Vintage Liberty Dress

I’m delighted to showcase this gorgeous Vintage Liberty Dress.  It’s made by Sue Shoesmith from the Lewes Sewing Bees and is the second summer sewing inspiration project.  I was so excited when Sue chose this fabric as I love Vintage Liberty fabrics.  We’ve got a few vintage Liberty fabrics at the moment – see them here.

Vintage Liberty Dress

I asked Sue about the sewing project.  
Why did you choose the fabric?
“ I loved the strong blue and green in this Vintage Tana Lawn and  it reminded me of a dress I used to have.  It was a favourite which I wore until it literally fell to pieces!  I decided that I would try to recreate the dress using this fabric.”
Which pattern did you use?
“Unable to find a pattern that matched my memory I made a pattern using pieces from a Burda pattern for the back and a New Look for the front as templates.  In the end it took several fittings (aided by my mother) and the addition of a lining made from white tana lawn until I achieved the desired fit.”

Vintage Liberty Dress

The finished dress is perfect for the summer – are you happy with the end result?
“I’m very pleased with the dress, it has the shape that I was aiming for,  is comfortable and looks smart.  I enjoyed the challenge of making it but will probably buy a pattern for my next project.”  Sue came in to the studio with her dress and I persuaded her to model it for the blog.  Thank you Sue!

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Vintage Liberty Dress – the fabric:

The fabric is Flowers & Foliage C.  When these beautiful vintage Liberty fabrics arrived in the studio it was tricky to identify all of their names.  They are no longer available from Liberty and so this is a one off chance to get it.  It’s a great choice by Sue and it looks fabulous made up in the dress.

Thank you so much Sue for making this for my ‘summer makes’.  It’s so beautiful.

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