Oliver + S

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 …

new firefox persona

Do you use Firefox? If so, you’ll enjoy this. We’ve just released the latest Oliver + S persona for Firefox: our paper dolls dressed in the new Nature Walk and School Photo patterns. Why not use it to dress your …

introducing the nature walk pullover top sewing pattern

This versatile pattern is great for boys and girls. It’s a cool-weather pullover with color blocking for added interest. If you make it from light-weight quilting cottons, it can also be a great layering piece in not-so-cool weather, too. One …

ruffled sailboat skirt or pants

A week or two ago I had a little brainstorm one morning and dropped into the Oliver + S discussion forums to ask if anyone wanted to give it a try. In fact, several people expressed an interest. Here is …

out and about

If you live in the vicinity of Madison, WI (my home town!), come join me on September 1 at¬†Gayfeather Fabrics, 1521 Williamson St., at 2:00 PM for a little presentation about Oliver + S. I’ll bring some samples made from …

introducing the hopscotch skirt sewing pattern

You’re going to ask for this pattern in adult sizes, I already know. The skirt half of the Hopscotch pattern (I’ll publish a post next week on the knit top and dress pieces included in this pattern) is designed for …

introducing the music box jumper sewing pattern

The Music Box Jumper is a very easy pattern (one of the easiest Oliver + S patterns ever written!) that comes together quickly and offers lots of versatility and plenty of options. We designed it with the beginning seamstress in …

vermont sewing weekend #2

Goodness, that last Vermont post was long! Sorry. I’ll try to make this one a little bit shorter. But I’ve got lots of photos to show you. This is Joni. Her husband drove with her from Kentucky to Vermont and …

back to school at the sew, mama, sew! blog

In case you haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to let you know about a special guest post I wrote for Sew, Mama, Sew!’s Back to School series. This post focuses on sewing school uniforms with Oliver + S patterns. …

vermont sewing weekends

Where do I begin to summarize our August adventures in lovely Vermont? Maybe with this photo, which actually has very little to do with sewing but everything to do with the level of fun we had during this trip: If …