Liberty Report: First Prize

by Erin on June 14, 2011

I did promise some posts about the fabric I bought in the UK, and here's the first, about a pattern called "First Prize" that I love:


I bought some a couple of years back (probably on eBay) and made this Duro with it. I waffled a bit about buying it in the navy colorway, since I hate navy shoes, but it's a very dark navy, and besides, I recently bought some kiltie-style heels that are the exact tan of the tan in this print. So there's that settled.

That said, I have no idea what this will be. Not another Duro. Possibly a shirtdress, if I bought enough. Whatever it becomes, I think of it as an early-October dress, with a light blue cardigan and a pocket full of those terrible-wonderful peanut-butter taffy candies that you only see around Halloween, wrapped in orange and black waxed paper. 

You don't have to go all the way to Liberty to get this fabric — it's online at Shaukat (where I bought it in-person), here.

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edgertor June 14, 2011 at 5:42 am

i like the navy first prize even better than the brown/red.

now you need a rosette made from pleated striped ribbon to pin on it.


Anna June 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

oooohh, I have some of that in brown and in blue and I was wondering if it was Liberty and now I know (the shop I got it from could be unreliable with labelling)! Maybe I’ll actually use it one day!


Joni June 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

You’re right, those candies ARE awesome/nasty.


Eirlys June 15, 2011 at 1:15 am

I have a length of that in the brown with red/greyish mauve/beige rosette. Still an autumn/winter colourway. Have nothing planned for it yet. Imagined making a shirt out of it as I’m not sure there’s enough for a shirt dress, though that would be nice.

Wouldn’t it be fun to get some striped gros-grain ribbon and make some crisp rosettes like that? Perhaps end-of-year prize-giving is too much on my mind…

Did you buy more? Can’t wait for the next instalment!


MB@YarnUiPhoneApp June 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

There’s some local Liberty for Chicagoans at Vogue Fabrics…but it’s not nearly the selection that you’ll find online or in London. Local Liberty here is on the tiny floral print side, a little boring for me but perfect for someone else. Look in the quilting aisle and look the Liberty Label on the selvedge.


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