McCalls 6696 : Shirtdress
Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Navy Kevin
This is not my first constellations dress and it probably won’t be my last. I have a thing for stars. This Kevin print from Liberty is in my top 10 fav Liberty prints of all time. I have metres and metres of the grey colourway that I plan on making a pajama set with. Deluxe!
I am in love with this dress. I made a sleeveless chambray version of this pattern last summer and I knew I would make another one. This is a dream shirt dress pattern – lovely full skirt with pleating, side seam pockets, sweet gathering on the back bodice and a built in waistband which adds to the perfect silhouette. Sleeveless dresses are great for summer but I find that I don’t wear them as often as my dresses with sleeves, so this dress needed sleeves. I love this dress even more with sleeves! It works for any occasion. Dressy, but casual, a vintage vibe and also very comfortable.
I’m off to my cousin’s wedding shower today and I feel perfectly dressed.
Vogue 8901 : Dress Version A
Liberty of London Stanley Tana Lawn
Lizzy told me I needed to make this pattern a little while ago and she was spot on. I fell in love with this dress pattern when I saw how the side seams overlap in such a clever way and all that lovely skirt pleating. This dress was my first version. But almost immediately I cut out two more versions with Liberty making the skirt a litle bit longer, for a more formal look. I also made a skirt version out of Liberty Belmont Ivy, which you saw just a few days ago.
Liberty Stanley is a favourite print of mine. I love this colourway so much that I also bought this exact print in Dufour Jersey that I’m stashing for just the right project. The upper bodice is lined and I used solid voile for that.
My second version of this dress is in Liberty Alexandra. Can’t wait to show you!
Grainline Studio : Scout Tee
Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Douglas Stripe
One of the amazing things about Liberty fabric how it transforms depending on your distance from the print. Up close the prints are filled with intricate details, elaborate scenes and hilarious subjects, but when you step back they take on a totally different and sophisticated feel. Douglas Stripe is one of the more subtle examples of this with the soft pastel striping the moves through the tiny fields of flowers.
I’ve made one modification on this Scout Tee, adding to the few changes on my Liberty Mistral version. I did try adding a bit of fullness to the sleeve which is why you can see some tiny gathers on the sleep cap. Sleeve cap gathers always do it for me.
Vogue 8901 Dress modified to a Midi Skirt with simple waistband
Liberty of London Belmont Ivy Tana Lawn
Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee
Chambray Union Stretch with Liberty of London Stanley Bias Trim & Yoke Facing
I realize now that I haven’t yet posted the two Liberty dresses that I made from this Vogue 8901 pattern. You’ll see them both before Me Made May is over. They are so pretty and I love the skirt so much that when I wanted to make a Midi Skirt, I decided to steal the skirt from this dress pattern and add my own waistband.
It worked perfectly. The skirt has a hundred small pleats (or just lots of them) and I like the way it adds fullness without making the skirt look poufy. This is a new length for me. I’ve been enjoying having a skirt that hits just below the knee.
I’m wearing it with my Camber Set Tee and here you can see the shortened length. I cropped this tee from the original length I made it, so that it would work better with skirts and it’s just right. It hits just below the waistband.
When I look through all my Liberty clothing, I’m realizing this is my first Liberty skirt. I have so many tops and dresses. I’m going to have to work on more Liberty skirts this summer. And I might need a pair of Liberty pants too.
The Staple Dress by April Rhodes
Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Midnight
It doesn’t get much easier than The Staple Dress, so fabric choice makes all the difference here. I prefer this simple style with a lightweight fabric like my first one in voile or Liberty Tana Lawn. I also saw a sweet version that Adrienne made last week using the new Cotton + Steel Rayon and it was amazing.
With just two main pieces and some bias trim this whips up very quickly. For me, the shirring is a must to add shape but adding a belt is another easy option.
The pattern has ‘optional’ side seam pockets but pockets are essential in my world.
