I am very happy to be participating in Heidi's Knock It off series today.
When I recently saw a dress made from Liberty of London fabric on the J Crew website I new I wanted to make one.
The J Crew dress $148
Cute, but I wanted more details...
Sometimes you have to go"straight to the camel's mouth" as they say.
I found what I was looking for online at The Liberty of London Boutique...
Liberty Childrenswear dress $148
Now I had to figure out how to make it...
I found this Liberty of London fabric in downtown Los Angeles at Micheal Levine and it's available here at their online shop. It's called Mauvey and is an identical print to the fabric on the dress from the Liberty of London boutique in London. But it's a different shade; I liked it a little more.
That's one of the great things about sewing your own clothes. You can change little details.
As someone who normally doesn't pay more than five dollars a yard for her fabrics, I buy them in the garment district, it was a splurge for me to part with thirty eight dollars a yard for this fabric. But I think it was worth it. Don't be surprised to see more Liberty fabric projects on the horizon!
Here is the pattern I used:
Before I decided to buy another pattern or make a pattern myself, I looked through my collection of vintage patterns and Japanese pattern books. I found a pattern in one my Japanese books that would work. I can't tell you which book it is, because the cover fell off!
I made the ruffle a little wider, the waistband a little more narrow and the skirt a little more gathered.
And I turned the facing outward instead of having it inside the dress. This method is called a reverse facing.
I can't wait to use the rest of this fabric. I love it. Next up, a blouse for myself.