A Summer Liberty top

From my last trip to the States, I have a Liberty print stash that’s standing the test of time.

Pammy from LA took me downtown and this print was a piece we both bought and I’ve finally made it up.

‘Pretty’ is how I’d describe this top – Butterick 5608. A very pretty top that’s as billowing as my height can handle.

With the humidity we experienced in Summer, this top is a keeper. This top does need fabric that has good drape.

The nice part of this blouse style is you don’t need to sew buttons, or snaps or zippers.

It’s a ‘cut and sew’ pattern and it’s forgiving if your waist keeps changing.

I’ve also paired this with my purple work staples because this print has a similar purple in it.

But with the cooler mornings we’ve started experiencing, this pattern will have to wait for another Summer to come blazing back again.

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Three Sisters print

A good friend of mine takes great landscape photos so he supplied me with a beautiful photo of the Three Sisters (Blue Mountains in New South Wales) now used on this digital print fabric using Contrado.co.uk Using digital prints is addictive.

Choosing the fabric
When I was trawling through the fabrics available from Contrado, I chose this soft French crepe fabric to compliment the clouds around the landscape although I didn’t have a garment in mind. I wasn’t worried about what I would make from this fabric. I just knew this was too good an opportunity to be hamstrung by the next step of creating this into a garment.

Grace of Badmomgoodmom sent me a link to this post and I’m so glad she did. Grace is very knowledgeable about a lot of things so I was very grateful for her note.

Figuring out what to make
Once this fabric arrived in the post, I checked out the dimensions and handled it for feel, drape and if it crushed easily. It does crush but it’s so soft, flowy and irons perfectly.

I use time to reflect on my projects so I put this fabric aside and then I pattern stashed dived and came up with three patterns options – a semi-fitted sleeveless top, a flowy top and a flowy dress.

The flowy top is what I decided to use. It’s Victory Patterns Simone pattern from a few years ago and I picked up this pattern from a destash we did at Port Macquarie that Sewbusylizzie ran 2 years ago.

The ‘How-to’

The panel is 50cm long so I had to decide on what I would use to balance this print to be in the right place for me.

With all the inspiring lace skirts that were being made at Susan Khalje’s Sydney course, I found a lace remnant in my stash and a firm knit fabric to balance into this print.

The reviews for this pattern showed the front opening is quite low and on me, it felt uncomfortable so I raised it by 5cm.

This fabric is really soft, has a bit of stretch and is still a firm weave so it was easy to sew. I’ve used french seams on the sides.

Below is the work appropriate version Three Sisters digital print using Butterick 5608 using the third panel I ordered. The rest of this blouse uses a cream coloured rayon remnant for the sleeves and back.

Butterick 5608

With the heat and humidity we’ve had this Summer, I’m getting used to wearing flowy tops on weekend. I still need to wear shaped clothes so I think I can safely pair this with skinny jeans, or a fitted skirt or shorts.

Is that it?

I have one more digital printed fabric that I’ve made through Contrado UK that I’ll show you in a couple of weeks time. 

Now you’ve seen two out of three fabrics I’ve designed through Contrado and I feel this has been a great design journey.

Glad rags- Butterick 5608

This fabric was a Pitt Trading silk remnant. It’s very smooth, light weight and soft so the tiger that left its spots on this fabric has great taste in textiles. Again this was a designer remnant.

I loved the feel of this remnant and it’s been great to wear while trekking though the Jungle January heat. This style has enough structure at the neckline without sticking to you. The soft gathers on the sleeves are the other favourite feature (View D). I did a second version with the table runner fabric but it’s now a wadder. The round neckline seemed higher and tighter and the sleeves kept pulling so I think the trick with this top is to use a fine fabric.

There are darts at the back but this is a basic pull-over top. Truly – it’s a pull-on top.

Below you’ll see why I called this post is called glad rags.
DH and I went to the shire and met up with some friends at their local RSL, where you put on your glad rags for ‘tea’. If you go to the Engadine RSL only ask for the large serve if you haven’t eaten for a week. Oh, and I got to wear my Minoru. I have all the notions to make another Minoru jacket soon.
Carolyn, HTH means happy to help. I should have mentioned this when I posted it. It could mean a few other things. Does it?
Redsilvia, I have another knit dress that I can borrow the collar from for another version of Burda 7828. That’s what happens when you have an overflowing pattern library:)