This was my first Oliver & s pattern and I was a bit apprehensive because they are so pricey. Cute boys patterns are so limited, though, so I decided to give one a try. I am in love! I have been sewing for years and this was probably the most clear pattern I have ever used. There were plenty of diagrams and the ones that were there were useful and helped make the directions more clear.
I went with a knit for the top & if I was to do that again, I might put interfacing on the entire top facing pieces. It slid a little on the curved seams and if I had used contrasting thread, you could see my not-so perfect lines. My son is also long waisted and if I make it again, I will probably add an extra inch to the length. Other than that, it was perfect. I might do a seersucker or linen next time. I made it a size big, intending that he wear it next fall. I will post a pic ASAP. Here is a close up of the cute shoulders.
I am not planning on making the pants right now only because my son is potty training & I'll be doing elastic waists only for a bit. And he doesn't wear skirts
so this review is only for the top. I am thinking of making a friend an outfit for her daughter, though, and if I do, I will come back and edit my review.
I would not hesitate to try to buy other oliver + s patterns with one big caveat. If ever given the choice, I will buy the paper pattern. I cheaped out & went with a digital pattern, for which you do not pay shipping. You can take it to a printer that has a 32" wide printer and have them print the last two pages so that your pattern pieces are all there. The alternative is printing about 50 pages at home and trying to line all the pieces of paper up to then cut out your pieces (I did that once with an out of print Halloween costume pattern & it sucked in terms of time, paper, and printer ink). I thought great - how bad could the printer be? I took it to Fed Ex Kinkos and for those two pieces of paper, it cost me $20!!! That made for one very expensive pattern! So next time, I will either try the printer near my local university or more likely, spring for the $5 in shipping and save myself the hassle. The good thing is I bought a size 4-8 and J is a size 3 now, so I can make it for years to come.