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!
that's fabulous! I love that S. did the drawings. And the kite bag is gorgeous. I have to add that book to my list for the next trip to the library . . .ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness this is so fantastic!! I love S's drawings. And the kite bag is amazing as well. What a fun project.ReplyDelete
A kite bag!!!! I'm dying here. And I've never seen this series before - I'll start looking at my kids' books in a whole new way now! Love!ReplyDelete
What a fun book! I will have to check that out. And I love that you collaborated with your daughter on this. The kite purse...super fantastic and my favorite piece! :)ReplyDelete
Too fun Liesl! What a clever idea! And your daughter is darling :)ReplyDelete
I've been waiting all week for this one and it did not disappoint! I love that S was involved in the process and that her hand is in the finished product. Adorable and perfect!ReplyDelete
What a fun dress and kite bag! and how fun that both of did this together!ReplyDelete
My girls also love this book, and they would love snapping fire trucks and whales to their dresses I am sure! Cute idea Liesl!ReplyDelete
So fun! The kite bag really puts the outfit over the top!ReplyDelete
oh my, that kite bag is perfect!ReplyDelete
So charming! This idea lends itself to a lot of stories (thinking like a kindergarten teacher here!). Love it!ReplyDelete
Such creativity! I love it. And so fun for your daughter.ReplyDelete
How fun! I really love the kite bag!ReplyDelete
so fun to see a post from Liesl! We too love this book, and this dress is a fabulous spin on it. So creative with the interactive pieces, and love it that S got to have a part in creating it as well.ReplyDelete
So fun! What a cute and creative dress!! The kite bag is so great.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness....WE LOVE THIS BOOK!ReplyDelete
Your project is brilliant.
Love the kite bag! What a great version of the book. :)ReplyDelete
The dress is adorable! I love the kite bag for keeping the pieces together.:)ReplyDelete
This is SO cute! And that kite shaped bag is genius!ReplyDelete
- Elisa from CharmingDoodle.com
Liesl does guest posts now...??? Awesome!!! ;) I love this dress, such a fun inspiration.ReplyDelete
Oh, the kite bag! Amazing.ReplyDelete
That's adorable! I'm such a huge fan of Liesl's work, too. Brava!ReplyDelete
This is awesome, and I think it's so great that you worked on this with your daughter! The pictures she drew and the way the snap on the tree--so cool!ReplyDelete