I am a researcher. I have to study up on whatever it is that I am going to tackle. When I began to learn to sew my ultimate goal was to be able to sew adorable clothes for my children. I had fantasies about my children playing in garments that were made by their Mama Bear with love. After much research and reading I have discovered Oliver + S.
Oliver + S is a pattern company created by Liesl Gibson. These adorable patterns she creates are very classic and I instantly fell in love with them. Recently there was a post on the Oliver + S blog about using the patterns as sewing lessons.
The post inspired me to come up with my own O + S sewing lesson plan.
Here it is:
1. Music Box Jumper
2. Sunday Brunch Jacket and A-line Skirt
3. 2 + 2 Blouse and Pleated Skirt
4. Tea Party Sundress, Bloomers and Playsuit
5. Swing Set Tunic and Skirt
6. Jump Rope Dress
7. School Days Jacket and Coat
I also read Liesl's Principles of Fabric Selection series and will be keeping it in mind when choosing my fabrics for these patterns.
For inspiration I've been checking out the O + S pattern flickr group. Some of the clothes on there are amazing.
I'm anxious to see for myself how great these patterns are and can't wait to get going on them. I've already read over the pattern for my first lesson and can clearly see that all of the hype is totally deserved. The instructions are clear and Liesl has constructed each one like a tutorial.
Each pattern comes with a paper doll and a paper version of each pattern to dress the doll in. I will be holding on to these for when the girl cubs are old enough for them. Judging from my stash of patterns I'll have quite a few of these.
I have a sneaky suspscion that Oliver + S is going to be a favorite for years to come.