Oliver + S


  • I would recommend calling around to local shops I see what they charge for a servicing and what their turn around time is. I recently did this for my serger and one shop was $50 more than the other and the turnaround was twice as long! In some shops, you’ll be able to talk to the techs who will service your machine, and in others, they’ll send it…[Read more]

  • Thanks @lightningmcstitch Shelley! I’ll try that on the next ones, I was so sad! And I’ll see if I can’t fix up the one that’s frayed. I’m not much good at hand sewing but at least it’s on the back and she has long hair, lol. I’ve been wracking my brain since it happened and I was wondering if shortening my stitch and top stitching would help to…[Read more]

  • Hi! I recently made four matching garden party dresses for my four daughters out of cotton lawn and they love them and I love them and I can’t wait to make more! But—I’m having trouble with the keyhole opening. I was very cautious to not snip through the stitches, and everything seemed fine, but one of my daughters ripped it when she got pulle…[Read more]

  • I had to take a month off from working on this to do Christmas sewing…but I did eventually get back to it! Thank you so much for your help, Liesl! I ended up making a size 14 with no adjustments and a size 10 neckband. I added 6” to the length I think. And to make the neckband fit, I cut the back out on the fold and added a pleat in the c…[Read more]

  • Thanks for weighing in, Liesl! I’ll attach the other two photos I took, it feels like they just move, and are kind of where an armscye (spelling??) might be, or where a sleeve would attach for a raglan, which made me wonder if it was just how the kimono-style sleeves worked. It seems like it’s well fitted, I didn’t try to do jumping jacks or…[Read more]

  • Hi!
    So, the Cappuccino pattern is the first pattern I bought from Oliver and S/ Liesl and Co, and I have yet to actually make it! I’ve tried a few times over the years; I made a couple muslins shortly after I bought it; the first, I made one out of some leftover cheap rayon and overestimated my abilities to follow directions like those for the n…[Read more]

  • @enbee I have a unisex pattern but I’ve never made them for him before, and the pattern is different enough in construction I’m not sure it would work. There isn’t a side seam, for instance. I thought about trying to figure out how to add pockets, but it just required more brain power than I have access to right now (hello Pandemic, lol). Thank…[Read more]

  • @motherof5 Hey Nicole, thank you SO much for checking!! I’m so glad he felt like they fit well. I think I’ll try to add an inch to the rise and lengthen the legs a ton, but I’m going to go for it. Thank you!

  • Hi,
    I bought some red buffalo plaid fabric to make pajama pants for me and for my husband for Christmas. I thought I’d just use a cheap big 4 pattern I already had for him and use my favorite Lisette 6296 for my own, but he’d like pockets…and the other pattern does not have pockets. So, I was wondering if the Lisette pattern would work for men?…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your tips, Liesl! They helped a lot. I went ahead a made a muslin first, and just in case anyone in the future searches for this (also me, for when I forget, haha), I stitched the zipper to the outer fabric, just like you said, leaving a half inch at the top and sides (I trimmed half and inch from each back piece, after rereading the…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    I’m planning to make a Hide and Seek dress for my 10 year old, and I’d like to use an invisible zipper instead of buttons. She doesn’t like buttons, and I don’t know where to buy good buttons (I’ve yet to find great buttons at Joanns…). I’ve successfully installed invisible zippers in the Building Block Dress (in a couple different styles)…[Read more]

  • I’ve tried this tunic a few times. It didn’t go well; I used some very cheap poor quality rayon I had left over from some Halloween costumes, and I sewed it twice with that, and then I tried it in quilting cotton. The rayon ones obviously are unwearable, but the cotton one turned out okay (I need to add a busy adjustment but otherwise it wor…[Read more]

  • Hey I just wanted to check back in and thank you for your ideas! Another friend recommended adding fabric to the back at the zipper. So, I altered the neckline by making it lower (I ended up using the bias finish, which looks great), and I added an inch to each side of the zipper. She loves it, it worked out great!

  • Thanks, @lightningmcstitch! I’m so new to sewing and don’t have any real formal training, so I had no idea that a forward shoulder adjustment was even a thing, but it sounds like just what she needs. I’ll google it. Thank you so much! Do you have any suggestions on how I should change the shape of the collar based on changing the neckline? I think…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    I made matching BB dresses for my two older girls and I think they turned out great! My 6 year old loves hers, but my 8 year old complains that the neckline is too tight, especially when she sits down, because it pulls back on her and she feels like it’s choking her. So, she leaves the top button unbuttoned…at least she has long hair to…[Read more]

  • Thanks @motherof5! The pattern doesn’t have lengthen lines, but I’ll check on that link and see where it might make sense to add one.

  • I’m so new to garment sewing so I get so nervous to start new patterns. I’m excited about this dress, though! I’m tall (6’0″, one of the biggest reasons I want to sew clothes!), and finished length is really important to me. I want to make sure the dress hits the top of my knee. I’m getting ready to cut out my pattern now, and I just wonder how I…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your reply @Todd! Yes, we did try using Adobe Reader on the PC, the Mac was using Apple’s Preview program. I wondered about the printer drivers, so we tried two different printers (one was an old HP and one was an Epson, so different drivers). I really appreciate you verifying in your file for me. I’ll see if I can enlarge it slightly…[Read more]

  • I’m totally new here, and I’m excited to start sewing my first ever Oliver + S pattern. I’m working with the Cappuccino Dress Pattern, and I’ve tried printing it from two different computers (one Mac and one PC), and two different printers, each time we’ve carefully ensured that the scale is set to 100%, not scale to fit, and each time the test…[Read more]

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