Rachel with her red Liberty printed cotton jersey wrap T-Shirt. The pattern is Butterick 5084 and works equally well in a stretchy viscose and elastane mix jersey as this pure cotton jersey (and also heavier cotton and elastane jerseys too).
Kitcat and Miaow visiting Granny (Jane) at the shop wearing their matching Liberty tana lawn Alice in Wonderland print dress and shirt. The pattern is Burda 9417 (as seen already for school shirts), they tie in at the back. Jane didn’t use any interfacing for the collars, the sleeves puff with elastic in the hem. They both have mismatched coloured buttons.
Miaow (age 5) is wearing a bee print cotton skirt trimmed with rick-rack and gathered onto yellow elastic which SHE MADE HERSELF! We helped a bit, she drove the sewing machine and overlocker with the pedals up on shoe boxes so she could reach. She sat on our lap and helped guide the fabric and shouted STOP! when she was going to drive off the edge. It’s probably the most fun you can have with a child without custard pies.
Didn’t she do well?!
Rachel terribly pleased with herself after making this t-shirt in Liberty pure cotton jersey.
She used Burda 6848 mock wrap t-shirt pattern with minor alterations to enable a good fit. Other than a bit of seam tape in the shoulders and ballpoint machine needles no special equipment or extras were required.
Miaow (age 4; not staying still for the camera) wearing her reversible wrap dress made using Liberty Lantana (80% Wool 20% Cotton) animals in the forest print with a spotty cotton lawn on reverse. Made by Bess.
Amazing Liberty blossom printed Tana Lawn cotton dress made using the Vintage Vogue Pattern V2960 (the dress has been altered from the pattern), made by Jane for Lulu.
If you can’t face the fiddle of making the belt yourself (we couldn’t) send the fabric off to Harlequin—they will do it for you along with covering buttons and various other fiddly jobs. It’s worth it as it looks so professional.
The dress petticoat is made up in a plain cotton lawn which has been bound with the Liberty lawn using a 19mm Bias Maker.
Leafy Chartreuse Green with Cream and Blue liberty style floral print 100% Pima Cotton Lawn
Navy, Cream and Brown liberty style small floral print 100% Pima Cotton Lawn
Bess made this heavy washed green linen coat on a weekend retreat by staying up practically all night for two nights and not skiving at all. She had even come prepared with her two grosgrain trims sewn to each other already and the pattern fully adjusted to fit and toile tweaked.
The linen had been pre-washed 5 times to eliminate excess dye that could leach onto the cotton grosgrain, and the dry clean only Liberty crepe de chine silk lining is also pre-washed (it’s okay).
There are no shoulder pads but a bit of semi-tailored interfacing around the chest area is used to improve the structure (along with cuffs, facings and pockets), all the trimmings were hand sewn so as not to change the drape.
Leaf Green, Paprika and Ochre Liberty Archive parasol print Pima Cotton Lawn
Purple, Green, Ivory and Blue Liberty Archive paisley print Pima Cotton Lawn
Purple, Green and Yellow Liberty Archive parasol print Pima Cotton Lawn
Navy Blue and Turquoise Liberty Archive art nouveau peacock feather print PVC laminated Cotton
Navy Blue and Turquoise Liberty Archive art nouveau peacock feather print Cotton Poplin Shirting
Light Blue, Navy and Brown Liberty Archive peacock feather print 96% Viscose 4% Elastane lightweight slinky Jersey
Leaf Green and Blue Liberty archive blossom printed Pima Cotton Lawn
Navy Blue and Cream Liberty archive blossom printed Pima Cotton Lawn
Blue, Green and Multicolour ‘Desert Island’ print Liberty Tana Lawn
Brown Blue and Multicolour ‘Desert Island’ print Liberty Tana Lawn
Pink and Multicolour ‘Land of Dreams’ print Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn
Multi Colour ‘Birds of Paradise’ print Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn
Black Mauve and Acid Yellow dappled spot print Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn
Black Olive and Burgundy windows print Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Teal and Orange leopard cats print Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn
Black and Taupe Leopard cats print Liberty Cotton Tana Lawn
Black with Green Pink and Blue floral print Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Blue and Brown abstract brush strokes print Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Brown and Multicolour ditsy floral print Liberty Lifestyle Cotton
Pink Lime and Blue 70’s geometric print Liberty Lifestyle Cotton
Red Yellow and Navy 70’s geometric print Liberty Lifestyle Cotton
Turquoise Blue, Orange and Multicolour 70’s floral print Liberty Lifestyle Cotton
Cream, Teal and Coral Pink Liberty Archive ink splat print Pima Cotton Lawn
Sage Green, Aqua and Denim Blue Liberty Archive ink splat print Pima Cotton Lawn
Turquoise and Red Liberty Archive peacock feather print Pima Cotton Lawn
Jade Green and Blue Liberty Archive peacock feather print Pima Cotton Lawn
Denim Blue, Grey and Leaf Green Liberty Archive parasol print Stretch Cotton Poplin
Denim Blue, Grey and Leaf Green Liberty Archive parasol print Pima Cotton Lawn
Royal Purple, Blue and Coral Liberty Archive parasol print Stretch Cotton Poplin
Royal Purple, Blue and Coral Liberty Archive parasol print Pima Cotton Lawn
Coral Red, Denim Blue and Stone Liberty Archive parasol print Pima Cotton Lawn
Cranberry Pink and Green Liberty Archive illustrated garden floral print Pima Cotton Lawn
Cream Violet and Blue Liberty Archive illustrated garden floral print Pima Cotton Lawn
Chandra wearing her beautifully made reversible cotton skirt using a Liberty archive printed lawn on one side and plain blue linen on the other. The pattern is by Sew me Something and is called “Viola”.
Elwen with her Liberty archive printed cotton lawn shift dress that reverses to show lime green organic cotton. It chucks over her head so there’s no need for a zip. The printed side is longer than the green side so with a reasonable hem you see a border of print when worn on the green side (trying to make each fabric the same length is a recipe for disaster). Patch pockets are added to each side.
The pattern is a discontinued Burda pinafore dress.
Navy Cotton Tana Lawn from Liberty
Powder Blue and Multicolour ‘Gally Moggers’ Alice in Wonderland printed Liberty Tana Cotton Lawn
Yellow and Multicolour ‘Gally Moggers’ Alice in Wonderland printed Liberty Tana Cotton Lawn
Orange / Peach / Navy ‘Half Moon’ spotty Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Plum / Aqua / Pink ‘Mirako’ Tokyo street scene printed Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Plum / Olive ‘Seventeen’ graphic floral printed Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Dark Green and Navy ‘Isabella Grace’ night garden floral printed Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine
Dark Green and Navy ‘Isabella Grace’ night garden floral printed Liberty Silk Crepe de Chine. Slight Seconds.
Navy / Green / Turquoise ‘Joy and sorrow’ bird and dragonfly printed Liberty Tana Lawn
Greens / Orange / Pink ‘Jack and Charlie’ pears printed Liberty Tana Lawn
Aqua and Candy Pink ‘Pepper’ ditsy floral printed Liberty Tana Lawn
Navy / Orange and Yellow ‘Howells Ladders’ printed Liberty Tana Lawn
Greens and Royal Blue ‘Hunter Truck’ car printed Liberty Tana Lawn
Emerald Green / Dark Blue and Magenta Pink ‘Ranga’ houses printed Liberty Tana Lawn
Teal / Pink and Blue ‘Claire-Aude’ floral printed Liberty Tana Lawn