Oliver + S is one of our favorite pattern companies for kids’ clothing: The instructions are clear, the outfits adorable, and the styles timeless. Combine these traits with some fun fabrics, and you have a great sewing project on your hands!
Recently, Bonnie made an Oliver + S ensemble for two of our favorite models—Imogen and her little brother, Julian, both shop regulars!
Hide-and-Seek Dress & Tunic
When we first got this sparkly Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in stock, we knew it had to be made into a little girl’s dress. The Hide-and-Seek dress has a relaxed fit and nice shape, making it perfect for this slightly heavier-weight fabric. The front yoke gives you an opportunity to use a fun quilting cotton—in this case, Art Gallery Summit in Dawn—and also makes a nice accent on the welt pockets. Bonnie put a row of pom poms along the bottom of the yoke just for fun. All of us (especially Imogen!) love the way it turned out!
Bonnie did make few changes to the pattern: She used the Art Gallery quilting cotton for both the outside and lining of the yoke (rather than lining with the main fabric), because she was worried the linen might be too heavy. She also created a bound seam where the yoke meets the skirt, to avoid a scratchy gathered seam. (She made a bias tape with the quilting cotton for this purpose.) Plus, it gives the dress a professional finish!
Art Museum Vest & Trousers
The Art Museum Vest and Trouser will make any toddler look dapper. You might even consider taking them out on the town! The vest is fully lined and has all the traditional details. It has welt pockets, a back belt, and five darling buttons. Bonnie made the vest out of this bright red Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen, and used a matching rayon Bemberg for the lining. Instead of using the traditional belt hardware, she opted for a novelty button that Julian loved.
The trousers are equally adorable, and thoughtfully designed for little people. They have a faux front fly, and the waistband has elastic only in the back so that the front will lie flat. Bonnie was especially impressed with the instructions for the back welt pockets, which can sometimes be tricky to construct. She used a 100% cotton ikat for the colorful pants, which we are unfortunately now sold out of. Luckily, any of the Robert Kaufman Essex or Brussels Linens would work great for these trousers, as well as denim or even flannel!
What are some of your tried-and-true kids’ patterns?