Mar 142014
 

 

Yesterday we posted about the Spring 2014 Oliver + S pattern releases which featured a beautiful, frilly dress, the Garden Party Dress. I loved the pattern at first glance but then fell more in love with it when I saw that the ladies of Probably Actually and Skirt as Top did with it.

Oliver + S Garden Party from Probably Actually

from Probably Actually

Oliver + S Garden Party Dress from Skirt As Top

from Skirt as Top

I love the bold prints paired with the solids .. especially the coral solid. I want to drop all the projects I have going on right now and make this dress!

Both used the Meadow fabrics from Art Gallery. While I absolutely LOVE the prints we got, I wish we had gotten these two prints as well. If we can pre-sell enough of the fabric, I’ll do everything I can to get it in stock. Let me know if you’re interested!

Mar 132014
 

 

Oliver + S just released three new patterns and we are so excited to have them. The first up is the Garden Party Dress + Blouse, a sweet and springy dress. I love the shirring detail on the front. A perfect party dress for the spring and summer.

Oliver + S Garden Party Dress + Blouse | Lola Pink Fabrics

 

Also released is the Hide and Seek Dress + Tunic. I love how the yoke can showcase a favorite fabric. I think this is one of those patterns that I like but then fall in love with once I get it made.

Oliver + S Hide and Seek Dress + Tunic | Lola Pink Fabrics

 

Last but not least is the Lullaby Layette Set which comes in sizes newborn through 24-months. Think really cute onesie made from gorgeous fabrics. They used the Palos Verdes voiles and I can only imagine how soft these are for the baby. What a perfect shower gift!

Oliver + S Lullaby Layette Set | Lola Pink Fabrics

If you haven’t tried the Oliver + S patterns before, I highly suggest you do. Start with some of the easier ones like the Seashore Sundress or Playtime Tunic. Their patterns are so well written and easy to follow. The small details they include make your garment look so well made and take your sewing skills to the next level.

We have all the patterns in PDF format and will be getting the paper versions next week. Send us an email if you’d like us to hold one for you. I personally love the PDF versions .. instant gratification and can print out only the pieces I need without having to mess with all that tissue.

 

Jul 092012
 

You should know that I feel guilty about not sewing more often for my boys – so when I see a pattern that they would actually like (and that I actually want to make), I grab it up!  The Long Board shorts pattern from Make It Perfect was no exception.  These looked like comfortable shorts that even my 10 year old would wear!!!

 

So I grabbed the pattern as soon as I could.  There are two sizes to the pattern – I opted for the “big” (6-10) since my boys fit in that age range.  They do have a “small” available as well for sizes 0-5!  The pattern hung on my peg board, just waiting because I had to wait patiently for Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater to be released.  Taylor wanted “Hawaiian” shorts and their Aloha print would be exactly right for his long board shorts.

 

Once I had the fabric in hand, I got to work tracing the pattern onto freezer paper.  The pattern sheets are heavy white paper which makes tracing them SO much easier.  It only took about 30 minutes to get everything traced and ready to cut.  I found the pattern fabric requirements to be generous but I was happy to have some of this navy blue left over to go in my stash (which is heavy on aquas and light on darker blues.)  I opted to go up to a size 7 but keep the length of the short at a size 6.  The shorts are plenty long and the fit is generous enough that he’ll be able to wear them for a good amount of time.  (And since we can usually still wear shorts until about Thanksgiving, that is a good thing.)

The hardest part in making these shorts was finding ribbed knit for the waistband.  I have plenty of regular interlock on hand, and because you add elastic to the waistband, I considered using it instead….but I just really wanted that ribbed look at the waist (even if it’s covered by a shirt!)  I considered hacking apart a very large waistband from a thrift store or Walmart but decided to drive down to Joann’s first….and they had ribbed knit.  I bought 1/3 yard – which is actually enough for 4 waistband for my boys.

Anyway, back to the making of the shorts.  The pattern was really easy to follow and well written.  All the pieces worked together just like they are supposed to and there was no guessing as to what to do next.  The shorts also went together very quickly – I’d say about an hour the first time and even faster the second – which makes me much more likely to make them again.  My favorite detail is the angled pockets on the front.  Although I think the knee patches are fun also (and practical because my boys do wear their knees out first!)  I was pleased when I finish.  Even my husband said they are good shorts.

Long Board Shorts

The real test would be if Taylor liked them….and he more than likes them, he LOVES them.  He wore them 4 days straight before I made him pick something else to wear so I could wash them!  And best of all, when my ten year old boy saw them, he liked them and requested a pair of his own…only without Hawaiian fabric.  :-)

The Long Board shorts from Make It Perfect gets my highest recommendation!  Haley has even requested a pair.  And I think made in girly fabric and cut just a couple inches shorter so it’s at the knee (with no knee patch) they will be perfect for her also!  I’m also thinking that next summer I can use them for swim shorts (if I can find the right fabric!)  Anyway I hope to get a few more made before school starts. How do you think they’d be in grey corduroy for school?

