06 September 2010

Oliver + S Giveaway



If you've read my blog for any amount of time, 
you know my partiality for Oliver + S patterns.
[Like this, thisthis, this, and this]
I anticipate each new season's release like Christmas.
I received two advance copies of the School Photo Dress 
pattern and immediately began sewing 
[having 5 girls comes in handy for such deeds.]
View A of the School Photo Dress went to Azure.


Why do I love Oliver + S patterns so well?
 Oliver + S does something most other commercial patterns don't do quite as well.


They actually teach you how to sew.
The instructions are clear, easy to follow, and written in a friendly voice, like your favorite school teacher explaining something very simple but in a manner that doesn't make you feel inadequate. 


The construction is clever and well-thought out, such as the marsupial-reminiscent front pocket on these dresses.


And you'd think after all my years and years of sewing I wouldn't learn something new from a little girl's dress pattern.


Well.
 I did.
  I learned that when sewing an invisible zipper, you sew each side of the zipper on the seams before sewing the remainder of the seam.  Huh.  Result:  not a pucker.


This fabric is reversible.  I voted for the green side.  
Azure voted for the white side.
She won, because for a 4-year-old, 
she has a a very strong opinion.
I added the piping [not in the pattern] and did the inside of the pocket, as well as her retro accessory all on the green side of the fabric.



Divine was the recipient of view B of the School Photo Dress.


If you'd like to get a little taste of Oliver + S before feasting, check out their blog and try some of their free patterns [and stay updated with the Oliver + S family goings on.]


Then you can buy some for the full effect.


Tomorrow is the release of this Fall line,
 available online or at retailers who carry Oliver + S!!  
And I am giving away the other copy of the School Photo Dress Pattern [size 5-12]!  
You know the drill:  comment, only one, end of month.

333 comments:

  1. your girls are so cute !!! i love the white/green version !
    laraignee71@gmail.com

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  2. Those are so fun! I love the grocery photos.

    I just sewed my very first Oliver + S pattern this weekend and I was very impressed with their instructions.

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  3. I love Oliver+S patterns and the sewing bug has bitten me hard as of late!

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  4. Your girls are so cute! I love the retro look of view A, especially with your choice of fabric. Oliver + S are so different from commercial patterns, aren't they?

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  5. yes, yes, yes! i would love and oliver + s pattern! they are adorable!!!! it will kill me to wait until the end of the month to find out if i win.
    biting my nails...
    kim

    kimberlylee123@yahoo.com

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  6. i am JEALOUS! i received an email a couple of weeks ago with the patterns in it and have been lusting after the school picture dress since and ic an't wait to get my grubby hands on it! HA!
    i made mary margaret the 'ice cream' dress this past june and it is beautiful!

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  7. I too have been coveting this dress... I can't believe you have one to give away!! I would love to win it!

    I hope you're well and that you and your family are enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend! The weather here could not be more gorgeous!!!

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  8. Adorable, the dresses and the girls :). I would love to win one of their dress patterns. I know my 2 girls would love one of these dresses!!

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  9. You did a great job with these! I don't know how you do it! Sarah skubinski at mac dot com

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  10. Great job on the dresses! I've wanted to get an Oliver + S pattern for ages, but I'm a little intimidated by how "finished" they look, and am always afraid I won't be able to do it that well. Thanks for the giveaway

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  11. oh! i love oliver + s, too. their new fall line is perfection.

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  12. Beautiful! Trying so hard to learn to sew for the little girl in my life, maybe these patterns will help.

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  13. Ca-ute!! I love the fabrics you used for your dresses!

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  14. where did you get that fab white and green fabric? love it!

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  15. What an adorable little dress! I would love the pattern!

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  16. Oh I'd really love to win!

    Loving sewing month!

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  17. I love Oliver & S patterns too and would LOVE to win! Your choices of fabrics are fabulous.

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  18. Jessica would love to learn some new sewing techniques from Oliver+S we have admired their patterns in the past yet have not yet tried them.

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  19. Oh, I love those patterns! and it looks so easy just the way you describe them, I love easy friendly instructions!

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  20. I love those dresses and I have a little five year old to sew for! I would love to win this pattern.

