Laura has been super busy again and has made this gorgeous Liberty Devon Petals Dress. The fabric is from the new Liberty Botanicals collection and she’s used both colour ways to accentuate the lovely ruffles and ties on the dress.
Laura tells us about the sewing project here:
“Liberty’s new Botanicals collection is full of luscious floral prints inspired by the British countryside. The fabric I have used is called Devon Petals and you will find both the navy version C and the cream version A on the Alice Caroline website. I have used both colour ways in this prairie-style dress as I couldn’t choose between them, so, why not both? I may be betraying my adopted Gloucestershire by liking Devon’s namesake print most but how could I not? The way the hand drawn flowers dance across the fabric is so sweet. The C colour way in particular has such warm purple and happy yellow colours along with the navy. I feel like I don’t see this combination of colours from Liberty very often so it definitely drew me in. I may have said this before but using a Tana Lawn with a darker background also means it does not require a lining which is great for faster sewing!”
“The prairie-style dress is certainly having a bit of a comeback right now and I am loving the trend. Devon Petals suits it very well, the cream A colour way helps to highlight details like hem ruffles and sleeve ties against the darker navy. Sometimes different Liberty colour ways of the same print don’t work together as nicely, so it’s exciting to combine two in this way. Using Tana Lawn for this style is a great choice as the fabric is light, strong and feels super soft and almost silk-like to touch – so luxurious! The top part is from a free pattern I found in a magazine (Cloe Jumpsuit) but I made the skirt part unto suit the style of dress I liked.”
“I imagine I’ll be wearing this even more as the weather gets cooler, the longer hem will help keep out any draughts. It will look just as cute styled with a cream, chunky knit jumper and a steaming cup of chai in hand. For now however, the weather keeps dipping over to the hot side so you will find me living out my best ‘Little House on the Prairie’ dreams wearing this dress. Ideally, I’ll be flouncing around the fields or under a shady tree with a book (very Instagram-worthy). More likely though: watering can in hand, hunching over the flowers in my garden willing them not to die in the heat (spoiler: they definitely die). Either way, everything is surely made better by wearing this dress!”