simplicity 3580

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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