Oliver + S

learn to sew with Oliver + S

For me, the hardest and most time consuming part of drafting a new pattern is writing the instructions. Our patterns feature more sophisticated design elements (and, therefore, include more fine dressmaking details) than other children’s patterns on the market. This …

lazy days skirt sew-along

Starting on Monday, October 12, Melissa of One Crafty Mumma is hosting a five-day Lazy Days Skirt sew-along. She already has over 20 people signed up! See her blog for details and to join. photo by Melissa And while you’re …

how a sewing machine works

I’ve been explaining how a sewing machine works for years but have never had a visual for it. I just came across this great one (via Swiss Miss via Dossier).

playdate for play

I’ve always wanted to do something a little more sporty with the Playdate Dress. Something that can be worn for a playdate on the swings and while tearing around the playground. Something that’s amenable to serious outdoor activity. For this …

wool options for the school days coat

As you’re planning your fall sewing, here are a few additional ideas for you. Many of you have been asking about wool fabrics for the School Days Jacket and Coat. If you don’t have a great neighborhood fabric store (and …

laminated fabrics

Update: I’ve just been alerted to some terrific laminates at Superbuzzy as well, in case you needed a little more inspiration… I’m so excited about this post. I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the release of the …

new patterns now available

The wait is over! Our two new styles–the School Days Jacket and Coat and the Jump Rope Dress–are now available for purchase on our website. The positive responses are already coming in. The School Days Jacket and Coat is the …

meet pearl

Every kid needs a pet, right? Even paper doll kids need a pet. So this season the Oliver + S paper dolls have adopted a new friend. Here’s Pearl. Pearl is a dachshund. We’re not sure if Pearl is a …

new fall patterns: school days jacket, winter coat version

In my last post I introduced the School Days raincoat. In this post I’ll to highlight the versatility of this pattern’s features and how you can use them to make a true three-season, cold-weather jacket. The multi-season versatility comes from …

new fall patterns: school days jacket, raincoat version

Our new School Days Jacket and Coat can be made in multiple ways: as a lined raincoat, as a fall jacket, and as an insulated winter coat with a removable quilted lining. The lining even has options. You can make …

new fall patterns: jump rope dress, view B

In my last post, I previewed View A of the Jump Rope Dress. Now it’s time for the second version of the pattern, View B. This version is a simple, clean A-line dress with a hem that hits at or …

new fall patterns: jump rope dress, view A

Our in-house model is outside enjoying the sprinklers at the playground, so Pedal (as S has named her, presumably because she has a pedal to raise her up and down) has stepped in to help introduce View A of the …