oliver +s and giveaway

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!

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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 and sweatpants

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!

parachute sweatpants inspriation

1. neon floral 2. striped sides 3. alligator print 

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 butterfly blouse and skirt by Oliver + S

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.

butterfly blouse inspiration

1. neon flutter 2. camera dress 3. striped flutter 

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.

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This article has 90 comments

  1. crystal

    I’ve sewn so many it’s hard to pick a favorite. I love the family reunion dress and I’ve sewn a ton of roller skate dresses. The garden party is a cute one too. See, I told you I couldn’t pick one. 🙂

  2. Sarah

    The only Oliver + S pattern I’ve tried is the free bucket hat, but it was so wonderful I can only imagine how great the rest of these patterns are!  My kids wore the heck out of those hats all last summer and are still wearing them this year, and they love that they are reversible.

  3. Raye Ann

    I have most of the Oliver +S library, but not the new patterns! I love their patterns and instructions. My most used patterns are the raglan tee (so versatile, and I do make all the kids’ rash guards from it) and the nature walk knit pants…I’ve probably made ten pairs and can make them very quickly!

  4. Kathy

    I have to admit, I haven’t made up any Oliver and S patterns yet! My little grandchildren are just 22 months and brand new, so I’m just starting to sew some things for them.  I am very excited about the Parachute Polo and Sweatpants for my grandson, who’s almost 2 years old. I have sewn a couple of Lisette patterns for myself, so I know Liesel’s patterns are top-notch, with perfect instructions.

  5. Kathy E.

    I love many of the Oliver+S patterns, but my current favorite is the Garden Party Dress. I love the shirred bodice and the choice of having sleeves or just straps. It can be dressed up or made for a casual day at school. So darned sweet!

  6. Kathy

    Right now, my favorite O+S pattern is the Sketchbook shirt and shorts (which I’ve only made as full pants). But my baby girl is just getting old enough to really look cute in dresses, and I’m looking forward to making some class picnic blouses as tunics!

  7. Kristen

    At the moment my favorite is the classic picnic shirt and shorts.  I just finished two pairs of the shorts for my daughter and have more fabric waiting to make some more!  I wish they made this short pattern for adults…hint hint hint! 

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