Finished - A Liberty shift, and a dipping of toes into a new world...
A little while ago Helene at Stitch 56 had some exciting news - she was going to be stocking Liberty fabric! And she was opening up a bricks and mortar outlet for all her amazing goodies. Clearly a party was required, and thus party dresses. After being able to choose our favourite fabrics from the new seasons prints Helene gave us free reign to make a frock for the launch of the Stockroom. Check out my post and Helene's lovely selection of Liberty lawn here.
Obviously it was amazing to be able to pick a brand spanking new piece of Liberty lawn. I chose Nikita C, a beautiful floral and berry print that made me dream of a little long-sleeved 60's inspired shift dress. I've always loved the styling of the floral versions of the Laurel on the Colette website, and soon had myself a lovely little collection of modern and vintage floral shifts on Pinterest. My favourites:
A simple design would show off the beautiful fabric so I went with my good old New Look 6808-Colette-Laurel dress combo. I wanted something I could wear throughout the year, so instead of lining it I made a separate silk slip (I figured I'd wear it with my other version too - win!).
Anyway it was a marvellously uneventful make - reliable pattern, beautiful well behaved fabric. I'm delighted with the outcome.
It's a frock that will always be so special to me because I made it to wear it to meet Helene, Jo, Meredith and some lovely Melbourne based sewing ladies for the first time. The Stockroom party was my first ever social sewing outing and I can't tell you what a wonderful afternoon it was. It was so much fun to chat to Jo and Meredith, then to Helene's guests. It's just the best thing to be able to talk endlessly about your passion with likeminded people - I don't know if it's just me but it can be hard to make new friends once you start getting older. And after chatting to the delightful Lara and Anna I finally pulled my finger out and hopped on Instagram properly (I'm here, and am slowly tracking down all my favourite sewists so do let me know your profile in the comments). And what's even more exciting is the lovely Kat, Frocktail organiser extraordinare, has hopefully sorted me a ticket to the Melbourne shindig so I'll get to meet even more lovely makers. Can't wait!