Lucy from the studio has made this simply gorgeous Daydream Believer Liberty Blouse. It uses one of the beautiful fabrics from the SS21 ‘Atlas of Dreams’ collection. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine a garment when you look at a fabric so this blouse will hopefully give you some inspiration.
I asked Lucy about her make:
“When I first saw Liberty’s SS21 collection I was really struck by the sheer variety of designs. There is everything from delicate florals to exotic wildlife and many, many things in between. Can I just say at this point that this does not make it easy to choose just one fabric! As usual with me, I was instantly drawn to some of the big, bold, dramatic designs and colour ways, but then I looked a little closer at some of the “quieter” fabrics and found Daydream Believer
. I absolutely love the way this fabric has been printed, though I’m not at all sure how to describe it: there is a kind of inky echo of the design printed all over the sky blue background, which is then repeated in an almost sun bleached look on top of this. It just conjures up images of sunny days and wild flower meadows, plus I’m always a sucker for a bit of cow parsley in a print!”
“I didn’t fully follow a pattern for this top, though I did use burda pattern 6632 for the main shape and sleeves (one day I will learn how to draft sleeves from scratch!). I wanted to add a frill to the neckline (I’m slightly obsessed with frills at the moment!), which meant changing the neckline of the pattern into a round neck with a slit down the front. I then made bias binding to neaten the neckline and to secure the frill in place.
When I first brought the fabric home for this project I have to admit I was a teensy bit disappointed with myself for playing it so safe, as I had chosen a subtle design in yet another shade of blue (I wear so much blue!). I couldn’t help wondering if maybe I should have been ‘braver’ and chosen one of the other bigger, bolder, more colourful prints. But you know what, after so many months of lock down and Covid anxiety my new top just feels so comfortable and familiar and isn’t trying to make any big statement and actually I love that. I reckon it’s been a tough enough year and it’s ok not to push the boundaries all of the time!”
“As a finishing touch my lovely daughter made me some matching blue tassels (another thing I’m slightly obsessed with…). She added a silver bead from my jar of broken necklaces to set off the end of the tassels, which just catch the light beautifully.
I really enjoyed sewing this top. The whole process went unusually smoothly, with only minor unpicking, and I’m very pleased with how it fits. It was a beautiful Spring day when Laura took the photos and I could really imagine lockdown lifting and meeting up with friends and family for a cuppa or a picnic and I look forward to wearing my new top with my oldest and most comfy jeans!”
Thank you so much Lucy for sharing your blouse with us – it’s gorgeous. I can’t wait for some sunnier weather to wear such summery clothes.