 

-Melanie

Mar 022012
 

 

Bookworm Sale

If you’re like me, then there is no such thing as too much fabric in your stash OR too many patterns/books in your library! When we opened the shop, we could have gotten by on just the books I already had .. that’s assuming I’d be willing to part with them, which of course I am not!

Here are a few of my favorites ….

Girls World Book Girl’s World by Jennifer Paganelli is simply stunning! So many gorgeous and girly dresses, accessories, and home decor projects. If there’s a girly girl in your world, this is a “must-have” for your library. Oh, and if you go to our Facebook Page, the ever-generous Ms. Paganelli is giving away something special to the first person to buy the book and show her the receipt.
 Another “must-have” if you sew for children is Oliver + S Little Things To Sew. A whole book full of fabulous Oliver + S patterns! So many projects to choose from. My favorites are the Little Red Riding Hood Cape for girls and the Explorer Vest for boys. So cute and not your typical patterns. She also has a simple, modern quilt that is definitely on my to-do list. Little Things to Sew
Sew Serendipity Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt is definitely in my library. I think it was one of the first books I bought when I started sewing. So many great skirts, tunics, dresses and jackets. I’ve been dying to make the skirt that is pictured on the cover for so long! I think it would look amazing made from the Domestic Bliss collection. Hopefully we don’t run out before I have a chance to snag me some. I better get to it!
 There are several quilt books I could have chosen for my favorite but I chose this one, Block Party, because I so want to get a swap group together and make some of these quilts. Love the quilts, love the improvisational nature of them, love the scrappiness … absolutely love it all. If any of you are interested, let me know and we’ll see about getting a group together. Block Pary

Quite honestly I could have sat here the rest of the day and listed all the books in the shop and my reasons for loving them so but I’ve got more orders to get out!  I would love to know which books are your favorites … always looking to add to my stash! ;)

And don’t forget it’s not just the books that are on sale through Sunday … all of our patterns are on sale too! Even the new ModKid ones!

Hope you’re having a great Friday!

Nov 182011
 

I’ve been meaning to tell you about these Jammies.  They’re awesome – from Terrain Flannel and the O+S pattern.  But I’m STILL cutting orders from the 11th (almost done with that one day…then onto the rest!)  so I don’t feel like I should take time out to blog. :-)  Therefore, I’ll just share a picture with you.  That’ll be much better than  being greeted by the sad post below…and THANK you for the love and support.  It means so much to me!

Oct 282011
 

Okay – so now you know that Urban Prairie Girl is the dress this month!  Don’t you love it?  This will be THE LAST kit of 2011!  With the holiday season coming up, I decided it made sense to stop here.  I’ll be starting the dress of the month deals again the end of January.  And the options this month are so great, that I’m certain you don’t want to miss out. :D

Urban Prairie Girl Dress by Indygo Junction

There are three fabric choices this month….and they are all SO cute! You can’t go wrong!

The Funky Flowers Dress

The Swoon Dress

And the Party Dress

All three options can be made with 3/4 ruffle sleeves or short sleeves! So don’t let that specific detail sway you. :-)  The kits include the elastic as well as the fabric you need.  The pattern, as always, is optional.  (I do this in case you already own it, are buying more than one kit or have another pattern already in your stash that is similar enough that you want to use it instead.)  The kit can make from a size 12-18 months, up to a girls size 10.  You can see all kits and options here!

As far as the deal this month:

  • 30 people need to sign up by Sunday night, October 30th.  If that happens….
  • You will be emailed a  30% off coupon to use on these kits Monday, October 31st.
  • The coupon code will be active until Thursday, November 3rd.
  • Kits will begin to ship on Friday, November 4th.

Sign up for this month’s kit

And I have a little favor to ask you – totally optional – but if you could leave a comment (or even email) with either 1, 2 or 3 (fabric choices) I’ll have a much better idea of which option is selling the most.  That way I can order more fabric on Monday if I need to. :-) I would hate to run out!

Oct 272011
 

The last option for this month’s kit is so cute too!  How are you going to decide? ;-)  Beautiful brown and pink.  Once again, modeled by the cutest little girl. Seriously!

Buttercup’s mom told me that she has worn the dress repeatedly this week.  She LOVES it sooooooo much.  That just makes me smile! And I’m certain it’d be true with any precious girl in your life too.

This time, we opted for the 3/4 length sleeve with the ruffle.  Isn’t it adorable?!?!?!  The fabrics are from Sandi Henderson’s new line, Secret Garden.  The brown fabric is called “Party Dress” which is too perfect, no?  These fun colors are great for fall but will be warmly appreciated all winter and spring too.

Okay – so three choices this month.  (And actually this will be my last kit of 2011.  With the holiday season approaching, I decided that it’d be best to take Nov. & Dec. off from the group kits.  More on that soon too!) Fabric choice one can be seen hereFabric Choice Two is here.  Tomorrow (because it’s late and I’ve been away all day!) the details of the fantastic group deal (if enough people sign up!)  Seriously, how are you going to decide?!?!? :D