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CraftSanity Podcast Episode 106: Go behind the scenes with Oliver + S Children’s Clothing Pattern Designer Liesl Gibson


On this episode of CraftSanity, Liesl Gibson shares the story of how she started her Brooklyn-based pattern company, Oliver + S. If you lurk around sewing blogs or frequent an independent fabric shop, you’ve probably seen her classic line that features darling designs to sew for girls and boys.

Each pattern comes with a paper doll that sports the designs featured in the patten. And to boost the cute factor even higher, Oliver + S just released a spool dog cut-out as seen in the photo above.

From the fashion district to Wall Street, Liesl’s path to launching her own line of children’s clothing patterns is entertaining and inspiring. Tune in to hear Liesl chat about everything from her childhood days watching her mother sew to working in the fashion industry, and the challenges of running a handmade business.

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Comment from April
Time: October 23, 2009, 3:29 pm

I can’t want to see your version of the Jump Rope Dress for your little girl… and then see the matching one that you said you have for yourself.

Comment from Colleen
Time: October 27, 2009, 2:27 pm

These look like such great patterns – I want to make them even though I am the mom of teenage boys! I would love to see Leisl Gibson branch out into women’s clothing – patterns with the teaching approach to making quality garments for grown ups would be wonderful!

Comment from claire
Time: October 27, 2009, 7:51 pm

i love using these patterns, they are really friendly and not too mention SO cute! thanks for this interview, i can’t wait to listen

Comment from linda
Time: October 28, 2009, 6:05 am

Great podcast! Love oliver + s…the work is so adorable…such cute illustrations to accompany the patterns. I’m an absolute beginner, so really like the various levels of kits they have.

Comment from Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate)
Time: October 30, 2009, 6:15 am

I’ve just discovered your blog and listened to my first podcast of yours – and I loved it! Such a great interview, so inspiring. The funny thing is, I just bought my first Oliver + S pattern last week (my little girl is 3 months old).

I’m off to listen to more of your interviews. They are great while doing the repetitive side of some of my crafting.

Comment from Madeline
Time: November 2, 2009, 12:20 am

We just opened a fabric store this July in Oceanside, CA, and the Oliver & S patterns have brought so much to our table! They have been some of our best selling patterns!! Everyone loves them! Thank you so much for this episode! I love, love, love to know how these independent-fabric-store-supporting companies got their start!!
Madeline

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Comment from Lindy
Time: June 16, 2010, 6:10 pm

I came across this these patterns just the other day and couldn’t believe how cute they were. I can’t wait to get these to see how to make them for my little girl. When I was looking for podcast previous podcast I came up on and couldn’t wait to listen to it.

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