Piping Merrily Along

This dress is all about the piping:

Okay, it’s also about being in one of my all-time favorite Liberty prints, , but mostly it’s about this gathered-shoulder silhouette:

And if you’re going to pipe the shoulder seams, you must pipe the pockets as well (it’s the law):

The shoulder piece makes this really nicely satisfying curved seam at the back neck (ignore my rolling-facing issues):

The shoulder/sleeve has a turnunder for hemmish purposes, which is a feature I always like. Makes things simpler:

Here’s the back view, a bit wrinkly as I wore this for a few hours before taking these pictures:

Last but not least, the full front view:

This pattern is Simplicity 2389 (well, for the bodice, the skirt is that much-adjusted Simplicity 5238). (All rollover text in this post from the .)

There’s still something wonky going on with the side bodice seams, and the fabric is a bit light for the deep front pleat, but I really like this dress. It’s very light and comfortable without feeling skimpy (although the front V is slightly lower than I usually wear). The sleeves are great for full range of motion (have you realized that too-tight armholes are one of my pet peeves, yet?)

There’s another version of this in a , that’s in pieces on my sewing table — hope to have it finished and posted soon.

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Another Frankendress

So this is the same pattern (or lack thereof) as the last dress, only in this Liberty fabric that I adore. Look, they’re little matches! (It’s called “Strike” and Shaukat still has some in the which is *almost* as adorable.)

Because Tana lawn is so light, I piped the pockets:


The zipper’s not terrible:

Liberty Matches Frankendress zipper

Unfortunately, this dress suffers from some of the same problems as the last version. Plus a few more, for variety!

Something is wonky with the back neck:

And oh lord the hem. This is terribly wrong:

 

This bodice is the one from my old friend Simplicity 1577, minus the collar, plus this new heavily-altered skirt that I am obsessed with. (You can see yet another version here.)

I haven’t yet followed through on all the suggestions from the last post (THANK YOU THEY ARE SO HELPFUL) with the exception of having purchased and read the Betzina book, which I think will be very useful. Especially for that back hem thing, which is even slightly worse on, if you can imagine it.

I managed to take a lot of long-overdue pictures this past Sunday, so you’ll be seeing some new dresses this week!

London Calling


[Photo of Liberty of London by ]

So I’ll be in London the weekend of May 24-25, and wondered: would anyone like to get together to do sewing-ish type things? Like, perhaps, a fabric crawl or a trip to the V&A, or both? I will 100% absolutely be going to Liberty, , and to the V&A, and should probably this time make it into more than one shop before closing time on Goldhawk Road …

Is there anything else I should do/see while I’m there? Usually I just wander around and marvel that EVERY SINGLE CORNER is right out of a book. I keep expecting to run into the , Crêpe Suzette, or Gabriel Syme …

Book Review: Liberty: British Colour Pattern

Finally,  is available in the US! (Although not *immediately* available; Amazon is showing out-of-stock.)

picture via Liberty blog

I begged for a copy for Christmas and was duly gratified, but I held off blogging it until it was easier to get. (Of course if you’re in the UK/ROW, you can order it .)

It’s truly a gorgeous book and includes plenty of pictures of similarly-gorgeous Liberty fabrics:

picture via the Liberty blog

In my fevered Liberty dreams, they put out a book such as the “” that Swatch reseller does — every fabric Liberty ever made, listed in all colorways. I don’t care if it cost $300, I would buy it.* And I would certainly buy a “Liberty Annual” … a magalog that listed all the fabrics produced in a year, in all colorways. Liberty fabrics marketing department, are you listening?

This book doesn’t really need a review. If you love Liberty fabrics, you will love this book. If you don’t love Liberty fabrics yet, this book will probably tip you over into loving Liberty fabrics. Either way, you should probably wishlist it now.

*especially if it were arranged by year, with an index by name, and indexes by designer, fiber, weave, and pattern type (small florals, large florals, novelty, geometrics …). Hey, a girl can dream!

Dresses: Day 92

Today is a twofer; here’s dress 1:

This is , which I think I also made once in a striped seersucker version that didn’t survive. I don’t wear this that much because the bodice is a bit blousy for my taste. It definitely needs a belt. I used to wear it with a cream-and-green faux zebra-stripe sash, which sounds ridiculous but actually worked.

I do really like the collar:

Side zip, eh:

The pockets are actual lining material, which I don’t really ever do unless I think they will show through — and this fabric is both pale enough and sheer enough that I thought it would:

I didn’t do a very good job on the back neck, although it was one of my favorite features of the pattern:

This is one of my favorite Liberty prints — I wish I knew the name of it! — and I have a standing bounty on it, let me know if you have any to sell. So when I went back to the UK in , I bought some more and made this:

I can’t find the pattern this was made from — I know I made another version in gray sateen that I abandoned halfway through as it ended up looking like the uniform of someone enslaved in a Magdalene laundry. It was all about the midriff band, which is kind of beside the point in a fabric this busy:

The back is also gathered for a little bit of a train effect:

Here’s a closer look at the bodice — I liked the curve of the v-neck, too:

And the side zip:

Man, I wish I had more of this fabric …

Dresses: Day 84

I have no idea what the name of this Liberty fabric is, but this pattern is :

Here, you can check out the fabric (it’s Liberty TWILL, how I wish they still made this regularly) and incidentally the matching at the seams:

I really like this neckline:

The split of the neck tends to flip open, so I made a virtue of necessity and gave it a bright facing:

I used the same bright orange for the pockets:

And the back:

I posted about this dress .

Dresses: Day 77

Today’s dress is another , in a Liberty print that I don’t know the name of. I don’t know why I don’t make this more often …

Oh wait, maybe I do … it’s a pretty dress.

Yellow buttons again. I really like yellow buttons.

Towards the end I realized that the buttonholes were going to need more reinforcement than the Liberty Tana lawn was capable of, so I quick-and-dirty basted some silk organza down the front facing:

This dress is five years old, and the bias tape I used to finish the collar was probably about fifty years old, going by the original packaging. So it’s showing its age a bit:

I topstitched the collar, for pretty much no reason:

The funniest thing about this dress: I’m pretty sure I put in that back bodice piece upside down. I just eased it until it worked. Oh well!

I don’t have a full-length back picture of this one, for some reason.