Oliver + S After School Shirts, with modifications

By Melissa LeRay

front view

I’m embarrassed to say that these Oliver + S After School shirts have been cut out and sitting around since October.  We took a trip to San Francisco, then came the holidays, then a new baby, and my poor sewing machine sat neglected for quite some time.   Simultaneously, Elise was rapidly sprouting, and all of her clothes are either too small, too short, or worn out.


The wide neck and the yoke really of this top caught my attention, and thought it would be a good opportunity to try out my snap press with some pretty metal snaps.  My thinking was that it would save time in construction, as well as in dressing her. Only half this theory proved to be correct, as my dread of learning to use it (or messing it up, rather) caused me to keep putting it off.  It ended up being so much easier than I thought it would be, and I think it gives the shirts a store-bought appearance, and really is so quick to open and close on a very active toddler.  She even wants to help, of course.  I’ve found the snaps to be very forgiving, which helps.


Two of the tops were made with prints from Fabric Finders. Their poplin is fantastic for apparel, as it’s really got a great hand, and a nice weight to it.   The best part is that their fabric is 58″ wide, so you almost always have enough fabric in one yard to make just about any toddler outfit.


Although Elise is a peanut, she has a long-ish torso (plus an adorable pot belly), and I find that most tops, even 2T, are too short.  Since I had cut this out months ago, it was no surprise that I needed to add a little length.  That extra width comes in handy in situations like these, and the fabric that I needed to add the ruffle was no problem.  You can see in the third print (Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossom) that the ruffle isn’t nearly as full, but still cute, and gets the job done.


Lastly, I did my new favorite modification, and that is to make gathered sleeves.  It’s just a simple adjustment that makes toddler clothes that much easier to live in.  Click here for my basic instructions.  See how nicely they stay up? and out of the way? and clean?  You’ll just have to take my word for it then.

We are trying to wean her off the pacifier, and only let her have it at nap time and bedtime.  We store them in a drawer, and she knows where they’re kept. Here she is digging for some…


How about these pretty labels?  More on those soon!

pretty labels

5 Comments on Oliver + S After School Shirts, with modifications

  1. Suzie Evason
    April 22, 2013 at 4:55 am (5 years ago)

    That green purple fabric is just gorgeous.

  2. Christine
    April 22, 2013 at 6:00 am (5 years ago)

    such sweet tops!

  3. Ana Sofia
    April 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Love these tops!
    Fabric Finders fabric is perfect for apparel sewing – I just love the extra-width.
    (the hem-ruffle looks great on your adorable girl! She’s just too sweet!!)

    • Melissa
      April 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks, Ana! Your blog is very inspiring – love your fabric choices as well! xo

  4. Teresa
    April 26, 2013 at 7:32 am (5 years ago)

    I’m loving the little personalized labels! So professional looking, yet personal. Looking forward to hearing more about that!


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