Mother Daughter Dresses: DIY Liberty Lawn Summer Dresses
It is Mothering Sunday here in the UK. So if you are celebrating Mothers Day where you are, hope you have had/ are having or will have a wonderful day. Doctors told us that the chances of us having a child of our own were very slim, that IVF would not help us, and that we should consider adoption. So we consider ourselves to very blessed to have Kezia in our lives, conceived naturally, our very own miracle.
For the longest time Kezia has wanted to have a dress that matches mummy. I have been reluctant. But I decided that I would indulge her for Mothers Day. Let me tell you first about the fabric. About 20 minutes drive from my home there is a fabric printing company dating from 1835, called Stead McAlpin. You can read all about them here. Until very recently, Stead McAlpin have been responsible for printing fabrics for Liberty’s of London. When I heard that the printing for Liberty’s was being moved overseas I headed to Stead McAlpin to grab some of this famous cotton lawn before it all disappeared.
This is the first time I have sewn with this luscious light, silky fabric and it won’t be the last. My dress consists of overlays of the Liberty lawn, gathered and sewn on to interfaced underlining, and is also fully lined. Yet despite all these layers it is so soft, light and comfortable. This particular print, by the way, I believe is called Pela’s Roses.
I am going to be posting full details of both dresses later this week with full reviews and lots more pictures. I have to mention the weather at this point. It was freezing when we took these pictures earlier today. I mean, just the coldest biting wind. Totally not suitable for taking pictures of pretty summer dresses with bare legs. So lots of pictures of me looking…..windswept. I will leave you with a few more windswept pictures:
Check back later this week for full details. Have a great Mother’s Day and week ahead.