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  21. Love the new dresses! I just wish my daughter would wear dresses. For now it's all about t-shirts and shorts. :)

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  22. Your girls are just adorable! I would LOVE to win an Oliver and S pattern. They are my favorite, too!

    ~Julia

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  23. Beautiful!


    meredith.mcbee@gmail.com

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  24. Off to check out their patterns! That first dress is VERY cute! Love the green and white.

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  25. You have the most adorable models, the best pictures and locations and the best descriptions! I simply love reading EVERY post. :) I would love to win this pattern. I've sort of given up on following a pattern, so I would love to give it a shot.

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  26. Would love a copy of the school photo pattern! I is definitely one of my favorites. . .

    Thanks!

    Leisel

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  27. i would have loved those dresses as a little girl! so adorable! thanks for the chance!

    stinksopurdy at gmail dot com

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  28. I love Oliver + S patterns. I've made the Jumprope dress three times, and I love reading the instructions each time. Considering I have 4 girls of my own, I'd love to win this pattern.

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  29. I am in love with Oliver + S patterns! I've had my eye on this one too!

    Thanks so much!

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  30. Adorable. Can't wait to give it a try.

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  31. I would love to give it a try!

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  32. LOVE Oliver + S patterns. Their design is drool-worthy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    hartnhevn@me.com

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  33. I've not yet taken the plunge and ordered an Oliver + S but have been wanting to because I've heard they have WONDERFUL detailed instructions! This would be a fun way to get my 1st pattern! Thanks!! Kera

    www.hughesxs4.blogspot.com
    kzh00@comcast.net

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  34. I LOVE that pattern, and feel the same way about Oliver + S patterns. I just purchased the Jump Rope Dress after saving up a bit...can't wait to cut them out for my girls.

    Both Azure and Divine look divine in their new duds. Well done, as always.

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  35. The dresses are so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
    myclaybliss@gmail.com

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  36. oh wow! this would be such a perfect giveaway to win, as I'm just starting to sew, and would love a pattern that was kind to me & cute to boot!
    cheers!
    liz
    jlhcolver@Yahoo.com
    naptimesomewhere.blogspot.com

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  37. I've been wanting to try their patterns for a long time...now that I have a son, I have an excuse! great giveaway!!

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  38. Wow your girls are such good models. And such lovely dresses. I would love to try this pattern.

    jesscia@theschneebergs.com

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  39. Now only if you could guide me through each step. . .

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  40. I have only recently bought my first Oliver+S pattern...I bought th Bubble dress pattern for my 2 year old twin girls. I would love to try this one for my older daughter.
    millieandcolm (at) hotmail (dot)com

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  41. Beautiful dresses and beautiful girls. Great combo:). I'd love to win. I have yet to try out one of their patterns!

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  42. too cute! my nieces would look so cute in that! :)
    I've never used one of their patterns.

    mjwebhome (at) yahoo( (dot) com

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  43. Wow - great dresses! Love the green and white fabric. Txs for the giveaway....I have yet to try one of their patterns...on my way to their site to check them out again now.....

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  44. oh my oldest dd would look so fabulous in the school picture dress. what a great giveaway!

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  45. Fabulous Fabric! I love Oliver & S and dont have this patten yet. Pick me! =)

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  46. How adorable are your kiddos! My daughter needs this dress! Love it!

    kristen.walker106@gmail.com

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  47. love your dresses and your girls are GORGEOUS!

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  48. What a fun pattern. I can't wait to get over and check out the rest of their patterns!
    Thanks for sharing one of your loves.
    roberkann@gmail.com

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  49. Love their patterns! I would love to make something for my girls!

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  50. Beautiful dresses and little girls, as usual!

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  51. what beautiful dresses.
    My daughter is barely a size five, but I could hold onto the pattern for a year or two to make her one of these.
    stunning!

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  52. Cute dresses, and such darling girls!
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo.com

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  53. i would love to win a pattern
    thanks for the giveaway!
    wigsla at gmail dot com

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  54. I've never tried Oliver & S patterns, but I'd love to try any pattern that is written in simple "school teacher type" language. AND my daughter would LOVE one of these dresses. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Jill
    jmacknicki@yahoo.com

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  55. Loving them! And piping makes everything better! Great eye for where you added it

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  56. ACK! I love their patterns! How did I not know it was out tomorrow!? I'm headed over there right NOW!

