I haven’t gotten much sewing done lately, but I did manage to make a few skirts for my older daughter, one with this fantastic Liberty Tana Lawn print that I bought from B & J Fabrics when we were in New York last month. I must admit that I was a little awestruck by their huge Liberty selection.
And I re-covered my worn out mouse pad using this tutorial that I did a couple of years back. Worked perfectly! I ordered that Liberty print last year from Purl Soho.
You can find the pattern for the girls’ reversible Change Your Mind Skirt as shown below in 1, 2, 3 Sew. If you’re using a Tana Lawn print, just be sure to use some thin interfacing to make the fabric opaque.
Photo by Laura Malek.
Less talk, more craft. One of my summer goals is to make more clothing for myself, so I used this Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabric from Purl Soho (Gray Asami Sayo 1175C) and made this simple blouse. I started in linen with this pattern, but the shape of the center insert and the gathers were just not flattering at all, so I simplified it. It’s still a boxy top, but I think it will work well with a pair of slim capri pants.
Liberty of London! Yes, I am getting excited about the new Liberty line coming to Target. No, I am not being paid to talk about it. Tana Lawn prints always make me think of spring. Here are some Liberty finds on Etsy:
Dusty Pink Silk Dress, $200 from 13 Threads.
Pair of Liberty Pillows from Plum Cushion, $125.
Princess and Pea, $48 from Dolittle Design.
Liberty of London Coin Purse, $24 from Sew Lola.
Pram Kittens, $16 from Dotty Monkey.
Large Buttons, $3.50 from Notions by Polly Danger.
Toddler Merino Sweater, $54 from Sew Katiepie.
Liberty of London Clutch, $75 from Pretty Lulu Bridal.
Wonderland Top, size 6m to 7 years, $60 from Maison de Lucille.
Maybe you could make these? I found these sweet Liberty print hair slides over in the Selvedge shop. A bit of interfacing, some Liberty fabric, stiffening spray? Made by Tout Silo, who also has a lovely blog and shop. I’m a sucker for anything with Liberty of London prints. And look how sweet they are in a child’s hair:
I’m not much of a knitter. I started this blanket for my younger daughter about three years ago. The unfortunate thing is that I used #6 needles and cast on 200 stitches or something ridiculous. The blanket was left in an odd long rectangular shape, so I cast off, cut it in half (by sewing a zig-zag stitch over some bias tape before cutting) and made two blankets for the girls, backed with this Liberty of London fabric. My kids are three and five, but still sleep with their blankies, so here are two more. At least this project is done!
These turned out a bit wonky, so I’m definitely not one to give instructions on how to sew knitted material to cotton fabric. But there’s a nice blog post from the purl bee addressing the subject.