Another day, and more gorgeous fabric! It seems like I’ve come to the end of my vintage Liberty which is sad in some ways but also wonderful to see new life given to fabric that has been stored and loved for many years. I’ve saved every scrap, and have taken to weave wrapping for gifts and hoarding hexagons for a quilt. I can’t recall ever being so attached to fabric before.
Today I received a beautiful thank you card, thanking me for my thank you letter from my benefactor. This of course requires another thank you note to thank Ms J for thanking me for my thank you. I discovered that I was made custodian of three generations of fabric, *swoon*. This is sewing love. And this is why I love sewing and the sewing and fabric community.
As soon as this fabric was presented to me (in a most queenly fashion followed by squeals of delight) I knew it was destined for a shirt. Fabric often speaks to me (just don’t tell my doctor) and I was overcome by the print and the softness of the Liberty. It could not have found a happier home than mine.
Another Granville shirt from Sewaholic. The only adjustments I need to make to Sewaholic patterns are to add length in the body and sleeves. Then the fit is perfect. Dream patterns.
I’ve still got a little way to go until I perfect my plackets, but I’m happy with the result this time.
And the skirt! Completely forgot that I’d made it months ago. How does one do that? Trying to embrace new shapes and expand my handmade wardrobe I ventured out to the Anemone pattern from Deer and Doe using some left over viscose purchased from The Fabric Store.
Several versions of these have popped up in my instagram feed and I had planned to experiment with the more fitted, higher waist skirt and shift away from the usual fit and flare. I think after seeing it in photos I’d wear it to work. And perhaps give it another press. It did spend the last 6 months balled up in my tops draw… Eek.
It’s a little corporate for my usual style but with the the addition ribbons and flowers I think I’ve captured my quintessential Pipsie style. That high waist does keep everything in place whilst allowing continued breathing and eating. The pattern was made straight from the envelope without adjustment. Sadly it was that long ago that I can not recall the size…
And how could anything look bad with that shirt!
See that waist to hip ration? That’s why Sewaholic patterns are made for my bosom, waist and derrière measurements.
The skirt was fully lined, and I love the peplum on the sides. A rather pretty point of interest that is quirky and doesn’t add volume to the hips.
So next time you see any vintage Liberty here, it should be in the form of hexagons. Unless of course anyone has a stash they would like to gift to me. I would be happy to oblige.
Happy weekend lovelies!
Photos by Bruce. Fabric gifted from the estate of Ms J. Hair flowers from Gardens of Whimsey. Shoes from Camper. Tights from Tightology.
I love Liberty fabric – my bridesmaids wore Liberty print and I was beside myself when I got to go to the Liberty store in London a whole other lifetime ago. Somewhere along the way however, I had forgotten that I love Liberty and so my stash is sadly lacking. I love that blouse – gorgeous!
Priscilla, no way!!! If I had known about Liberty 11 years ago, I think I would have done the same. It’s my dream to visit the Liberty store in London with a purpose specific credit card. And an empty suitcase to transport it home. A girl can dream…
Love your style Pips! I finally sorted the fit on my Granville and am cutting into a Liberty-esque (think cheap copy of Liberty) fabric this weekend to shamelessly copy your first Granville which made me buy the pattern!
Thank you Hila! Can’t wait to see your version. I’ve been spoilt for Liberty, and don’t think I could bear to sew it up in anything less! I’m such a princess. xx
Your blouse is gorgeous!! I must buy the Granville, I’ve see so many beautiful creations lately. Yours looks really professional and fits you so well. I’m glad I’m not the only one that hears Liberty voices in my head!
Thanks Becky. You must get this pattern! I still have the Archer waiting to be traced off, but this one fits so well… I just visited your blog. Love your style! x
Thank you, I was thinking the same about you! I look forward to seeing your Archer! 🙂
I love everything about this outfit: the perfect button up shirt (I’ve been searching for a good pattern – think I’ll buy this one), the relatively simple but fun skirt, the awesome tights, the amazing shoes!
Thank you Pam! It’s a great shirt with a really good fit. Wonderful for work. I had fun putting this outfit together! Pips.
love the granville with anemone – looks great on you, such pretty liberty ;o)
Thank you! I’m lucky to have been given the fabric.
Both are so beautiful. The liberty blouse is stunning. I’ve never sewn with liberty myself, but its on my sewing bucket list.
You need to sew with Liberty. I believe it is a seamstresses rite of passage! x