Liberty, dreamy Liberty. I've made about a million Sailor Tops, but recently I realized that I hadn't treated myself to the ultimate magic of a Liberty of London Sailor Top. I decided to take care of that and whip up this pretty top in a geometric rose print from Liberty that I've been eyeing for a while.
Pattern: Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts
Fabric: Liberty of London Anderson D, 1 1/2 yards
Size Made: Small
I've been really into plum-y colors lately and this Liberty, with its subtle, sketched grid of a soft rose print was just what I needed in my life.
One of the fantastic things about Liberty is that it is a wider fabric. Even though this precious yardage is more expensive, you can make a garment with a less fabric than a narrower cotton. I only needed 1 1/2 yards to make my new favorite Sailor Top!
The Liberty lawn is a fantastic fabric for this pattern. It sews like a dream. The fabric is light, but it has a high thread count, giving it a beautiful drape and a crisp feel. Any of the voiles and lawns would make a fantastic spring Sailor Top, but OMG Liberty.
The Sailor Top pattern is simple and quick to sew - but I will be honest, gathering the neckline is my least favorite part. It can be a little fiddly. After making a million Sailor Tops, I was happily surprised how easy the Liberty is to gather. This fabric is like a wise friend who knows just what to do.
If you've never made a garment with Liberty, I recommend you give it a try. It's such a treat!