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Gertie at STC Craft: Oliver + S Is Not Just for Kids

When I was in the STC Craft offices a few weeks ago, I managed to get my hands on a copy of Liesl Gibson’s new book, Oliver + S: Little Things to Sew. And it is gorgeous and completely inspiring.

Now, I don’t sew for kids. I hardly know any kids. But this book is so stylish that you could make some of the projects for your grown-up self and no one would be the wiser. Let’s take this tutu skirt.

Sure, little girls will love it. But don’t you think the subtle loveliness of the multicolored layers of tulle would be much better appreciated by adults? And don’t you think it would be marvelous in just-below-knee length over a fabulous sheath dress?


Even better: the tutu skirt doesn’t require a pattern; you just cut the tulle to your desired waist measurement and skirt length.

And how about this chic "red riding hood" cape?


I can just see myself swanning about New York in something similar. I could just grade the pattern up a few sizes and it would be mine all mine! It even reminds me of the fabulous Red Riding Hood-inspired Vogue spread from a couple years ago.

I think lots of grown women have responded similarly to oliver + s patterns because they have a clean sophistication that’s rare in children’s wear. And the book totally, completely mirrors that aesthetic vision. The styling is just gorgeous, so simple yet completely striking. It was done by Diane Gatterdam, who has also done amazing work on store windows like Burberry and St. John.

So even if you live a child-free existence like me, do check out the book if you want some gorgeous visual inspiration--as well as your very own tutu!

P.S. You can see more beautiful photos from the book in this gallery.

Reader Comments (4)

I've been obsessed with making a grown up version of the Music Class skirt for months now! Taking inspiration from childrenswear is a great favorite of mine, since my fashion line for school was cool clothes for new moms that included lots of points of interest to distract their toddlers (a day "suit" with a hood that was lined with bug fabric for instance).. What a great blog post!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love their stuff. If only it came in larger sizes - I'm not really up to grading patterns. I wish her adult line were more like these.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterromney

A customer came into my fabric store with this book yesterday, and it's absolutely adorable! I'm looking forward to seeing the red and blue fleece cape she'll be making, with yellow contrast stitching. She told me she (or her two little girls) couldn't live without this book.

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulianne

Love their stuff, so pretty!

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