The most beautiful print imaginable

Ok, so the title of this post might be a bit hyperbole-tastic.

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But let’s all take a moment to adore the stunning colours in this print. Fabric nerds – 10 points if you can identify it!

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Why yes, that would be Liberty tana lawn in ‘Hera’. And boy was I chuffed when I found two metres of it just lying around on ebay. I adore Liberty Fabrics, my favourite by a country mile being ‘Strawberry Thief’, but buying any more than a fat quarter can leave your wallet feeling a little skinny. So ebay is not a bad place to look for genuine Liberty with a chunk of the price shaved off.

But here is the twenty quid question: what shall I do with it? Aside from roll around hugging it and chuckling psychotically to myself. I have two metres of blue and gold awesome-ness to play with. It’s lightweight, drapes beautifully and has all the sizzling sex appeal inherent to tana lawn. I want to make something special to wear for my birthday (coming up at the end of July, a mere three days before my wedding), and at the moment the plan is a maxi dress.

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I don’t have a pattern as such, just a very clear idea of what I want. So I am in the process of trying to make my own pattern by creating the outline of the dress I want on my mannequin using yarn and pins. I read about this technique in How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns, so I shall report back on how well it works!

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So far so good, the design seems to be working out. Hopefully I’ll have something stunning, or at least half decent to share before too long. Have you ever tried designing a pattern using this method?

What do you think?