Boho Inspired Liberty of London Dress

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

Greetings friends! I hope everyone has had a wonderful August and if it’s been summer where you are, I hope it hasn’t been too hot! I’m slightly ashamed to admit that this summer the relentless heat really got to me, sartorially speaking.  I feel like my uniform for the past month and a half has been the same nasty pair of cutoff jeans shorts and my grungiest tees and tanks. Not a look I’m particularly proud of.  Needless to say I was stuck in a clothing rut, and after a while I even started to question my own identity!! (Clothing is a serious business you guys!)  I decided the quickest way to kick myself out of my clothing slump was to make something so pretty for this month’s Mood Sewing Network make that I absolutely couldn’t resist wearing it – no matter the temperature – and lo this dress was born!

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

When Mood Fabrics online started offering Liberty of London fabrics I knew I had to get my hands on some.  I feel like Liberty prints are legendary among us sewists and I’ve never even touched the stuff before! So I had to see what all the hype was about!  There are so many beautiful ones it was hard to choose, but in the end I decided on this Liberty of London Tresco Purple/Multicolor Silk-Cotton Voile (they still have some left! And two more colorways! Yeehaw!)  This might be the kind of fabric you have to see to believe.  The colors are so incredibly saturated, and the print is like a fantasy garden on acid!

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

The feel of this fabric is somewhere between a cotton voile and silk habotai.  It’s fairly sheer, and it has a really lovely drape, however I would describe it more as “floaty” than the fluidity of, say, a silk charmeuse.  It’s the sort of fabric that if you bat your eyelashes at too hard it might flutter away! Interfacing is definitely necessary if you’re making a design that requires any sort of structure, and I used it liberally throughout this dress.  It also frays if handled too much, so serging my raw edges was a must!

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

But oh my goodness if it isn’t the most lovely thing to wear! I actually bought this fabric twice – the first time I bought 2 yards without any real idea of what I wanted to make. Once I saw it my brain started scheming up ideas and when I settled on this pattern – Burdastyle Midi Dress 07/2015 # 110 – I had to buy another 3 yards because, well, that’s a lot of skirt! This is definitely a splurge of dress, but I can totally attest to the fact that there is nothing more romantic than swathing yourself in 5 yards of Liberty of London!

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

Some less “atmospheric” pictures so you can really see the fabric!

There were so many pretty elements that drew me to this pattern – the slightly raised, cut-on collar, the deep v-neck ending in those sweet buttons, the raglan sleeve, and of course, that skirt! I actually debated about switching out the skirt for another pattern because I was worried it would be “too much” but I’m so glad I followed the pattern! I feel like a 70’s folk singer (on acid)!

I self-lined the bodice pieces to make the top more opaque, however I left the skirt (and the sleeves) as a single layer because I didn’t want to weigh the dress down too much with a lining.  So I have to wear a half-slip with this dress, but I’m okay with that.

Mood Fabrics Liberty of London Burdastyle Dress

I’m really in love with this dress! It’s romantic in all the best ways, and the Liberty print adds a gorgeous depth and uniqueness to the design.

Have you guys sewn with Liberty? What did you think?

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  • Deb cameron
    August 28, 2015

    may I please ask the pattern? a beautiful dress.

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      Hi Deb! The pattern is Burdastyle Midi Dress 07/2015 #110 – there should be a link to it above in the post!

  • Meg
    August 28, 2015

    Wow- absolutely gorgeous… fabric, dress and photos! I’ve never tried Liberty, but really want to!!

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      Thanks Meg! It is definitely a splurge, but well worth it, especially if you like working with delicate fabrics and love vibrant prints!

  • Peter
    August 28, 2015

    Perfect pairing of pattern and fabric. Just stunning!

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      Thank you Peter!

    • Tyrion
      August 28, 2015

      I concurr! This is one of the small percentage of projects where the fabric and the pattern really go well together. I just finished a blouse from Liberty cotton and it feels gorgeous to wear, a whole dress with the smooth, soft yet crisp cotton grazing against your legs as you walk must be heaven!!!

