weekend links: paris edition

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for your overwhelming response to the new book! I must admit that it’s scary to announce a big project like this after spending so much time working on it. I’ve been in Paris on business all week, and I was glad for the distraction of travel to prevent me from feeling too much anxiety about our big reveal. Of course, that also means that it’s especially great to return home and read all your encouraging comments. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this!

I’m also thrilled that many of you are interested in a women’s version. I really, really want to write it, so keep your fingers crossed that I can tell you yes in a couple of months. In the meantime, I’ll be busy showing you how many of the techniques in the book can translate into women’s/men’s/boy’s clothing as well. But of course many of you are going to be too busy sewing girls’ dresses, I know.

I thought it would be fun to do a special weekend links Paris edition. It’s still summer in Paris, so I packed accordingly. (I have big feet–size U.S. 10/Europe 42–so I guess I drew my shoes accordingly.)


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Here in Europe we have the cutest glass and ceramic yogurt containers. They make great candle holders, too.

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Emmanuelle Alt, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, is often held up as a great example of French style and simplicity. I admire her for having such a well-defined uniform, which is especially practical when you’re travelling.

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Isn’t this sleeve detail beautiful? (I have a Pinterest board dedicated to little details like this, if you’re interested.)

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Such a pretty color card.

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Now that the weather is starting to cool, I’m looking forward to wearing my navy silk Gallery Dress again. This photo reminded me of it. It’s such a versatile piece that works just as well with jeans as with fancy heels. If it wasn’t so warm out yet I’d be taking it along.

silk Gallery Dress inspiration
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Weekend Reading

  • I fear I may have shown you this before, but I’m too lazy to go look for it. In any case, this is such a beautiful and insanely clever two-minute tour of Paris that it’s worth watching again.
  • If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with the ballet. It’s been on my bucket list to see the Paris Opera Ballet for quite some time, but sadly my timing hasn’t worked out so well yet. In any case, at least Garance Dore’s gorgeous photo tour of Opera Garnier (the theater where the Paris Ballet dances) will have to tide me over until the next time I go, when I’ll be sure to  overlap with the season and get tickets well in advance.
  • Speaking of the ballet, I loved this video about how the Paris Opera Ballet costume shop has changed the way they make their costumes. (Incidentally, my dress form is made by this same company, and I love it!)
  • There’s been a lot of controversy in France about the burkini. But have you heard of the Beijing bikini?
  • Did you know that Yves St. Laurent was responsible for making espadrilles popular? Here in Spain, where espadrilles are made, we call them alpargatas.
  • Deyrolle is an extremely unusual, fantastical taxidermy shop on the left bank of Paris. I loved visiting it this week. The Kitten’s Wedding tableau reminded me of it. You can go see those kittens in Brooklyn, if you like. Their costumes look amazing!
  • Fashion week moves to Paris in a couple of weeks, and I’m always eager to see what Iris van Herpen has up her sleeve. This video demonstrates some of the innovative ways she approaches her designs. I love the marriage of high tech and traditional techniques.

OK, have a great weekend. Are you busy watching the countdown clock? Monday isn’t far away.











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  1. Darcy

    I was just dreaming up ways to make this book work for my little boy Can’t wait to see more on that! I have been watching the count down clock! And rereading the intro post a thousand times! Can’t wait!

  2. María

    Liesl, maybe you’d like to see this…
    It’s not the Paris Opera Ballet, but you would surely enjoy it.

    I love to read your “we” talking about Spain and Europe… We have, we call them… You are becoming one of us!!

    1. Liesl

      Maria, we saw it last week! That’s where S goes to ballet school, and I was quite impressed with the skill of the dancers as well as the choreography. Thanks for thinking of us!

  3. Oh! It’s my natal city. I’m actually here for a couple of weeks. Nice to zee that you get our style so easily.

    I can’t wait for the new book release.

    Enjoy your trip 🙂


  4. You can´t have enough of Paris, is that right? I just love the city, and I hope to come back many times yet. I also vote for a women´s version of your book!! i am in love with the girls dresses version. It is not just the thousands of dresses you can make with just one book, but everything you learn. A whole new world just opened to me, I can change things!!

  5. Colleen Donnelly

    I love the yogurt containers.

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