    P.S. your girls. Amazingly beautiful. Sigh...

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  57. i hope i'll be lucky this time ...

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  58. What awesome patterns! Would love to give them a try :)

    pam{dot}helm{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  59. I am going to look at their website RIGHT NOW!!!
    These photos are breathtaking! In front of the white door...so pretty!!!

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  60. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! The fabric you chose for both dresses is absolutely perfect!!

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  61. I made one of their free patterns, and it turned out very well! I'd love to try a "real" one!

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  62. Ohhh the always have the cutest designs but I've never tried one.

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  63. Holy cow, do I love those two little dresses you made! Adorable! And if there was ever someone who needed awesome patterns that were clear and easy, it's me. That is the one and only reason I do not sew more - I just can't stand patterns. i don't get them and they don't get me. So I am checking Oliver + S out right this second. THANKS!
    mueller_kimberly@yahoo.com

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  64. Am I even eligible to enter from New Zealand? If so, yippee! If not, oh well, I'll go back to eyeing up their patterns and blog as I have been for ages, just working on justifying the purchase of patterns when I can draft my own.
    I love your version of this dress too (I love the style in which you dress all your girls!)

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  65. This pattern is great. Very stylish and simple. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  66. I just found your blog! I am so excited! Love all your work! HOpe I win the pattern =)

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  67. I so love a well constructed garment, especially kids clothes. I just put my little girl in a little blue dress my own mom made for me so long ago and it was so sweet but so sturdy. I would love to win the pattern! great job on the blog and the sewing- such eye candy! ...Sarah

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  68. How beautiful! Lovely, lovely dresses!

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  69. beautiful!

    Jennifer
    jneely0426Z@gmail.com

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  70. This pattern is so adorable! I've had my eye on this and would love to have it.

    sassysarahl@hotmail.com

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  71. Such cute patterns. Love the give and take on the green and white side of the fabric. Sounds oh so familiar. I love the Oliver + S lazy days skirt and so do my girls.

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  72. i would LOVE to try this pattern out!

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  73. I have 3 little girls and just by looking at the pictures of your girls with those beautiful dresses makes me want to have those amazing patterns. You´re such an awesome seamstress!!! Great job!!!

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  74. Oh, my! I love that first dress so much. What a great pattern and fabric. Great job on the zipper!

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  75. I LOVE Oliver + S. I have one of her shorts patterns that I modified in knit to become bloomers and they always turn out so cute. I would LOVE to win this. Seriously. A huge fan. Pick me!
    hicken at gmail dot com
    Thanks for doing fun giveaways. Love seeing your results.

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  76. I L.O.V.E. the dress. It's very Jackie O. I want a pattern in my size, LOL!
    I never knew that about invisible zippers either.

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  77. The dresses are great. Would love to win a pattern to sew my only girl with 4 brothers a dress.

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  78. I just started my very first Oliver + S today! Woohoo!

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  79. Okay, So I sent my comment to the worng placer. Sorry. I would love an Oliver+S pattern. I have never been able to buy one. I'm not the great of a sewer.

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  80. LOVE the pattern and the fabrics you chose. I haven't sewn anything in a few months and would love to dive in with this one!!
    micaiahslaton at gmail dot com

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  81. WOW!!! What an adorable dress. I really like view A. Cute, cute, cute.
    I hope I win!

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  82. Do the instructions say things like "These seams should come together and kiss." One of my favorites from Mrs.P. I have four girls so the pattern would be put to good use.

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  83. So darling! I have the basic concepts of sewing down but really benefit from a gentle guiding hand. :)

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  84. I am falling in love with the patterns as well and becoming increasing interested in sewing clothes for our children. I LOVE the vintage look. Modesty in clothing is hard to find but not when you are the maker! Thanks for always sharing you work!

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  85. Those are such beautiful dresses! I have always loved their patterns, but have been afraid to try them. Nice to find a review of their patterns.

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  86. I have 2 little girls that would fit these pattern sizes. I love the styles.

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  87. those patterns are cute, I love their blog. I want to make the ruffle top, and their tutorials are great
    heidiemyers@gmail.com

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  88. I have been meaning to try one of these patterns for a while. They do look fabulous.

