weekend links

Hello friends!

We are up to our chins in final preparations for the fall patterns, which will be going to the printers in just a couple of weeks. Last week I sewed eight shirts in seven days in preparation for the photo shoots, so that was an adventure! But the sewing studio is cleaned up now and I’m eager to introduce you to the new styles when they’re ready, probably in early September. And I’m already eager to get started on some more ideas I have for next spring!

Instagram Picks

So many cute things you’ve all been sewing this summer! Here are two that caught my eye this week: the color-blocked Lazy Days Skirt sewn by @sozoblog and the this stunning sleeveless Lisette for Butterick B6464 top sewn by @livefaithgirl. Beautiful, aren’t they?

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Pinterest Picks

It’s raining today, so I’ve been mining the craft closet for projects to keep S and a friend busy. These look like fun activities for a rainy (or very hot) day!

liesl's weekend links: weekend crafts
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The ice cream obsession continues. I’ve been making really thick drinking chocolate and freezing it in popsicle molds, and it’s delicious! Tastes just like fudgesicles.

liesl's weekend links: always ice cream
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I love how chic an oversized classic button-down shirt looks, and this link for the photo at below, left, has lots of styling ideas you could use for our Liesl + Co Classic Shirt pattern. Why does an oversized shirt look so, so good? Also, the photo below, right, reminded me of our Liesl + Co SoHo Shorts, which would look really elegant in white. And of course you could add belt loops with Shelley’s tutorial.

liesl's weekend links: Liesl + Co sewing inspiration
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I like both of these photos for their color palettes. The navy and white gingham in different scales on the right combined with blue and white is perfect for summer, while the mustard and olives shades at left are lovely for late summer or fall, don’t you think?

liesl's weekend links: kids color palettes
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Did you participate in the (free) Popover Sundress sew-along this week? I hope so! I’ve seen several cute sundresses on Instagram already. And I hope you caught all the darling Building Block Dresses sewn by the Frances Suzanne girls. (Psst! Be sure you’ve joined us in the Oliver + S Friends Facebook group; we’ve been posting some special offers there!)

liesl's weekend links: Oliver + S sewing
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Weekend Reading

  • This looks like quite a treasure trove of vintage pattern inspiration and information.
  • Karen at Fringe Association interviewed me about dress forms and whether they’re useful to have.
  • I’m such a sucker for the French girl mystique. But I think it’s actually more about the classic understated style than the French-ness, per se.
  • When I was 10 or 11 I wrote a fan letter to Michael Bond, the author of the Paddington Bear series, who recently passed away. He wrote me back and I still have his lovely note.
  • This one is for Todd, who (really!) can’t walk past a dog without stopping. Obviously we need to get one once we’ve settled down. These photos are darling!
  • And speaking of photos, can you even believe these were taken with an iPhone?
  • When I worked in the fashion industry I used to joke with my friends that I couldn’t afford to change jobs because it also meant changing wardrobes to reflect the message and customer of the house we designed for. Apparently authors also are affected by the characters they write! I’m looking forward to reading the book.
  • This is so much fun: what happens behind the scenes before the staging of a large-scale ballet? (I’m really sorry to be missing this one–it looks really good, and I’m a Ratmansky fan!)

Next week I’ll introduce you to my newest Lisette for Butterick designs and we’ll show you to a new line of sewing patterns we’ll be carrying. We’ll also have some really adorable Bucket Hats from our free pattern to show off!

Have a great weekend.




  1. darci

    as someone working in the fashion industry in a non-designer role- we call designer’s changing their wardrobe for a new job “drinking the kool aid”. We saw plenty of that at RL where there is such a specific design aesthetic 🙂 I could often spot fellow employees blocks away from the office based on how they were dressed. Sometimes it almost looked like costume.

    1. Yes! I was at a party a few weeks ago and was told that someone who works for RL was there as well. I could easily pick her out across the room long before we were introduced! Definitely a very specific look. I love that you refer to it as drinking the kool aid. So true, and unfortunately necessary for designers in an industry where image speaks volumes.

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