Laura has made this gorgeous Liberty Dress in Lantana, the new wool and cotton blended fabric from Liberty. We’ve got six of these Lantana fabrics
in stock at Alice Caroline HQ and they do not disappoint. Super soft to the touch like Tana Lawn® but with that extra warmth and heaviness of wool.
“Usually I have a clear vision of what the project will look like but for this dress I just started cutting and figured it out as I went. Not going to lie, right up until I finished it I was super worried it wasn’t going to look good at all! It ended up a bit Tudor-ish with the dropped shoulder and massive sleeves?? No idea where that came from but I like it, hopefully you do too! About the only thing that felt planned were the pleats. I admit I love wearing them but don’t like sewing them because that also means I have to pattern make them and I hate pattern making pleats because who even has the time/enough extra paper and tape for that?! Therefore, my go-to for volume is usually gathers out of pleat-pattern related anxiety. But! I saw the most life-changing tutorial video on Instagram that showed an actual genius using a fork to make perfectly even pleats in fabric and I could have cried because, YES! The answer to easy pleats we have all been praying for is: THE HUMBLE FORK! Hurrah, sewers everywhere celebrate.
Of course, I had to tip out my cutlery drawer and try out a few differently sized forks to figure out which one would work best but, again, so worth it. I’ll never pattern make a pleat again! “