Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Pattern Testing - Oliver + S






One of the lovely things that I get to do at Amitie is to test patterns that are new to the shop. I have now road tested two new patterns from the Oliver + S range of patterns..

The first one I made was the puppet show tunic and bloomers. I chose a gorgeous new Liberty of London print and co-ordinated it with a gorgeous mini spot fabric. The colours are sensational, and look really fantastic together.

I must say, that these patterns are beautifully presented. The eyecatching covers really caught my eye and begged me to make it! The illustrations on the front of the pattern are just so cute.

One of the first things you should note about these patterns is that they are coded according to difficulty. This first tunic/dress/bloomers that I made was a '3 scissor' difficulty rating out of a possible 4. I would agree with this rating. I have not sewn much for this age group (0 - 2 years) so didn't have much experience. The patterns are very easy to follow - instructions are clear and get the point across, but they are definitely fiddly.

This particular dress has a collar which is quite fiddly when you are making it in a small size. I have also never a lined a bodice before which is quite time consuming as well, but I am so glad I learnt how to do it.

The pattern's instructions are very 'old fashioned'. The bodice lining is handsewn into the sleeve seam. I think that if I made this dress again I would incorporate sewing the lining in when the sleeve goes in. But that is just personal choice. I did appreciate the fact that you are shown the 'proper' way of inserting a lining in. The hem is also another thing I found quite 'old fashioned' - you have to allow extra fabric to cut a bias strip for the hem. Next time I would just overlock the hem and then turn up by hand. I have now done it both ways and see no difference in the finished result.

Overall, it is a lovely pattern to use and would definitely recommend it, but certainly not for a beginner sewer. I have made another dress in the range and that is definitely a lot easier for a beginner, and I would recommend that (I will do a review of that pattern next week).

Patterns are available at Amitie Textiles (not sure if they have been put on the website yet - but you can email them)

17 comments:

Little Munchkins said...

I love O+S patterns and I have all of them. I have made the Swingset tunic top and the Bubble dress up and they both turned up really cute.

Love the fabric you chose. That puppet show tunic is on my to do list.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a beautiful little outfit - makes me almost wish I still had a little girl to sew for! I love your fabric choices - just darling! I signed up for the Amitie VIP this week - just love all their beautiful fabric - wish I lived closer so I could visit in person.

thornberry said...

Thanks Cathy - I have been drooling over these patterns and no longer have an excuse not to buy them and make them. You've chosen such beautiful fabrics too (of course)!

Hoppo Bumpo said...

The outfit is gorgeous. I have been eyeing this off for my niece, so its very nice to read a pattern review. Sadly Oliver + S only do girls clothes - I think my boys might notice if I was putting them in tunics and bloomers!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I have been reading Lisel's "Disdressed" blog for ages, so it was really interesting to read about what her patterns are like to use.
Thanks for reviewing these for us.

Annie said...

very cute

Stacey said...

Yet again I wish I had little girls!!
Does Amitie have any openings for a knitting pattern tester??
I'm only just down the road, you know......

Thimbleanna said...

Those Oliver + S patterns make me wish I had a little girl. I love your fabric choices!

Kellie said...

So very cute Cathy! Love the Liberty! Thanks for the Birthday wishes my head is still ringing from the mania that was yesterday! Hope you are well!

Jelly Wares said...

Ooohhh, I just love that pattern!!! Too cute and the fabrics you chose are gorgeous!!!

Jodie :)

dizzyjadey said...

What a cute outfit! I've got that pattern, too, and will be attempting it for our summer. The liberty fabric really looks great with the pattern. Hmmm, now you've made me think about getting some.

Leni & Rose said...

Thanks for the review, I'm looking forward to nexts weeks installment. The beginner level is definitely where I sit!

Nikki said...

Just divine!! Love your fabric choices.

(And I LOVE the packaging on O+S patterns...it's hard not to notice those things).

Marina said...

Thanks for the review Cathy. I have that pattern and also one of the easier ones so I think I'll start with the latter one! The fabrics you used are stunning......

periwinkle said...

what a lovely outfit - why id it that little girls things are so much nicer than little boys :-(
lisa x

Ravenhill said...

how incredibly adorable!

Liesl said...

Thanks so much for the review! Your fabrics are terrific. I just wanted to mention to your commenters that we do now have some boys' patterns as well, with more on the way. And our sizes go up to 8 now, by popular request... Cheers!