I would welcome suggestions for good sewing patterns, suited to Liberty lawn. I have half a dozen or more fabrics, bought in London years ago, but I haven't been able to find good (and not too difficult) patterns. One complication is that these pieces are 36" wide, and most patterns are for fabric 45" or wider. Any sewers out there with ideas?
How about some sleeveless button downs?
You are right, not a lot of patterns out there. My hack: Not being able to find a contemporary pattern to suit my taste, I went to a thrift store and bought a dress whose cut was simple but flattering. Undid the seams, pressed them flat and traced a pattern from it on tyvek paper. Took a little bit of time (hand work while sitting in front of TV), but now I have a pattern that will hold up through the making of many dresses in a favored style. The 36 wide issue is a pain, which is also the reason for the simple cut. Managed to fit the front/back panel length-wise on 3 yards, with some strategic placement for other bits. Bought a couple of dresses from Liberty's store while in New York City a while back; I noticed they were basically waisted shifts - Liberty's own solution!
It's interesting that you mentioned taking a dress apart to make a pattern. I took a chance and brought a cute Lilly shift on eBay. I love the style but unfortunately, it was not cut to fit me perfectly. I then proceeded to look for a pattern to make a similar style, but to no avail. I ended up with a tunic dress pattern which I think I will like equally well. I hadn't sewn for myself in years and got excited by the prospect, but was taken aback at how much has changed in the pattern world over the years - the styles were trendy and cheap looking. Fabric became my next problem. I like the Lilly dress style a lot, but how easy would it be to resize larger it if I decided to take it apart? Secondly, where to find Liberty material?
P.S. I discovered Sailor Rose on this website and recently invested in the Portland shirt. I was delighted with the lightweight and breezy material which will be perfect for spring into summer.
Up-sizing can be done with one of those french curve dressmaker rulers. My daughter googles everything for "how to"; there are usually some very professional YouTube videos - I am amazed. You may wish to take a look. Good fabric stores can special order Liberty if they don't stock; Amazon is a great resource - they show prints & their names.
Thank you. I have no experience with pattern making/sizing and appreciate your tips. This will be a fun challenge. Sadly, the good fabric stores in our area have dried up and we have been reduced solely to Jo-Ann Fabrics.
I love Liberty style! In my trip to London last December I loved that place, an architecture so old style, beautiful clothes, and their floral print it's so... country club. Can't wait to come back in 3 weeks!