What are you hoping to accomplish this year? Do you have any sewing plans or goal? Or do you prefer to wing it?




  1. My first sewing goal of the year is to tackle the tule and make a Fairytale dress for my eldest for Easter, and an Ice Cream dress for my younger daughter so they both have new Easter dresses (even if they have to wear woolly jumpers over the top because it’s England in the spring!)

    1. That sounds like a great plan, Carie! I’d love to see them when they’re done.

  2. where do you buy cloths?

    1. I see that you live in Spain, Sonsoles? Me gusta Ribes y Casals aqui en Madrid, y tambien http://www.telaria.es/es. Espero que eso ayude!

  3. In 2016, I made a Fairy Tale dress, a Playtime tunic (a dress), and a Book Report dress. My other sewing was that I made 60 lanyards for a day camp, 10 sheet togas for a play, and finished my first 2 quilts. Not a lot of clothing this year.

    For 2017, I have another two quilts on the agenda, and then we’ll see. If I do any clothing, my first targets will be the O+S patterns I own but haven’t used yet. And maybe this will be the year I finally sew an article of clothing for myself – I’ve been eyeing the Cinema dress and the Weekend Getaway blouse for forever.

  4. Marsha

    My first sewing goal for 2017 is just to make the time to sew regularly.

    My second is to try to be more thoughtful with my sewing projects so that I’m building my daughter a reasonably coordinated capsule-style wardrobe rather than a closet and drawers full of individual items. It’s hard to find just the right balance though of fun for her (and me while sewing) and coordinated; but there is lots of great inspiration here.

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