Saturday, 15 June 2013

"Give me a closet* and I will fill it"

...the famous words of Picasso (*okay, so he was talking about a museum, not a closet). 
Where the early 20th century artist had Montmartre, we have Liberty!

I got to hang out at Liberty with my mom recently, when she was visiting.  We spent the afternoon wandering  wide eyed from floor to floor, inspecting the stitches on the stunning outfits on the fashion floors, dreaming up designs, gushing over the fabrics on the haberdashery floor and then replenishing our blood sugar with flourless chocolate cake, scones and cocktails in the cafe.  (All part of the experience, we told ourselves.)

If Picasso were a 21st century home sewer maybe he would have picked up this artist-like paint splatter Melly Tana Lawn (incidentally also purchased by Almond Rock around the same time - can't wait to see what Amy does with it).
I bought about a metre of fabric so I made this boxy summer blouse with a loose peplum, slightly longer in the back, and petal sleeves.
I went for a snap closure on the shoulder to avoid a centre back seam.
The petal sleeves are lined with self facing.  I didn't line the rest of the blouse, to keep it light and summery.
A final photo paired with my scrapbuster collar.  Too much? ...maybe... but can't a sewer be eccentric too?

At least temporarily...  

30 comments:

  1. The fabric is gorgeous! I also like the sleeves - very interesting shape.

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    1. Thanks! Dreamy to sew with too...

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  2. i like the petal sleeves. i didn't know liberty had flowerless prints. i actually didn't go in the store as i knew prices were high... probably i should have for the athmosphere...

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    1. Ah too bad, next time then... The prices are high - I'm happy I did my shopping pre-cocktails ;)

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the fabric and those sleeves are so cute. I was in liberty today, but managed to avoid buying anything, phew :)

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    1. Ha ha :) You're very strong!

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  4. I do like that! Lovely experience, I'd love to visit Liberty one day for the experience, though my $ account may not ;)
    Now if you were thinking of new patterns, that is a very sweet top, Love the petalled sleeves and peplum detail, and the snap shoulder is inspired ;)

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    1. Thank you I was thinking about it! Thanks for your feedback. Love your Gatsby dress by the way!

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  5. A very beautiful blouse for such pretty fabric. I love Liberty prints. I haven't seen a tulip sleeve since I made myself a dress with them in the 70's. Love them. So feminine. Great idea to use shoulder snap closure. :)

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    1. Thank you! I haven't seen them lately myself but found it in a patternmaking textbook. It was very fun to make!

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  6. Your blouse is so pretty. I like the design of it, specially the sleeves, I like it unlined, as it is. Very good job! Oh, and I wish I could go to Liberty!

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    1. Thank you! Love your blog and looking forward to reading more!

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  7. Love it! Love the sleeves especially. Need to learn how to make those!

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    1. Thanks Nat! It was the first time I made these sleeves and it was a lot of fun!

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  8. Love the fabric!!! And the shape is awesome! The sleeves are very different.

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  9. Great idea to put a snap closure on the shoulder. Love those fantastic sleeves!

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  10. Gosh this is a beauty, I love those sleeves! And, YES to Liberty, one of my favourite ever places!!

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  11. I love the sleeves on that top...and the snap closure was a great idea!

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  12. The blouse is so pretty! I love the fabric and the sleeves. Where does the pattern come from?

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    1. Thank you Pauline! It's my own. First time making petal sleeves and it was a lot of fun!

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  13. i just love the sleeves

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