Thursday, March 24, 2016

Done them all! (again)

I can now officially say that not only do have all of the Oliver + S patterns but I have also made at least one view of every pattern, including the free ones.
I'm caught up once again after a year sewing hiatus.

So here goes......

First up is the Carousel Dress.

I really like the details in the dress, especially the pockets.

Since Miss C suits an A-line style dress therefore I made View B for her, size 7 and used a very dark navy chambray.
I told her to look serious and she didn't fail with the expression :)

The dress went together rather quickly, easily and the instructions were clear.
I'd like to make this dress again if her mum wants me to.

I also like that this dress calls for topstitching details so I used green thread throughout.

Next up is the Hide and Seek Tunic/Dress pattern.

Since Miss C wears a lot of tunic tops, it was a no brainer to make the tunic version, View B with View A sleeves.

Again, the pattern went together quickly, easily and with a good result.
I made size 7 and used brushed cotton for the bodice and sleeves and a cotton twill for the bib section.  
I am thinking about using the same cotton twill to make skinny jeans to match. All in good time.

Then I made the Butterfly Blouse and Top.

I am more than please with the results of this pattern.
The skirt went together in a flash. I used kelly green linen. Size 7.
For the peplum blouse, I used a lace cotton and lined it with batiste.

She had navy shoes and a navy hair bow to wear with this outfit but the pink shoes, bow and bangles were handy and they work too.

The last item I made for her before making something for her brother, was the pattern called
Lunchbox Tee and Culottes.

The knit top went together quickly but in hindsight, should have used a heavier weight knit. I used a lighter weight ponte de roma but found more stabilizer was needed to keep the pockets from sagging.
The Tee is size 7 and it's at bit snug.

The culottes on the other hand were a complete fail.  I went by the size chart and made her a size 8. They were huge. I even cut off 3 inches from the hem.
I won't bother making the culottes until she's older. Right now, she isn't interested in that style.

Moving on to the last pattern, Parachute Polo and Sweatpants, I made something for Mr. A.

He is 4 years old and usually wears size 5 RTW, therefore I made size 5 and between me taking his measurements and making the shirt, he grew!

The buttons need to be added to this shirt but he was a willing model to I seized the moment to get a photo.

The lighting in my sewing area is not very good at all. The black collar and placket proved to be a daunting task given poor lighting and I'm not at all happy with the outcome.
Talk about using the force while sewing blind!

I want to make this shirt again however next time, make the sleeves a little longer and use a lighter coloured collar ..... or stadium lighting if I go with black again.

So there we have it. At least one view of all the patterns (including the free ones) from Oliver + S.
Done and done!


  1. I love your version of the Carousel dress. The blue with the green thread is so elegant.
    The tunic is very smart and quite a nostalgic look with Miss C's gorgeous bob haircut.

    I like your LunchBox tee very much, I don't mind the snug fit all all, it certainly doesn't look too snug. The culottes are a bit of an odd fish. I love Lidia's version (medium weight draping knit) so much, and she wears them at least once a week for school but i have not seen too many other versions that grab me. I think fabric choice is everything with this pattern.

    The Butterfly is very sweet, I am keen to sew that one soon. I think white is the perfect choice.

    Mr A is not a baby anymore! He is so grown up in his polo top.

    You are definitely the O+S Queen!

  2. Love them all. You're a legend!

  3. They look great - I also like the snugger fit on your Lunchbox; I prefer it to the pattern photo, actually. And the Hide and Seek is great.

  4. Oh, Deb, you have been BUSY! I love coming here and finding something new you have made. all of these are so well done!