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Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Dress

18 Mar

Oliver + S released 3 new spring patterns last week!

Even though I got a sneak peak at them since I was a pattern tester and sample sewer, I was simply giddy when the new patterns arrived in the mail late last week.

My favorite of the three new patterns is the Hide-and-Seek Dress.  I adore the welted pockets along the front seams.   I opted to use one fabric  for the outer part of the dress, and another for the facing.

I made H. using organic cotton from Cloud 9. The outer fabric is from the Up, Up, & Away collection from Skinny Laminx.

Hide and seek dress  

For the facing, I used a print from the Nature’s Walk collection.


While I was testing the pattern, I made a 0-6 month version using prints from the O + S City Weekend collection I had in my stash.


I love this pattern so much that I have a tunic version in the works.



H.’s First Quilt and Fairy Tale Dress

2 Nov

Earlier this year, a lovely friend sent H. and J. a few charm packs.  We quickly divided the packs, so each child had a set of two.  Without a beat, H. said she wanted to make a quilt out of her mini squares, so she promptly started laying the fabric pieces out.

H. wanted the squares within the same color family to go diagonally.

She started sewing back in February, and over the past few month, she would sew a few squares here and there. This was a great way for H. to start to learn the sewing basics and begin to really feel comfortable using my machine. We had a nice workflow established: she would sew all the squares into strips, I ironed, and sewed the strips together. During this week’s storm, we were lucky enough not to loose power, so H. and I used our school/work-free day to finish up her quilt.

For the back of the quilt and the binding, we used fabric from Patty Young’s Heaven and Helsinki collection.

I should insert here that I am not a quilter.  Quilting is on my every-growing list of things to learn, but I have never actually sewn a quilt on my own. We sort of fumbled along finishing the quilt, learning a ton along the way.

Now that her quilt is finally finished, H. is planning to use this her dolls.  After all with the colder weather here, doesn’t every doll need a quilt?  J. was so inspired watching H. work on her quilt that he started working on one as well.


Aside from helping H. and J. work on their quilts, I’ve been thinking of the upcoming holidays.  A few weeks back, I finished making the Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress (view B) for H.  I thought this would be a perfect dress for a number of holiday events we have lined up.

I let H. pick out which view she wanted.  She loved the big bow in view B.

We choose Kate Spain’s Serenade Thistle.  I flipped the fabric pattern upside down since they reminded me of the  flowers in the Dance of Sugar Plum Fairy from Fantasia.  Since green is H.’s favorite color, I wanted to use coordinating fabrics to play off the greens in the print.  For the collar, the bow, and the armhole facing, I used chartreuse-colored shot cotton.  I used a lime green for the lining, and purple tulle (I forgot to snap a photo of the these).

H. loves her new dress.  She asked to wear it for picture day today. It is the one day where she doesn’t have to wear her uniform to school.  She was pretty excited.

Autumn Oliver + S Book Report Dress

29 Oct

The fall is my favorite season for so many reasons (not including storms like Sandy).  One of them includes all the rich, warm colors.  Since I’m not a native New Englander, I continue to be amazed by all the lush colors of the changing fall foliage.  “Little Bits” from The Birds and the Bees collection by Tula Pink and  the “Dotted Leaf” from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee collection seemed like a perfect pairing to make an Autumn-inspired Book Report Dress.


Tova Dress in Soft Corduroy

19 Oct

I’m a huge fan of the Wiksten Tova pattern.  After all, what’s not to love when you have a pattern that requires no adjustments or alterations?  I think I’ve made 3 tops and 3 dresses from this pattern which completely justifies my initial splurge when I purchased this pattern back in 2010.

Last weekend, I made another Tova Dress.  I stepped out of my gray-fabric-comfort-zone and used bright blue thin-whaled corduroy by Robert Kaufman from JP Knit and Stitch.


This dress is so comfy and cozy and has proven itself perfect for the fall New England weather.  In fact, this week was a two-Tova-dress kinda week.  I wore my charcoal gray wool Tova earlier this week as well.

For now, this cozy blue dress will reside at JP Knit and Stitch.  If you happen to live in the Boston area and would like to learn how to sew a Tova dress or top of your own, check this out.

Oliver + S Book Report Dress in Corduroy

9 Sep

I pulled this printed corduroy from my stash to make another Oliver + S Book Report Dress.

I paired it with hot pink corduroy I purchased at my fabulous local fabric shop.

I think the cozy warmth of the corduroy is a nice counterbalance to the bright color of the fabrics.


Can you tell I really like this pattern? If I don’t put this pattern away now, I’ll end up making more than I’ll know what to do with!

Cozy and Warm Fall/Winter School Photo Dress

31 Aug

This week, I’ve been working on the Oliver + S School Photo Dress (view A).  View B of this pattern has been one of my favorites. H. adored the holiday version I made for her last year.

Thinking ahead to the colder months to come, I used flannel from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi collection.  It is so soft and cozy!  I just love it.  H. does to.  She was so excited to try it on since it reminded her of a Chinese Mandarin dress.  Before I rushed out the door to teach, I snapped these quick photos.


For the lining, I wanted to accent the little coral flowers.


Since this will be fall sample over at JP Knit and Stitch, I made the dress in a size 8.   I’m hoping her summer growth spurt slows down, so she will be able to wear through the cold New England winter.

Oliver + S School Days Rain Coat

27 Aug

J. has outgrown the School Days Rain Coat I made for him for his second birthday. A few months back, he accompanied me to JP Knit and Stitch and picked out fabric for a new raincoat. J. picked out a cotton laminate fabric from Tula Pink’s Prince Charming line.


For the lining, J. choose this fun bear print.  One of J.’s nicknames is Bear, so this fabric seemed very fitting.



As I was sewing the jacket, J. would ask for updates and want to try it on.


For a boy who doesn’t like buttons and is very picky with what he wears, he sure does love his new raincoat.  I can’t tell you how relieved I am!

Now, H. & J. have matching raincoats to start the new school year!