Little Once Boutique is so very excited to be featuring Olive Ann Designs this week. Ann Blair and Mandy Fritz, a Mother/Daughter couture clothing design team, are based out of Portland, Oregon. This duo creates Fun and playful patterns for children that are also practical and simple to make. Their motto: “Easy to make. Easy to fit. Easy to wear.”
For this feature, I was able to select a pattern to make and create a tutorial on just how adorable and easy to follow, Olive Ann’s patterns are. With all the cute designs that these ladies offer, my choice was difficult. But, my eye just kept going back to the “To Tie For” dress pattern. As you can see this dress is so stinkin’ cute! It is comfortable on and super easy to make.
I asked Ann how they got started in this business 5 years ago, “I wanted to make clothes for my grand kids and take advantage of all the beautiful fabrics available now.” It was hard for her to find patterns that fit real kids- both in terms of size and practicality. Ann makes a really good point, “Kids clothes should be easy to make because they grow out of them so quickly and they should be comfortable enough that kids will actually want to wear them.” With some help from Anns' sister, Barbara Brunson, owner and designer of Vanilla House, Ann opened her own shop in 2009.
Each one of Olive Ann’s designs are made so that even those who are new to sewing can create a beautiful outfit for the special children in their lives. “I write my instructions keeping in mind that my daughters, who don't sew, should be able follow them” says Ann. She has always enjoyed creating things, even back in grade school. “I started sewing outfits for my troll dolls - they were mostly glued but there was some sewing.” :) She has come a long way since those early days. Her inspiration now, is her grand kids. What she loves most about making these clothes, is seeing her grandchildren wearing them, “they are definitely not trolls as you can see from the pattern covers”, she adds.
Whether you are new to the art of sewing or not, these precious designs are worth a look. Ann offers some crucial tips to those taking up sewing, “use your IRON and remember sewing is not perfect so don't stress if what you are doing is not exactly right.”. “Sewing should be fun” She adds.
What I adore personally about these unique patterns: most of them also include doll versions of the design. “We want the kids to be just as excited about wearing the outfits as their moms and grandmas are, and matching doll clothes often does the trick!” So clever!
Little Once Boutique was pleased to create a photo tutorial on Olive Ann’s “To Tie For” dress pattern…Enjoy! Please be sure to stop by their shop and facebook page to check out more cute patterns for yourself! You may also purchase this pattern there for a very reasonable price!
To head on over to the tutorial on how to make this beautiful dress, click here!
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