Liberty Love


Liberty prints are recognised world-wide along with their quality. If you haven’t yet tried Tana Lawn fabrics you are missing a treat. Tana Lawns cottons are very soft and lightweight while still staple and crease resisting. No chemicals either. I’m generally not a fan of little romantic designs but I loved this “modern” print at first sight.



Fabric: ‘Love Leaf C’ Tana Lawn is from the AW11 ‘New Season’ Liberty Art Fabrics collection. This is a dense illustrated foliage design created by their in-house team. Representing the 1980s, it’s reminiscent of hand painted indie album covers. Love Leaf comes from the Music Decades in Design fabrics group, an exceptional collection inspired by musical genres from different generations. The range is a mixture of stylised and regimented geometrics, swirling and hatched florals, water colour abstracts and miniature stars.  C/o of Abakhan to celebrate their Liberty range sales. (£11.24/m)



Pattern: Deer & Doe Bruyere, same size and alterations as the last one with exception on making the skirt 10cm longer from previous alterations.



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This dress is a bit unseasonal but so easy to layer up. It actually important to wear light and breathable clothes under coats as one can easily overheat indoors. It’s an eternal struggle for me to know how much to layer up.


And yeah, prints are back!

Have you used Liberty Fabrics before?

  • Your liberty print Bruyere is gorgeous! Its such a versatile dress, really smart and can be worn for numerous occasions.

  • Your dress is lovely Rachel! I was so excited to visit the Liberty store when I was in London during my honeymoon earlier this year, but am yet to actually sew with their fabric (it’s on my very long to-do list though!)

  • Looks lovely – buttons too (could we have a close-up)

    • just added. I had all the close up on Instagram so I forgot to add. the print is so hard to photograph

  • I normally don’t like many of the Liberty prints because they are too dainty for my taste but I agree that the print you have selected is very pretty. Gorgeous dress!

  • Meg

    Beautiful! I haven’t used Liberty yet (a bit expensive and difficult to choose among all those prints!), but I really want to!

  • So lovely! The buttons are so cute as well 🙂

  • Oh I love Liberty! I would pretty much wear only their fabrics if I could…! The first dress I ever made entirely on my own was from Liberty lawn when I was sixteen, and I’ve been hooked ever since. And as always you’ve made something fabulous 🙂

  • I love both of your versions of this shirt/dress! Part of me wants to change all my sewing plans and sew this now!

  • tinygoldenpins

    I love that print with your black tights and black hair! I have to confess: I have a Liberty habit and it’s a really big one. Well, I have a fabric habit and my Liberty habit is a subset of that. It’s currently living in a HUGE rubbermaid container apart from the other fabrics. I keep looking at it and feeling like I ought to just start sewing it and I have a hard time letting it go. I’ve had too many fails made from Liberty so I now have plans for at least two quilts, front and back made up of Liberty.

    Have I sewn with Liberty??? HAHAHAHAHAHA……Oh how I love it so. I actually visited them in March and thought I’d gone to heaven. I was so stunned I didn’t buy any fabric!!!!

  • I love the buttons you used! I am not too keen on printed fabrics but this one is something I can find myself wear. I agree, it is important to wear something light underneath winter jackets. It is so frustrating to feel too warm but you can’t remove your jacket either!

  • Rachel – I love how you used the Liberty Print for this shirtdress! Gorgeous!

  • One of your best garments. I think its funny the way Liberty prints look so good on younger women, but downright frumpy on women of my age. Makes you weep really.

  • This is so lovely! I’ve sewn with Liberty lawn twice, but never for myself as I’m not super into small-scale prints for myself. 🙂