Grainline Studio : Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London Dufour Jersey : My Little Star
When I went to London in January with Lizzy & Katherine, one of our shopping adventures took us to the famous Shaukat store. By far, the biggest collection of Liberty past and present that I’ve ever seen. I treated myself to two old favourite Liberty prints in Dufour Jersey – My Little Star and Stanley. I’ve been wanting to try this lightweight jersey for such a long time. I’ll admit that this thin jersey had me a little fearful, but I didn’t have a single problem working with it the same way I’ve been working with other knits.
I love how slinky the fabric is and how it changes the look of the Linden. To me, it definitely feels and looks so much dressier with this weight of fabric.
If this print looks familiar, maybe you remember my dress from summer 2009? I still love these Liberty stars just as much! (maybe even more)
Make a Linden with me at the workroom or pick up a copy of the pattern here.
Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London : Murray Loopback Fleece in Pink Morris
Surprise! Another Linden in Liberty. This was my first time using the Murray Loopback fleece. This is the summer weight fleece that isn’t brushed on the inside like the Linford Fleece. It has more of a terry feel and it’s just as lovely.
Normally I just cut my sleeve cuffs and neck band on the bias, but for this version I also cut my hem band on the bias too. I had enough fabric and I like the way the Liberty Morris pattern looks on the bias.
In anticipation of the warmer weather, I’m starting to experiment with using lightweight jersey with this pattern. I’m afraid you’re going to have to endure my ongoing Linden obsession for a bit longer!
Linden in Dulwich Park Liberty Fleece
Linden in Manning Liberty Fleece
Grainline Studio : Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London : Manning Linford Fleece
This is my third Linden. Linden #1 is here.
One of the things that I love about the Linden is that it comes together quite quickly. When I feel like I want to sew something but don’t have a lot of time, the Linden does the trick. I get the satisfaction of sewing something from start to finish and I also get to add another sweatshirt to my collection. Win. Win.
Now that I know the fit is perfect, as I’m sewing the Linden together I like to twin needle stitch each seam. It takes a little extra time, but I love the way this detail looks.
Don’t forget! If you’re making self ribbing from the Liberty Fleece, you want to cut it on the bias.
Has anyone made any modifications to this pattern? I think I’m ready to experiment…
Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Liberty of London Linford Fleece : Dulwich Park
I gotta say that I’ve fallen hard for this pattern. It’s a REALLY good one. Of course the fact that it’s winter just makes me fall harder for this cozy top.
I’ve been stashing a few pieces of Liberty fleece with the intention of making sweatshirts. This one was my ‘test version’ and thank goodness it went well!
The pattern has just eight pieces for version A. I didn’t have any ribbing on hand so decided to just use the fleece. I noticed that the fleece wasn’t really stretchy so I cut the neck band and cuff bands on the bias. I really like how the self fabric looks. It’s a great option since nice ribbing is so hard to find.
I used my serger to put the Linden together. It’s amazing how quickly things come together with a serger. More and more I really love working with knits and my serger. Of course, you can totally make this project very easily with just your sewing machine. I used my twin needle to top stitch around the finished neck band and the bottom hem.
Immediately after I made this, I made another one in Liberty of London Manning. Right after, that I made one in some grey french terry I found in my stash. I probably won’t stop making them because I don’t want to stop wearing them. Luckily there happens to be a big shipment of Liberty coming really soon with some pretty fleece for more Lindens.
Do you want to make a Linden with me? I’m doing a Linden class at the workroom!
Victory Patterns : Hazel Dress
Liberty of London : Umbria
I love a clever sewing pattern. The Hazel dress is one of those. I just love the way this pattern sews up, how the lining is added to make everything clean finished on the insides, that there is no zipper and the adorable bow! The pattern shows doing contrast fabrics for the top and the skirt, but I’m boring and love just using one fabric. Plus, I really love this particular Liberty Print, so I was happy to only showcase Umbria. To sum it up, this pattern is pretty awesome. So much so, that I used it to create a sleeveless shift version dress. I’ll post that one soon.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be making another Hazel with at least one of the new Fall 2014 Liberty prints that should be arriving this week!