Oliver + S

real life testing

One of the great pleasures of writing Little Things to Sew was that I had built-in inspiration and testing. When I started developing ideas for projects to include, I wanted to be sure that every single one would be interesting, …

behind the scenes at the photo shoot

In October 2009, we rushed home from fall Quilt Market to finish another big project. I had spent the better part of the year designing, drafting, and writing our upcoming book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew. The projects …

notches: weekend winter activities with kids

Poor S was devastated when we took down the Christmas tree last weekend. She sobbed that all her holiday fun was over. I would imagine she’s not the only one feeling the January blues, either. I promised her some fun …

happy holidays!

Oliver, S, Ms. Potatohead (courtesy of the real S), and all of us wish you and yours a very happy holiday!

school days jacket and coat back in stock

Earlier this year, we took the larger size range of the School Days Jacket and Coat pattern out of print. Now, due to popular request, we’ve brought it back for a limited time. This unisex pattern contains options for both …

some knit fabric basics

Have questions about what, exactly, makes a knit fabric a knit? We have the answers for you.

your purchases supported 10 classrooms

Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent Thanksgiving Donors Choose promotion. During the last week, Oliver + S set aside 15% of all retail website purchases to support needy classrooms across America. Today we matched this 15%, to double …

tiny sewing

If you enjoy sewing for children, or for dolls, or for children and their dolls, you’ll be fascinated by the work of Charles LeDray. I wrote about LeDray’s show, workworkworkworkwork, at the Whitney Museum, over on disdressed. If you have …

secret favorites

Is a fabric designer allowed to have a favorite print from a collection? Or is that too much like a mother who has a favorite child? If it’s ok to admit it, this is my favorite print from City Weekend. …

buy a pattern, support a needy classroom in your state

In celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Oliver + S is joining with Donors Choose to help support needy classrooms across the United States. Here’s how you can help. Buy one or more Oliver + S patterns at retail price …

principles of fabric selection, circa 1928

From a 1928 Singer sewing guide published in Great Britain. DO NOT OVERTRIM The keynote of children’s dress should be simplicity, and as a guide for trimming a girl’s frock, if the bodice is embroidered or trimmed with lace, let …

mother-daughter tote bag kit giveaway

In case you weren’t lucky enough to win one of the City Weekend fabric kits that the Martha Stewart Craft Blog gave away yesterday, here’s a second chance. Leave a comment telling us how you plan to use your bag, …