Monday, 3 February 2014

Planning A Liberty Cord Moss Mini

I've been eyeing off this Gorman Secret Garden Skirt for an age. A few weeks ago there was a 60% off sale but I still couldn't convince myself to  buy it! Why? Well the awesome Libertyesque fabric is identical to that  on my Gorman Secret Garden dress (go figure!) and the skirt reminds me too much of a Grainline Studio Moss Mini. Epiphany: what I really wanted was to make a Liberty cord Moss mini.

 
Inspiration: Gorman Secret Garden Skirt
Source: Gorman Secret Garden Skirt http://www.gormanshop.com.au/ 
If anyone has any tips for buying Liberty cord in Australia please let me know. I ended up purchasing Liberty Rossmore Cord - LRC03542256C - Lesleys from Sew Box in the UK. It was on sale and I bought the absolute minimum metreage I thought I could get away with (1m), so it only cost me $52 (AUS), shipping included. I'm a little stressed the nap will mean I should have bought more fabric. I hope it will be enough. The fabric arrived to my door within 7 days of purchase, so quick! It is ABSOLUTLEY beautiful. I've never used, or even touched, Liberty needlecord before and I was a little surprised at just how silky, drapey and thin it is. It would make the perfect Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber Jacket!


Given my history with the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt I know to cut a size 8. Unlike my denim Moss skirt, I want this version to be super mini so I'll leave off the hem band. I have limited fabric so I might need to cut all facings and innards in an alternate fabric, but I hope to have enough fabric left over to create belt loops. I plan to use the same process I learnt making Tim's Jedediah Shorts to add the loops. I will also need to line or underline the skirt to give it a bit more structure. I will probably go with a dark sturdy fabric perhaps with some silkiness so I can wear it with thick tights in winter. Any suggestions? I really hope I can do this beautiful fabric justice.

I enjoy writing about sewing plans and progress as well as finished products. My aim for this blog was to write about my "learning to sew journey" not just the Ta-Da! pictures. I really enjoy reading about others sewing plants, too. I would love to know if others find progress/planning posts interesting, useful or a complete bore? 

6 comments:

  1. OOooh, I cannot wait to see how your mini mini turns out. I like reading about sewing plans, especially as I'm a newbie. I guess the blog is your space though so if you want to use it as a planning space you totally should go for it!

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  2. I like reading about sewing plans also. I have never used Sew Box, but I have used Shaukat and find the price super reasonable. I think Liberty cord is almost more beautiful than Tana Lawn, and that is saying something as I am a Liberty addict! Good luck but don't be too afraid of it.

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    1. It really is so soft and wonderful. I was shocked at just how light weight it is! Don't worry, I'm going to be the boss of the Liberty, not the other way around :)

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  3. I really love the "plans" posts, as well as the "in progress" posts and of course the "Tada!" posts.

    I like hearing how people choose what garments to make and the various factors that are influencing their choices. Whether it's a practical "I really need a black blazer for work" or an inspired "I saw this fabric and HAD to make it into a Cambie dress" or maybe a bit of selfless sewing for a boyfriend/husband/sister/brother/kid... I love to hear about it.

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    1. Yes, me too! I think these posts also place a lot of value on the slow process that sewing is, rather than just how fast someone can sew something and get it online.
      Thanks for popping by :)

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