This was one fun dress to make! The cotton is the nicest I’ve ever had the chance to work with and that came of no surprise because it’s from Liberty London. If you don’t know much about the home goods and fashion store here’s a little bit of history:
In 1875, Arthur Lasenby Liberty borrowed £2,000 from his future Father in Law and took over half of 218a Regent Street with three dedicated staff. Devoted to his vision of an Eastern Bazaar and determined to change the look of homeware and fashion, Arthur Liberty’s collection of ornaments, fabric and objets d’art proved irresistible to a society intoxicated by Japan and the East. Within eighteen months the loan was repaid, the second half of 218a Regent Street was bought and neighboring properties were added to house the ever-increasing demand for carpets and furniture.
By 1884, Arthur Liberty was working with Costume Society founder Edward William Godwin creating in-house apparel to challenge the fashions of Paris. As a Royal Warrant holder dedicated to quality, Liberty also forged strong relationships with many British designers, most famously the protagonists of the Art Nouveau movement. These are traditions that continue today in the store’s commitment to inspirational, impeccably made goods and services. Celebrate Arthur Liberty’s legacy in our in-house collections of scarves, accessories and fabrics, and the finest designer fashion and homeware from all over the world.
- source: Liberty London | www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/content/about-liberty/newsarchive
This dress comprised of a pleated cross-over bodice with added bra inserts, a gathered A-line skirt and wide shoulder straps. I also made a light pink silk tulle bolero for her which was so delicate it was hard to capture in photos.
Prints are mostly popular for bridesmaids, which is considered a pretty unique choice, but for a bride to wear a bright floral print it’s extremely bold and unique. If you want something completely different for your wedding check out Liberty’s fabric, they specialize in prints and the cotton is so smooth you’ll think it’s silk.
Can’t wait to use the remaining fabric for a sundress for the now Newlywed!
Deb sent me these gorgeous photos from her big day!