Oliver + S

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, …

mother-daughter tote bag

To help celebrate the release of City Weekend, the Martha Stewart Crafts Blog is featuring a free project we designed. And they are giving away the fabric to make it! The Mother-Daughter Tote Bag can be made for both adults …

oliver + s, the book

I’m pleased to announce that our first book, “Oliver + S Little Things to Sew” will be published by STC Craft – Melanie Falick Books in March, 2011. I loved writing this book, and I know you’re going to enjoy reading and sewing from …

an interview with Marie-Michelle Melotte, part 2

Marie-Michelle Melotte is back with us today to finish the discussion we began earlier this week. It’s clear that you’re not just picking out a pattern and then selecting a random printed fabric to make it. You’re really analyzing the …

an interview with Marie-Michelle Melotte, part 1

Every few months a photo pops up in the Oliver + S Flickr group that causes everyone in the studio to stop working and stare in amazement at their computer screens. It wasn’t until last week, after this Bubble Dress …

hopscotch skirt inspiration

This is the very first prototype I made for the Hopscotch Skirt pattern. As you can see, my design initially included a tie at the waist. When I finished making the sample I decided this was just one too many …

a City Weekend giveaway

To celebrate the release of City Weekend and to thank all of you who have supported the line, we decided to do a little giveaway. Courtesy of Moda, we have a jelly roll, a layer cake, and a selection of …