I don't know that Liesl needs much of an introduction. If you've ever used an Oliver + S pattern, you are enjoying the creative fruits of her work! I'd like to follow her around for a day and see how she does all that she does, from quilt market to fabric design and pattern production, all while enjoying the big apple with her sweet family. Dream life, right? She's here today, sharing a collaborative work with the "S" from Oliver + S, her daughter! Welcome, Liesl!
Stuck. Onto a dress.We chose the book Stuck, by one of our favorite picture book authors, Oliver Jeffers, whose stories and illustrations are so amusing and quirky. This book doesn’t disappoint! It’s all about Floyd, whose kite gets stuck in a tree, and he has quite an adventure trying to free it again.
And then they’re all stuck.
for yourself (and share it with someone little who can appreciate the silliness and giggle along with you). We enjoyed the totally silly aspect of this story SO much that we thought a very silly dress was in order.
So I set about constructing a tree on the front of an Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress. S and I chose a men’s shirting fabric with a subtle light blue houndstooth pattern, and I fused fabric to the dress to make a tree trunk as well as several layers of silk chiffon and a few cotton leaf shapes for the tree leaves themselves. I wanted to achieve some depth to the leaves, to imitate the painterly effect of the book’s illustrations. I added free motion embroidery in two different thread colors for the tree leaves as well. Then I fused two layers of cotton fabric together and cut out the leaves that hide snaps for all the “additions” to the tree. They were hand stitched to the dress, on top of the applique. (If you try something like this, I highly recommend Mistyfuse for the fusible adhesive
because it doesn’t make your fabric thick or stiff. The multiple layers of fabrics that comprise this tree
aren’t stiff at all!
layers of fabric together (including a heavy canvas backing) to add stiffness to her drawings and attached a snap to the back of each piece so they could be snapped onto the dress in a very literal (and silly) retelling of the story. To add the kite, we simply lifted a leaf and snapped the kite to the dress.
those things that get stuck in the tree. A kite-shaped bag seemed appropriate.
And so, as we tell the story, S can add those items to her own tree, making an increasingly ridiculous dress. Somewhat silly dress:
I think my girls would like a whole forest of these dresses! Thank you so much, Liesl!