Stealth Liberty of London?

I feel like this fabric (at Mood) is a Liberty print, but I can’t find verification of it:
give me liberty or give me stealth

I ordered some (because duh, and because I hadn’t spent my fabric allowance for February OR March) and it doesn’t feel like Tana Lawn, but might feel like the Liberty poplin range — I couldn’t tell for sure. There’s also no marking in the selvedge. It’s also available in blue. This one looks Libertyesque, too.

Why isn’t there a Liberty fabric wiki where you can search for prints by name, year, color, type, key words, etc.? If I didn’t have roughly eleventy-hundred projects going on right now, I’d be making it. Everyone could take photos of their stash with rulers for reference and there’d be badges and wishlists and swap lists and Etsy links and … stop me, please. (Or do it yourself! I’ll be an advisor.)

Speaking of projects, followers of this here blog might be interested to read this in the New York Times today.

9 thoughts on “Stealth Liberty of London?

  1. So I got to work a little bit with a Liberty of London archivist (dream job) on a project, and I bet a part of why there is no wiki, is 1, it would be huge, and 2, would anyone make any money on it, and 3, would Liberty put the kibosh on it for any reason?


    • I feel like Liberty should sponsor it — cheap customer research on what prints to “bring back”, plus, a secondary market in vintage Liberty has the effect of driving up prices for first-run material, as people will buy it speculatively.

      Or maybe not. But I have found never to underestimate rabid fans on the Internet, so …


      • Nike very deliberately cultivates the ‘sneakerhead’ market, and encourages the online communities. They are also known to be supportive of the resale market for older/rare/discontinued shoes. It pays off for them because it keeps their product in the public eye, and it can even help justify the pricing on new products.

        I think Liberty would be well served to do something similar.


  2. Re NYT article: I remember the first time I saw that prettiness quote on Pinterest, incorrectly attributed to Vreeland. I thought, “I read that on Dress a Day!” I searched, and of course, there it was on Dress a Day but also incorrectly attributed to Vreeland all over the internet.

    I once had someone challenge a line in a blog post I had written (not fashion/sewing related, so I won’t bore you with the details), claiming that I had stolen the line from a Facebook status that she had posted. Years after I had written the line, this total stranger claimed that I had lifted one sentence out of my 500-word blog post, from her Facebook status even though we had never been Facebook friends. She claimed that the timing was suspicious – I had written the line in my blog post around the same time that she had posted it, although she, of course, couldn’t remember the exact date she has posted it, couldn’t find it, and no longer had a link to it.

    I told her that we must have written the same sentence at the same time because it was timely (inspired by Thanksgiving) and true. She sent me angry, accusatory emails, demanding that I change my blog post and credit her with the “stolen” sentence. I googled the sentence and showed her that someone else had written a very similar sentence around Thanksgiving a year before she claimed to have posted it, and she told me that I therefore had two people I had to credit in my blog post.

    The whole issue came up because someone on Facebook quoted me several years after the blog post was written, correctly attributing the line to me, and she posted numerous angry comments demanding that they change the attribution, and they did.


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