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Made By A Fabricista: Liberty For Less

Most of you wouldn't be shocked if I told you that Fabric Mart is my favorite fabric shop. Even though I'm a Fabric Mart Fabricista, I promise I'm not biased! It is hard to beat the prices and the gorgeous stock of fabrics that Fabric Mart carries.

Just when I thought Fabric Mart couldn't get any better, they started carrying Liberty of London fabric! Liberty fabric is notoriously high priced, but Fabric Mart has made it affordable! While it may still be a higher price per yard than your average fabric, it is still an amazing price for Liberty Fabric. 

If you've never sewn or worn a garment made with Liberty tana lawn, then you're missing out on the softness and dreaminess of the fabric. Yes, it's 100% cotton, and yes, that doesn't seem like it would be dreamy to wear, but trust me, it is! Tana lawn is a lightweight fabric with a soft drape and a luxuriously soft finish. It makes lovely blouses, dresses, and more!

The Liberty of London website sells button-down shirts in their printed tana lawn for around $200. While the shirts they sell are lovely, I could never justify purchasing one at that price. With the price of Liberty fabric from Fabric Mart, I knew I could make a one-of-a-kind button-down blouse for under $50. 

As an admirer of William Morris designs, I knew I wanted to find a William Morris print for my button-down blouse. I searched the site for "Strawberry Thief," one of my favorite prints, and Fabric Mart had a few different colorways. The dark Lapis colorway was my favorite, with its gorgeous blue, purple, and tan shades. I immediately ordered 2 yards of it for my blouse, and I also picked up a pack of adorable "Bespoke" Kylie and the Machine sewing labels. What could be more bespoke than a handmade garment in beautiful Liberty tana lawn? 

I used the Rebecca Page Classic Blouse pattern to make my button-down. I've made this pattern before and I really liked the fitted silhouette so I decided to make it again. I thought it would be fun to have a slightly longer blouse so I cut my fabric to the suggested length of the boyfriend fit blouse but followed the fitted blouse pattern pieces for everything else. 

I wanted to make this blouse as special as possible, so I finished the entire garment with French seams to make it feel more luxurious. I also added the "bespoke" label to the right side seam. When it came time to pick buttons, I searched through my vintage button collection to see what would work. I didn't have enough buttons to make them match, so I picked coordinating buttons of lilac, blue and white. The sleeve cuffs each have a blue and white button, while the center front buttons are lilac and blue. Normally, mismatched buttons might bother me, but I think they work nicely with this fabric. 

Overall, I'm happy with how my Liberty-inspired blouse turned out. I'm also really happy that I was able to get the look for less. This classic button-down will be perfect for warmer winter days and as we transition into spring. Don't miss out on Liberty tana lawn while Fabric Mart has it in stock!

SHAINA   @shaina_sews 

Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: LIBERTY OF LONDON & LAWN.


  1. I'm curious how you were able to purchase 2 yards of Tana Lawn Liberty fabric for under $50. I was very excited to read that, then I looked on the website all the Tana Lawn was $59+ per yard.

    1. Back in January, I bought several LIberty Tana Lawn prints at $21.99/yard during a special sale. Be sure and sign up for the Fabric Mart's emails.

  2. I love the longer length of this blouse! It looks beautiful.

  3. Your shirt is lovely in the blue "Strawberry Thief" print. I have several cuts of Liberty Tana lawn waiting to be made into classic button-front shirts.


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