sewing it yourself with oliver + s

Today it’s all about ready-to-wear inspiration and you’ll find lots of inspiration here today. I’ve gathered over a half dozen garment ideas to inspire you to sew-it-yourself with Oliver + S.

1) First up, how gorgeous is this dress? It’s been a really popular pin. You can recreate this look and we are here to help you. Take the Garden Party Dress and a large floral print, maybe a Liberty of London? Sew it up without the waistband, then add tassel trimmed sleeves. For more inspiration, see our Adding Pompoms and Tassels to Oliver + S Patterns post.

2) For this one, create a similar look with the Lunch Box Tee and the Parachute Sweatpants.

3) Turn the School Bus T-shirt into a dress with a front placket. To produce a similar dress follow the links here on how to turn a t-shirt into a dress, then visit our front placket tutorial.

4) How about a sweet cat t-shirt? Recreate it with the Field Trip Raglan T-shirt, of course!

5) Next, make a darling pair of leggings like these, using the Playtime Leggings pattern.

6) Turn the Secret Agent Trench Coat into a cute dress. Consult the Building Block Dress book for help with achieving that.

7) How cute is this? Recreate it with the the Lunch Box Tee. Turn it into a dress by attaching a gathered skirt.

8) And finally, let this inspire you to sew up a Hide-and-Seek Dress. Isn’t it beautiful?

For more ideas visit our Oliver + S Pinterest boards like this one and this one. Collect some inspirational images and sew-it-yourself with Oliver + S.


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  1. Tali

    That’s a great post, very inspiring!

  2. Margaret

    I love these inspirational posts! Would you consider doing a similar post with your women’s patterns? ❤

    1. Great suggestion, Margaret! I’ll work on it. In the meantime, you can find lots of ideas for our women’s patterns on my Pinterest boards.

  3. Fiona

    Fantastic idea for the Garden Party Frock!!! Embarrassed that I didn’t think of it myself; off to ‘copy’ immediately. Also love the sleeveless shirt waister a/la Secret Agent Coat. Oliver and S people are so clever!!!!

  4. Why am I unable to view these boards ? Do I need to be logged in somewhere ? ( I am a regular on Pinterest ..)

    1. Deepa, all of the images are pinned to our Customizing with Oliver + S board, which is public:

      1. Thank you, Liesl. Found them !

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