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sweet liberty love (and a giveaway!) March 04 2012, 60 Comments


When I think of Liberty of London fabric I think luxury.  Whenever I purchase Liberty fabric I have the hardest time deciding what project I want to use the fabric for because it needs to be worthy (like the Ayashe blouse).

When Chronicle books sent Daniela & I the "The Liberty Book of Home Sewing" book I had to sit down immediately and read every page from front to back.  This is the very first sewing book from the internationally popular and stylish textile brand.  A grin stayed on my face all day long.  I will say that this is not a "teach you how to sew book" so there isn't much hand holding.

The book offers 25 projects that allow the reader to incorporate a touch of Liberty elegance into their home.  There are simple projects like a tote bag or apron and a bit more intermediate projects like full-sized quilts, throws and cushions. Yum.  In the beginning of the book Anna Baruma offers a bit of Liberty history.  I love "behind the scenes" and hearing how companies begin so this was terrific for me.  I really appreciated that each project listed the names of the fabrics used in case you wanted to create the exact same project as it is in the book.

(project: book covers)

The very first project I wanted to sew was the "Kimono".  The Kimono offers a touch of old-fashioned glamour to your morning routine but, I only had 1 yard of Liberty in my sad stash (sniff sniff).

Instead I decided to make something for my Mom.  My parents are taking a much needed and deserved trip to Hawaii and  I found the perfect little gift to send with her, the "Toiletry Bag".It went together perfectly and was a quick sew (which is nice when you have littles running around).  When working with projects in this book remember to read through the instructions before beginning your project. You should really do this with all patterns because you never know what little tricks may pop up.  In this project you create paper pattern pieces with measurements but you have to add 3/8" around the paper pattern onto the fabric....I almost didn't catch that and started cutting :0.  It all ended well.

For Mom.

The only tweak I made was to the zipper pull.  I decided to braid strips of the fabric and thread it through the zipper head.

 It  deemed to be a worthy project and it's certainly going to a worthy lady.  She deserves this and the robe!

Now for the giveaway!  We are happy to announce that Daniela and I have an extra copy of this lovely book for one of you!  Please leave a comment letting us know you'd love to win!  For an extra chance to win visit our facebook page and "like" us.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday the 7th of March!