So recently Leisl & Co sent out an ad asking for people to apply to be part of their advisors circle. Here’s what they said about the advisors circle:
As part of our advisors circle you’ll be able contribute your ideas to our pattern development process, and you’ll have the opportunity to sew special projects that will expand your horizons and deepen your skills. You’ll also get an insider’s perspective on our business.
What does that mean? First of all, occasionally I will reach out to Advisors Circle members with ideas for special, custom sewing projects that make use of our patterns. If you sign up to sew one of the project ideas for yourself or a child (depending on the pattern and your interests) you’ll get personal instruction and consulting from me to help you to make the project. In the process you’ll make something personal and unique and you’ll hopefully learn some new skills in the process. In exchange for this personal attention, you’ll agree to photograph your creation and contribute a post to the Oliver + S blog about your work (giving you credit, of course, and the opportunity to also share your work if you have a blog and/or social media channels). This way you’ll learn something new and you’ll share your new knowledge and fun project with our sewing community!
As part of our Advisors Circle, we’ll also occasionally ask you for feedback and opinions about upcoming project and pattern ideas, and you’ll get sneak peeks and insight on what’s coming next, as well as the opportunity to help guide our decisions. I love to bounce ideas of our customers, so I envision this to be like a mini-focus group. I’ll ask you what you want to sew next, which pattern ideas you prefer, what you think about some of my never-ending stream of creative ideas. (Todd gets tired of hearing them…) This is a great opportunity to learn while contributing to the Oliver + S and Liesl + Co. community.
This isn’t a request for pattern testers. This is a new idea and opportunity for people with a desire to expand their sewing knowledge and become an active part of the sewing community.
Clearly this sounded like an amazing opportunity. I’ve been sewing with their children’s patterns (Oliver + S) for a few years now and love them (see below). They are generally unfussy patterns but really well cut so they produce really good quality garments. I’ve also used their sewalongs for guidance – particularly on the school days jacket when I wanted to add a lining (my first ever time making a coat with or without lining!). So of course I threw my hat into the ring for the advisors circle – it sounded too good an opportunity to miss.
And guess what……drum roll……the suspense is killing you isn’t it……..still drumrolling.
I was selected! (I’m going to gloss over the fact that they chose 12 people instead of 8 – I’m sure I was at the top of the pile). Check out all the other awesome ladies in the circle here.
Anyway I’m massively excited about this opportunity. I’m just hoping they get as much out of me as I’ll get out of them. Things are already happening with us having a sneak peak of next seasons new patterns (hint – they’re lovely).
So watch this space – hopefully one day soon I’ll be blogging about some cool new patterns for me and my girls.