Aug 122010

Sarah is back again, this time sewing for one of her adorable daughters!  I love the details on the shirt and skirt!

I’m excited to share the results of my first time using the Oliver + S Music Class pattern! I used Mo Bedell’s Party Dress line by Blue Hill Fabrics for this outfit! The shirt made with is Lady Dot in Soiree and the skirt with Rambler in Soiree. I really like that these prints coordinate without being the same main color, and they each look great on their own too! The shirt would look cute worn with jeans and the skirt is perfect topped with a t-shirt.

Liesl of Oliver + S has rated this pattern with 2 out of 4 scissors (advanced beginner), but says the skirt is really a 1 scissors pattern (beginner) and I agree! The pattern is well illustrated and every step is clearly described, so there is no reason to be intimidated! If you want to ease yourself into it, start with the skirt and then move on to a short sleeve shirt. The long sleeve shirt has the additional step of sleeve plackets, so if you sew the short sleeved version first you’ll already feel comfortable with the front placket, buttonholes, and collar.

I would absolutely recommend this pattern! The Oliver + S patterns give such a professional result in a surprisingly easy way. Read through the pattern before cutting and again before sewing. Some of the pattern pieces look way too big at first, but that is because they will be folded and stitched to eliminate additional pattern pieces and hide many seam allowances inside the garment. I trace all my pattern pieces on to freezer paper and then fold those along the marks to help visualize how it will come together.

One thing to remember when you sew any Oliver + S patterns– check the Oliver + S website to see if there are any corrections/errata for the pattern. Also, if you have any difficulties you can post a question in the specific forum for each pattern and hear back from others who have sewn the pattern or Liesl herself.

When sewing the Music Class pattern, pay extra attention to the direction you press the skirt pleats and shirt pintucks. I goofed up on each this time, but will be more careful next time! I will absolutely be sewing this pattern again! The shirt is a classic design with the sweet pintucks and the choice of either a Peter Pan or Mandarin collar. I absolutely love the skirt! It is so quick to sew but it is such a polished finish! My daughter really loves the skirts’ side pockets too. I can’t wait to try it in a slightly heavier fabric like a fine corduroy or woven wool blend.

Thank you so much, Sarah for sharing this review with us!  Haley is going to love this skirt too!  I want to make it with some of the new fabric from Valori Wells.  This pasiley print would be adorable!

School week hasn’t gone exactly as planned, but I think it’s still been fun. :-)   All corduroy, voile, velveteen are still on sale the rest of the week.  See you again tomorrow for Flickr Friday!  (Have you added your pictures to the flickr group?)

  5 Responses to “Oliver + S Music Class Shirt & Skirt Review”

  1. This looks like a really cute pattern! Sarah did a fantastic job.


  2. Adorable! What a cute outfit! I would wear that in a size misses 12, please :-)


  3. Thanks so much Melanie, Alisa and Rosie! This would make such a great pattern in any size!


  4. Somehow I’ve never tried an Oliver + S pattern – they’re so gorgeous though…I must change that soon. I love the back of the blouse with the little gathers.


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