oliver + s little things to sew review

by mari

Oliver + S Little Things to Sew Craft and Sewing Projects for Kids

Serendipity is a powerful thing. I was browsing amazing craft books on Amazon the other day (there’s just so many these days that it makes my head spin!) and I added Oliver + S Little Things to Sew to my wishlist. The next day? I’m offered a review copy from it’s publisher STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. How could I possibly refuse? (and why would I want to?)

So. First things first. I’m not the best sewer, in fact there are definitely some very basic elements of sewing knowledge that I know nothing about. Therefore one of my first questions when reading a sewing book is: how thorough are the explanations? Liesl Gibson does not disappoint me, the instructions are clear, with diagrams for all of us visual learners, and step by steps leading us through the process. But of course, if you’re a master sewer, you can take the patterns, skim the instructions and go crazy. The book focuses on classic accessories and basic toys for kids. (though there are no dolls or true plushies in here, fyi) All of it is practical, thoughtful, and still with a hint of vintage and whimsy. Honestly, if I had the time I would probably try to make everything in the book, from the easy tutu and Red Riding Hood Cape to the Messenger bag and puppet theater.  You can peek at the beautiful photos of each project over at the STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books website. Also, there’s a beautiful Oliver + S Little Things to Sew video on vimeo. And if you’d love to see the clothing that Oliver + S is best known for (they’re perfection!) check out the Oliver + S website and Liesl’s blog for updates.

Lastly, I have to share the Designer Detail that I just LOVE! The book includes 2 paper dolls and the clothes from the book – ready to cut out and keep your kiddo occupied while you sew that first item!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Helen | numsi April 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

This looks adorable, I need to check it out! The Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt pattern is my go-to when I need a super quick new skirt for the girls. Super fast, super easy and very cute. Also full twirly skirt for my 3 year old obsessed with “skirts that go fat”!


2 Miz Big April 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

yay! And I’ve heard rumor you can make one of those skirts in a late night jam session, always good to know.


3 Helen | numsi April 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm
4 Miz Big April 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Thanks Helen!


5 Leah April 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

these are so cute! and i’m horrible at reading patterns, so thank you for noting this is a great book for the visual learner…that’s me. ;-) i definitely “need” this book now.


6 Miz Big April 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Ooh, Leah, you totally should. Then tell me which pattern you make first!


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