Thursday, December 29, 2011

Miss Cora Loves Liberty: Simplicity 2215

Good evening, friends! I just returned home from The Great Danielson Phoenix Adventure - a trip filled with adorable babies (well, one, but she's a doozy:- my cousin's brand new Lovely Little Kate), family bonding (i.e.: overly competitive Scrabble matches) and general Christmas merriment. It was, unfortunately, not filled with sewing. I just couldn't face dragging my sewing machine through airport security. Think of the lines! Think of the TSA agents poking the bobbin winder! It just wouldn't do.

Though I briefly contemplated begging my parents to take it on their drive out, I decided a week without sewing wouldn't kill me. It didn't - quite. Luckily, I did have a new toy to mitigate the withdrawals. My mother, in all her infinite awesomeness, gave me a Nikon P7000 for Christmas! She's the coolest, I know. The Nikon is one of the three cameras I've been dithering between for the last month - a higher end point & shoot with lots of manual options. It is amazing. If one could legally marry a camera, I'd seriously consider it.

So, what project should I shoot first? I went with a dress that's gone unphotographed for far too long, my Liberty Tana Lawn version of Simplicity 2215, a pattern previously blogged about in seersucker. I adore this dress. The lawn is an awesome vintage Liberty print, all autumnal hues of red, green, brown, and gold.

Isn't it dishy? The feel of it is even better - so soft, it's like buttah. Y'all, I might actually have a problem now. Once you sew Liberty, how can anything else possibly hold a candle? If I ever win the lottery, I will sew nothing but, I promise you now. As for the pattern itself - surprise! - I still love it. You know how I feel about shirt-dresses, after all...


First new camera shot! Isn't it great? Let's all just swoon together, shall we?

Unbelted! I like it better belted, as it feels just a little Maria von Trapp without one.

Bodice! The buttons are a light wood of some sort, which were the result of a harrowing trip to the JoAnn Fabrics button aisle. There was a lot of angst. In the end, I liked how these mostly blend in, while still giving a nature girl vibe to the whole dress.

So, that's it. New camera! Liberty! General dress love! It was a good Christmas. How were your holidays, friends? Any new sewing gadgets or great fabrics waiting for you under the tree?

14 comments:

  1. Absolutely adorable dress! I dream of sewing Liberty, but alas, I am a total cheapskate and hack apart vintage bedsheets for fabric instead of buying the real stuff, lol. However, I will get lots of enjoyment out of admiring your lovely Liberty creation. Great sewing!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! You know, if I could find such lovely sheets as you do, I would never sew anything else either. I swear, you have the best luck for vintage finds! Your blog just makes me green with envy over them. ;)

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  2. Nice, I bought this pattern today from the 99cent Simplicity sale on sewingpatterns.com. Seems adorable and I love your version. Enjoy your new camera!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I hope you have as good of luck as I have with this pattern!

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  3. Your dress is so lovely! I really like the pattern and the fabric is just beautiful. I bought some Liberty fabric last year but haven't sewn it up yet.

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    1. Thanks, Uta! Not going to lie, it took me forever to muster up the nerve cut into this Liberty. When fabric is as pretty as theirs is, it's hard to chance using it!

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  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love it.

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  5. Really wonderful dress. I'm jealous of your Liberty! It's sooo expensive and I have to mail order it to boot. No one near me would carry it.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Okay, I must share my Liberty secret. I buy all of my Liberty on Ebay, mostly from British sellers who sell end-of-rolls. It's much cheaper than buying it elsewhere for full price, but the selection is more limited. If you're lusting after any, however, I definitely recommend taking a peek!

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  6. i just found your blog via burdastyle.com and i love it. i haven't made any garments... and i am also new to sewing. i've just acquired a serger via some christmas love and i can't wait to start trying to make some clothing! thanks for the inspiration. you are precious!

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    1. Sarah, I am so glad you stumbled across this blog! Being a newbie sewist can be very daunting - I looked at so many blogs & project photos, before finally starting my first dress. Good luck with whatever garment you decide to make first! I would LOVE to see pictures of it! :D

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