August 1, 2014

Colette Myrtle Dress in Liberty Jersey

The arrival of Liberty of London fabrics is always eagerly anticipated in the shop but never more so than with these Liberty viscose jerseys! Four bolts of silky fabric with rich designs, bold colours and the most amazing drape! We knew this fabric would be perfect for the newest addition to Colette Patterns knit collection, the Myrtle Dress. And we were right! In no time at all, we had this gorgeous, versatile, and extremely comfortable dress!


Colette Myrtle in Liberty Dufour Viscose Jersey Elisa

Working with knit fabrics can be intimidating but we promise you, they are nothing to be afraid of! Colette Patterns are new to  the knitwear arena, but have really dived right in! In April they released the popular Colette Guide to Sewing With Knits (available as an instant PDF download), which has a little something for everyone.  It will guide even the most terrified beginner through a project with knits while providing some fantastic tips, tricks and “cheats” for the more seasoned seamstress.


This jersey provides the perfect drape for the gorgeous neckline on Myrtle!

To complement this book, they have since released three extremely versatile patterns; the Mabel skirt, the Moneta dress and, most recently, the Myrtle dress (each of these is now available in store or through our online shop!). These patterns are all labeled Beginner and they really are the perfect place to try your hand at sewing with stretch fabrics!

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The Myrtle dress features a self-lined bodice with a cowl neckline, gathered skirt, elastic waistband and, perhaps most importantly, pockets!

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As for the fabric, it’s almost as lovely to work with as it is to wear! These fabrics are a touch more substantial than many viscose jerseys, which means that they are easy to work with and don’t have the clinginess that people tend to associate with this type of knit. However, they have lost none of gorgeous drape that you would be expecting!

Liberty Dufour Viscose Jersey in Sophie Jane. Liberty Doufour Viscose Jersey in Pereira. Liberty Doufour Viscose Jersey in Dominic
Liberty Dufour jersey in Sophie Jane, Pereira and Dominic

We can’t wait to see what you make with these Liberty jerseys! However, if you love the Myrtle dress but are not quite ready to try your hand at sewing knits then Colette Patterns has you covered! They have provided free instructions on how to make this dress in your favourite woven and we certainly think this pattern would be lovely in Liberty of London Tana Lawn! Here are some choices that we think would be perfect for the Myrtle dress.

Liberty Tana Lawn in Lauren's Leaf and Belmont Ivy

Liberty Tana Lawn in Lauren’s Leaf and Belmont Ivy

Liberty Tana Lawn in Wilmslow Berry, Saxby, and Eleonora.

Liberty Tana Lawn in Wilmslow Berry, Saxby, and Eleonora.