  • oonaballoona
    August 28, 2015

    i was going to say something super intelligent but then i fainted from all the beauty and now i’m feeling a bit groggy. methinks i have to rethink my stance on liberty of london. sallie. ohhhhhhhhhhhh!

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      It’s gooooooooood (and expensive) but goooooood!

  • Mary Beth
    August 28, 2015

    This divine…and looks so comfortable to wear it in your humid TX weather!

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      Thank you Mary Beth! It is very comfortable! Nice and light, which is saying something for a dress that eats up that much fabric!

  • Manju
    August 28, 2015

    This is beautiful. Wow!

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      Thank you Manju!

  • Carla
    August 28, 2015

    I have not sewn with Liberty, but your dress certainly inspires me to make the splurge! Absolutely gorgeous!

    • sallie
      August 28, 2015

      Thank you Carla! Yes, it’s definitely a splurge! But well worth it if you ever decide to take the plunge!

  • Lauren
    August 28, 2015

    OOH LA LA YOU LOOK AMAZING! Total 70s babe all over!! I have sewn some of that Liberty fabric (well, a different design, but the same weight) and it was such a pain to wrangle into submission. You did a beautiful job with this dress!

  • sallie
    August 28, 2015

    Thank you Lauren!! Yeah, it was definitely one of those fabrics that didn’t seem to want to behave. A good portion of the bodice is interfaced which really helped.

  • Debbie
    August 28, 2015

    It’s really beautiful! The colours are amazing.

  • Becky
    August 28, 2015

    I haven’t tried Liberty yet, since it’s hard to justify its price for prints that I generally haven’t been excited about. But this dress/print combination is gorgeous! As is the photography.

  • Andrea
    August 28, 2015

    What a beautiful dress! If Liberty fabrics weren’t a kajillion dollars a yard I would use them for every project. Yours is stunning.

  • Levone
    August 28, 2015

    You did an amazing job with this fabric and pattern, beautiful dress! I really liked this pattern in the magazine but love it after seeing your dress.

  • Sue Parrott
    August 29, 2015

    Wow, this is so lovely! Well done!

  • Kathleen
    August 29, 2015

    What an inspiration to sew a dress! I don’t sew many dresses (not ever wearing them!) but I love this dress on you and it does remind me that dresses in the heat of the summer are the perfect garment. Everyone else has said it already – the blend of pattern, fabric, style and on YOU is the coming together of such a perfect match.

  • Amanda S.
    August 29, 2015

    Lovely! I love the pairing of the fabric and pattern and the perfect fit.

  • Mary Danielson Perry
    August 30, 2015

    You’re absolutely breathtaking in this, Sallie! What a sensational dress!

  • Suzanne Marquart
    August 30, 2015

    Your dress is beyond beautiful and looks fabulous on you. Just gorgeous.

  • Lori
    September 2, 2015

    This is the most amazing dress, love the fabric and the pattern. Fabulous job, great photos, too.!

  • Alison
    September 3, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and the pattern is lovely. The combination… WOW!

  • Camilla
    September 10, 2015

    What a romantic dress. Stunning

  • Fiona
    September 10, 2015

    Wow Sallie!! This is such a stunning frock. I want to have it in my wardrobe!! I’m not usually a fan of a liberty print but the one you’ve chosen is absolutely perfect for that style. Gorgeous stuff!

  • Cennetta
    September 16, 2015

    Ms. Sallie, This is a lovely dress and I want one just like it. You wear it well. Thank for pointing out this fabric. I’m considering ordering some for myself.

  • Cennetta
    September 16, 2015

    I just realized I have that issue of Burda magazine. Hmm..,

  • Nelba
    September 20, 2015

    I have just sewn the similar style romantic top from the same magazine issue. I’ve been thinking about sewing the dress, but thought it would be too much of the same thing. But now that I’ve seen yours… Mmmm….

  • Thurman
    September 20, 2015

    As I just start out learning the entire art of sewing I look at hundreds of creations. I must say that you have combined color, material and style into one the best creations I have seen to date. Thank you for sharing what you have done. It is very inspiring to see it all come together so beautifully