Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What I made with Heather and Liesl

I just had what is probably one of the best weekends of my life. I got to sew in Vermont for 3ish days with Heather Ross and Liesl Gibson of Oliver & S. Because I have soooo much to say about this wonderful weekend, I figured two posts were necessary, one about what I made, and one all about the weekend itself.

I went into the weekend with three goals. Goal 1) To learn how to read a clothes pattern. Goal 2) To learn how to use said pattern to complete an outfit for the upcoming baby. Goal 3) To re-learn how to put in zippers, so that I can make copious amounts of zippered pouches. Everyone needs a zippered pouch right.

As you can see by the photos below, all three goals were accomplished! I figured a picture of me with the dress I made but I do hate how I look, thus it's place of honor at the bottom of the post. The dress made from this pattern is so freaking cute it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. The bloomers were super easy, and numerous pairs of those might be made, including some possible additions of ruffles. I already have the fabric picked out for dress number 2 from this pattern and hope to get through it this weekend, so I can keep some of the skills I learned. The zippered pouches need some finessing, but I got the technique down and Heather and I reverse engineered this zippered pouch I loved so I might try to re-do that without rushing.


  1. What an adorable dress and bloomers! :o) I love the Oliver + S patterns. Beware, though...other patterns are NOT like them at all! Other patterns are much harder to read (in my opinion!)
    I made the kimono-style pajamas last Christmas for my little girl. Much cuter than I could ever have imagined. Liesl does a great job designing clothes.

  2. The dress is awesome Katie, too cute! And its a wonderful picture of you, you look beautiful. so bummed that I missed out on this experience with you and Leslie. Boo Hoo.

  3. So Cute! I'd love to sew if I could bring myself to buy a sewing machine. LOL