Giveaway Week is in full swing! Have you entered all the giveaways yet? What are you waiting for? Today could be your lucky day. And if it is your lucky day, well then you are in for a treat, because we have everyone’s favorite pattern company today, Oliver + S!
They have two new patterns out for summer. True to Oliver + S style they are both packed with sweet details and clever sewing tips. Let’s start with the boy’s pattern, because good ones are always hard to find.
The Parachute Polo + Sweatpants pattern is packed with options. It includes pattern pieces for a boy’s polo shirt in both short and long sleeves as well as a girl’s polo shirt with short and long sleeves. And it includes some great sweatpants, too.
I could create an entire wardrobe for my boys from this one pattern–and one that they would wear all the time! Really, I could fill my daughter’s closet as well. Even though this is a “boys” pattern, it comes with a polo pattern especially designed for a girl. The girl’s polo is more fitted with a smaller, shorter sleeve. Both polos have a woven collar, which might sound a bit odd, but just imagine trying to sew a thin and slippery jersey into something that resembles a collar. I would end up with a shirt with something that looked like an old snake skin around the neck. Plus by using woven, you get another chance to mix and match fabrics!
I want to get my hands on some french terry and play around with prints for the sweatpants! Gray sweatpants are a staple, yes, but why can alligator sweatpants be a staple too? I love the idea of a striped stripe running down the side or a crazy bright floral with a neon stripe. You could make all kinds of awesome pants with this pattern and because they are so comfy, you know your kid will live in them.
The other new pattern from Oliver + S is a skirt and top combo called the Butterfly Blouse and Skirt pattern.
The top has a gentle A-line/trapeze shape that gives it a relaxed, breezy look. The pleated skirt is a pull-on style that will be extremely versatile for a wide variety of events and seasons. The blouse can be sewn with either a sweet little flutter sleeve or a classic cap sleeve.
Separates are so much fun to sew! And because they can mix and match so easily, they can stretch your girls wardrobe into fall or even winter (if she doesn’t grow too much). The details make this simple skirt and top combo really shine: a few pleats in the skirt, a subtle peplum on the blouse, and a keyhole opening in back.
With their excellent directions, Oliver +S holds your hand while you sew all these details. In the end you realize you just took your sewing up a notch! But if you need a little extra handholding (and who doesn’t) Oliver + S hosts sew-a-longs! Each step of the pattern is photographed and explained in depth. When it’s *a-hem* 1:30 in the morning and you cannot figure out how to put the placket on, you can turn to the Oliver + S forums and they will show you exactly how it’s done. The sew-a-long for the Butterfly Skirt just started. And they recently had a Butterfly Blouse sew-a-long and a Parachute Sweatpants sew-a-long.
I love a flutter sleeve on a little girl and I couldn’t help but look around for some flutter sleeve inspiration. I think that Echino camera print would make a pretty fantastic Butterfly Blouse–and be perfect for our TRAVELING theme! Neon and stripes, what can I say? I love them both. But don’t the stripes look stunning with a flutter sleeve?!
And now for the giveaway! Liesl has generously offered 3 Oliver + S digital patterns to the winner. If you win, you can choose whichever patterns you like best, but the new ones are pretty great;) Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter by Wednesday June 24. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. Winner will receive 3 Oliver + S digital patterns of their choice.