If I had to select my favorite sewing patterns, I would said Oliver+S.
Oliver+S patterns were the first commercial patterns I tried and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results I get. Every time.
Liesl (the creative mind behind O+S) always puts together the best instructions (the kind that never let you down feeling that she’s sitting just besides you all the time), the cutest drawings (and paper dolls for grown-ups!) and the most appealing designs (covering everything your child may need, from bedtime to party time, including gorgeous coats and accessories).
It also helps that Oliver+S also features the best “customer” support (I have tried it before and they are truly 5-star) and you can also benefit from the O+S forums and the Flickr group (so supportive). If I’m ever without inspiration, I just take a look at all the amazing clothes on display and I’m back on track again :-)
I become acquainted with Oliver+S patterns totally by luck.
While browsing the Internet, I found some gorgeous “handmade” clothes that, I quickly discovered, were made using Oliver+S patterns.
I had tried some sewing books before and wasn’t really convinced into buying some “expensive” paper patterns from a brand-new company (at the time Oliver+S free downloads weren’t yet available so a free trial was not an option).
After, my initial buy (which, btw I consider to be fully justified as Oliver+S are truly “sewing lessons”, where you always manage to learn a new skill), I’ve been collecting Oliver+S pattern ever since (a word of caution: You can get addicted to Oliver+S. Very quickly).
Yet now, it’s just so easy to pull off a couple of patterns from my cupboard and plan/sew a new wardrobe every season – I have just about every (garment) need covered – of course, I still have a wish-list of Oliver+S patterns (boys/girls dungarees, please) but I’m quite pleased with their current selection :-)
I have several favorites (most of them, to be honest), some that have been used only a couple of times and some that I never got to use (but will. Soon).
The puppet show shorts are definitely my favorite shorts pattern (ever).
Ever since this pattern was released my little girl has been “living” in puppet shorts the entire summer months – I sew her a couple in different fabrics for mix and match with everything else in her closet.
This year, was no exception.
The short sewing season has just started …
(these khaki twill shorts are probably my favorite pair so far. I use French seams inside, so they look so neat inside. Love it).
Obviously, she really didn’t need another blouse, but I couldn’t resist sewing it (after all, the shorts were so quickly to sew)
I added a bit of “honeycomb smocking” to the Ice Cream blouse (another favorite Oliver + S pattern).
Of course, modelling the whole outfit was a challenge.
My little model decided she would do it in exchange of “red nails” (her best friend wore “red nails” to school last week and she has been asking for “red nails” ever since).
Can red nails be the new bribery?