Liesl + Co. Everyday Skirt in Dotty Chambray!

I recently got an email from the lovely Liesl of Oliver + S, asking if I would like to try out some patterns from her new women’s line– and of course I jumped at the chance!  I have always admired her patterns for kids and couldn’t wait to see what she had come up with for the grown ups.  I chose the Everyday Skirt right away, an easy-to-sew skirt with front pockets, smooth side panels, flat front waistband and an elastic back to eliminate zippers and buttons. DSC_0534These are digital, PDF patterns- not my favorite format, I prefer printed patterns in all of their pretty packaging 🙂  But these were totally painless, and I was able to get them printed and put together quickly.DSC_0543This skirt is soooo easy to make, but I love the results- a little more detailed than just a simple gathered skirt.  The smooth side panels eliminate any extra bulk at the hips, and you can adjust the elastic at the back at the very end to make sure the fit is exactly right.
DSC_0540I chose a size small based on my lower waist measurement, where this skirt is designed to rest.  However, at the end I decided to make it sit at my natural waist, so I would size down to an x-small on the next one.
DSC_0531I was able to sew the entire skirt in one evening- practically unheard of for me, I am not a fast sewist! 😉  These patterns are geared towards beginners, and the instructions are very clear with great diagrams for visual learners like me.

Details….DSC_0558I love the pockets- the top is sewn into the waist band so they don’t flop around and get bunched up in there.DSC_0550The fabric is from the Robert Kaufman Chambray Union line, currently sold out most places but available here. I made the pocket lining in a light blue shot cotton because I didn’t have enough of the main fabric, and because I like how it looks…I was able to (barely) squeak by with less than a yard of fabric for this skirt, because it is 57″ wide.  This little t-shirt I am wearing is a cropped Briar that I made a while back.DSC_0559

Later this week I will have another project from this line to show you, the Weekend Getaway blouse…in the meantime head on over to the Oliver + S blog to check out all of the new patterns!


  • Oooh, cute! And your pictures are, as always, beautiful!

    • Kelly

      Oh, thanks! I have been taking a photography course and this set of photos are the first that I haven’t had to edit exposure and other things so I am happy to have my camera figured out a little better!

  • This is the perfect simple skirt! The flat side panels are a great idea. I love the fabric you chose!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Morgan!

  • Julie S

    Adorable skirt and I love the lack of side seams. I’m wearing my Archer in this fabric almost to death and was so glad to have tracked down more to make a back up. Now you have me thinking of using it for a skirt instead! Your photos are always so lovely.

    • Kelly

      Thank you! The fabric is great, isn’t it? I have a dress made from it as well 🙂

  • very cute! i’ll have to check out the new line of patterns. i like the idea of an elastic waist but always think it’ll look too much like kids wear. this looks great though!

    • Kelly

      I agree, but with elastic just in the back waist I think it keeps it looking more grown up 🙂

  • I think I’ll make this up! Flat panels – what a great idea !!This looks great on you and I love how you’ve styled it with you little boots.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! This would look great on you an it is so easy to make!

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  • I had no idea they made adult patterns! I always read reviews where people are raving over their children patterns. I am totally purchasing this skirt!

    • Kelly

      These are their first for adults, but I am sure they will make more if the response is good! I can see you making a lot of these skirts! 🙂

  • becki chitwood

    Very pretty! Those pockets are very cool, almost genius!
    This looks like a very easy and comfortable pattern.

    • Kelly

      It is so easy! It’s nice to be able to whip up a skirt in an evening 🙂

  • Ooh, much more tempted by this pattern now I’ve seen your lovely version! And because you say it sewed up in one evening…

    • Kelly

      Yes! Just to clarify, I printed and taped the pattern and cut out the skirt one evening, and then sewed it the next evening…so the total work was spread over two nights 🙂 But still, pretty fast!

  • I love the simplicity and I love your fabric choice. Looks like i’ll have to be quick to get my hands on some 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thanks! It looks like some of the shops have it on back order to arrive in November…it’s been popular so it seems like they might keep it around for a while.

  • This looks so great! I love the simplicity of this skirt, and the fabric you chose – I might have to copy-cat you! 🙂 Also, your hair looks absolutely gorgeous in these photos 😉

    • Kelly

      Thanks Sally! Definitely copy cat, I love wearing this skirt! And this was a rare day that my hair wasn’t in a bun, ha. It can be pretty unruly!

  • BEAUTIFUL, Kelly! Love it on you, very nicely done. I started with the weekend getaway, but want to make this next! Gotta love and easy/flattering skirt.

    • Kelly

      The more I wear it, the more I like it! Of course I have a bunch more planned 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you make from these patterns!

  • Debera

    Nice skirt! I should confess that, with the link you provided, I broke my vow not to buy fabric until Christmas! You evil temptress! I’m telling myself this one doesn’t count because I’ve had my name on a waitlist for this for months. But that doesn’t excuse my spending spree on Linton tweed last week. I’ve been a bad, bad girl.

    • Kelly

      Haha, I am a total enabler 😉

  • This is lovely, great fabric choice as usual and looks like a really nice pattern. Your hair looks amazing as well – I’d love to be able to get my curls to look like that!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! It’s a great pattern, I have lots of ideas for it. My hair is quite wavy and frizzy left on it’s own, but this day I curled the top parts with my flat iron, it works great!

  • Both tshirt and skirt are really pretty. I like the idea of elastic only at the back waist. The spotted chambray is kind of special too.

    • Kelly

      Thank you! This fabric is really easy to wear, and it doesn’t wrinkle much which is awesome 🙂

  • Mireille

    You look absolutely fantastic in this skirt! I didn’t think I’d need another skirt pattern but I’m sold on it now. 🙂 Btw, what boots are you wearing? I have been looking for a pair like this for awhile.

    • Kelly

      Thanks, the pattern is great- I would definitely recommend it! The boots are from a company called Neuaura, they are a great company that makes eco-friendly shoes in Brazil…here’s a link:

  • Suzanne Williams

    It turned out great!! So pretty!!

    • Kelly

      Thank you 🙂

  • Cute skirt, and I can see why it’s called “Everyday Skirt.” Looks really comfy for everyday wear! PS – Your hair looks stunning in these pics.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! I have to make more of these because I have been wearing it a little too much…

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