Beautiful Blue Liberty Dress

This Beautiful Blue Liberty Dress has been made for your summer sewing inspiration by Gill Nicholls.  I asked the lovely Lewes Sewing Bees to use their vast sewing knowledge to come up with some summer sewing projects.  I love the results. This dress uses the Merchant and Mills ‘Ellis and Hattie’ pattern.  This version is the Ellis dress but the pattern comes with the alternative Hattie style.  It’s wonderfully loose fitting for the summer season and is super comfortable in Liberty Tana Lawn. It’s been hard to send the dress back to Gill as I’m a little in love with …

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Vintage Liberty Dress

I’m delighted to showcase this gorgeous Vintage Liberty Dress.  It’s made by Sue Shoesmith from the Lewes Sewing Bees and is the second summer sewing inspiration project.  I was so excited when Sue chose this fabric as I love Vintage Liberty fabrics.  We’ve got a few vintage Liberty fabrics at the moment – see them here. I asked Sue about the sewing project.     Why did you choose the fabric? “ I loved the strong blue and green in this Vintage Tana Lawn and  it reminded me of a dress I used to have.  It was a favourite which …

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Liberty Wide Leg Trousers

Anna’s made these super cute Liberty Wide Leg Trousers using Isadora from the new AW19 collection.  I am planning to make some of these myself as I love them so much.  They are perfect for the warmer summer months and if you wanted to extend the season, you can interline them to give them additional thickness and body. Liberty Wide Leg Trousers – the fabric: Isadora is a soft watercolour of the peacock feather, which is an integral part of Libert’s design heritage.  It’s also a strong emblem of the ‘Aesthetic Movement’ which is the inspiration for the AW19 collection. …

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Log Cabin Quilt in Liberty

Veronica Greenslade from the Lewes Sewing Bees has made this completely gorgeous Log Cabin Quilt in Liberty.  Last year I asked the Lewes Sewing Bees if they would make some summer blog projects and they didn’t disappoint.  So, I thought I’d ask them again. This is the first of the beautiful things that the Bees have made.   Veronica talks about her quilt here. Why did you choose the fabrics? “I chose the pinks and greens because I thought they would make a fresh yet warm summer quilt to use in the garden, thrown over a bench or as a …

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Boys Liberty Shirt

Anna JP from the office has made this lovely Boys Liberty Shirt for her son Isaac.  It is a Walter/ Gilbert shirt for a very special year 6 leaver.  The shirt is made using fabrics from the new AW19 Aesthetic Renaissance collection. Anna talks about the make here: “As I write this (on July 19th) it is my younger son Isaac’s last week at his lovely local primary school, where both my sons have done a lot of their growing up over the past nine years. Among the many milestone-marking events going on this week, Isaac was quite excited about …

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Liberty Dress for Autumn Winter 2019

I’ve made a Liberty Dress using ‘Lake Octavia’ from the new AW19 Liberty collection.  It uses the pattern by Made by Rae and is the ‘Ruby Dress’ which can be found here.  It’s a really simple project for someone who is just starting out on their dressmaking journey.  I’ve really enjoyed making this dress and am looking forward to making this in all sorts of fabric combos. It took a while to make the bias binding to edge the armholes and neckline but it looks great next to the contrast fabric. The pattern: This is a lovely dress with a …

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Laura’s Liberty Dress

Laura has made this super pretty Liberty Dress to wear at Claire’s wedding (which was last weekend and lots of fun!). She made it using the ‘Sew Over it Betty Dress‘ Pattern and using Liberty ‘Chive’ fabric.  Laura looked gorgeous in the dress as did the beautiful bride!  Scroll down to see some lovely pictures of the wedding.     Laura said about the sewing project “Sew Over It’s Betty Dress pattern was incredibly fun and fast to sew together. The instructions were clear and the construction simple, overall. The dress has a fitted bodice, an invisible zip along the …

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Behind The Scenes At Liberty Fabrics London

Anna and I were honoured this year to go behind the scenes with the Liberty Design Team to talk about the new ‘Aesthetic Renaissance’ AW19 collection. We were so excited to have the opportunity to meet Polly who is the Design Manager for Liberty Fabrics. She talked us through the newest seasonal collection and showed us some of the original paintings and drawings, explaining the design process.  It was such a privilege to be able to talk about the collection with someone from the team who actually designed the fabrics.  Polly painting Frieze. Polly told us about the inspiration behind …

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Beautiful Liberty Trousers

I’ve recently bought some dress making patterns from Sew Over It and wanted to give the ‘Ultimate Trousers‘ a try.  It looked like a really simple pattern with easy instructions.  I was drawn to this stunning print too which is called ‘Painted Journey‘. I lOVE this print..it’s from a hand painted design, inspired by Marianne North’s lush paintings of global flora. Marianne was an intrepid explorer, visiting many countries such as Brazil, California, Java, Borneo, Japan and Ceylon (as it was know then).  This was in the 1800’s at a time when people rarely travelled, let alone women. She defied …

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Lovely Liberty Boxes

Nick was working in the studio when he came up with this great idea of making Lovely Liberty Boxes to fill a tricky space.  You can find the inspiration and tutorial below. So, it turns out that finding a storage solution that is functional, cheap and aesthetically pleasing is a very hard task indeed- especially when the shelf you intend to put them on has very odd dimensions and nothing standard seems to fit! This is just the problem Nick was having at the same time he was helping out in the office at Alice Caroline. Looking around the studio …

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