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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Oliver + S Digital Patterns ~ Giveaway *CLOSED*

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My childhood Christmases were frequently of the hand-made variety. We strung popcorn and cranberry garland, created our own ornaments, stamped Christmas cards.

Usually my Grandma Howard sent each of the girls in the family a handsewn item. Pillows, stuffed animals, quilted purses, Laura Ingalls style dresses with pinafores. I always loved opening up those handmade gifts, and I still have many of them today!

What can be more giving than lovingly making a present with your own hands? That’s why I’ve been taken with the charming digital patterns from Oliver + S!

With a couple dozen children’s clothing patterns to choose from, if you enjoy sewing children’s clothing, you need to check out Oliver + S – a Brooklyn, NY company that creates contemporary sewing patterns for children’s clothing!

I was especially intrigued to try a digital sewing pattern for the first time.

When you order, you’ll receive a link to download PDFs of your pattern. Then you print the pattern yourself on 8.5×11 paper, and cut/tape the pattern together. Or, send the file to a local office supply store and have them print on 36″ paper for a continuous pattern. I tried both and I prefer the large paper print out, even though it cost an extra $6 and travel to get the large pattern.

On the other hand, it’s convenient to print a new pattern on demand. I will note that copier paper pattern are more challenging to pin than tissue paper patterns.

The two patterns I tried (Bedtime Story and Sandbox Pants) were in the easy category. I love pajamas so I wanted to sew my boys some Christmas PJs.

For our baby, I chose the Bedtime Story kimono and pants. As with all new patterns, I had to figure out how this one went, and I usually don’t sew tops. In retrospect, it was simple – the band collar, on seam sleeves and bound hem were not difficult! I made the mistake of choosing two directional fabrics. which added to my pinning/cutting time; as well as contrasting trim, so I had to change my thread often! Otherwise, it came together nicely! I’m still working on the Sandbox pants for my older son.

At the pattern’s suggestion, I used ribbon instead of creating my own ties, which saved time. The pattern directions and images were clearly written and easy to follow.

One thing I enjoyed was using my iPad to have the pattern directions next to me for reference as I worked. I like how I will never lose my pattern or directions this way! Less paper and storage in my craft area too!

What do you think of my first go!? I didn’t have enough of each fabric to make a matched set, so I thought the doggies with the dog prints would look cute together. I already have some snowflake flannel to make another pair!

I made the size 6-9 month pattern because a lot of his store-bought clothing runs small, but as you can see, this pattern must be more true to size because the 6-9 pajamas are very big on him still.

Making children a cute outfit is a great Christmas gift! Check out all the adorable designs at Oliver + S. They have digital as well as printed patterns for around $12 each. Also a nice bunch of free patterns! And if you sew for a living, check into getting a license to sell what you make with their patterns!

WIN IT: One reader wins TWO digital patterns of their choice from Oliver + S! ARV $25. Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!
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GIVEAWAY RULES: Open Worldwide. 18+ to enter/win.  Winner will be emailed directly and have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize! Ends 11:59 on December 3, 2012. Fulfillment handled by Oliver + S. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook.

Thanks to Oliver + S for sending patterns for review and offering a giveaway prize! All opinions are 100% my own!

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Jennifer LDecember 2, 2012 - 8:37 am

I have been wanting to get a sewing machine for the last few years. I think it would be a good hobby….if I could only find the time.

Katy EmanuelNovember 30, 2012 - 7:09 am

I do a variety of crafts – sewing, weaving, basket making, scrapbooking, cardmaking, etc. I have a stash of fabric right now that I stocked up on to make some items for my daughter.
If I won I would choose fairytale dress and after school shirt & pants

Jen BreedloveNovember 29, 2012 - 4:04 pm

I have a sewing machine. :) So far I’ve mended several things and stitched the edges on some flannel fabric to make a bigger swaddle blanket for baby girl. I would love to start sewing more stuff for my kids, and this could just be the inspiration for it!

Adrianne BNovember 29, 2012 - 9:56 am

I made a lot of knitted items for my daughter. I am still a sewing novice, but it would be great to have some nice patterns.

LindseyNovember 27, 2012 - 10:50 pm

i’d love to sew the tea party sundress

Priscilla BenavidesNovember 24, 2012 - 2:53 am

I like the digital tea party sundress + playsuit sewing pattern!

GiannaNovember 23, 2012 - 2:08 pm

We just finished a plastic canvas project that was fun.. a DVD cover we designed with the powerpuff girls on it.

Anne PerryNovember 20, 2012 - 11:50 pm

I like the field trip cargo pants + raglan t-shirt sewing pattern

Kristi PNovember 20, 2012 - 10:25 pm

I do sew and would love to make the bubble dress.

Amanda AlvaradoNovember 20, 2012 - 11:53 am

I can sew basic things! LOL I love making skirts for dd! I’d love to try the tea party sundress + playsuit pattern.

Sarah JaneNovember 20, 2012 - 10:43 am

Yes, I definitely make craft projects for my daughter, especially knitting, but I know how to sew as well. I love the idea of digital patterns, because I’m assuming you can print it off a few times. One frustrating thing about paper patterns is once you cut a pattern, it’s hard to go back and cut a bigger size once a child grows. One reason, I’m thankful for the 99 cent pattern sales at Jo-Ann Fabrics every month!! I’d either choose the digital firefly jacket sewing pattern or the digital tea party sundress + playsuit sewing pattern pattern.
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Devon FNovember 20, 2012 - 8:51 am

I want to learn how to sew!
digital tea party sundress + playsuit sewing pattern

Nena SinclairNovember 19, 2012 - 9:07 pm

I like the Secret Agent Trench Coat Pattern :)

Terri BetzNovember 19, 2012 - 5:50 pm

I do sew! I love to! I always need material and thread! All the patterns are great! Patterns I have are used over and over as we are in the middle of a Grandbaby boom here! Thanks for this giveaway and all the inspiration you’ve given me! Happy Holidays!

Heather WoneNovember 19, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Yes i love sewing! My last big project was my daughters halloween costume!

mechele johnsonNovember 19, 2012 - 3:37 pm

I make dresses for my 2 year old. I love sewing!
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judiNovember 19, 2012 - 3:33 pm

I’ve downloaded all their free patterns. I really should pull them up and get sewing. I love their look! Christmas is fast approaching and I need to get sewing!

JessicaNovember 19, 2012 - 12:09 pm

I would love to own some O+S patterns to make clothes for my kids and their friends! Thanks for the giveaway!

Krystal vdlNovember 19, 2012 - 12:06 pm

I don’t sew but many of my friends do and have promised to teach me.

lauraNovember 19, 2012 - 11:11 am

I enjoy sewing for my kids. They do not enjoy trying things on during the process!

Trisha W.November 19, 2012 - 10:18 am

That turned out so cute. (No pun intended.) I wish I could sew without a teacher at my side.

Carrie PhelpsNovember 19, 2012 - 8:19 am

I do sew! I usually stock up on material on Black Friday and make my grandchildren pajamas for the year. I really like the digital tea party sundress + playsuit sewing pattern.

Kim BurnettNovember 19, 2012 - 3:01 am

I don’t sew but have always wanted to learn!

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