Oliver + S

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Adorable, printable and free thread bobbins for your embroidery thread: wild olive Make your own gift card-holding (or other useful purpose-serving) monsters: white waxflower Waxing furniture to add age and character: design sponge Turn a paperback book into a custom …

kids clothing week

If you needed another excuse to sew this month besides National Sewing Month, how about Kids Clothing Week? Elsie Marley is once again hosting her Kids Clothing Week Challenge, from September 20-26. See her blog for details.

making a thread chain

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to making a thread chain closure for your dress or top.

music class inspiration

This Music Class skirt was sewn by IsabelDecibel, and I love how she added ¬†contrast trim to the top of the pocket. The contrast stitching is a nice detail, too. I was thinking the contrast fabric might be a cute …

learn to sew with Oliver + S, version 2

Many of you have emailed and called to ask for an updated version of our sewing syllabus that includes some of our newest patterns. So here it is. I’m thrilled that so many of you are making good use of …

fall inspiration, courtesy of our testers

Several of our pattern testers recently posted photos of their finished fall garments to the Flickr group, and we thought you might like a peek at them for some additional inspiration. A few Hopscotch skirts and knit tops, to get …

fall patterns now available!

Did you know that September is national sewing month? What better way to celebrate than by sewing with a new Oliver + S pattern. Our four new styles are now available for purchase on our website and through our retailers …

join the jump rope dress sew along

Need a little extra encouragement to make that Jump Rope Dress this month? Well, look no further. Amy of Badskirt, your Australian co-host of the recent Ice Cream Social sew along, is back to co-host again. This time, she’s joining …

introducing the hopscotch knit top and dress sewing pattern

This top or knit dress comes packaged with the Hopscotch skirt pattern and provides you with many different sewing options. The top/dress portion of this pattern is designed for knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch. The City Weekend knits …

on designing a fabric collection

Ever wonder how a fabric collection is put together? In my most recent guest post for the BurdaStyle blog, I explain the process I used for designing City Weekend. You can check it out there.

introducing the nature walk knit pant sewing pattern

The Nature Walk pattern includes two items: a pullover top (which I described earlier) and this pant, which took its inspiration from a favorite pair of yoga pants that I’ve worn for years. The pants pattern is certainly the fastest …

tips for sewing with knit fabrics

Everyone is excited about knits right now. I must admit, I didn’t have much interest in sewing knits when Moda first approached me with the idea of adding interlock to the City Weekend fabric collection. But when the sample fabric …