One of the most anticipated collections (okay, at least for me) at Spring Market was the first ever Liberty of London Lifestyle collection. Liberty has long been known for its impeccable designs and amazing Tana Lawns, among other basecloths. The Liberty Lifestyle line is proving to be a similar quality in midweight – one of the best I have sewed with, ever. It’s soft, and truly midweight, not too light and not too heavy. Bloomsbury arrived and even those of us who thought we could never like overtly floral prints were drawn in to these colors and prints.
At Fall they announced their second collection (the plan is to have two collections each year), the Stile Collection, inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and particularly Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who, in Liberty’s words, was a major exponent of this style. According to Liberty, Art Nouveau had foundational influences on the course of the company and their overall aesthetic. The collection is rich in color, many bolder prints, but not overpowering. My personal favorite fabrics are ones that feel layered and have dimension and none of these are flat. The florals are certainly back but we also have paisley, small tight, overlapping prints and colors that evoke inspiration. The collection is slated to arrive stateside in March 2013 and plan on slightly lower prices per yard!
Keli Faw is the proprietress of Drygoods Design, your destination for delightful fabrics and handmade goods. You can visit the shop online or in person in the Historic Landmark District in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.