don’t mess with liesl, that’s all i have to say. today, i am the proud survivor of liesl bootcamp, having successfully completed my first oliver + s pattern. i first saw these shorts popping up in blogland last summer, and had them mentally bookmarked (life was so hard before i found pinterest). in my recent sewing shopping spree, i selected a few o+s patterns along with my ample fabric purchases, and a majority of my cutting leading up to kcw included these patterns. for months i’ve been admiring their design and reading about the impeccable quality of the product and garment, the clarity of the patterns, the innovative techniques, etc. needless to say, a lot of anticipation had built to finally MAKE one of them.
wow. i already know these are the best made shorts bean will ever own, because there is no way i would shell out the amount of money it would cost to purchase a similar pair that someone else made. the degree of detail involved is like nothing i’ve ever sewn. i purposely made them loose because ideally, she will wear these until she’s 16 (actually, they seem to fit perfectly right now). i’m not an expert seamstress by a stretch, but i’ve made my share of shorts…i cut out the pattern pieces and i had no idea what on earth i was looking at until the second to last step of construction. seriously. i needed a key to figure out how to properly mark and cut the pattern (i previously treated dots and notches as optional), and the instructions are in paragraph form with diagrams. undoubtedly, i prefer more vs. less information, especially for something totally unfamiliar, but i had to read each step at least 5 times, sentence by sentence, and often aloud to myself to really intuit what to do next.
while this level of involvement rubs the sewing-from-the-hip part of me the wrong way to a small degree, i really can’t argue with the finished product or the process. i didn’t have to rip a *single* seam, and believe me, a lot of seams were sewn. for how complex it was, to me this speaks volumes about the clarity of the instructions. with other, more basic patterns, i am at a place where i can alter things here and there at my convenience or desire, and the garment will turn out fine. but i will always shut up and listen to liesl! there is no room for alteration or improvement on her patterns…they are already flawless.
the denim looking fabric is actually a yarn dyed essex linen, so more flexible and breathable than denim, but still pretty sturdy. the accent fabric is a quilting cotton from joann’s, which i selected because something about it is reminiscent of my grandparents’ house growing up…i can’t quite put my finger on it…a throw pillow? a blanket? an article of clothing? can any rahmans confirm or deny? anyway, when bean saw these, she said, “oh, those are BEAUTIFUL!” and immediately after, “but where are the pockets? where are the pockets, mom?” evidently, the pattern *could* use some improvement.
also, this awesome little sport is obviously tiring of the photo shoots. fortunately, that can easily be remedied by some ducklings (the promise of which bribed the above photo shoot to begin with).
and so, while i’m overall really pleased with my first foray into o+s, i’m at a bit of an impasse with what to tackle next for kcw. everything else i have cut is also o+s, but honestly, i need a break from that level of concentration, particularly since me and the little guy are feeling under the weather. maybe tomorrow’s post will be a recipe for soup…