Kids Clothes Week: Oliver + S

It seems we haven't been too on top of what's going on over the pond and have missed out on Kids Clothes Week - an online community gathering of people dedicating just one hour a day making or altering children's clothing. Even though we haven't been sewing along, the posts about makes will forever be online for us to gain inspiration (even for our own adult clothing).

We have just had a delivery of a couple new and favoured Oliver + S patterns and decided to head on over to their blog to see what they have made up as examples for their styles. We found some glorious posts on ways to inject the patterns with necessary fun - the styles are classic and so versatile in all sorts of fabric, but if you can appliqué, embroider or add trims, then why not go for it? We particularly like the additions below...

Playtime Tunic with tassles / Playtime Leggings with knee patches / plain t-shirt with 'kid art' Playtime Tunic with tassles / Playtime Leggings with knee patches / plain t-shirt with 'kid art'

 

Along with their patterns, Liesl + Co., the company behind Oliver + S have a book, 'Little things to sew'. It includes a paper sheet with instruction for 20 classic yet whimsical accessories and toys for children, such as the playtime apron, bento box carrier, penguin backpack, explorer vest and travel quilt. Being small projects, they can be relatively quick to make up - maybe even involve your kids by letting them choose fabric and trims, or giving them fabric pens. Liesl Gibson writes with a personal touch, explaining how she developed the projects after needing something similar in her home or for her kids. The skills necessary go from basic machine sewing, to things like binding, installing zips and hand-embroidery all of them with the option and inspiration to add embellishment or your own personal touches.

 

Projects from Little Things To Sew Projects from Little Things To Sew

 

At the Sewing School we run a children's clothes making class. Both Lisa and Rachel are mums and so understand that doing things for yourself as well as your kids is a precious balance. Making their clothes yourself allows you the enjoyment of making itself, and the pride in creating something from scratch for them. Liesl has created fun projects that help you develop your making skills through clear instructions and diagrams, along with images of the playful fabrics and aspirational embellishments.

 

Little Things to Sew instructions are clear and well laid out Little Things to Sew instructions are clear and well laid out

 

Please do share with us what you make via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! Happy making!

 

Words by Steph.