We are having an Alice Caroline ONLINE Liberty Silk Sale day on the 22nd October – please join us online to grab a great Liberty silk bargain.
Join us on Saturday 22nd October for the start of our special online Liberty silk sale! We are offering lots of stunningly beautiful Liberty silks at a 66% discount off the usual Liberty silk price. We have raided the Liberty stocks and have some stunning silks to tempt you – why not make yourself a silk scarf or dress for the Christmas festivities. Starts at 9am BST (EST 04:00, AWST: 16:00, AEST 18:00)
DATE FOR THE DIARY We will also be having a sale event in the studio on November 19th from 10am – 4pm. Please come and join us!
They have finally made it – the Quilt SOS quilts are now in a Liberty Quilt SOS Exhibition.
I took the quilts to Liberty last week and overnight the fantastic design team in the Liberty store transformed them into this amazing display! It’s so great to see all of the hard work of the Alice Caroline customers on display at the store.
I have LOVED organising this project – it seems fitting for us to make beautiful quilts for those children in Romania. The recent earthquake in Romania reminds us again of how fortunate we are in our own lives.
The quilts look amazing hanging around the centre of the store and Liberty have done a creative display around a sewing machine and table too – check out the machine!
I can’t wait to take the quilts out to the children in November and will keep you posted on the latest news when that is happening. I wonder what their faces will look like when they are given their special gift? I have had lots of emails and letters from the Quilt SOS quilt makers to say they were imagining seeing the children’s faces as they opened their parcel – I’m sure they will be delighted!
Some more lovely pictures of the Liberty Quilt SOS Exhibition.
If you would like to go and visit the Quilt SOS Exhibition at the store, they are displayed in the Haberdashery department during normal store opening hours. They will be displayed from now until October 20th.
I am really overwhelmed by the amazing quilts we have received for the Quilt SOS project. I have had such a variety of beautiful and amazing quilts which have been made with love by my customers.
Here’s a quilt stack of just some of the amazing quilts!
The Quilt SOS project has been one of my favourites projects this year – the idea first came about when I heard about the wonderful charity SOS Children’s Villages. I have been working with them to come up with a project that would fit with my Alice Caroline ethos. Ta da – the Quilt SOS project came to life.
I have been humbled by the generosity of my customers – they have been asked to make quilts in quite a short space of time. It’s also great that Liberty of London wanted the quilts for an exhibition before they find their final homes in Romania. This however, meant that we had only a short time to coordinate the sending out of Quilt SOS packs to the quilt makers. Therefore, I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of those wonderful people that have spent their valuable time making some of these amazing quilts.
Here are some of the amazing quilts so far – we hope that they will inspire you to make a quilt next year for the project.
This one is made by a group of parents and children from the school gate:
The parents are Rachel, Vanessa, Allison, Claire and Paul – (great to see a dad getting involved!)
The children are: Ellie, Maisie, Florence, Maya, Leila, Emilie and Olivia – thanks so much – I am blown away with this stunning quilt.
This stunning hearts quilt was made by Irene Baldock – she chose a ‘Surprise Me’ Quilt SOS pack from our website – Emma from the studio choose the colours – so calming and beautiful. Irene’s design oozes ‘Made with Love’ don’t you think?
This stunning Chevron quilt was made for the project by Wendy Piddock – so effective and such fun colours. This wonderful quilt would brighten up any bedroom.
I’ve taken them off to the Liberty of London store this week so they can be displayed in their full beauty – another post to follow showing them in the store. They are on display from NOW until 20th October – I would LOVE you to go and visit.
I’m then taking the quilts to Romania for the orphans to enjoy forever. Please don’t be disappointed if your quilt hasn’t made it to this blogpost – I am planning on posting them over time in far more detail so that you can see them in their full beauty.
Thanks again for all of those beautiful quilts – you are AMAZING!
I absolutely LOVE making my own clothes and this beautiful vintage Liberty dress was no exception! It’s made from one of my all-time favourite Liberty fabrics – Carline D. The vintage 1950’s look and feel of this dress is really lovely and can we worn for day or evening wear. You can add a petticoat underneath to make it fuller and give it greater effect if that’s the look you would like.
I have quite a selection of beautiful Liberty dresses in my wardrobe now and this is one of my favourites. I have always loved this Liberty fabric and so was delighted when Liberty re-released it as part of the Classic revival collection a couple of months ago.
Beautiful Vintage Liberty Dress – the fabric – Carline D
This is a really pretty 1950’s vintage design with pink roses which is really quintessentially English. The fabric comes in a red and light pink colour way too which are equally as beautiful. This fabric has been re-released as part of the Classics Revival collection. In this collection, Liberty have produced some of the most popular and gorgeous vintage Liberty prints from deep within the Liberty archives.
I used a Simplicity pattern 6723 to make this beautiful vintage Liberty dress. The pattern is quite versatile and you can choose the neck and sleeve variations to suit your figure. You can make the dress for evening wear by adding a belt and a purse too which is part of the pattern too.
I went to a vintage party in this dress which was great fun – check out my Victory rolls!
