April 9, 2011

Liesl & Co.

I don't consider myself a seamstress (sewer? sewist?) by any means.  But I have learned to sew a bit these last few years.  My mom taught me the basics when I was a teen and I sewed a few items, but never really liked what I made.  Since a friend gave me an old 1930's Singer I've attempted to make a few items for Isabella and I've loved it.  Other than coaching from my mom (and a bit from my sister) I owe my sewing success to the Oliver + S patterns created by Liesl & Co.  I have loved everything I have made.  I so wish I had more time, money and space to make more of these adorable clothes for my children.

Last Saturday Liesl was part of the Crafternoon at the New York Public Library.  Last minute I decided to head down there with Isabella to make super cute paper dolls.  It was a pleasure to meet Liesl and thank her, in person, for teaching me how to sew.  She was fun to talk with and generously held Simon almost the whole time as she met and talked with a room full of crafters.

Here are the clothes I made from the Oliver + S patterns.  I really want to make more...

The 2+2 blouse and skirt.  I made the mistake of making the top green.
She only wore the top twice because it was green.
The skirt got plenty of use (with a purchased pink top).

The bubble dress.  She'll wear this again this summer.

The lazy days skirt.  Super-duper easy!  I plan to make a few more this year.
Click on the link for the free tutorial.

The tea-party sundress.  Isabella's favorite!  She still asks if she can wear it.
It's too small & has been in storage for 2 years now.


  1. Nice work Kiasa! I am going to buy this book next week.

  2. Way to go! I agree with your sentiments...oh to have the time to sew all I want!! I've had my eye on those patterns, but have resisted due to the large amounts of free tutorials online. But perhaps it's time I buy it anyway. I just finished a lovely skirt for Eleanor (the market skirt) from dana-made-it.com. Also super easy and really cute. Let's see each other soon!

  3. nice job! i've been planning on buying the book as well

  4. I just got the book a week or so ago from Amazon (the price was amazing). I think it is a beautiful book and can't wait to dive into one of the projects.

    Ashley, I've loved dana-made-it stuff, but I haven't actually made anything of hers yet. I'll have to give that one a whirl!

  5. What were you thinking making the top green? Gosh, Kiasa! Other than that (wink!), those clothes are so cute! You did a great job!


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