Baby's First Liberty Lawn

Baby's First Liberty Lawn

This is a shirt that I made a while ago.  I had heard about the wonders of Liberty Lawn, but was hesitant to pull the trigger based on cost.  As soon as I saw this print I was in love with it.  So I finally caved and "invested" in a couple of yards of Tana Lawn.

Libery lawn grainline archer

At $42/yard, plus MOP buttons, thread, interfacing, that probably puts this at a $90 shirt.  I probably wouldn't pay $90 for this shirt (or any shirt) in the store, but I believe that part of my investment in materials is an investment in my enjoyment of my hobby.  After working with it, I can also see the appeal of Liberty lawn.  It's a dream to work with, wash, and care for.  And the adorable prints don't hurt!

liberty lawn grainline archer

I have since discovered Shaukat Fabrics, and purchased two more lengths of Tana Lawn (the incredibly gorgeous Kevin and the adorable Queue for the Zoo).  Even with shipping charges, these work out to about $25-28/meter, which is a bit easier to stomach!

liberty lawn grainline archer

I only had two yards of this, and I wanted to have at least some sleeve.  I did elbow length sleeves with a little straight cuff.  I probably could have pieced together a collar and undercollar but didn't have enough fabric to eke out a button band.  So a mandarin collar popover was the ticket.

liberty lawn grainline archer

I made this very soon after getting my serger, so I followed some advice I saw somewhere about serging around the bottom hem, turning and stitching.  Do not do this.  At least not with this fabric.  One of the beauties of Tana lawn is that it doesn't wrinkly easily so you can get away without really ironing.  But the bottom hem on my shirt is always flipping up and needs to be hit with an iron.  Most of the time I just ignore it because I'm lazy.

liberty alice

But seriously, how gorgeous is this fabric?

grainline archer liberty lawn

Pattern:  Grainline Archer
Fabric:  Liberty Tana Lawn (I'm not sure if this is the right colorway)
Modifications:  shortened sleeves, mandarin collar, popover.  Sorry Archer.

Have you used Tana Lawn before?  Do you buy into the Liberty hype?

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