Liberty is by far my favourite fabric and I jump at the chance to buy some when it’s on offer or I find a new colourway on Ebay. So, imagine my happiness when I saw that White Tree Fabrics had an offer on before Christmas (their offers are usually sent out via newsletter so I suggest signing up if you want the chance to snap up some Liberty at a discounted price in the future).
The fabric is the Pereira art fabric in colourway B and it’s the perfect feel good fabric to make a top out of, so that’s what I decided to do. It’s out of stock on the website now but there are still other colours available here.I opted to make a simple, long sleeved top and planned to lengthen a bodice I already owned. Annoyingly, though, I forgot to add in the extra length when actually cutting out and so I ended up with a very short cropped bodice (anyone else make silly mistakes like this when cutting out their favourite fabrics?). That’s why, if you look closely, you can see I’ve added an extra, slightly more flared section to the bottom.
The sleeves were easy enough. They’re just set in sleeves cut to the length of my wrist and then shortened to about three inches above that, a length I roll most tops up to anyway. I then hemmed the bodice and neckline to finish it, so the whole thing only took a few hours max (probably less – I wasn’t really counting!).
It really is the simplest top in the world. There’s no zip, a simple bust dart on each side to give it a little shape and it’s loose enough to pop over your head. There’s a seam in the back just in case it didn’t fit without a zip, but next time I may even leave this out. The neckline is slightly boatneck-like but not hugely so. I can imagine wearing it with a plethora of pinafores in the spring and perhaps some dungarees in the summer.