weekend links

Hello friends!

How was your week? We’ve been having some absolutely beautiful weather recently, and I’m starting to see a lot more tourists in the neighborhood again. Usually we have at least one month in spring in which it rains every day, but it looks like we won’t be getting that this year. Everyone is quite worried, actually, but it’s difficult to complain when you can sit outside with a beer or a coffee, you know?

Spain loves its outdoor cafes, and the cafe just around the corner from us recently replaced their seating with elegant French chairs, so we’re feeling especially excited to try them out these days. Every time I walk past I think of this article about the chairs. Why do I care about cafe chairs, you ask. That’s a very good question, and I don’t have a good answer for you. I guess I just like beautiful things.

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Feeling Parisian in the neighborhood these days

Pinterest Picks

Two cute ideas for you. The first would be pretty with our newest Lisette for Butterick sundress pattern, B6661. The second would be great with our Liesl + Co. Neighborhood Sweatshirt, for which we just finished the sew-along. (Did you participate? I’d love to see what you made if you did!)

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This neckline detail has absolutely captivated me. So beautifully done with that perfectly-applied invisible zipper, and so elegant! And speaking of elegant, I just adore the button selection at Atelier Brunette. Finally, a source for really nice, quality buttons!

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Here are a couple of details that would lend themselves beautifully to our men’s All Day Shirt or to our Classic Shirt or Recital Shirt if you’re sewing for yourself.

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Two color combinations that I really love right now: dusty pink with forest or military green and tomato red with rich khaki.

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Last year I bought an egg coloring kit and promptly lost it as I was packing for our move. But I’ve found it and we’re definitely decorating eggs this year.

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I’m thinking about a lengthened Liesl + Co. City Stroll Wrap Skirt in silk satin, sort of like these. It would be easy to get the sarong effect, too.

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Weekend Reading

  • Hurray for visible mending (sashiko)!
  • I love Hermes’ commitment to traditional artisanship.
  • What a busy, fascinating day!
  • This “very easily entertained UPS driver” loves dogs, and I adore his enthusiasm for them. (Also, his personal Instagram is full of fantastic, colorful shots from his route.)
  • Have you tried shampoo bars? I tried them years ago and liked them quite a bit, but it looks like they’ve even improved?
  • Also, my sister sent me this new approach to toothpaste, no plastic. I think I need to try this.
  • Profiles of people who have been working for many, many years and are truly experts at their work. And passionate about it. I love, especially, the gentleman who has been working as a pleater for 76 years. Someday they ask you: ‘When the pleating is not in fashion, what will you do?’ I do pleating! For me it never goes out, the pleating. Every day I can create a new style.”
  • Did I already share this? The New York Times published a terrific guide to caring for your clothes a while ago. It’s worth sharing again, even if I already have.

Don’t forget that we’re starting our Afternoon Tea Blouse sew-along and it’s not to late to join us! Pick up a copy of the pattern right here. I’ll be working on my Lisette for Butterick B6661 sundress this weekend as well. I’ll keep you posted on @lieslandco if you want to see how it’s going.

What are you making this weekend?




  1. AD

    Yayyyy, I was hoping that tube-less toothpaste would make it into Friday Links!

    1. Ha ha, I didn’t know you read it! xoxo

  2. Angie


    I always look forward to your Weekend Links. I am on Spring Break and am planning to sew yet another version of the Classic Shirt. It’s the best! I appreciate the link to the article on caring for your clothes and making them last. When I have spent so much time creating a garment I truly love, I want it to last. Also wondering if there will be new spring Oliver and S patterns? Your patterns are truly the best!

    1. Angie, that’s so great! I’m about to cut out a whole bunch of Classic Shirts for myself, so we’ll have to compare notes! I’d love to see how they turn out.

      There will, indeed, be a new Oliver + S pattern. We aren’t producing many these days because they aren’t selling very well, but I do love to make them.

  3. Suellen Christian Rodriguez

    I am working on A line dresses with contrasting hems to wear with leggings or jeans this summer. I will roll up my jeans, slip on my tennis shoes and will be ready for the summer in Southern oregon USA. I am going to make some really basic quilts this summer and my step daughter says her next baby girl will be named after me. I am thinking granny/baby dresses next. Sue

    1. That sounds wonderful, and congratulations!

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