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!
Victory Patterns : Roxanne Top
Liberty of London : Growing Fonder Tana Lawn Cotton
We’re halfway through May and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I have been doing the Me Made May challenge for this month. Me Made May is an opportunity for people who knit or stitch handmade clothing to celebrate their wardrobe. I am NOT sewing a new garment everyday! I’m using this opportunity to celebrate my years of building my handmade wardrobe. I’m also taking the opportunity to document newer garments that I’ve never really shared and to re-document some old favourites. I’m loving looking into my closet each morning with fresh eyes and picking an outfit to share with you.
This is my second Roxanne top. I just loved the other version and wanted to try the second option with sleeves and the tie. I decided to use the beautiful Liberty of London Growing Fonder Print. I love the detail of this pattern and the fine lines. If you look closely you will also see there are metallic accents here and there. It’s just gorgeous. I decided to do some extreme pattern matching for this tunic. When I was sewing this, I was also watching the Great British Sewing Bee and imagined Patrick Grant judging my work. He’s a tough cookie, but he would appreciate these fine details. This really inspired me to push myself! I was very careful to centre the pattern on the front , the back and also each of the sleeves. I cut each sleeve separately and made sure the pattern was identical on each one. I also made sure that the pattern lined up as you go around the top from front to sleeve to back. To be extra extreme, on the back, I carefully calculated so that the pattern matched up in the centre from the back yoke to the back bodice, ACROSS THE SEAM! No one will ever know, but even the facing on the front neckline perfectly matched the piece it was sewn to. This took a fair bit of time, but I really enjoyed the challenge.
The one little snag I ran into was just a result of me not fully reading the pattern. When you sew in the sleeves for this, you use a smaller seam allowance of 3/8″ rather than the 5/8″ that you use for the rest of the pattern. When I figured this out, it really made a difference on how the sleeves fit!
I love the drama of this pattern! When you wear it, the way the back flows out and the way the back hem curves down just feels so fancy and fun!
I’m collecting all my Me Made May photos here and I’ll be posting lots of new garments for the rest of the month!
Portfolio Tunic : Lisette for Simplicity (out of print!)
Liberty of London Tana Lawn Cotton : Scilly Flora
I loved this top in the shorter version, and I love it even more in this longer version. It’s the cute pockets that make it. The Portfolio is just a super pretty design. It’s a shame that the pattern is out of print. But the good news is that Liesl just re-released a new version of the pattern called the Cappuccino Dress.
As always, Liberty is the perfect fabric and this particular print was from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection called The Flower Show. The Scilly Flora print is actually made up of hand drawings done by a class of students in a range of ages. The grey with peachy accents is pretty much my dream colour combo.
When I get hooked onto a pattern, I can’t help but make a few. I can tell that this is going to be a new staple style in my wardrobe.