PatternReview Blog > Chat with Liesl Gibson, Wednesday, August 4th, 8 PM EST|
|Chat with Liesl Gibson, Wednesday, August 4th, 8 PM EST||By DianeSev on 7/29/10 12:34 PM
|Chat with Liesl Gibson, Wednesday, August 4th, 8 PM Eastern Time (5 Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central)!
Join us on Wednesday, August 4th at 8 PM EST for a chat with Liesl Gibson on "Kids' Sewing and Oliver + S Patterns".
When Oliver + S founder, Liesl Gibson, began searching for clothing patterns for her new daughter, she was disappointed by the lack of contemporary design and the outdated fit specifications she encountered across the market. Ultimately, she began creating her own patterns. “The potential for sewing unique and wonderful children’s clothing is limitless,” she says. “But I couldn’t find patterns that inspired me to sew. So I created my own.”
Launched in spring 2008 with four styles for little girls, Oliver + S refreshed a product category that had been dormant for over a decade. Mothers and grandmothers immediately responded by snapping up the new patterns and starting to sew again for their daughters and granddaughters. Responding to customers’ requests, Liesl debuted her first patterns for boys in the fall of 2008. Oliver + S continues releasing two new collections of patterns for girls and boys up to age 12 each year.
A native of Wisconsin, Liesl grew up around the sewing machine. Both her mother and grandmother are accomplished seamstresses and practitioners of needle arts, and her mother sewed much of her clothing when she was young.
She started sketching clothing designs at age nine, joking that someday she would design her own lines. She eventually taught herself to sew in one afternoon, producing a jumper that she wore the same day. “Sewing is just something that seems to come naturally for me,” she says.
After working in publishing and finance early in her career, Liesl returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having her daughter in 2005, she worked as a designer for such high-profile fashion brands as Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.
In addition to running her company and chasing after a child, she teaches sewing classes featuring Oliver + S designs at independent fabric stores around the country. Her first fabric collection, City Weekend, is being released by Moda in September, 2010. In the spring of 2010, she received the FabShop Network’s Rising Star award.
Liesl Gibson has lived in Manhattan since 1991 and since 2005 has authored her popular personal blog, disdressed, which covers sewing and design issues combined with observations about daily life as an entrepreneur, parent, crafter, and New Yorker.
The chat is open to all Friends of PR members. Chat instructions will be posted on the PR home page on Wednesday morning.
Can't attend the chat? E-mail us the questions you want asked, and we'll make sure that Liesl gets them.
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