I love to sew. How happy I am that I get to have two daughters to sew for! But, just like Liesl Gibson founder of Oliver + S, I’ve been disappointed by the lack of contemporary designs. Luckily for me, Liesl began creating her own patterns and starting in 2008 she “...refreshed a product category that had been dormant for over a decade.” Even though I don’t have a boy to sew for, I love that Oliver + S has an excellent range of sweet boy clothes.
Oliver + S sent me their School Photo Dress pattern to review. I eagerly waited for it in the mail and dove right in as soon as it arrived. The instructions were clear and concise and the dress turned out exactly as it’s pictured on the pattern package. I love that it’s fully lined and I also really liked that on some things the pattern instructions refereed me to the Oliver + S blog rather than giving lengthy printed directions. The dress turned out a bit big in size. I made an 18-24 month size and I would compare the sizing to Gymboree’s.
Liesl and Oliver + S have expanded beyond their adorable patterns. In September, Liesel’s first fabric line, City Weekend, was released by Moda. I received a sample pack of that fabric and it’s absolutely darling. I think the fabric collection has stayed true to the patterns. The colors are spot-on and it was really fun making a doll quilt for Holly’s stocking out of it! I hope to be using more of the City Weekend fabric line in the future.
Even though Oliver + S patterns are on the higher end of pattern pricing, I highly recommend them. I’m so happy with how my School Photo Dress turned out! One method I use to overcome the price is I trace my patterns so that I can reuse it at anytime in any size. Happy sewing! – Katie
***Giveaway! Oliver + S is giving away one pattern – winner’s choice!***
To enter, visit Oliver + S and leave a comment telling me what pattern besides the School Photo Dress you would choose.
I’ll draw the winner randomly and contact her via email. The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen. Deadline to enter: December 8, 2010 (midnight).
Congratulations Colleen, you’re the lucky winner!