Oliver + S

rickrack inspiration via flickr

There are many adorable outfits showing up on the Oliver + S Flickr group lately. Here are two recent additions that both use rickrack with terrific results. The Tea Party Sundress pattern includes a Playsuit option, which can be really …

spring trunk shows

The new Oliver + S spring trunk shows have started making their way across North America. Here are a few photos of the garments traveling in one of our shows. The first four stops scheduled are: Cloth & Bobbin, Narberth …

windows at purl

If you’re in New York, be sure to stop by Purl Patchwork on Sullivan Street to see their Oliver + S window display. Purl is well-known for its outstanding selection of fabrics. The staff stocks beautiful Japanese prints, a wide …

easter dress

I’m a tearsheet fanatic. I’ve always loved pulling and archiving tearsheets. But it wasn’t until I got to design school that I learned I wasn’t the only one saving random pages I tore from magazines and, in fact, that those …

book giveaway

About six months ago, we published an interview with Dan Andreasen–the illustrator who does the Oliver + S paper dolls. This week at the studio we came across a brand new copy of Dan’s recent book, The Giant of Seville, …

spring samples

I thought you might like to see a trunk show we’ve just put together for one of our distributors, Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies. Retail stores who carry our patterns sometimes order through distributors, and Brewer wanted to highlight their …

other signs of spring

You know it must be spring when the garage around the corner from our studio opens its doors and the ice cream trucks start to emerge. We’re bracing ourselves for seven or eight months of this: watch?v=wVB7OHgalkc

sailboat pants and skirt

I have a favorite pair of canvas sailor pants. They’re French (of course). They’ve got wide legs. They are about as flattering as a pair of pants can be. Did I mention that they’re really comfortable, too? I was thinking …

sailboat top

We always take customer feedback seriously, and one thing we’ve heard clearly in the last year is that people want more patterns for boys’ clothing. Most boys’ tops are either T-shirts (no fun to make, in my opinion) or shirts …

birthday party variations

When I started designing the Birthday Party Dress, I wanted to create something versatile that could be dressed up for weddings, parties, and other special occasions but that could also be made for everyday wear. With this pattern you can …

spring is here!

The weather may or may not be warming up near you, but in our studio it’s officially spring now that the new Oliver + S spring patterns have arrived! The patterns are on their way to shops around the world, …

playdate variations

Every time I look at the Oliver + S Flickr group I’m amazed at the new photos that have been posted by our customers. Such wonderful fabric choices! Such adorable children modeling the finished projects! Really, seeing your photos inspires …