Laura has made this stunning Liberty Lockwood Dress using one of the fabrics from the new Liberty AW20 collection – Lockwood A
. The pattern she has chosen is a perfect marriage with the fabric and the end result, beautiful.
Here is what Laura had to say about the beautiful dress. “Liberty’s new AW20 collection ‘Private View’ is one of my favourite seasonal collections yet, there are so many stunning prints to choose from! What I especially love about the collection is the abundance of bright and happy prints. Autumn and winter doesn’t have to be all muted and tonal, it can be just as colourful and uplifting as the warmer seasons pallet tends to be.
The print Lockwood
caught my eye in particular, it is a beautiful print showcasing wild flowers. The digital print quality is amazing and shows the hand drawn details so well. You can clearly see every different coloured crayon the artist has used and where the colours cross over and layer themselves in the design. The colourway I have chosen is Lockwood A
, the bright flowers pop so well against the blue-blackground, it is stunning!”
“Predictably, I have made a dress (do I even own anything else??) and the larger scale flowers lend themselves perfectly to a bigger, more drapey style so the print certainly influenced my final design in that way. Liberty Tana Lawn is definitely my favourite material to work with because it feels soft, smooth, drapes wonderfully, is luxuriously fine and handles so well under the sewing machine. I do find it tends to need a lining if the print colours are mostly white and pale but using Lockwood A with it’s dark background means this dress doesn’t need to be lined (hurrah) for quicker sewing work!”
“The bodice of the dress came from a free jumpsuit pattern download from www.fabrics-store.com.
Usually, I am wary of free patterns and brace myself for having to make a heap of adjustments/changes for it to be usable but I was so impressed with this pattern! I can’t speak for the trousers as I did not make them, but the bodice was true to size, the armholes and sleeve openings a comfortable size and all the pattern pieces matched up perfectly- phew! Putting buttonholes on the sleeves to thread a tie through is such a cute detail, the slightly gathered sleeve opening looks great in this fabric. Changing it from a jumpsuit to a dress was an easy change and I am so pleased with the result. I will definitely be making more dresses like this in future!”
“I can’t wait to flounce around our new cottage in this dress! I’ll probably wear it on moving in day, it’ll be one of those great memories that gets tied to clothing. I can see it now: Me, age 84 admiring all the Liberty dresses in the wardrobe I can’t fit into anymore but can’t get rid of because they are still so pretty, “Aaaah, I remember when I wore that Lockwood dress the first time we moved into the cottage and refused to take it off the whole week, even when we were up cycling all the furniture and I spilled yellow paint…” …on second thoughts, maybe it is best that I do change into other clothes for some things, at least…”
I love the variety of sewing projects that come from the very talented people who work at Alice Caroline. It’s so fun to see what people make and, they never disappoint. I hope that this has given you some inspiration to sew something new today.