oliver + s 2+2 blouse equals 3

By Melissa LeRay


The Oliver + S 2+2 blouse has long been on my to-do list.  I’ve been trying to get in the habit of making multiples whenever I sit down to sew.  So much of the time spent crafting a garment is in the tracing, cutting out, learning the pattern, etc.  Since time is of a premium now, I want to make the most of it.  I picked out a few new prints and one of my favorite London Calling prints and got to work.

This first top was made with London Calling Paisley in spring.   This 100% cotton fabric feels like Liberty of London – surely that was no accident.


The next top was made with Riley Blake Seaside Swim Trunks in Grey.  Love these colors.


The second top was made using Belle’s Dream Clothesline Dresses in white.  This one lined up fairly well!

I knew that the long sleeves would get quite messy when she was eating and playing, so instead of having a hemmed cuff, I made a casing and added 1/4″ elastic.  It’s perfect, as now I can push her sleeves up while she eats, and they actually stay there.  Success!


When I make another batch, I plan on adding an extra step and zigzagging the place where the front placket/opening meets under the patch.  With a toddler that enjoys pulling on loose ties, those ties and  what they’re attached to, get a lot of abuse.  I also think I’ll try to skip the ties and do a cute little button and loop closure – those ties are simply too tempting for little hands!

2 Comments on oliver + s 2+2 blouse equals 3

  1. gail
    April 5, 2013 at 10:38 am (5 years ago)

    these are great, i love your plaid version especially! the elastic around the sleeves is a great idea. as is making a whole a batch of the same thing, tracing patterns is so tedious!

  2. brittney
    April 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm (5 years ago)

    They are all so cute! And I love your sleeve mod. I can’t get over your little one’s hair! Adorable.


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