They're amazing fabrics and yes, they're on the pricey side, but don't let them intimidate you. Simple garments can be the best way to showcase a Liberty print. The width of the fabric (137cm) means a little can go a surprisingly long way. As far as 'special' fabrics go Liberty is extremely easy-care, being a fine cotton, so you can wash and wear your Liberty garments all summer long. Don't just save them for best! To keep your colours as vibrant as possible, hang to dry out of direct sun.
Fiona and I of course consider it our duty to demonstrate some of the uses of Liberty for your inspiration. Here's the simple, lovely and comfortable Roberts Collection Top (pattern by Marilla Walker) in Liberty 'Melting Elements'.
Grainline Moss Skirt.
This pattern comes together quickly, and the Liberty takes beautifully to the flat-felled seams required, which give a lovely finish. Just one metre was required for this top, and it could even be eked out of 70cm if a different fabric was used for the facings.
Here's another version of the Roberts Top made from a soft, yarn-dyed Japanese check cotton, and the back view showing the seaming that adds interest to an otherwise very simple shape.
Deer and Doe Chataigne Shorts, so it is great to welcome a Liberty version into my wardrobe.
What's your ideal Liberty garment?
- Jane & Fiona xx