pinterest picks and other links

Happy Friday! What a week it’s been, right? Here in New York we had a pretend snowstorm followed by a real snow day, and when all was said and done the week felt more like two weeks! I’m putting the finishing touches on three different spring pattern collections, preparing for two photo shoots, and designing a fabric collection. All at the same time. Why do deadlines come in groups like that?

I’m guessing you had a busy week, too. So let’s get down to the fun stuff!

First of all, I posted this to Instagram the other day but thought it deserved another mention. Did you know you can purchase a complete archive of Threads magazine in CD format for about $65? I highly recommend it as a valuable resource that you’ll refer to again and again, no matter what your sewing level.

 

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OK, on to my Pinterest picks of the week!

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karamatsu shibori technique

The art of Shibori, in which fabric is bound, clamped or stitched before dyeing, is known as tie-dye for grown ups. You can never really control the process, so effects are often unpredictable and each piece of Shibori is a work of art.

 

Karamatsu Shibori Technique on the yoke of the Oliver + S Hide-and-Seek Tunic

 

One surprisingly easy shibori technique is called karamatsu, or Japanese larch, which creates circles with branching patterns radiating from the center. I just recently tried karamatsu for the first time and was so pleased with the results that I placed my oeuvre d’art on the front yoke of a Hide-and-Seek Tunic. I’m excited to share with you how I created this unique textile.

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what to make with it: floral green and blue eyelet lisette fabric

As promised, here is the second Lisette fabric that we wanted to highlight from the spring 2014 collection. You’ll remember last week we featured the popular turquoise dot aqua chambray. Today it’s all about the floral green and blue eyelet which is still available to purchase online and at Jo-Ann stores.

 

Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt in floral green and blue eyelet Lisette fabric

 

This floral green and blue eyelet is a bit more expensive than the other fabrics, but is worth the investment as it is a higher quality fabric and so unique. Since by definition eyelet is a fabric with holes in it, for modesty try using patterns that include a lining or if they don’t, then you can add a lining.

 

floral green and blue eyelet Lisette fabric
 
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how i wear it: liesl’s girl friday culottes

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to start a new series showing how we wear some of the items we’ve sewn, both for ourselves and for our kids. My hope is that this series will inspire you to look at your own wardrobe and sewing projects in a new light. It’s always nice to get ideas for your own wardrobe or your children’s wardrobe, right?

Since it’s a new series, I thought I’d kick it off with a photo of myself.

 

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Tell us about your outfit. Earlier this fall I sewed the Girl Friday Culottes in black wool crepe, with Bemberg lining for the pockets. These have been a great staple for winter, and the crepe is really drapey and luxurious but also incredibly practical for everyday. I think I wear these culottes at least once a week. I can move easily around in the studio when I’m wearing them, and they’re practical for running around the city while still looking stylish.

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customizing the lunch box tee: cat embroidered pocket

This project was such a huge hit on Flickr and Pinterest with so many views, faves, and repins I just had to ask Carrie if she would please share it with us. She is going to show how to add an embroidered cat to a pocket, so now we can all make one, too. It’s incredibly adorable. Cats are so cute and maybe that is why they are so popular on the internet? Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial Carrie!

Hi! I’m Carrie, and I’m so happy to be here with my fellow Oliver + S fans today! I don’t have my own blog, but you can find me as “thesimpson5” in the Oliver + S discussion forums and as Carrie S12345 in the Flickr group. I have three daughters; Olivia is 15, Kate is 11, and Ellie is 9. I only started sewing three years ago, and only started sewing garments for my girls two years ago. Discovering Oliver + S patterns truly made all the difference in advancing my sewing skills, and there’s not much that compares to the feeling you get when your kids love something you’ve made for them.

That’s exactly what happened when I made the Lunch Box Tee and embroidered on it for my youngest daughter, Ellie, for Christmas this past year. It’s a fabulous pattern (of course), and I finished sewing it about the time that I saw Johanna’s guest post about customizing the Lunch Box Tee by adding a pocket toy. How clever was that! My Ellie is a little old for a pocket toy, but it got me thinking on what I could add to the pocket of hers to make it special for her. Ellie loves cats, but is very allergic to them. So, I thought it would be cute to have a little embroidered kitty peeking out of the pocket of her Lunch Box Tee. I basically sat down and Googled something like “cat peeking out of a pocket embroidery,” and after a little searching I stumbled upon the Kollabora website where I found the free pattern that I ended up using. It was simple with very little detail, which is exactly what I was going for as it was only a few days away from Christmas at this point!

 

Oliver + S Lunch Box Tee with cat embroidered pocket

 

Typically on a project like this, I would embroider before sewing the tee together. However, this was an afterthought, and it wasn’t hard at all to do the embroidery after sewing the shirt together. I used a medium weight sweatshirt fleece (recycled from a $2.75 XL men’s sweatshirt from last season’s clearance rack!) for Ellie’s tee. It has a little stretch, but not as much as jersey. I wasn’t able to embroider using a hoop due to the pocket layers, so the thicker, less stretchy fleece helped. I’m going to show you how to do this project in the right order, embroidering before you construct the tee, with the use of a stabilizer and a hoop. I’ll be using some cotton jersey (another recycled XL men’s tee shirt). Just know that if you’ve already made one and want to add this embroidery, you can still totally do that!

 

Oliver + S Lunch Box Tee with cat embroidered pocket

 

Let’s get started!

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pinterest picks and other links

One of the many helpful bits of feedback we received from you during our recent survey (thank you so much for filling it out; your feedback was incredibly helpful and we’ll share more information on what we learned with you soon) is that you want to hear more from me personally. And I’m more than happy to oblige! Since you also indicated that you come to us looking for inspiration, I thought it might be fun to show you some of my Pinterest picks from the week as well as to post links to things that have interested or amused me. I’ll try to do this every couple of weeks or so. Here we go!

Pinterest Picks

I love the color palette and print mixing in this outfit. Also, great proportions! The longer blazer with skinny cropped trousers balance each other out and keep this outfit looking fresh and current.
 
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You could make a dress similar to the one in this photo by using our Class Picnic Blouse as a starting point!
 
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