weekend links

Hello friends!

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!

Me Made May May 20

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!

Pinterest Links

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…)

Inspiration for a Liesl + Co Weekend Getaway Blousepinterest link

I also love this Class Picnic Blouse with mock smocking, sewn by The Veranda.

Faux smocked Class Picnic Blousepinterest link

Adorable little-girl shoes.

adorable little girl shoes

pinterest link

And a little vintage summer sewing inspiration. So pretty!

vintage inspiration for summer sewingpinterest link

Weekend Reading

  • “A sewing kit is much more than a needle and thread in a pocket or purse. It is also a license to realize the body’s wants and needs, rather than to force it to conform to the whims of fashion.” Yes, yes, yes!
  • A concise profile of one of the most influential American designers in history, Bonnie Cashin. (Also, one of my favorite designers of all time.)
  • The Isabella Blow exhibit in Sydney sounds so, so good. Those of you in the area, go see it for me, will you?
  • We just taught S how to do the Running Man dance and she’s really good at it! And so, even though this video is old, I just watched it three times in a row and laughed out loud each time.
  • Why it’s perfectly normal to call your child by your dog’s name.
  • Manolo Blahnik: the man with a story behind every shoe.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget that the Lisette swimsuit sew-along starts on Monday. I’m feeling ready for summer to begin, are you too?




  1. Thank you for featuring my Class Picnic blouse Liesl. Glad i added those few lines of chevron stitches on the gathered area.

    1. Nicole

      That blouse is beautiful Radhika. Perfect use of smocking

  2. Not sure if you can subscribe to BBC TV in Spain, but the Great British Sewing Bee is back on and one of the contestants seemed to be wearing a Cinema tunic in the first episode!

    1. Lindsie

      I noticed that to when I watched it this week!

  3. I am very excited about fall patterns. I am crossing my fingers for something with full length sleeves for the 3/4 haters like me!

  4. The kids and I just binge watched that zebra video too! 🙂
    I look forward to delving more into the other links. Happy weekend.

  5. Tamara

    Cutest little girl shoes. I popped through to the website and found a pair with my name on it – literally! Emma full lengths sleeves are great aren’t they?!

  6. Michelle

    The Isabella Blow show is wonderful – the clothes are amazing (lots of gorgeously cut McQueens) and the hats! There is also a very storing sense of the woman herself – many of the clothes are stained and well-loved. She had an amazing eye for fashion.

    1. I really wish I could see it, Michelle! Glad you had the opportunity to go. She was quite an amazing person.

  7. Rae

    I just love your weekend updates, Liesl!!!

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