Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Strawberry Thief - The Liberty Obsession Continues

       My obsession with Liberty continues.  Current project is a jacket/smocked dress combination.

The jacket is constructed with Liberty of London 
Strawberry Thief from their classic line.  I channel quilted the body and sleeves of the jacket to a layer of 'Warm and Natural' which gave it  a lovely bit of body but not a lot of extra weight. The two  center pleated patch pockets are piped with lime 1/32" micro check and bound with navy pique.  I did a fair amount of fussy cutting to keep the birds all lined up and facing the right direction.  

The turn up on the sleeve will allow for at least an extra year of growth room.  Three turned bias loops over covered buttons secure the asymmetric closure on the front of the jacket.

The back yoke of the jacket is quilted on a diagonal 1" grid and the center back pleat give a nice swing shape to the jacket when worn over the dress.

The matching navy pique smocked dress has a scalloped yoke, sleeve and hemline.  

Twenty two  4 1/2" scallops give the hemline a nice weight and serious twirl factor.

I am thinking I might use this quilting technique to make a Liberty jacket for myself.  It opens up lots of options for some of the under two yard cuts I have been hoarding for more than a few years (even the 36" wide ones!)

Teaching Schedule for 2018

6-11 Sewing at the Beach
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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22-26 - Private Class

19-23 Teaching Studio
St. Louis, Missouri
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(or text 314 974 7561)

7-8 Bewitching Stitchers
Boston, Mass
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10-14 Children's Corner
Nashville, Tennessee
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20-22 Bewitching Stitchers

30-June 2 Private Class

4-9 Private class

23-27 Private Class

7-8 New Orleans/Baton Rouge SAGA
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17-23 SAGA National Convntion
Winston/Salem North Carolina
contact: www.smocking.org

4-10 Beating Around the Bush
Adelaide, Australia

29 - Nov 2
Teaching Studio
St. Louis, Missouri
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(or text 314 974 7561)

6-10 Private Class

I have several open dates in 2018 for private or public groups.
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