another Liberty shirt for Simon

Have I mentioned before how much I love sewing with Liberty?barbara jane made Liberty fabric

I do love the fabric, a tana lawn* beautiful saturated colours and detail, all hallmark Liberty.

This design is called Darby, based on a painting by an art student and decscribed by Liberty as having ‘decadent Deco aesthetic’. So satisfying to sew with. Presses beautifully.

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Using scraps – silk chiffon

I adored this silk chiffon, but my silk kimono made it to my top 5 misses for 2014 (and there was some stiff competition). It was all down to the wonky hems.

Linda (nice dress! Thanks I made it) suggested stabilising the hems with something like wonder tape. Well, it worked a treat. I made a top with the left-overs from the kimono.

Here’s the hems, stabilised with a tiny strip of wonder tape. The tape is fuesable both sides. I cut in half lengthwise. It was a bit tricky using the iron to fuse it, best to turn the steam off first ☺. It basically gums the hem to the body of the garment, making a small hem quite do-able without the silk chiffon getting eaten by the machine.

Barbara jane made silk chiffon top

Barbara jane made silk chiffon top

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Maybe Mandy: the tale of three tees

A bit of blogging catch-up here, some summer tee shirts.

If only I’d read Melanie’s Mandy tee post before I cut out my first one. Then I might have measured the one size pattern and realised the sleeves were going to be too small for me.

Mmm, so here’s my first Mandy boat tee (a free pattern from Tessuti) with the sleeves cut off. I could try and pretend I meant to make a capped sleeve tee, but that would be a lie.wpid-wp-1419853325873.jpeg


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