Monday, March 14, 2011

An O+S Weekend...

This weekend my sewing projects included 2 no-tie scarves for my boys and a summer dress for my daughter.  Kind of funny that I'm sewing winter and summer things at the same time.  There is still snow on the ground at our house but I'm obviously ready for the warm weather to get here all ready.  All of these project were made from patterns by Liesl Gibson for her Oliver + S line.  The scarves are from her new book, "Little Things to Sew". 
I used a piece of blue fleece that I have had for a couple of years and I backed the scarves with fabrics from Liesl's City Weekend line for Moda.  Grosgrain ribbon for the "fringe". 

In the picture below on the right you can see how the scarf has a loop in it that allows your child to put it on themselves without having to tie it up.
I posted a review of this pattern here.

The second Oliver + S pattern of my weekend was the Popover Dress pattern.  You can get your own copy of this free pattern here.  Since the dress has such a simple pattern with one piece for the front and back it works well with large scale prints.  I've seen it done up beautifully in more delicate prints too but I love the way my dress turned out in the Del Hi prints by Valorie Wells. 
Dress front:

Dress Back:

Here is a detail of the inside of the dress yoke.  I like the fact that you get a very clean finish with this dress on the inside.  I don't own a serger or an overlocker so I sometimes have to go to alot of trouble to get clean seams and a professional finish on the inside of my garments.  This one was easy.
I wrote a review of the Popover Dress pattern here.
If you haven't tried a pattern by Oliver + S I highly recommend that you give them a try.  You will not find better written instructions in a pattern and there are some very cute modern classics in her line.


  1. The dress looks really good! Pretty fabric.
    I just made size 2 for a 22month old (she wears 2T in rtw)and found the front and back top panel needed to decrease a good 1-1/2 inch or more. Also it was too long.
    How was the fit for your child?

    Scarf looks good too! Too bad we still need to use scarves ... hurry up spring!

  2. My daughter wears a size 18-24 months in RTW. This dress is long on her but it seems to be about right in the chest. Although it does have alot of ease in it I figured that was ok. I'm going to leave it as is for now and in a few months when it is warm enough for her to wear I'll decide whether or not I need to hem it. As for the scarves - unfortunately I think the boys will have plenty of time to wear them before spring actually gets here!