Liberty Shirtwaist

by Joni on October 6, 2012 · 16 comments

in 1960s,Dresses

Have you heard about the Liberty of London Lifestyle line? Liberty prints on quilting-weight cotton at a more affordable price? I was all over that as soon as I found a shop that had them in stock. I got 4.5 yards in the teal/mustard/fuschia colorway and  they are DIVINE. I couldn’t let these glorious prints sit in my stash; I had to make something right away.

I’ve used Simplicity 3580 before when I made my New Year’s dress and I like it but I don’t love it. I am still on the hunt for the Perfect Shirtwaist Pattern (I have a bit of a shirtwaist fixation) which has everything that I want. I re-drafted the collar on this one since I couldn’t get it to lay right on the previous version. However, I had forgotten that the shoulder seams also don’t match up right. Oh well. Even with adding pockets in the skirt seams and hand-hemming, this dress only took a couple of afternoons to knock out.

Here, have a low-quality cell phone bathroom mirror shot!

All blurriness aside, I LOVE THIS DRESS. I can’t believe I have reached a point in my sewing ability where I can cut into Liberty fabric (that was only $14/yard but still) without having a complete nervous breakdown. I can’t wait to wear this dress EVERYWHERE.

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Dellis October 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

Great job! Have wondered how this weight would work up, but was too lazy to convert the metrics, since can’t afford the prices here in U.S. anyway. Amazed at your find’s price – another good job you! Your photo is just fine, so don’t hesitate in future.
;-)

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Joni October 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Pink Castle Fabrics has it for $14 a yard (I used a sale code but it has since expired). Hawthorne Threads has a few of the prints on sale for $9.50 a yard! I couldn’t resist that; I scored another 4.5 yards for future shirtwaist purposes. ;)

I love the weight. It’s lighter than the quilt cottons than I usually use, but heftier than the Tana lawn – and I love not having to line it! I’ve never been tempted to use Liberty lawn for a dress; if I’m paying $33/yard I don’t want to have to line it too.

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Dellis October 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thanks so much for the shop name, Toni.
Will get in touch after this current work deadline.
(Hate it when work comes before play!)
;-)

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Dellis October 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

And my apologies, Joni! Too excited about finding reasonably priced Liberty to spell straight.

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Joni October 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

;)

BeaJay October 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Great dress – and the fabric is lovely for it. Looks like a great fit. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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Danielle October 7, 2012 at 4:54 am

Beautiful!! I totally get the fixation with shirtwaist dresses

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WendyBee October 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Absolutely victorious! What a celebration, to feel such freedom with Liberty fabric. (Get it? Freedom? Liberty?)
I love the way you married the fabrics together. Brilliant!

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SueC October 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I have that pattern too – it’s great to see how it looks made up. I too have a fixation about finding the perfect shirtwaister. I have some divine photos of Grace Kelly wearing them that are very inspiring.

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MrsC October 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

What a beautiful dress!!!!!!

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Kate S October 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Oh my what a beautiful dress- love, love, looooove it!!! It looks amazing and you have complemented the pattern with your fabric choice and ribbon belt perfectly!

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LadyD October 11, 2012 at 3:31 am

ooh, how pretty. Looks vintage.

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Frances October 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

Oh, how beautiful! I’m not sure I could bring myself to cut into a Liberty fabric quite yet.

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Carol Melancon December 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Your shoes are perfect.

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Erin December 29, 2012 at 2:24 am

Are you wearing a petticoat with that, or is the hand of the fabric that stiff?

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Joni December 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Petticoat! The fabric is not stiff at all, it is very fine and drapey.

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