The Winterbourne Collection from Liberty Fabrics for Riley Blake is my newest fabric obsession. I was head over heels for Flower Show Spring and this newest collection is just as incredible.
This time I sewed up two dresses- my favorite thing to sew with Riley Blake quilting cottons. As usually it was torture narrowing down our fabric choices. My oldest is steering away from florals and this collection had a few beautiful prints that she loved. My younger daughter loves pinks and blues and I knew so many of the prints in this line would look pretty on her.
This print was such a beautiful choice. It’s called Bankart Fresco-A and it has such a vintage feel to it. The dark jewel tones are so pretty!
She’s been wanting another Zoey Dress from Violette Fields Threads. This pattern is one of my favorites. I sewed one up for one of my very first collaborations with Riley Blake and it’s still in constant rotation. It’s such a pretty style and one of these days I’m going to convince her she needs a maxi version because it’s just stunning!
Those pretty sleeves get me every time! This pattern comes together quickly thanks to that snap-front placket and bias neckline finish. The fit is nice and easy with an elastic waist that adds comfort and a cute blouson effect.
Little sis got a beautiful ditsy floral in the most gorgeous colors. This print is call Primula Posey-B. The pretty pink, soft blue, and sage green is such a great color combo.
For her dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow Dress. I’m on a bit of a Jilly Atlanta kick. I’ve hesitated to buy her patterns recently since my girls are at the top end of the size range but they seriously are sooo cute that I can’t help myself. They’ve got their eyes on a couple of more of her patterns so expect to see a lot more Jilly Atlanta love around these parts.
The Marlow is full of sleeve and skirt options which makes it a pattern that I can switch up a lot. This is the short sleeves with vintage length. You can do bodice or sleeve ruffles and there’s a clever front pocket to add too. I love the relaxed fit. It’s totally something I’d have in my closet too!
My love for all things Liberty continues with this collection. The collaboration with Riley Blake makes me so happy! The lower price point makes these precious prints affordable and hopefully gets more sewists a chance to work with them. Take a peak at all the Liberty collections with Riley Blake– so many to die for prints!
I’ve been a lover of Liberty fabrics since I started sewing regularly almost ten years ago. I dragged my husband to the Liberty flagship store many years ago on a trip to London and I wandered the store for far too long for someone as cheap as I am! I left with a few small trinkets (fabric buttons, a handkerchief, and some gorgeous bias tape) and vowed to one day splurge on actual yardage when I felt confident in my sewing abilities. When I saw that Liberty has partnered with Riley Blake to offer affordable quilting cottons, my thrifty little heart rejoiced! You get the same iconic prints and Riley Blake’s quality cottons.
I’m excited to introduce you to the Liberty Flower Show Spring line. There’s an amazing variety of prints- from the vibrant and bright spring florals to the subtle tone on tone prints. I requested a few different prints that I fell in love with. I knew I needed something for myself and was torn between which children deserved this goodness.
Payton needed a dress in this happy floral print. I’ve been wanting to make a Simple Life Pattern Co. Newport Dress since it released and I knew this print would be great for it. I love the simple lines of this pattern and those pockets are the coolest thing EVER! The construction is unexpected but the look really adds so much to this dress. I sewed up a straight size 10 (she’s right in between an 8 and a 10 size-wise but I want her to be able to wear this through the summer too) with added length that I ended up taking out by doing an extra wide hem. I always think I want dresses to hit below the knee so she can wear them longer but in the end I decided that I like the look of slightly above the knee so much better. With a wide hem, I can just let it down when she grows! The joy of sewing your own clothes!I paired the Malvern Meadow print with the Wiltshire Shadow Collection Custard for the lining and pockets lining. The colors in the Malvern Meadow print are so fun and cheery. They bring a bit of sunshine to our gloomy winter days. I made a warm weather dress for an upcoming vacation and know she’ll be happy to wear this come spring too!
This print, Yorkshire Meadow, had me so torn. First, it was going to be a tie for one of my boys. The subtle print and muted colors make it a floral that works great for anyone. I finally settled on shorts for my oldest daughter because it was the most practical. As we get ready for our trip I noticed she’s grown about a foot and her shorts are a little extra short now. These will be perfect for throwing on with a swimsuit and wearing while we do a little sight seeing too.
I used the Free Purl Soho City Gym Shorts pattern. I love this free pattern! It’s quick and the racer styling never goes out of style. She’s in the largest kid size for her waist and I added an extra inch to the inseam length. I used store bought bias tape and 1.5″ elastic instead of the 1″ the pattern called for. They offer this pattern in children’s sizes 2-11 and women’s waist sizes 33-46″. It’s such a great lounging pattern and works well with lots of different fabric types. It’s fantastic for beginners too!
For my top, I used the Arley Gardens print (not available on the website but it should hit your favorite quilt shop soon!). These colors are divine! The rosey-pinks and dusty blues- c’mon! It feels a little more grown-up and not so flashy. It’s just so darn pretty!
I used the Melody Top from Love Notions (affiliate link). It’s the perfect beginner friendly button-up. No finicky plackets to mess with and great, detailed instructions. I sized down to an XS this time as I was afraid it would look too boxy in this heavier weight cotton. I love that the Melody looks amazing in so many different fabric types. I made one slight change to the pattern and cut the back piece straight across instead of the shirt tail hem. I plan on tying the front whenever I wear it and I found with my last Melody that my back hem just naturally bunched up in the back. Cutting the shirt tail curve off will reduce the bulk back there.
Are you itching to get your hands on some of this line now?! If you’re looking for the Liberty lawn feel, this isn’t going to work for you. It has the same feel and weight as a high-quality quilting cotton. It will be great for lots of home and apparel projects as well as nice on your bank account too! If you’re like me that means you can just buy ALL the prints then!