The moment that I saw this Liberty print, I knew I was going to make it into a shirt-dress. The print has a sort of plaid shirt dress vibe about it, without actually being plaid. And Hurrah! A Liberty print that is not a washed out sort of floral. In the past, my love for Liberty has always been about the quality and not so much the print.
It took me a while to sift through my collection of shirt and shirt-dress patterns. Eventually I settled on a shirt in the 4/2006 Burda magazine, lengthened to dress length.
(photo taken in Victoria)
I liked the bib feature. I modified the pattern a little to gather the dress a little below the bib. I'm a little disappointed that the sleeves did not ease in very well. They are quite narrow sleeves, so in hindsight, it seems odd that they needed easing at all.
The collar for this pattern was unlike any other I have sewn. It is like a cross between a convertible collar and a collar with stand, so you end up with shaping in the collar, which is then attached like a convertible collar. I used Sherry's tutorial for attaching the collar.
The buttons were from the jar of Liberty buttons given to me by a friend. They match so beautifully that I wonder if they were designed to go with this fabric?