Brooklyn-based Liesl Gibson is the creator of amazing brands that promote simple, stylish patterns and projects for sewing enthusiasts. Before launching her first brand, Oliver + S in 2008, Liesl earned a degree from FIT and worked for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Since then, she’s created the womens pattern line Lisette, available at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and the gifts and accessories pattern line Straight Stitch Society. We love just about all her creations, but we thought we’d share 5 of our favorites to introduce you to the awesomeness that is Liesl.

Art Museum Vest & Trousers By Oliver + S

Not only will you find great patterns for sale, like this Art Museum Vest & Trousers pattern, available for $15.95 on the Oliver + S site, but you’ll also find helpful sewing technique tutorials, free pattern downloads, a forum, and even a Dress the Paper Doll game.

Embellished Roller Skate Dress By Oliver + S

Another favorite is this Roller Skate Dress & Tunic pattern, available for $15.95. It looks so adorable and fun to wear. You can even add a colorful appliqué embellishment like the one shown here using the free downloadable template.

Passport Dress & Jacket By Lisette

Many stylish women’s options are included in the Lisette line, like this Passport Dress & Jacket pattern, available for $12.95. We love how versatile this look is. The dress is sleeveless, and you’re given a choice of a ruffled or band collar on the jacket.

Stroll Cape Sewing Pattern By Lisette

Each pattern is rated with a difficulty level, so there’s something for everyone. This super cute, fully lined stroll cape, for example, is advanced beginner.

DIY Shoelace Tutorial By Liesl Gibson

There’s lots of creative projects in the simple accessory realm too. This shoelace project is great. You can learn how to make your own pair on the Lisette blog and on Creative Bug.

Of course, this is just a taste of what Liesl has to offer as part of all her lines. Head over to Oliver & S for more inspiring patterns. Happy sewing!

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One Response to 5 Stylish Sewing Projects By Liesl Gibson
  1. I am going to be working on some uhnefisnid projects, I took a couple of classes recently and want to finish the projects I started in the classes, the first one is a Face class, using misc. bright fabrics of our choice and machine raw edge applique, we designed abstract faces during the class, now I need to put the finishing touches on it, such as the hair (which is a combination of Angelina fibers fused and cut into somewhat oval shapes) and then couching various yarns and fibers in colors to match my fabric colors over the Angelina Fibers. After that I need to put my border fabrics on it and then decide if I want to finish it as a wall hanging or a pillow. The next is a class I took at Road 2 California. It was taught by Irena Bluhm and is about using colored pencils to fill in already stitched designs with various colors and shades. I finished the initial design, now I need to complete some background stitching and then decide how I want to use the completed square. I am thinking a wall hanging or as a design on a tote bag. I love learning new things and I am excited to get these finished!


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