Can I Sew My Own Liberty Print Dress?

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It’s amazing to see my favorite Liberty florals appearing in modern and sexy summer fashion. I could buy every single piece and feel like the happiest girl in the world. Like many of you I’m broke and unemployed. Liberty heaven feels far fetched and a guilty pleasure I can’t indulge.

Chelsea over at {Frolic} and I have been wondering what if us non-clothing sewers took the dive and tried making our own summer frocks? We can buy our coveted liberty fabric online and try whipping up a few simple dresses? Maybe I’ll start with some fabric that’s a bit less expensive then Liberty.

My mom always made fancy dresses for my sister and I when we were little. She even made a few skirts for me to wear to work when I first graduated from college. Mom will you come and help? I found some patterns I like here. I can do this, right?

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Liberty print dresses and tops designed by Nadinoo via Beautiful Paper.

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  1. Found your blog while doing some research for some vintage clothing I am about to sell. I was told the pieces were “Liberty Cotton.” I can’t find out if that always meant it was from the Liberty company or if there was a type of cotton called Liberty Cotton.

    The dresses are from the 40’s and are very light weight so I thought maybe it referred to a style of cotton manufacturing that used less source material, therefore saving it for the war effort.

    I am a semi-professional costumer, but my knowledge of actual vintage fabrics is sorely lacking. Your blog seemed to be a good place to see if anyone could help me out. I hope that’s okay. I plan on checking out other posts too, I like what you are doing here.



  2. Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read…



  3. We have total faith you can do this, and *extremely* well, you are just so gifted in this area, and with Mom's assistance? You're golden. (Did you see they are closing their Sloane store?)

    Can't wait to see the pics!


  4. My mom agreed to help. Told me I have to come to her house b/c she has a serger and all the fancy gadgets I need to make a few dresses. Maybe next week?


  5. Yes, very easy, especially if your mom is advising. Copying existing clothes works best. Make a pattern in muslin first. Though Built by Wendy patterns might be good, but I haven't tried them. Some of the fast fashion places also carry this look. Uniqlo in NYC had a Liberty type print blouse for $60.



  6. oh, you can definitely do it! i have been meaning to make some dresses and skirts all summer–they are so easy and pretty to wear and make me feel pretty, even when i am sweating buckets. and sewing them? easy peasy! you can totally do it. i have been drooling over the liberty fabrics, too. maybe i will take a leap and buy some, although i keep trying to find some good stuff at the thrift stores. . . .


  7. If you can do it, then it'll definitely help give me the courage to give it a try myself. I've never sewn more than a pillow in my life, so the thought of trying out a dress or skirt or anything more complicated kinda freaks me out. But I want to try, if I can only find the time and courage!


  8. Yes you can! And you absolutely should. And then you should make one for me too :)


  9. definitely! get some cheap-o muslin to experiment with ($3/yard or so). also if you already have a top/dress that you like the shape of, you can use that to trace the silhouette. I did that with a top I made a few years ago.


  10. You can totally do it! I've been wanting to do this myself. You can substitute a less expensive calico while you test out your patterns. I can't wait to see the results so I hope you post whether or not they turn out ideally.


  11. You totally can! I made my own this summer using fabric I got in Paris and have been wearing it nonstop, but DEFINITELY make a practice one first.