I begged for a copy for Christmas and was duly gratified, but I held off blogging it until it was easier to get. (Of course if you’re in the UK/ROW, you can order it here.)
It’s truly a gorgeous book and includes plenty of pictures of similarly-gorgeous Liberty fabrics:
In my fevered Liberty dreams, they put out a book such as the “Swatch-Clopedia” that Swatch reseller Squiggly does — every fabric Liberty ever made, listed in all colorways. I don’t care if it cost $300, I would buy it.* And I would certainly buy a “Liberty Annual” … a magalog that listed all the fabrics produced in a year, in all colorways. Liberty fabrics marketing department, are you listening?
This book doesn’t really need a review. If you love Liberty fabrics, you will love this book. If you don’t love Liberty fabrics yet, this book will probably tip you over into loving Liberty fabrics. Either way, you should probably wishlist it now.
*especially if it were arranged by year, with an index by name, and indexes by designer, fiber, weave, and pattern type (small florals, large florals, novelty, geometrics …). Hey, a girl can dream!
This is McCall’s 8484, which I think I also made once in a striped seersucker version that didn’t survive. I don’t wear this that much because the bodice is a bit blousy for my taste. It definitely needs a belt. I used to wear it with a cream-and-green faux zebra-stripe sash, which sounds ridiculous but actually worked.
I do really like the collar:
Side zip, eh:
The pockets are actual lining material, which I don’t really ever do unless I think they will show through — and this fabric is both pale enough and sheer enough that I thought it would:
I didn’t do a very good job on the back neck, although it was one of my favorite features of the pattern:
This is one of my favorite Liberty prints — I wish I knew the name of it! — and I have a standing bounty on it, let me know if you have any to sell. So when I went back to the UK in 2007, I bought some more and made this:
I can’t find the pattern this was made from — I know I made another version in gray sateen that I abandoned halfway through as it ended up looking like the uniform of someone enslaved in a Magdalene laundry. It was all about the midriff band, which is kind of beside the point in a fabric this busy:
The back is also gathered for a little bit of a train effect:
Here’s a closer look at the bodice — I liked the curve of the v-neck, too:
It’s a Liberty print, one that I’m pretty sure is called Kalumba. It’s twill — I have made two other skirts with it (one in a brown/turquoise, and one in a pale blue), and I have some if it in pale blue silk that someday, when I’m feeling invincible, I will cut into. (It is the most beautiful fabric in the world.)
I love these colors together:
I like to wear this with a pale lavender cardigan and a bright orange belt, and I like that I was able to position the print just so on the bodice:
The side zip is just ‘eh’:
And the back:
I wish I’d bought all of this fabric that was ever made … I still look for more from time to time.
This is McCall’s 8858, which, for quite some time, was my favorite pattern. I think this is one of the nicest dresses I made with it:
It’s Liberty twill, a pattern called “Enchanted Garden”. I wish I had about eighty more yards of this. (I did have enough left over after making this dress to make a skirt, though.)
Another thing I love about this dress is that a few years back J. Crew made flats in this same fabric (I should have remembered to take a picture of them as well). So occasionally I wear them together. Here’s a close-up of the fabric, isn’t it fun?
As I go through and take pictures of older dresses, I’m realizing how much my sewing has improved even in a few short years — I think I should credit all y’all, as sewing for “publication” has made me a bit more fastidious. I think I would have clipped this seam better, now, although I like to think of that visible blue facing as a design detail:
The zipper’s pretty good:
And the back:
Looking at this pattern again, it’s starting to give me ideas. I do love that bodice …
I thought today I would show you the opposite of yesterday’s Vogue 9929. Same pattern, completely different feel:
This is Liberty Tomary, and I bought it because it just seemed so autumn-y. Great for those days in California where the calendar says it is almost Halloween but the thermometer says “you won’t need that cardigan sweater.” I love this color combination of slate gray, pumpkin orange, and mashed-baby-food-peas green:
Here’s the side zip:
And the back:
I like to wear this with mustard-colored knee socks and brown boots; and carry a cardigan, just in case. I also have a goldenrod-colored gauze scarf that looks nice with this dress. Can you tell I’m already getting wistful for fall clothes, and me with a bin full of seersucker and madras left to sew for this summer still?
I *think* this is the last Vogue 8728 — I went and dug it out of the “winter dresses” storage container in the garage, although really, in San Francisco you can pretty much wear your winter clothes on any random day in July. My east coast habits will die hard, though, and I’ll pull out that bin of corduroy and wool just when we hit that string of lovely 70+F days in late September and early October. (Someday I’ll learn …)
Speaking of wool, this is Liberty Jubilee, which is one of my favorite fabrics in the world. Jubilee is not the pattern name; it’s the name of their wool/cotton mix. It’s lightweight, warm, and wrinkle-free. (This was not-so-gently placed in the aforementioned storage bin and I was able to photograph it without pressing it.) I don’t think they make it anymore, which is a shame. (There’s also the Burwood Liberty fabric, which is wool/silk … I have a piece but I haven’t made anything with it yet.)
Here’s the bodice:
And the side zip & pocket:
And the back:
Wow, the days are going by really quickly. I can’t believe that we’ll be done in a little over a month!
I bet you know what is coming, yes? Another Vogue 8728.
This fabric is called “Percy’s Leaf” — and yes, it’s Liberty.
I love these stony greens:
And the back view:
I always intended to make an 8728 in full-on silk (I did make one in silk-cotton) but I never got around to it. I’m still on the lookout for a casual-ish pattern to use with silk, something like Simplicity 1801:
Looking at this dress makes me so happy. I think I might wear it again this week.
I have a skirt made from this fabric as well, if by “have” you mean “it’s waiting at the bottom of the fix-it pile and will probably turn into crude oil before I get to it.” I also have a tiny bit of this fabric left over (might have to hit up that Shaukat link up above) in this colorway, and some in a bright pink poplin (that was part of the Liberty/Target collaboration, and that I found completely by accident in a NYC fabric store).