As I mentioned in this post, I love Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Earlier this month; I went to see The Alice Look exhibition at the Museum of Childhood, and attended the one-day Alice Conference. Whilst there, I had the opportunity to view some beautiful fabrics from Liberty’s latest range: Pictures & Conversations, inspired by 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
I had seen the fabrics online, but had found it rather difficult to choose my favourite design. Seeing the fabrics in real life really helped me to make a decision (and the fact that some of the designs were selling-out rather quickly!)
So, I promptly ordered some of the Gallymoggers design in pale blue as soon as I could get to my laptop! *Incidentally, whilst preparing this blog post I have discovered that the fabric is actually now sold out in that colour-way, but I believe it is still available in pink.*
This is the first fabric I have purchased from Liberty London, and believe me – it is not through lack of desire (have you seen their fabrics? Swoon..) more a lack of inclination to spend that much money on fabric per metre. But, I really couldn’t pass up this opportunity to get some ‘Alice’ printed fabric, and I knew I would regret it if it sold out.
I initially really liked the Garden Wonderland print, and was going to purchase that one (I love the fact that the design for the fabric was selected by Kathryn Beaumont – the actress who provided the voice of Alice in Disney’s 1951 film!); but at the last minute I was won-over by the Gallymoggers print. This is mostly because whilst at The Alice Look exhibition, I saw a wonderful picture of Deborah Kerr, wearing a novelty Alice print blouse.
I made the blouse from an original 1940s pattern, added interfacing to the collar & facings, executed French seams on all seams, bound the facing edges with fine bias binding, and used a finer needle in my sewing machine to handle the cotton lawn fabric carefully. I drafted a curved ‘Peter Pan’ collar, as I actually prefer this shape to the standard pointed collar shape. I used glass, hand-painted original 1940s buttons which I have had in my stash for well over a year! I was waiting for the right project to utilise them with!
I’m sure I am going to wear this blouse LOTS, now I just need to find my own entrance into Wonderland..
Until next time dears!