I hope this inspired you to get sewing! Love Alice x
Anna from the office has been busy making this really beautiful Liberty Sweet Sixteen Quilt – it’s still a work in progress but is looking rather lovely don’t you think? It’s not finished yet – the front and back have been sewn but Anna is planning on hand quilting the finished quilt which may take a while – so I thought I would show it now. I’ll show it again when she’s finished – maybe in 2018!
The Liberty Sweet Sixteen Quilt pattern was taken from the fabulous book ‘Antique to Heirloom – Jelly Roll Quilts’ by Pam & Nicky Lintott.
The pattern takes inspiration from antique American quilting from the time of the Great Depression which used fabric scraps and recycled clothes – the tiny squares in this design are perfect for fabric scraps. Anna has used teals and yellows to create the look for her quilt but you could choose any colours you love. You could also go for a random scrap look which is where the design started it’s life.
This lovely traditional quilt pattern uses blocks which are made up of sixteen 2.5″ squares of different fabrics which when sewn together create small 2″ squares. The overall effect of the tiny squares is beautiful and works really well with the Liberty fabrics used. This quilt uses the jelly roll technique – which is really fun to use.
Anna said that it was really easy to make but has taken a while to get to this stage! These large quilts are a long term project and quite an investment of time but the techniques are simple – it’s all straight lines. As long as you make sure your seam allowances are the same all of the time the squares should match up easily. It’s a great beginners guide to jelly roll quilting and the finished result is something you can be really proud of.
You can shop on my website by colour if you wanted to choose a specific colour way to go with your decor. Shop by colour here
The back of the quilt is designed using the strip method with deep Liberty strips which creates a fantastic contrast to the front of the quilt. The quilt is bordered with Glenjade Bwhich is a lovely strong teal colour to use as a striking edge to the quilt.
I will bring you an update on this quilt when it is hand quilted and the binding has been done – I can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I really hope this inspires you to make a big quilt – for your bed or for someone else. I love a good long term project.
I’ve made a Vintage Liberty dress for my daughter’s friend Rose for her 9th birthday – little girls just love pretty dresses and so this was the prefect present. This vintage Liberty dress uses the pattern from my Little Lady Liberty book which is really simple to make.
You simply buy a pretty jersey top and then attach Liberty fabric to the bottom. Choose whichever top you like and choose a fabric to match the colours.
The fabric detail – the fabric is a vintage Liberty (sorry we don’t sell this particular fabric but we have so many others to choose from which would make equally beautiful dresses). This particular fabric is called Bird Song. Buy Liberty fabric here.
I love to add some appliqué detail onto the top so it brings the top and skirt elements together.
Here’s the lovely bird detail in this vintage Liberty dress – I’ve just cut one of the birds out from the vintage Liberty fabric and machine appliquéd it onto the top of the dress. You can hand sew this but it’s quicker on the machine.
Hurray – another lovely hand made present for a very appreciative little girl. Happy birthday Rose!
Here’s our Quilt SOS Progress – how are you getting on with your Quilt SOS quilt projects?
For those of you who don’t know what our new project is – here’s some Quilt SOS Progress news! We are joining up with the amazing charity SOS Children’s Villages to make quilts for Romanian orphans which have been rehoused in a village with a new ‘mother’ to take care of them.
We thought that we would try and inspire you with our works in progress from the Alice Caroline Studio. A few of us are making a Quilt SOS quilt and are loving the inspiration of making something for someone else – even if that person is someone you don’t know.
Quilt SOS Update – news from the office – Anna and I have been busy sewing with our daughters and these are the results so far:
I have been making a log cabin block quilt – I am really trying hard to make a block a day and my daughter is also making her own quilt blocks to add into the finished piece. We have made quite a few so far – here’s one of my blocks.
Anna is making a rainbow strip quilt with her daughter – they really wanted to do the brightest and most cheerful Liberty colours they could find and are putting a really pretty bright purple backing onto the quilt. The strips are almost finished and once these are done then the quilt will be bound. The plan then is to have fun with butterflies – putting as many appliqué butterflies onto the quilt as possible letting her children choose the fabrics, help to cut out and sew the butterflies onto the quilt.
Here are some quiltspiration pictures to get you in the mood – how lovey does this look hung from a tree?
Make a Liberty quilt for orphaned Romanian children with support from us.
It’s not too late to get involved in the Quilt SOS project. Here’s a bit of info on the project:
What could be better than to make quilts for people who are really in need of them? We have so much in our lives that we forget that there are people in the world who have virtually nothing. So, if you love to sew and more importantly, if you love to quilt, then please sign up to make a quilt for my Quilt SOS project. Let’s all make a quilt for people who desperately need them.
So, we have finally made the Cinderella Liberty Dress with the simply stunning Liberty Irma fabric. We have been planning these for such a long time (well ever since the Disney film came out last year) and they have finally been made, worn, loved and whirled and twirled in. The dress is seen in some of the early scenes in the Disney film when Cinderella is growing up – we spotted the Liberty Irma fabric immediately!
The Making: Anna and I have had such fun making these beautiful dresses for our little girls – yes we have been sewing whilst drinking bubbly and eating chocolate!
