i think most everyone probably had that teacher in high school / college whose teaching style really spoke to the way they learn. that teacher presented information in a way no one else could, and it just sunk in. for me there was a history/geography teacher in high school that taught us raunchy pneumonic devices (She Makes Him Eat Ovaries : Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario :: The Great Lakes). it worked.
for sewing, it’s really no secret that my favorite teacher has always been Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S. i stumbled across the free lazy days skirt not long after my husband gave me a sewing machine for mother’s day in 2009. her free popover sundress was my first pattern with pieces. the way she explains sewing is perfect for the way i learn, and i love her designs too.
i’ve now sewn 27 separate Oliver + S patterns (including those from Little Things to Sew), many multiple times.
i have learned so many techniques from Oliver + S patterns, and i believe i learn how to sew things the “right” way with every new pattern i sew.
this isn’t news – i professed my love for their patterns here, and in pretty much every Oliver + S pattern i’ve posted about since. i met Liesl at Quilt Market this spring, and after that, i’ve have been in regular touch with her, helping with new pattern launches in any small way that i can. it all comes easily though – i love to sew with Oliver + S patterns, and i love talking about my love for them!
Liesl was one of the first modern indie kids clothes patternmakers and remains the gold standard – i think many kid’s pattern designers and sewing bloggers owe a lot to Liesl, ya know? she really knows her stuff, she’s a creative person, she builds community, and i think she helped usher modern sewing for kids into popularity. i know i wouldn’t be blogging today without the support i received from the flickr group.
if you sew an Oliver + S pattern, you can make a boutique-quality garment. and that’s my goal – not to make homemade clothes, but handmade clothes.
so when Liesl asked me to become a contributor to the Oliver + S blog, of course i jumped at the chance. i’ll be working behind the scenes coordinating guest posts and brainstorming new ways for people to join in the sewing fun with Oliver + S patterns, and occasionally writing posts of my own too.
Liesl’s sweet intro for me went up yesterday, and my first post, up today, is a photo walkthrough (with bonus tips!) for the welt pocket method that’s included in the Art Museum Vest + Trousers pattern. i first posted my Art Museum outfit here, and hope the photo tutorial helps take any remaining intimidation factor away.
>> > come check it out! < <<
as for why Liesl chose me for this gig? that remains a mystery.