Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Liberty Wightwick and Willow: Autumn/Winter 2012

Is anyone else experiencing the summer stitching slump that seems to have plaqued me? In an attempt to get back into the swing of things, I've made a slow start on salvaging my failed Hazel...so watch this space!


On a much more exciting note, have you seen Liberty's new season Tana Lawn?!? It's such a sumptuous collection with deliciously rich colours. I would have a tough time choosing an absolute favourite, but here is a selection of prints that really called to me:

Viola D / Viola B

Maria Teresa A / Maria Teresa C

Sybil Campbell B / Sybil Campbell C / Sybil Campbell A

Plastic Fantastic C / Plastic Fantastic D / Plastic Fantastic A

Patricia Esther D / Ciara C / Denise Eva D

Strike B / Strike C / Strike A

Mawston Meadow B / Mawston Meadow C / Mawston Meadow A

I've actually never, ever sewed with Liberty Tana Lawn, let alone owned any before. I'd like to make amends before the end of the year, so once I decide on a print I think I'm going to go for it...maybe one of the Mawston Meadow prints...or one of the Strike perhaps?!? I do take solace in knowing that Shaukat & Company actually stock most Liberty prints for more 'affordable' prices - I've yet to buy from them, but don't see how else I'd be able to afford Liberty prints!

Are you a Liberty fan?

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  1. I've also lost my sewing mojo over the past few weeks. I've been half-heartedly starting projects, then leaving them unfinished. (I can't keep blaming it on the weather though!)

    I am a huge Liberty fan - seriously, once you start, it's really hard to give it up! I really like Strike and Ciara too (I blogged about my favs a little while back) and this weekend treated myself to a little trip to Shaukat's (an Aladdin's cave of Liberty goodness!). I'd recommend keeping an eye out on ebay - I've snapped up some really good bargains in the past.

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    1. Just saw your favourites...don't know how I missed your post in the first place!!! Oooh, I'd love to visit Shaukat - maybe next time I'm in London eh! And thanks for the tip about eBay, it's a great idea!!!

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  2. These are so pretty! I really like the Strikes print, too!

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  3. Wow, the strikes is gorgeous!

    At least even full price liberty is more affordable for you there than it is here in oz. The exchange rate has changed but the prices haven't :( It should be about $30 here now but is stil $45-50. So expensive!

    Luckily I didn't pay for my liberty, it was a gift from my gran's stash. but I'm still too scared to cut into it. I might ease into it slowly and use some in the mini-quilt I'll be making soon and slowly work up to clothes...

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    1. Gosh, it's so expensive isn't it...I mean who can actually afford this stuff?!?

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  4. True Up has a nice Liberty source guide.

    http://www.trueup.net/liberty-of-london-fabrics-source-guide/

    I can personally endorse Kat's Fabrics and Shaukat. Shaukat has a wider selection, but Kat's has the lowest prices I have seen and is always a pleasure to do business with.

    Liberty lawn handles beautifully under the needle.

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    1. Oooh, thanks for the links / recommendations!

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  5. Shaukat is the only way I can bring myself to buy liberty but it still makes me squeak paying for it.
    I spent about an hr there last time in a cold sweat panicking about which prints to buy as I could only afford 3m.
    And the only thing helping my sewing slump is that I want a nice new dress for my bday!
    Buy some liberty and get inspired!!

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    1. I'd love to visit the actual shop, but like you, I fear that I would totally panic in there!

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    2. If you visit Shaukat in person (and this only works if you want a small amount of fabric for a project, nothing over 2m I think), they have a 'scrap bin' (round the corner to the right from the entrance) where the meter goes for 5 pounds. It's a bit hit and miss what they have, but I'm very very tempted to go and have a dig around - especially after seen the lovely patterned Alma blouses! I want one too!
      (p.s. I occasionally stop by this blog. hello! I've been lurking so far)

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  6. Oh love Strike C. Great colours and print. I've never sewn with Liberty fabric either. It's something I'd like to do though - the prints are just so lovely!

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  7. Ah Liberty! Tana lawn is just bliss to sew and washes beautifully.
    I have only ever bought mine from Ebay, usually the Little Treasures shop. There is another seller who doesn't use the L word but it is definitely the real thing - they call it "fine lawn" and you will recognise the prints straightaway.
    I have a couple of unfinished items lurking in my sewing bag. This weekend I am determined to get at least one of them done and dusted!

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    1. Thanks Roo, eBay seems to be a clear favourite with people...why didn't I think of it?!?

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  8. I adore Liberty prints and have bought a few from there as well as seconds from ebay. Such soft material and easy to sew with. I'm so in love with the Mawston Meadow and have been been seriously considering buying Mauston Meadow B, it's just whether I can justify buying enough to make a whole dress out of it!

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    1. I know your dilemma...I'm thinking do I just buy enough for a blouse? But I REALLY want enough for a dress!

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  9. Belissimo! My friend bought me some liberty fabric for my birthday LAST YEAR and I've been too chicken to use it... Until now. Yes I'll be frolicking about in some liberty very soon and it is a dream to sew with.

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    1. Oh man...when will we get to see it please? Now that your poor blog has gone, do you have Flickr or somewhere else we can stalk you on?

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    2. You do! I've actually just started up a new one because I couldn't get "Curves" back (damn you hackers!). Here's the link to my new, hack-free blog: www.reanalouise.blogspot.com :)

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  10. I'm in love with Plastic Fantastic A.

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  11. This fabrics are gorgeous!! And thanks for the link, definately more afordable than Libertys! :)

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  12. I have yet to sew with Liberty and will get around to it one of these days! Lovely fabrics

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  13. Oh, yes. I've been through a non-sewing couple of months, as well. I totally get you.
    From these Liberty fabrics, I' d go with the last ones (Mawston Meadow); they're too lovely. I 've never worked with a Liberty fabric, but I was brave enough to go through their website, I did subscribe to their newsletter, and they even sent me my own gold member card. So I do have something from there now! I will totally check out the true up site now...

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    1. Haha, I love that you have a gold member card...it's more than I have from Liberty! But I soooo want to save enough money for at least some fabric for one dress!

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