Handy hint – wash hands after eating yummy chocolate before you touch the beautiful Irma Liberty fabric – the two don’t go together very well!
We had two sewing evenings to make the dresses. They were such fun and we gave the finished dresses as birthday presents to the girls. They were a real hit and it was so lovely to give a home-made dress – just seeing the look on their faces when they opened the parcel was priceless. Very happy mummies too!
We went to the glorious Hidcote Manor Gardens to photograph the girls in their beautiful dresses. There is not a better garden location in the Cotswolds than Hidcote with its stunning herbaceous borders.
Hidcote is now world famous for its beautiful design and plantings which were the brain child of Lawrence Johnstone, the brave soldier turned talented gardener and intrepid plant hunter who made Hidcote his home. Today, the gardens attract thousands of visitors every year to see the wonderful colour of the borders. We had a great time chasing the girls around the intricate pathways to try and get a great photo which captures the loveliness of these dresses. The beautiful colours of flowers in the borders made the perfect backdrop! We feel very lucky to live close by to this wonderful garden.
We used ‘New Look pattern 6118’ for the beautiful Cinderella Liberty Dress which was very similar to the one worn by young Cinderella in the latest Disney film, with puff sleeves and gathered waistline. After watching the film and spotting the Liberty Irma dress we hatched a plan to make matching dresses for our girls. The girls have known each other since birth and love having matching dresses to skip and dance in – this was a perfect choice.
We used Liberty Irma for the Cinderella Liberty Dress – this is such a beautiful print from Liberty of London depicting watercolour florals from the Spring / Summer 2013 collection. It has been digitally printed to retain exact brush strokes and the tiniest pencil marks. Euphorbia, poppies, astrantia and iberis create a delicate ethereal meadow. The fabric was chosen for the dress in the Disney film production – a great choice which matches so well with English meadows.
I am excited to announce the launch of a brand new Classic Revival Liberty Collection. The beautiful new collection of classic and vintage Liberty prints has been taken from the Liberty archives and is available from now – you can shop the collection here.
Liberty have produced some of the most popular and gorgeous vintage prints in this new collection from deep within the Liberty archives. These beautiful prints have been re-released in the most popular colourways for people like you who love dressmaking, sewing and quilting and have nostalgic memories of childhood dresses from the past.
Just a handful of the stunning prints are:
Pretty Florals – the beautiful Nina, a classic miniature floral print; Carline, a really pretty 1950s vintage design with red and pink roses;Felicite, a very pretty classic English style print and Mitsi, such a gorgeous print with Japanese cherry blossom and one of my favourites.
Hera is named after the Greek goddess, whose sacred animal was the peacock. Liberty’s Hera print was designed in 1887 and features an iconic peacock feather pattern. Likewise, Caesar is a classic Liberty design which takes a fresh look at the classic peacock feather.
Art Nouveau – one of the most iconic Art Nouveau fabric designs is the highly popular Ianthe print. Created by well-known French Art Nouveau designer R Beauclair in around 1900, this design is re-drawn by David Howard’s studio.
The new Classic Revival Liberty collection contains some of the best prints that they produce. They have re-released some wonderful prints in this collection. I have put the collection colours and prints together to form some beautiful fat quarter packs. You can shop my new fat quarter packs here.
And to finish – my all time favourite print – Carline!
These simply lovely Liberty Vintage Cushions were made by the lovely Dawn in the studio and the equally lovely Sadie Yeomans from Corner House Crafts. They are amazing and we all love them here at Alice Caroline.
This beautiful cushion was made by Dawn.
I absolutely love a Monday morning in the studio – someone is always bringing a new beautiful item made from Liberty fabric in – we all hover over new items admiringly and talking about how things have been made.
This stunning version was made by Sadie.
Dawn’s inspiration was from another cushion that appeared in the studio one day which led to this beautiful design using bright coloured Liberty scraps which was a lovely present for her God Daughter Lottie’s birthday. The Liberty vintage cushions were such a great project that they made the May / June issue of Quilting for You magazine.
The main design of the cushion is using the old traditional Suffolk Puff method – this is simply a circle of fabric which is gathered in on itself to form a smaller, double thickness, textured puffier circle. Originally Suffolk Puffs were made from scraps of fabric and were sewn together to make quilts which was a great way to use up old material. Today, the Suffolk Puff has been adapted and is used to make all kinds of things such as brooches, cushions and hair slides. It’s a really versatile method once you know how to make them.
Here is some of the beautiful Suffolk Puff detail from Sadie’s cushion.
And some detail from Dawn’s cushion.
You will need: (thanks so much to Quilting for You Magazine for these measurements)
Nine 9″ (23cm) squares of Liberty Tana Lawn, each one a different fabric.
One 17.5″ (45cm) square of linen or linen look fabric for cushion front, plus two 12.5″ (32cm) x 15.5″ (40cm) rectangles of linen or linen look fabric for the cushion backs.
6″ (15cm) of Liberty Tana Lawn for binding
15.5″ (40cm) square of calico for lining
15″ (38cm) cushion pad
Nymo, silk or quilting thread for the Suffolk puffs
Taking thread, neutral piecing thread, non permanent marker, card and glue stick.