i don’t think it’s any secret that i love oliver + s patterns. i showed a partial stack of my patterns and explained that love in this guest post. since then, my pattern repertoire has grown by two (i now own and have sewn the school photo dress and the field trip raglan)!
though my mom can sew anything, i didn’t have much of an interest in sewing myself until i got fed up spending more than i wanted to on the simplest cotton toddler skirts and asked for a sewing machine in 2009. at that point, i was married with a daughter of my own and no longer lived at my folks’ house to learn from my mom directly (bummer!). i started sewing in our basement during Em’s 4 hour monster naps, when i was stuck at home but couldn’t make much noise. i credit oliver + s patterns and the online sewing community with teaching me how to sew, building my confidence and skill, and making me fall in love with handmade. i think it was always in my blood, i just hadn’t discovered my passion for it yet.
here’s my first sewing/oliver + s project! Em was just 15 months old.
today i’m guest posting on the oliver + s blog, and i’m over the moon about it! when i took two hours to sew that first little lazy days skirt three years ago, there was no way i imagined it leading to something like this – that the designer of the pattern would notice my work and comment, that she’d notice and link to other things i’ve made with her patterns over the past couple years, and now that she’d approach me to write a post for the company’s blog. i still can’t really believe it, frankly.
i rounded up some of my own projects and mixed them up with a bunch of lovely autumnal inspiration from the ever-bustling flickr group, to show how even the more summery oliver + s patterns can be easily adapted to fall sewing.
thanks for reading, guys.
PS – for even more fall sewing inspiration, caila has a really wonderful series going on this week with some of my favorite bloggers sharing their favorite fall patterns – you can find that right here!