Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Wild Flowers Liberty Print in Fleece Cotton

I came across this post on Liberty London, which features my Wild Flowers design for Liberty Art Fabrics. 

 Make this: Liberty print sweatshirt with designer Keighley

Keighley's Wild Flowers fleece jumper 

Last year we caught up with Keighley, one of our talented print designers and we took a glance into what she makes in her spare time. Whilst working on designing Liberty prints in the week, Keighley makes a range of garments in her spare time which are always in awe of those at Liberty Headquarters!
Why did you choose the Wild Flowers print?
“I chose Wild Flowers because it’s beautiful! I also created and coloured the design from the artwork we received from Su Blackwell, it was really lovely to work on and its so nice being able to wear a print that I’ve helped to create.”
What inspires you to create new garments in your spare time?
“Being in the studio and always being surrounded by gorgeous designs makes you want to go home to make things with it all! Especially when we introduce new fabric bases such as the fleece, it makes it more exciting to see what you can create from them.”
What are your 3 favourite fleece prints from the new collection?
“I love Wild Flowers of course. I also love Eleonora and Wiltshire- beautiful classic designs that look so cute on fleece.”

Here Keighley offers some tips on how to make a snug sweatshirt from the Linford fleece fabric, perfect to keep warm in the winter chill. Learn how to make your own sweatshirt in less than ten easy steps.

What you will need:
Chosen fleece fabric
All your regularly sewing bits and bobs

Cutting pattern pieces
Step 1: Buy/make a sample jumper pattern, I traced around an old jumper, mine is very simple. Front and back pieces are the same except the front neckline is slightly lower than the back and the sleeves are symmetrical. So both pattern pieces can be cut on the fold of the fabric. Cut two of each of the pattern pieces.
Remember to leave 1cm seam allowance which should already be on your pattern piece
Depending on the drop of the jumper, you will only need the length plus a bit extra for seam allowances as the fabric is wide, mine measured 60cm.

Step 2: Pin pattern to fabric, cut 2 x front/back and 2 x sleeves.

Sewing pattern pieces
Step 3: Sew back and front side and shoulder seams together, with the jumper inside out.
Step 4: Sew down the sides of the sleeves, again inside out. You can finish the seams at this point with a finished stitch if you prefer to, but this fleece doesn’t fray so you don’t have to.
Sewing seams
Step 5: Sew the sleeves onto the armholes, whilst both pieces are inside out.
Step 6: Hem the neckline.
Step 7: Choose how you would like to finish your sweatshirt. Fold over the sleeves twice to give a cute contrasting colour at the edge, or you can hem them.
Step 8: You can either leave the edge to roll for a sporty look or hem for a neater finish.
Step 9: Iron all the seams and hems flat. Your jumper is now finished and ready to snuggle into for the cold winter months.

Finished sweatshirt

Follow Keighley on Twitter @Liberty_Prints

 Wild Flowers Linford Cotton Fleece Fabric is available at 
while stock lasts.

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