My Favorite Oliver + S Pattern

Months ago, I received an email asking me if I’d be interested in writing about my favorite Oliver + S pattern for their blog. I accepted (duh). This was before Project Run & Play! I chose the Building Block Dress. It’s the one I turn to over and over again whenever I have an idea. Since I had some time before my post was due, I made a little something new. It has been so hard not sharing!

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This was right on the tail of Project Run & Play. The first week, SewSophieLynn made this really cute blouse for her daughter. E has very slowly started wearing outfits other than leggings and T-shirts. She’ll wear flowy, loose blouses every so often now too and she loved the back closure on the blouse. On top of that, I wasn’t satisfied with the split sleeve on the silk cardigan of that first week and I wanted to try again.

I started with the pattern bodice and added length to get it down to the hip. I used the A-line dress instructions but added a lot less width. Just a little bit to give better range of movement.

I did a separate button band because I wanted to create a wave. I created a template from a wavy cutter I still have from my scrapbooking days. And well, I simply followed the instructions for a scalloped edge, only on the buttonhole side.

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For the neckline, I did a facing and added a small curved dip right at center front. It’s subtle but I love that detail.

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And finally, the sleeves. I did the modification for a long puffed sleeve but I added width along the whole sleeve rather than just the top. Then I cut it down the center, taped it at the underarm, and added a hem allowance to both edges. While making the sleeve, I finally realized that the critical modification to make for this kind of sleeve is added length and an elastic at the wrist. Thankfully, my sleeve was already long enough and I just added an elasticated cuff. I used some handstitching at elbow height to keep the sleeve from flopping open the whole way. It looked like weird wings otherwise!

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Since I’ve made it, the blouse has been worn quite a few times. The buttons I chose for the back are a little heavy for the rayon fabric so the blouse tends to get pulled to the back a little. Short of switching those cute buttons, I’m not quite sure what to do about it. But hey, E wears it as is so maybe nothing?

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4 comments on “My Favorite Oliver + S Pattern
  1. whosewever says:

    This shirt is lovely! Your post on the Oliver and s blog is quite inspirational. I’m itching to be done with the dress I’m sewing for myself, so I can get the building block dress book out again.

  2. Charity says:

    I love the wavy back detail, and the dip at the neckline! Love the buttons too.

    • I think the dip is my favorite part too! Those buttons had been hanging around my stash for so long. I kept trying to use them in other projects but couldn’t find the right fit. It’s nice to finally put them to use.

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