weekend links

Hello friends!

I’m on my way to England this morning, first to teach a workshop in Birmingham and then for a little fun. We’re taking S to find platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express. It’s  been high on her wish list for more than a year. And then we’ll be back in time for Semana Santa and all the events surrounding Holy Week here in Madrid. It sounds like it will be quite an experience.

Pinterest Picks

If you aren’t following it already, we’ve started a new Sewing Tutorials Pinterest board that includes all the tutorials from our blog. It includes this week’s tutorial for connecting the ends of two bias strips, which is so handy for finishing a neckline or armhole with a bias facing. Or for binding a quilt. Or any number of other purposes.

connecting two bias strips tutorialpinterest link

I’m still in a minimalist mood. And still making lots of quiche and tart crusts.

minimalist flour covered handspinterest link

Who else relates strongly to this? I prefer to live and work in a relatively color-less space because I work with color all day. One needs to clear the palette, I guess.

she always wears black butpinterest link

This cute Class Picnic Blouse has a really fresh, fun spring feel, doesn’t it?

darling Oliver + S Class Picnic Blousepinterest link

And in honor of Easter and its bunny, here’s a cute little DIY. But mostly this photo is just an excuse to dream about ice cream, my very favorite food.

ice cream cone with bunny earspinterest link

Weekend Reading (and Watching/Listening)

  1. If you haven’t seen and heard it already, the Wintergatan Marble Machine is simply astonishing.
  2. I really loved this video Alvanon released showing how the company helped the Paris Opera Ballet improve their costume making department. I use an Alva form, and I love it. (And I still owe you a post explaining why I don’t think most people need a dress form. I promise to write it soon!)
  3. I’ve put on a little weight since we moved to Madrid. I think it’s because I’m working from home now, in close proximity to the kitchen. (It doesn’t matter that it’s downstairs!) So I thought this article about why we overeat was very interesting, and I plan to put some of these suggestions into place.
  4. Brooks Brothers: ahead of the curve! (And probably a very good place to work right now.)
  5. This is going to be so, so good. After all, it features Meryl Streep.

OK, I’m off to work and then enjoy a little holiday. I’ll be back after Easter. See you then!




  1. Marlene Maclaren

    Weekend Links is one of my favourite parts of Friday, Liesl. How kind you are to share your ideas and inspiration with all of us!
    I love seeing my latest Class Picnic Blouse featured here – such a great quick sew.
    Looking forward to your book.

    1. Marlene, thanks for your sweet comment. I’m so glad you enjoy these posts, and I love your top!

  2. Marlene’s sewing is always impeccable.

    I love the ‘colourful mind’ meme, as a wearing of black I indeed relate.

    1. I know black doesn’t work everywhere, Nicole, but for those of us who live where it does work I guess that helps us to not feel so somber, right?

  3. Please let us know if you do find platform 9 3/4. We have a train mad child in this house so he’d be especially interested

  4. Catherine

    I would be very interested to read up on why not everyone needs a dress form. As a slightly-better-than-beginner sewist my excitement for sewing is leading me to wanting what all the cool kids have. If you have some ideas on how I can create decent fitting garments without dropping big bucks on a dress form then I can’t wait to hear them.

  5. Megan John

    The weekend course was brilliant. Had so much fun meeting you and the others. Huge thank you for all your wisdom and help and encouragement. Hope your week went well x

    1. I’m really glad you enjoyed it, Megan! Thanks for coming. It was lovely to meet you and spend time with you.

  6. Sylvie Courballee.Thevenin

    I like a lot your blog. I am French living in Madrid. Be very happy to meet you there.
    All the best,

    1. That’s so sweet of you, Sylvie! I’d love to meet you sometime. Maybe we can have coffee.

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