Oliver + S

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2014 flickr mosaics

We asked a few of the people who made and posted Flickr mosaics to tell us about their 2014 sewing and their sewing plans for 2015.

color palette: ode to autumn

This week’s color palette was inspired by pumpkins, making a rich and varied autumn color palette.

inspiring books

Several people have asked about the books we presented during last Saturday’s Crafternoon at the New York Public Library. Jessica Pigza, our wonderful sewing librarian who organized the event, has posted a summary with catalog links to many of the …

spoonflower and kids

We love Spoonflower. If you’re not familiar with this innovative company, they can digitally print your designs onto a variety of fabrics like quilting cotton, sateen, and even a new linen/cotton canvas quality. Heather Ross made her skirt for our …

saturday at the New York Public Library

Everyone had a great time on Saturday. And so many of you attended! Thank you, everyone who came. It’s always lots of fun to meet other crafters and to get to know you. Many of you had cameras, too, so …

market wrap up

Wow. What a week it’s been. We’re glad to be back in the studio now, catching up after this season’s Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We really enjoyed speaking with …

rickrack inspiration via flickr

There are many adorable outfits showing up on the Oliver + S Flickr group lately. Here are two recent additions that both use rickrack with terrific results. The Tea Party Sundress pattern includes a Playsuit option, which can be really …

easter dress

I’m a tearsheet fanatic. I’ve always loved pulling and archiving tearsheets. But it wasn’t until I got to design school that I learned I wasn’t the only one saving random pages I tore from magazines and, in fact, that those …

summer sewing

I spent a little time in the garment district last week visiting my favorite fabric shops for a few items I needed. And while I was there I was thinking about you! Several blog readers have recently requested ideas for …

fall trunk show

The fall trunk show has left the building. First stop: Quilt Essential Fabrics in Abbotsford, British Columbia. We showed you the fabrics we selected for the show. Would you like to see how the samples turned out? I think the …

lazy days on flickr

Have you seen all the wonderful Lazy Days Skirts that are showing up in the Flickr group? Lots of great fabric and ribbon combinations, and some really adorable little girls enjoying their new skirts.

autumn rituals: fall patterns are here!

I was chatting with Grandma and a friend of hers the other afternoon. We were talking about sewing and children’s clothing (of course), and Grandma’s friend was reminiscing about her childhood. Back then, every department store had a yard goods …