I’ve been posting photographs on Instagram of me wearing a couple of tops whilst on my recent holiday, so I thought it might be time to talk about them. They are both made from Liberty knit fabrics that I bought at Shaukat & Co on Old Brompton Road when I was in London with the family in early 2016.
The red one is a Deer & Doe Plantain with a modified neckline. I love the shape of this top, and it clearly has a bit of drape when the wind is blowing. This photo was taken during a stop at Saskatchewan on our train journey across Canada.
It also got an outing or two in Montréal.
I enjoyed wearing it shopping and sightseeing. I mentioned this shop below in a previous post on Montréal. It’s a wholesale shop that also sells to the public and is jam packed with interesting sewing accessories. I didn’t buy anything here as the shop keeper politely explained that they were too expensive!!
I also wore it in LA where it blended beautifully with these yarn bombed trees.
I have more of this fabric as I bought the end of roll, which turned out to be quite a lot.
Then there is the second Liberty, which is from a self drafted pattern, which I’ve blogged previously. I think I should have made this a little bigger as this fabric isn’t as stretchy as the red floral knit and the top is a little, ahem, clingy.
I really like this fabric as it has elephants on it and I am very partial to elephants. I did struggle with getting the pattern placed symmetrically as I had a ridiculously small piece of fabric – as usual, sigh! Just a note that I made Mark’s outfit too. The tee-shirt is made from a piece of fabric that I dyed and which I had earmarked for myself until he asked for it.
This photograph was taken with my friend Hélène when she and her husband, Richard, took us to the Eastern Townships, Québec. I’m wearing my Liberty top with Jamie Jeans, and Hélène is wearing a Scout Tee.
…and continuing with my sewing friends theme, I wore the elephant Liberty when Pam very generously picked me up from where I was staying and took me fabric shopping in LA. We had a fabulous excursion to The Fabric Store and I finished up buying yet more Liberty knit as it is just the most delightful fabric to wear.
Pam made her top and possibly her shorts, and she bought some gorgeous fabric on our excursion.
Liberty is pretty cheap in the US. I bought some cotton voile Liberty at Mood for $20 a metre ($50+ in Australia) and the Liberty knit was $18 a metre, so it’s worth visiting just for the Liberty!