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Liberty Bow Shirt

Added Jul 7, 2013

by schnui

Brisbane, Australia






I have had this Liberty fabric in my stash for about 18 months before deciding on Burda #135, 2/2013 to make it up in. This pattern is simple and elegant and deserving of my Liberty. I treat Liberty like the Goddess of all fabric as it is so lovely to cut, sew and wear and I want it to last for years; therefore I agonize over the pattern I will eventually use. I never even throw out the scraps as I will use them later for a patchwork project or a trim for something. It is too precious!! I did not have enough fabric to make long sleeves so I cut them short and I added back darts found on the line markings for dress #136 which gave the shirt a nice shape for me. I also changed the way you added the bias edge for the neckline and sleeve edges. The instructions did not tell you to turn under the bias edges and I didn’t want to leave them raw. So I used my Clover 18mm bias maker cutting the bias strips 3.8mm wide to make a beautifully neat bias edge for this top. see the photo below. This is a very elegant and simple shirt and not only great for plain fabric as Burda has used but for a heavily patterned fabric as my Liberty.

Material Notes

Liberty of London cotton lawn from
Handkerchief linen for bow and bias edges.




Garment Type

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    Jul 21, 2013, 10.33 PMby merche

    Burda site is not phone-friendly! But I’m happy I checked it otherwise I would have miss this beauty! Lovely Liberty,what a fabulous print. Of course you chose the perfect pattern to showcase this beauty! I must go to the Liberty shop when I’m in London, and bring the salts too, I. suspect the fabrics are very expensive! Love

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      Jul 22, 2013, 02.21 PMby schnui

      You are very sweet Merche. Thank- you. I would love to go to the Liberty shop in London, one day too. They have a good online shop but there is nothing like touching and feeling fabric. I hope you get there very soon.

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    Jul 10, 2013, 10.34 PMby Cherry Pix

    A beautiful classic top…

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      Jul 22, 2013, 02.18 PMby schnui

      Thank-you Cherry Pix. I hope to wear it heaps.

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    Jul 7, 2013, 06.46 PMby Mary Athey

    i love your top and the bindings fabulous, i bought one of them bias makers but i hav’nt used it yet, after seeing your binding i will use it. x

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      Jul 7, 2013, 11.26 PMby schnui

      Thanks Mary for your comment. Have a look at a few tutorials about using the bias maker and follow the instructions for the width of the cut bias strips and then you will love it. I have 4 different sizes and they are so handy and an investment really.

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    Jul 7, 2013, 03.29 PMby velvetribbon

    Your top is totally adorable! I love your fabric choice and the neckline details. Nice job!

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      Jul 7, 2013, 11.26 PMby schnui

      Thank-you for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it.

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    Jul 7, 2013, 04.09 AMby kisses

    Pretty top and fabric

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      Jul 7, 2013, 07.22 AMby schnui

      Thanks kisses.

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