weekend links

Hello friends!

I had so much fun in London last weekend! While there I found some wonderful fabrics, including the black fabric for my Lisette trench coat I told you I would be looking for. And I found lots of fabrics for our upcoming Liesl + Co. fall patterns as well, which was my big shopping goal. But mostly the weekend was about meeting new friends, and we did that quite successfully, I think.

On the personal sewing front, I’m hoping for a little time to cut out a Cinema Dress this weekend with this Japanese ikat I found at Cloth House (my new favorite fabric store!) as the yoke. I think this dress will be in heavy wardrobe rotation for me this summer. The ikat was expensive, but I don’t need much for just the yoke.


In other sewing news, I finished both suits for the Lisette swimsuit sew-along and can’t wait to show you! Lots of tips and tricks to share, too. I hope you’re planning to join us. Have you found your fabric yet? If not, don’t miss my post about swimsuit fabric and trim, which included some sources that might help.

Pinterest Picks

There were several dresses at the Met gala that had sort of a corset-vest feeling. It’s quite an interesting look, I think, especially when worn over a feminine dress. This could be translated into a really pretty day look. Would you wear something like this?

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And speaking of underpinnings (but not corsets), isn’t this beautiful? I wonder where one finds lace like this.

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Oh, let’s just make this week’s photos all about texture, shall we? Like these feathers.

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And this lace skirt.

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And this stunning ocean scene, which reminds me of some of the black volcanic sand in Iceland.

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Weekend Reading

  • I love stories about clothing (which is why I really enjoyed the books Women in Clothes and Worn Stories so much–have you read them?), and this is a good one. One of these days I’ll tell you my own sweater story. First I have to finish mourning it, however.
  • So you think you’ve got a big fabric stash? Not compared to Dries Van Noten, you don’t! (See 1:50 when he talks about how he approaches fabric in his work.)
  • Claire Danes wore the most amazing Zac Posen dress at the Met gala. Did you see it? Not only was the dress stunning in regular light (very Charles James, as so much of their work is), but in the dark it fit the technology theme of the show perfectly. Brilliant! Literally.
  • The Business of Fashion is assembling a terrific fashion dictionary that’s worth a browse.
  • Whatever that black dye is, it sounds amazing.
  • I miss the New York subway station mosaics and public art. Do you have a favorite station? Mine might be the hat mosaics on the 23rd Street N/R train.
  • Wouldn’t this be an interesting class to take?
  • Women’s fashion gets all the attention. So who knew men’s swimsuits could be so interesting!

Have a wonderful weekend! We’ll be back next week with a fun project announcement, another quick sewing tip video, and all sorts of fun.




  1. Oh, beautiful lace on that bra! It looks like it might be very fine filet crochet? I saw a lot of filet crochet curtains when I visited Normandy and found some fabric like that in a fabric shop in Brussels (I think it was called La maison dorée). I wonder if they might have some…

    1. I think you might be right, Raphaelle, and I’m adding that shop to my travel list! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Kerri

    Will you be releasing any new O+s or liesl&co patterns this Spring?

    1. Kerri, this year we focused all our energies on my upcoming book which will be out in early fall. New patterns for Oliver + S and Liesl + Co are in the works!

  3. Renita Walsh
    1. Very pretty, Renita! Thanks for the link.

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