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Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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About the Author

Liesl Gibson is the founder and creative force behind Oliver + S. She is a graduate of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and previously worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl Gibson returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child in 2005, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter's clothing. "People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making," Liesl says. "One thing led to another, and I had a new career." In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children's clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.

In 2011 Liesl also created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women's apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand's tagline, "Life is hard. Sewing is easy." expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.

Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn.

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I just adore this book. On my first look-through I was a little apprehensive that the ideas would be too simple but was so pleasantly surprised to find projects that have the classic Oliver+S idea of using patterns as a way to teach new sewing techniques. The instructions for individual projects are clear and the photographs are wonderful. There is also a section on sewing techniques as well as pattern layouts. All of the patterns are included inside the cover of this very sturdy hardcover book. This would be a great book for a beginner to advanced sewer because the projects vary in difficulty.

The projects included are:

mittens
tutu
no-tie scarf
messenger bag
reversible bucket hat
bias trimmed apron
bento box carrier
play town
penguin backpack
art smock
cozy winter hood
messy kid bib
juggling balls and drawstring bag
tea party doll dress
travel quilt
red riding hood
explorer hood
bear carrier
bear puppet bath mitt
puppet theater

So many really useful projects! I'll be starting with the "bear carrier" which my little one will be using for her doll. Next I think I'll make matching mother/daughter messenger bags. Fun!
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This book is full of projects that you'd actually want to make. I bought it because I was so excited about the Red Riding Hood pattern in particular. It's also great for both genders; if you've got a boy (or girl!) the explorer vest is great too. What I like is that the size range is so large (6 months to size 10) so we'll be able to use this for a very long time. My only complaint was that they attached the patterns with sticky dots and it ripped my pattern pages a little bit. So be careful when getting the patterns off.
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Oliver + S sewing patterns have a fanatical cult following for a good reason: the clothing they make is stylish, clean, elegant, and hits the sweet spot -- the overlap in the Venn diagram where one circle is what kids want to wear and the other is what parents want to sew. Not every parent has the time to sew their child's clothes, though. What's so great about this book is that it covers such a broad spectrum of fun and practical projects: a tiny messenger bag! a baby bjorn-style carrier for a doll or teddy bear! a hat with animal ears! You may not have the time or (think you have) skills to make your daughter a fully lined Jackie O dress with hidden pockets and an invisible zipper (hello, O+S School Photo Dress!), but you can totally make the projects in this book. The key is Liesl Gibson's often-remarked-upon style of instruction. These are not the Vague Patterns sorts of instructions, and you will not mistake them for a haiku. They are explicit, plain, and detailed, and seem to have been written specifically for a person who doesn't have a ton of specialized equipment. These are a great confidence-builder if you think you might want to do more fabric crafts in the future.

The book itself is very high-quality. Thick, nice paper, well-bound, with great design and gorgeous photos that make every project look very appealing. The patterns are full size and include seam allowances, and a little box on the first page of each project lists specific skills (sewing curved seam, installing zipper) you'll be taught.
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Love this book. A huge thanks to those who cautioned about having a hard time removing the pattern sheets from the book. If you set a hairdryer to hot on low speed and heat up the glue on the inside covers, the pattern sheets come right off. Aim between the pattern & book and be patient. Use it on the pattern sheets as well to get the glue residue off. Works like a charm. I was hesitant to get this book, not sure if I would use that much of it. I'm so glad I did. Its full of great projects. I'm waiting for some lovely linen blend Japanese fabric to arrive & then I'm going to make the Art Smock for my girls. Can't wait. The instructions are clear & the book is beautiful to look through. I'll update when I've made a few things.
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By SB on March 28, 2011
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This book has fresh new ideas with extremely well written directions. A great value when you consider all of the ready-to-use patterns (no enlarging needed). If you've sewn with any of the author's oliver & s patterns you can expect the same quality and well thought out steps. I love the bento box carrier, messenger bag and the explorer vest which can be made in sizes 3 to 10!
I highly recommend Little Things to Sew!
I am editing this review. I finally completed 3 projects from the book...the tutu, the vest (the telescopic pockets were not as intimidating as I thought thanks to great directions!) and the puppet theater. The directions are extremely well thought out and written...better than any sewing project book that I've purchased in recent years. Each project came together beautifully....not a frustrating or confusing moment! The author is an amazing teacher and a great designer. So, I am still highly recommending this book but from a more practical perspective!
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