oliver + s building block dress book tour

img_1992When Liesl approached me to share details of her recent book, the idea hocked my attention immediately. Never mind it’s focus on children sizes 6 moths to 12 yrs old.


A book that instead of having a limited number of projects allows you as a designer to able to alter and develop your own ideas. The book has a classic block printed on two large sheets of paper. As you can see the sizes come nested.

img_1149pattern The book has 18 different dresses style samples sewn; mainly on larger sizes.  All you have to do is trace the size you need and use the ‘mixing and matching’ pattern alteration techniques menu. There is an worksheet on the book to help you plan your design or you may download it ( a horizontal format and a vertical format). All instructions are beautifully illustrated. Best of all, the design alterations could be used with any sewing block, independent of size.


Book excerpt authorised by Oliver + S

About my project. I been really pushed for time recently and unsure I was even going to be able to produce a garment in time. I really wanted to at least try some of the book techniques. I made a simple toile for a future dress for my goddaughter. Hence no print-pattern matching. To be completely honest I didn’t even planned these fabrics together, using left over cotton fabric. Surprisedly the fabrics worked so well together.  I took the pictures of my dress at my favourite baby boutique Mimi & Me where they allowed me to use their beautiful shop as background. The baby mannequin is size 3-4 but my dress is size 2.



What I done. Using the instructions I turned the 2 piece block into a simple dress. The dress was than slashed three quarters to create a yoke. The skirt was than slashed and spread for an exaggerated A-line. The back use the key hole method but instead of a button I only used a hock and eye.



Thank you Liesl  and Oliver + S for inviting me for this blog tour and providing me with a copy. The book is precious and I can see myself making so many outfits for my Goddaughter.

  • Archie The Wonder Dog

    That looks like a great book; thanks for the review.

  • This is so sweet! I wish I had a niece or a goddaughter to sew for, but I’m surrounded by boys! 🙂