27 July 2015

Liberty Fifi Sets

Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the ButtonsFifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons


The Fifi sewing pattern was born to be sewn in Liberty lawn. The cotton has a lovely drape to it, allowing the camisole to hang softly over your body, and the small scale, detailed prints work well on the little pieces that make up the camisole. Swoon...

I've made two Fifi sets for myself in Liberty lawn so far. This first one is Oxford B Tana lawn, left over from making my pussy bow Mimi blouse. The colours are just lush.

This one was a bit of an experimental make while developing the pattern - I didn't have enough fabric to cut the camisole on the bias, plus the trees would look a bit weird at a diagonal angle, so I cut it on the straight grain to see what it would be like. It's nice. But if you're thinking of cutting a Fifi camisole on the straight grain to save fabric, just bear in mind that it doesn't hang as nicely as when it's cut on the bias.

Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the ButtonsFifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons

The shorts, on the other hand, look better cut on the straight grain, hence why we suggest in the instructions that you cut them this way - and this is what I've done here. We tried them on the bias (not shown here) but the hems look a bit flouncy and the elastic-stitched waistband looks a bit messy. Trust me, stick to the straight grain for the shorts :)

Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons

I made this second one in another Liberty print that had been sitting patiently in my fabric stash for years (I can't remember what it's called, sorry). I'm not usually massively into florals, especially pink florals, but this print seems perfect for a pretty boudoir set.

Fifi is my absolute favourite sewing project at the moment - both to make and wear. There's something so relaxing about sewing on a small scale, using intricate techniques such as narrow French seams and the elastic-stitched waistband. Plus it doesn't take that long as it's so small! I'm wearing these sets all Summer long - they're perfect for staying cool on hot nights, and they look so pretty too.

Fifi sewing pattern made in Liberty lawn - Tilly and the Buttons

The instructions for the Fifi camisole and shorts set are pretty detailed, but in case you need some extra help, we're writing a blog post on fitting the Fifi camisole (it's not too tricky, don't worry) and another one on easing curves together, in case you're looking at the cup pieces and wondering how to attach them to the bodice. Ooh and another exciting little bonus... watch this space!

8 comments:

  1. I have some Liberty that I was thinking about for Fifi - I wasn't sure if it would be a good combination. Good to know that it is!

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  2. I went to a dress event held at guthrie and ghana . Lots of tempting dress patterns on display.
    A lovely lady who was helping with the event was wearing a Bettine she had made herself. She then pointed out another sample hanging on a rail made by Lauren. So good to see patterns
    made up. So as soon as I have finished current creation have next one lined up! Will be ordering
    my own Bettine today.

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  3. Both sets are sooo lush. I love the jewel colours of the first one and the fresh florals of the second.

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  4. I am half-way through my first Fifi set and have encountered a problem. My measurements lined up exactly with a size 3, so I went ahead and cut that size. Unfortunately the finished camisole is too wide across the upper back, and sags. I think I'm going to have to unpick the bias straps and side seams, and take it in by about an inch. Is the camisole made to have a loose, non body-hugging fit? I'm wondering if I accidentally stretched the top of the back panels while sewing. I didn't stay-stitch the top edge of the back panels - should I have done this? I used my walking foot and was very careful not to stretch seams as I sewed. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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    1. I also just realised that I sewed my cup pleats the wrong way! Oops. It still looks nice though.

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    2. Hi Katie, the pattern is supposed to be fairly loose for comfort while sleeping, but it shouldn't be saggy. Because the pieces are cut on the bias, it may well be that they have stretched out. Sounds like a good idea to unpick the binding and take it in. Hope it turns out okay!

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    3. I unpicked the binding and the side seams, and took the whole thing in 1.25" and it fits perfectly now. I really thought I was careful not to stretch the top of the back edge, but now I'm not sure. Can't decide whether to take in the pattern before I have another go, or leave it and see if stay stitching that edge makes a difference. Decisions, decisions!!

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  5. Liberty pajamas! That's the definition of luxury! Fabulous!

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