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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?