Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Fun Liverpool Dress Mash Up

I LOVE Liverpool. It is squishy like a baby, stable to work with, has wonderful stretch, drapes well, has great recovery, and comes in fantastic prints. It has such a cool texture! Recently, my friend Aimee had some she got from Made Whimsy, and she just thought the print had too much pink. I took one look and thought it had just the right amount of pink! I loved it, and I was so excited to make something with it!

Last week, my cousin got married. I knew I needed to make myself a dress that had easy nursing access but kept putting it off. I started the night before at 10 p.m. I know, last minute. I also used a pattern that was new to me. I know, bad idea when combined with starting at the last minute. I used the Ellie and Mac Be Captivating Dress. I finished the bodice and the skirt that night.  I think I was tired because I had to cut out the bodice twice. Whoops. I decided to wait until the morning to try it on, and then I would make fit adjustments, attach the skirt, and hem.

After showering the next morning, I tried everything on. I LOVED the bodice. It was perfect for nursing and not too revealing. I had lined the bodice with a navy cotton lycra from Made Whimsy. It felt so supportive and fit without needing alteration. The skirt was another story. It was a pencil skirt that hugged more curves than I needed it to. I just couldn't  bring myself to attach the skirt to the bodice, but I needed to leave for the wedding in just a few hours! I frantically grabbed the scrap of fabric left from making my dress and knew there was not enough for any type of circle skirt. UGH. I started looking through some of my patterns and saw Asta! Oh, Asta! I had already made her out of Liverpool. You can see that blogpost here.

I unfolded the Asta skirt pattern, and to my excited surprise, it matched the bodice for my dress!! I did not have a huge amount of fabric to work with so I had to cut the skirt a bit short, but it was perfect! Disaster averted!  I can't tell you how happy I was to finish. And, I have a super comfortable dress that will get a ton of wear this summer. I also was not late to the wedding and had plenty of time to eat lunch. Whew!

The only thing left for this dress is to (a) give it pockets and (b) make more! I was crunched for time when making it so did not have a chance to give it pockets. I prefer inseam pockets so I will only need to rip a few stitches if I have time to add them at another time. 

I went ahead and hemmed the pencil skirt and will make some flowy tops to wear with it. What does Liverpool work for? It works for pencil skirts, loose skirts, bomber jackets, dresses, and anything else you need a fabric with a great weight. I wouldn't use it for a tank top or something that needs a lighter weight fabric. I think my next Liverpool project will be in a Greenstyle Midway bomber!

Thanks for reading my blog! I hope that I have inspired you. I also hope that you do not wait until the last minute to make things like I sometimes do :).

You can find the fabric that I used on my dress and skirt here. You can find the pattern for the top of my dress here. You can find the pattern for the bottom of my dress here.

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Photo Credit: My wonderful friend, Aimee Wilson 

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