Friday, November 12, 2010

Oliver + S 2+2 Blouse and Pleated Skirt plus some fall t-shirt variations

This is a cute outfit from Oliver + S.  It is the 2+2 Blouse and Pleated Skirt.  The fabrics are from   Lorene Bonewitz from is great at matching some of the cutest fabrics.

The placket on the shirt looks difficult, but is very easy to put together.  

To extend the life of the bright orange skirt, it became a great fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving outfit.
I bought the cute embroidery pumpkin from  It is called the Double Pumpkin Alphabet.  They made theirs in cute fall colors, but we HAD to have a pink "M" on ours.

While I had my embroidery arm attached I whipped out these other two t-shirts.  
I am in LOVE with all the cute owls that are out there this year.  This design is from  This design is called "Owl Mommy, Brother and Sister."

The owls in the tree are from  This one is named "Monroe Owls."

Pattern Description: A-line blouse sewing pattern features neckband ties, gathered front with applied patch, and button back, options for long and short sleeves. Pleated skirt sewing pattern has hidden snaps at side placket, button-loop closure on waistband, and elasticized back waistband.

Pattern Sizing:Sizes 4-8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, my only problem was the snap and button on the waist band. (I had spent all day in the kitchen cooking and was relieved to sit and sew, but I am not sure I was all mentally there.)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved the detailing on the blouse. The placket was done beautifully.

Fabric Used:The fabric was purchased as a kit from The top is a cotton bloadcloth/pima and the skirt is baby corduroy.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I think I made a size 6. My daughter is very thin and I didn't use much elastic in the back of the skirt. It does make the skirt wider in the front than the back, but what can you do for those skinny girls. My daughter is also tall and I have found that Oliver + S runs short on her. I usually make the skirt longer, but I don't think I did with this one.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes. It looks time consuming, but it really went very fast.

Conclusion: As you can see from my blog, I have reused the skirt for the fall holidays. So, a cute skirt and shirt can go along way in a little girl's wardrobe.


  1. Thank you so much for the compliment!!!
    Lorene of Sew It

  2. This is so cool! I'm always looking for applique embroidery designs to use in my stuff. Sometimes my imagination just isn't too imaginative.