Make your own clothes: Liberty sewing patterns

— by Alyson Walsh

Photo: Claire Pepper

Good news, dressmakers. Liberty has launched a new range of paper sewing patterns. Inspired by the department store’s archives, the latest designs have been given a high fashion spin. The five different sewing patterns include: a maxi dress worthy of Florence Welch, a snazzy palazzo suit (wrap top and wide leg palazzo pants) and a 1940s-inspired tea dress.

For someone who doesn’t possess the skills to make their own clothes, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in Liberty’s haberdashery department over the years. This is a habit picked up when I first moved to London and worked near Oxford Circus. Many a lunchtime was spent drooling over the beautiful printed fabrics in-store (not literally, that would’ve been expensive). Then saving up to buy Liberty Tana Lawn fabric, in very small quantities. I could just about afford enough for a pair of shorts. I was in my twenties. This was pre-varicose veins.

Liberty invited me to see a preview of the patterns (available HERE) and very generously offered to make up the garment of my choice in a Liberty print fabric. I know, I am spoilt. Embracing  Big Sleeve Energy I opted for the Thea Boho Sleeve Shirt in a cotton Liberty print Tana Lawn fabric called Felix and Isabelle. The sleeves are not quite Olivia Coleman at the Golden Globes dimensions and fit easily inside the sleeves of my coat. I am beyond delighted with my ‘design’.


Making the fabric selection for my boho shirt


Style Notes: My cross body bag is by Mimi Berry, trousers are very old Rag & Bone and suede boots are Acne Studios (part of a collaboration with FarFetch)

More lovely paper sewing patterns and style inspiration:


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