Wednesday, April 7, 2010

For the love of...Liberty

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Some of you may already know about my little obsession with Liberty fabric. It's always been something I have loved, but I've never really been able to justify the cost - but things change when you have a daughter!

I have a couple of projects involving liberty fabric which are at the stage of needing to be hemmed, but in the meantime, here's a sweet little outfit Grandma made for Miss TikiBoo last year. It *just* still fits her, though I don't think she will be able to eat very much while wearing the skirt!

This fabric actually has a history. It was the first liberty I ever purchased, about 20 years ago! I made it into a blouse, which I never really wore, so it stayed in the wardrobe for a few years until I cut it up and made a cushion cover. When I removed the cover, it was a little worn and weary, with patches of mildew, but there was certainly enough useable fabric to be more useful than a tatty old cushion. I'm certain the fabric was waiting for me to come along and find it a new home. Liberty does that, you know...
Last year, when I purchased the Oliver + s Sunday Brunch pattern, I had the inspiration to repurpose some of it as trim on a lightweight denim. Maybe I'm a little biased, but I think Grandma did a lovely job.

Covered buttons:

Inside the collar:

Cuffs and inside the pockets (the cuffs are actually meant to be turned up):

It will be sad when this sweet suit no longer fits! I'm not sure if I should find it a new home or keep it for the day I have a granddaughter of my own.

If you're a fan of Liberty fabrics, I'd love to see what you've created, leave me a comment with a link to your blog!


  1. How gorgeous!

    I say keep it for Miss Tiki when she has a baby!

  2. Love the story of how the fabric has evolved and L.O.V.E. that outfit! Can see why you will be devastated when it no longer fits TB. Definately keep it for further down the family tree.

  3. adorable!!!!!! so sweet, your mum did a beautiful job on it! love the buttons and of course love your model

    I feel so lucky to have 2 girls to sew for and be my cute models



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