Ellie from the Creative studio has made this super sweet Liberty Knot Bag. It’s so cute, reversible and uses a Liberty Tana Lawn® from the new SS22 collection. Here’s Ellie to tell us about her make and first dabble into dressmaking.
“I instantly fell in love with Strawberries and Cream as soon as I saw it and was eagerly awaiting for it to arrive in the studio. After admiring the samples on my desk for weeks, the fabrics finally came in and looked even more gorgeous in person; I could have easily taken the whole bolts home with me. Naturally, I couldn’t choose between the pink (Strawberries and Cream C) and green (Strawberries and Cream A), so I went for both! I’ve noticed that I tend to naturally gravitate towards the more flat graphic Liberty prints (it must be the illustrator in me). Strawberries and Cream is now up there in my favourites with Poppy and Daisy & Betsy. Also, yay for another Liberty green and a gorgeous one at that!”
“Deciding what I wanted to make was a task in itself. I wanted to make something that would showcase both colourways, that I would use often and that I could show off! I had a browse on the Alice Caroline website and found the Knot Bag pattern and the idea of doing each side in a different fabric came straight to me. I’m a new sewer, so finding a pattern that was easy to follow was a must! I’m yet to master darts, but practice (and patience) makes perfect. The fact that I can pick and choose which side I want to show is amazing, I basically have two bags in one! I’ve been loving the small shoulder bag trend that has come back in from the early 00’s and can’t wait to pair this bag with my flares! I love the knot handle too; it gives the bag such a cute, soft look which matches the aesthetic of the fabric.”
“I’m also very much obsessed with gingham, especially pink gingham, which went so so well with this fabric as the lining. I also discovered that this bag can be reversible, but why on earth would I want to hide those adorable strawberries?! This pattern and print combo really makes the most perfect little bag for summer and I can’t wait to throw my stuff in it on a warm sunny day and go for a picnic!””
“With the leftover fabric, I made this cute little crop top. I didn’t follow a pattern for this, which was pretty risky for me, but I really love how it turned out. I used a top that I already have in my wardrobe as my inspo and made it up from there. The bow straps were also inspired by the handle on the knot bag. They’re such an easy way to make the straps adjustable and look so sweet. Now I’m just waiting for the sun to come out so I can wear it!”