Liberty Maxi Dress in Camberwell Peacock

The summer is glorious at the moment in the UK. It’s definitely time to get those Liberty maxi dresses out to waft around in and attempt to keep cool. This is an unusual thing to say in the UK as summers are normally 2 days long but we’ve been having a heatwave (worrying for the environment to be sure). That aside, Liberty Tana Lawn® is gorgeously cool for this weather. Anna’s made a super cute Liberty Maxi Dress in Camberwell Peacock – from the SS22 collection – The Archivist’s Edit.

Here’s Anna to tell us about the Liberty Maxi Dress make. “I loved this fabric (Camberwell Peacock) as soon as I saw it. The combination of floral detail alongside beautiful peacocks is a classic Liberty combination and I adored the large scale floral print – perfect for a maxi dress for the summer. As usual, life got slightly in the way of the make. I meant to have finished it ages ago and, as a result, we have sold out of this particular colour way of the print. We do still have a gorgeous blue / pink colour way though that would look just as lovely!”

“I loved this dress pattern. Alice wore a beautiful version of this dress to Louise’s wedding last August and I fell in love with it – mainly for the amazing deep pockets. Love a dress with great pockets so I was desperate to make one. The pattern is a Simplicity one (S8910) and the dress was really easy to make. I changed it slightly by adding a lining into the bodice using the burrito method – a very satisfying method of lining with a lovely crisp and tidy finish (Alice Caroline tutorial to follow soon). I used Plain Tana Lawn Aubergine O for the lining – it’s satisfying to have a gorgeous fabric to line with too!”

“If you want to line a dress bodice I would highly recommend the burrito method I used. Just google it and a variety of tutorials will appear. It feels like it won’t work – but it does and finishes off the edges of your bodice without having to mess around with facings. The finish is much neater with all of the seams being tucked well inside the finished bodice. You just need to cut out the bodice pieces in lining fabric as well as the main fabric so it takes a little extra fabric wise but it’s really worth it. I love the finished dress and have more planned!”

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