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  89. What fun patterns!! I love it!

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  90. Those are so cute. I love their patterns they are just a little out of my budget would love to win one to try.
    thanks
    lbroadstreet@tds.net

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  91. What cute dresses and what lucky girls to have a momma who can sew such beautiful pieces for them!

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  92. Thank you so much for the chance to win! I am really itching to make some cute clothing for the kiddos for the fall and winter if I ever am able to finish the huge pile of mending and family gifts left for the year!
    LOVE your blog!

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  93. What beautiful dresses! I would love to win the pattern! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  94. I would love this pattern!! By the way, Azure's shoes are so cute!!

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  95. honestly, you could put a potato sack on those sweet girls and it would look great! The dresses are beautiful, love the timeless feel.
    i've heard great things about Oliver + S but haven't tried any of their patterns yet because patterns SCARE me! i'm glad they are so friendly, i may get the gumption yet.

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  96. I have not yet sewn an Oliver + S pattern. They are all so precious. I love both of your versions!!!

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  97. Ach, I HATE zippers! I have been tempted to try Oliver + S just for the zipper instruction! And My almost 5 year old will wear NOTHING but dresses. This pattern is so worth jumping into :)

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  98. I have never tried Oliver + S patterns, but always think they are so cute... I think I need to buy something online today, and give them a try. Beautiful dresses!

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  99. My daughter is 6 and interested in sewing. I recently made her a tunic top (which started out as a dress you can read the story here: http://strawberryblondblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/dress-that-wasnt-meant-to-be.html ) for school picture day and she loved it. I'm glad that sewing has made a comeback and that my daughter is excited about it!

    I would love a new pattern, and I promise to follow the directions this time! ;o)

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  100. Love that pattern. Love both versions.

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  101. I am so glad you posted this. I am in love with their patterns!!!

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  102. I really need to try their patterns. I love the simplicity of their dresses. Not so frilly.

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  103. Very cute dresses!!

    jkdbawest@gmail.com

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  104. You have some very lucky children, getting all original clothing. I hope by the time I have children that I'll be as good as you. :)

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  105. I just LOVE both of your versions of the dress. Now I want to try one of their patterns. I guess I have found their drawings a little dull, I really like to see it the way you have photographed it, beautiful fabric choices, styling, and gorgeous kids don't hurt either (wink)!

    craftyNHmom@gmail.com

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  106. Those dresses are darling! I really do love their patterns.
    sang(at)gci(dot)net

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  107. I have been looking at these patterns for such a long time. I love the materials you have used and the dresses. I want to make some for my girl.

    wonderundy@gmail.com

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  108. Beautiful renditions of a lovely pattern. And, of course, stunning models!
    jeziorowski at mac dot com

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  109. I want to win this so much!!!! It's my favorite from the new patterns!

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  110. I love this pattern - the pockets are the very best. That green fabric you used is fantastic - both dresses look great.

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  111. Love what you did with both versions of this dress. This is definitely my favorite pattern from the new fall patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

    sarahludwig77@gmail.com

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  112. I've just starting sewing with Oliver + S patterns and I absolutely love them! I've been looking forward to seeing these new patterns all summer! Would love to win a copy! Your dresses are gorgeous!

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  113. wow! i love their patterns, but that green/white one is amazing! great job!

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  114. that pattern is fantastic and i love your spin on it. the striped dress is adorable. just lovely.

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  115. I love their stuff... more than that I marvel at you sewing with 5 girls. I have 2 and dream of sewing time. AND for my finished products to look like yours... you are one talented lady!

    Saying a little prayer... I really love this dress!

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  116. Azure's dress is to die for! I'm in love :)

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  117. view A is adorable. I really want this pattern :)

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  118. I'm glad I'm not the only one who looks forward to the pattern releases like Christmas. I love Azure's hair piece too!

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  119. Oh my, they look terrific! My local store promised to call me as soon as the new O & S patterns come in. LOVE THEM! You really did a lovely job with these. Pretty fabrics and gorgeous models!
    jandayatl at yahoo dot com

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  120. You did a fabulous job!! I love your fabric choices!!

