S has been counting down the days until school ends and summer vacation begins. It’s still about three weeks away, but she can hardly wait! Every day I get an update, and I’m afraid that soon it will evolve into more frequent count-downs regarding the number of hours remaining. I know I’m not alone in this game.
Speaking of time, the end of the school year means it’s been nine months since we arrived in Madrid, and it’s passed so quickly. S and I are both feeling more confident with our Spanish, but we still have a long way to go. When I start to feel discouraged I remind myself that I didn’t know any Spanish when we arrived, and now I can understand quite a bit even though I spend my days working in English. It’s a slow process, but our new friends are helping by speaking slowly and by gently correcting us when we make mistakes. And also by insisting that we, and they, speak Spanish even when it seems easier to speak English. We went to the cinema for the first time a couple of weeks ago and did pretty well following the dialogue. Learning a new language is a lot of work!
Wearing a Maritime Knit Top for Me Made May
Meanwhile, how is Me Made May going for you? Or Kid’s Clothes Week? Also, have you looked at the Oliver + S Flickr group lately? And #oliverands on Instagram? Wow, you’ve been a busy bunch! So many cute outfits. I’ve added two of your photos to this week’s Pinterest picks. You astonish me with your sewing talents and with your cute kids!
Here’s a little inspiration for an Oliver + S Sailboat Top and Pants. The kerchief is adorable and might even be practical for a teething/drooling baby. Or maybe just for the cool/cute factor for older kids. (Just be careful with babies re: the choking hazard thing.)
If you were around here last summer you might remember in August I shared the Popover Sundresses that I donated to charity. Well the pin for it on Pinterest got a great response with many repins. That to me says that you (in online sewing community) have a very giving heart.
With that in mind I thought you might be interested in hearing about a new movie that is currently being created. It’s a film featuring Lillian Weber who took on an amazing mission and made many dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. Wait until you learn more about her. I want to be just like her when I grow up!
Lillian is one great example of sewists sharing their passions with others through charity sewing projects. She spent her last 4 1/2 years sewing handmade, heartfelt gifts for girls she never met. Before passing away just one day shy of her 101st birthday, she had sewn a total of 1,234 dresses for needy girls!
The documentary film The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope will follow the little girl (in Malawi, Africa) who receives the 1,000th dress that Lillian sewed. It will tell the story of this little girl’s life and challenges, and show the true impact of one handmade dress.
Vicki Vasilopoulos, an independent film maker whose first film was “Men of the Cloth”, and several others are working on finishing up the film. Please help them complete this journey of hope. They are currently welcoming donations to help pay for production expenses. Click here to learn more.
And don’t forget to watch the movie when it comes out! It’s sure to be inspirational, that no matter what age you are you can still do creative things and do things that touch others.
We love seeing what you create with Oliver + S patterns. The “My Favorite Oliver + S Pattern” series features Oliver + S fans who share what they’ve made, and as an added bonus we get to know them better too. Today we have Elisabeth who is stopping by to talk about her favorite pattern and share the many wonderful versions she has sewn. Thanks for being here, Elisabeth!
Hi everyone! My name is Elisabeth Larsen. I’m a mom of three and a huge Oliver + S fan. You can find me as sew_scrummy on Instagram and on Flickr as Elisabeth Larsen.
I started sewing when I was a teenager, but didn’t really pick things up as an adult until my mom got me a sewing machine for my birthday a few years ago. Not long after, I saw a picture of an Oliver + S pattern on a sewing blog and immediately knew that I wanted to make one!
The first pattern I ever made was an Ice Cream top, and now I own fifteen different Oliver + S patterns. I love the sewing tips, the clear instructions, and the beautiful, well-finished projects that I get every time!
One of my goals with sewing for my kids is to create items that they will love and wear regularly. When it came time to pick my favorite Oliver + S pattern, I turned to the pattern that I come back to over and over again because all three of my children wear theirs constantly: the School Bus T-shirt.
I was really, really nervous about sewing with knits before I made my first School Bus T-shirt. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to sew knits with just my regular sewing machine. Luckily, Liesl gives lots of helpful tips about sewing with knits that make the whole process fun and much simpler than I thought it would be! I’ve been hooked ever since the first one and I’ve made thirteen in the last two years.
One of my favorite things about this pattern is that it works equally well for boys and girls. There are different neckband and sleeve options that make it work perfectly! As a mom of two boys and one girl, I love having a pattern that I can use for all three of my kids.
The School Bus T-shirt is a great blank canvas for appliqué work. I love the Mini Boden appliquéd shirt look, so the first two shirts that I made I added designs that I knew my kids would love.
The Oliver + S blog is also full of amazing ideas and tutorials for variations. I used this color blocking tutorial to make matching shirts for my boys.
Are you ready? Today is the start of the Lisette swimsuit sew-along!
I’ve changed the schedule a bit from the original plan. Here’s how we’ll break it down for each day of the sew-along:
May 23 Day 1: Cut out your fabric and practice your sewing. Find the right stitches and techniques for your suit.
May 25 Day 2: View A: Assemble the tie front and front facing. Finish the upper edge.
May 27 Day 3: Finish View A, start View B.
May 30 Day 4: Finish View B, start View C.
May 31 Day 5: Finish View C.
You can find the complete sew-along in our discussion forums sew-along group. I hope you’ll join in and be part of the community. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share tips and ideas.
If you have any questions about fabric and trims, don’t miss our post that specifically addresses those topics.
If you have a blog, please feel free to grab the sew-along badge you can add to your posts or to your sidebar, to let people know you’re participating.
And, as with our last several sew-alongs, we’ll created a link up where you can add a link to a photo of your finished suit. I hope you’ll post a photo. I promise to take photos of mine and can’t wait to see how yours turns out, too!
What are you sewing these days? I’m in the middle of drafting the fall Liesl + Co. patterns, and that always involves lots of sample sewing. But I’ve also been trying to find time to sew for myself on the weekends. S needs all sorts of clothes since she’s grown a tremendous amount this year, and I need a long Cinema Dress for a trip to Morocco with my sister in June. (My black linen Cinema Dress may be the wrong color for Morocco in June….) I’ve also found that no matter how busy I am, I need to sew for fun. Even when I’m sewing for work! This month I’ve been sewing up some of the fabric I brought back from London. I hope you’ve been making a few things for yourself here and there as well!
Are you having fun with Me Made May? The weather here in Madrid has finally turned warm and sunny, which is making it even more fun. I love pulling out clothes that were put away for the season!
Meanwhile, we are making preparations to have a house full of visitors next month, so I’m thinking about feeding and housing them all. I’m planning to freeze some meals in preparation. Any suggestions? One thing I can’t find here in Spain is fresh sweet corn, so I need to find replacement recipes for many of my old stand-bys!
Wouldn’t it be fun to make a Weekend Getaway Blouse and trim it with bias like this? So simple and clever! (And lightweight for summer…)