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  121. I've been dying to try an Oliver + S pattern for a while now, but just haven't made that jump yet. Now is a great time!
    And those girls of yours are absolutely gorgeous! So sad Oliver + S uses drawings for models, because your girls would surpass them anyday!

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  122. I love the variation in the two you made! Two completely different personalities!

    Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy!

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  123. Both dresses are fantastic, and I love the piping detail you added.

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  124. Wow--came upon you through the Oliver&S site. Adore what you did with the green-and-white dress and headpiece--serious envy going on here for one in an adult size!

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  125. You have totally inspired me to sew up this pattern. I was completely on the wrong side of the fence until I saw the white/green version on Flickr this morning. Let's hope I win so I can copy you!

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  126. Wow, what beautiful dresses! I love seeing them sewn up before I buy the patterns! This seasons has some of my faves and I've not even tried them yet! I hope I can win, so trying comes sooner than later!! Thanks for the give-away!

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  127. I've been wanting to sew some Oliver & S patterns for my girls too ... but haven't gotten around to buying a pattern yet. Perhaps this could be my incentive!

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  128. Yeah, I would have gone with the green side out too, but that would most certainly have been vetoed by my 4 year old with strong opinions as well. Lovely, lovely dress anyhow...

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  129. utterly gorgeous! i love the view b and the combination of fabrics and directionality of fabric. thanks for the inspiration!

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  130. I love the fabric in the white/green version!

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  131. I'm a huge fan of Oliver + S too! I absolutely love the fabrics you chose for this particular pattern and would love to try it out myself!

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  132. I am absolutely with you about the teaching level in Oliver+S patterns. I sew Oliver+S well, but right now I'm working on a Simplicity nightgown for my girlies, and it shouldn't be that hard, but it seems like every other step in the instructions, I keep thinking, "Huh? How do I make THAT happen?" I would NEVER feel that way about an Oliver+S pattern!

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  133. I'd love to make one of these dresses for my daughter! Oliver + S patterns are so great, and I love the fabric you chose for the first one! :)

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  134. I love your versions of the dresses and your photos are fantastic!

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  135. okay, the shot of azure standing in front of the watermelons looking off to the side? adorable! she is so sweet!
    i'd love to try out one of their patterns--you've intrigued me, because i generally hate most commercial patterns.
    thanks!

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  136. Yes, Please!!! I would a copy of that great pattern. Your versions are beautiful!

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  137. 5 gorgeous girls - how do you ever find time to sew?!? Anyway, I love your versions of the school photo dress, especially the retro green one and would love to make something similar for my daughter sometime (and I adore Oliver+S patterns)

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  138. Very cute, I like the striped one. It helps to see these made up in different fabrics.

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  139. I'm in love with these new patterns from Oliver and S, your creations look wonderful on your gorgeous daughters.

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  140. You've made the dress look even better than I thought possible. Love the fabric choices.

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  141. Cute, cute, cute - I love this dress and cannot wait to make it for my daughter. Winning it would be great, if nit I'm sure to buy this one!!

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  142. Azure's dress is perfection. I love how you did her hair too. Great job!

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  143. I too am an Oliver + S junkie. Love them! Also, love the new school house dress pattern and can't wait to give it a try. I love how you added the piping (perfect!) hope you don't mind but I may steal your idea and do the same. Gorgeous family I may add (:

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  144. Fabulous job on the dresses and on the photos. I just ordered the School Days Jacket pattern and would love more!

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  145. I told dad that maybe even I could manage to sew something with such succinct instructions. He laughed. I intend to prove his laughter was in vain.

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  146. Lovely, lovely dresses on the most beautiful children! The collars are so special. I'm just starting my first O+S pattern for DGD, the Sailboat top and skirt. Liesl's designs are outstanding. Thanks for doing the draw :)

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  147. I want! I want them all!
    Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful company! I am considering enrolling in the Boutique Seller program!

    indieridge@gmail.com

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  148. Darling photos! Your style is amazing Katy. And funny....I have that same floral print but in periwinkle. I've been wondering what to do with it for years!

    Darling stuff.

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  149. I learned about Oliver+S Patterns through your blog and I love them! I would love to win this pattern!
    The anticipation is killing me!!
    Love that green fabric!

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  150. I just found you via Oliver + s but will definitely be back, your blog and children are gorgeous! As a mum of three girls I'm sure there will be heaps more lovely inrpitation from your blog.

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  151. Love the details you added. I've been debating between the "little kid" and "big kid" version of this very pattern.....

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  152. of their new fall patterns, this one is my favorite

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  153. So glad I found your blog (through Oliver + S). These dresses are beyond gorgeous -- wow, I'm completely blown away! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!

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  154. This is my fav Oliver & S pattern yet.

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  155. Lovely - we too love the lazy day skirt pattern around our house! I would like to give this pattern a try.

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  156. I have most of the O and S patterns and am very excited about the new collection.

    mayzesimone@hotmail.com

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  157. This is my favorite of their patterns so far.

    rebekahricker@yahoo.com

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  158. Sorry but when I sew mine there is no way I will be able to get such outrageously great photos.

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  159. I love the school picture dress and the fabrics you used, especially that reversible one! I cannot wait to try out the new O + S patterns myself.

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  160. I love both of them. I really want top try those patterns, I will buy some this week-end ans then sew !
    Cecile

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  161. I love both of them. I really want top try those patterns, I will buy some this week-end ans then sew !
    Cecile

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  162. I just found you through following flickr :)
    I think Divine's dress is lovely ... I'm a sucker for stripes

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  163. What beautiful dresses and beautiful girls! I love that pattern.

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  164. That dress is adorable. WOuld love to win one of the patterns for my 6 yr old!

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  165. Oliver + S has some great patterns! I've been wanting to try one out for a while now.
    hcaryl80@hotmail.com

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  166. Delicious!
    emmillee(at)gmail(dot)com

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  167. I've admired several of the Oliver + S Patterns, but I think this is my favorite so far! Love your green dress!

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  168. I love, love your fabric choices!! And I think this is my favorite pattern so far!!

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  169. Oh the stripes! I'm an Oliver+S devotee, but you've won me over.

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  170. Hello, just found your blog via Oh So Happy Together-I love it. These School Photo Dresses are gorgeous! I would love to have this pattern to make dresses for my granddaughters.
    atkinsonjames@bellsouth.net

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  171. Love Oliver + S and love your fabric choices!

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  172. LOVE it! Can't wait to dive in and try it this pattern!

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  173. Your dresses made from this pattern, make me want the pattern even more!

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  174. My daughter would love one of these dresses. She's very 'retro' at heart...choosing to listen to The Beatles instead of Justin Beiber, and deciding that she wants to be Janis Joplin for Halloween!

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  175. I love Oliver + S, but there aren't any retailers in my area that carry their patterns. It would make my year to win a pattern!

    nikkireed04@hotmail.com

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  176. I'm so happy I read this! I've been wanting to try an Oliver + S pattern but wasn't sure about my skill level, but now I am definitely going to give it a go! cmroberts00 (at) gmail.com (Those are zeros, not capital O's)

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  177. I am in LOVE with View A of the school photo dress. That is just adorable!

    melissa_raie(at)juno(dot)com

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  178. Adorable. Love the pouch up front.

    kelloshow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  179. I have two little girls that would look fabulous in those dresses.

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  180. I would love an Oliver + S pattern! Adorable!

    ambyking@gmail.com

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  181. Love the dresses!
    mcodde@gmail.com

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  182. I have only made the Lazy Day skirt, love it!! Thanks for the opportunity. (Your girls are adorable!!)

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  183. Very cute and retro! Would love to try out an oliver + s pattern. Once I get through a few of my half finished things maybe I will grab one. ;)

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  184. Love the retro look!
    heather@wrightspace.net

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  185. i love their patterns also! these dresses are so sweet, vintage looking, and feminine!

    embily@gmail.com

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  186. Would love to win this pattern and treat my little girls to a little Oliver + S.

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  187. Such beautiful dresses! I love Oliver + S patterns ... they are so adorable!

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  188. This dress is darling. I adore the addition of the piping (I should really learn how to make piping!).

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  189. I recently found out that the Oliver and S designer went to my alma matter! I'm super impressed and would love a chance to win!

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  190. I love the rolled collar and the longer sleeves :) And I'm trying to figure out that cutie pie pocket in the front. I love it!

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