23 June 2009

Liberty Prints

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As much as I'm being drawn to simple black and white looks these days I can't help but notice the liberty prints in the Cacharel collection. Liberty prints have risen and fallen in popularity for decades but I don't know if they've ever looked quite this nice! These are just the types of summer frocks I'd like to wear with sandals and braids on the hottest days of the year. But, since they're well out of my price range I've been brainstorming ways to get around that price tag.

One of the advantages to living in the middle of Amish/Mennonite country (besides the wonderful farmer's market!) is finding yards and yards of these liberty floral prints at the thrift store. You see, most of the dresses worn by these modest ladies consist of pretty floral prints. Since the dresses are long and rather sack-like quite a few yards of fabric go into each dress. I always thumb past a few in the racks whenever I'm searching out vintage finds. I usually just pass them by but I think next time I see one I might bring it home to dissect and refashion into a skirt or sundress. I know I'm usually terrible at following up on these DIY ideas (since I always forget to take before/after photos) but I'll try to be better this time!
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28 comments:

Polly Farthing said...

Gosh! I absolutely love all of those pieces. I think I'll be doing some brainstorming of my own

Polly xxx

Polly Farthing Vintage Blog

Casey said...

Those are so pretty! I've often picked up those rather dowdy floral dresses at thrift shops to remake into skirts and such--they're quite easy to pick apart and redo! :)

Meaghan Kelly said...

aww i think it would be an awesome post to see your before and after DIY projects! if you think of it, definitely put up some pics! I wish I had the skills to alter things, i'm lucky my grandmother was a seamstress and fixes all my need-fixing items, but i'm afraid it's made me terribly lazy in the learning how to do it myself department!

Danielle said...

Liberty prints are adorable!

CaitieCatherwood1314 said...

Oh! That would be a lovely idea! Those dresses are very pretty, and very summery too! <3

~ Caitie

Isabel said...

I just love floral prints - especially cute small ones like this. Huge obnoxious peony print I just cannot do.

Mz. Spider said...

In fashion or not, I've loved liberty prints since I was a twig of a girl with big teeth. These are beautiful selections. I'm loving the middle one of the first three shown - what better than a dress with pockets, and the black top at the bottom is fantastic!

Dotti said...

Sandals, braids and you in a dress like that: unbeatable.

jayne said...

oo those are great prints

i love farmers markets

Olivia said...

oh! I live exactly at the corner of this shop in Paris! This shop generally sells only mens clothing by cacharel, and for this season it changed in a special Liberty shop!
I must say, although it's generally not exactly my style, me too, I really felt in love with a few of these dresses... summer sales start tomorrow in Paris... I guess I will have a look down, at Cacharel shop...

Em x said...

The prints are just perfect for a summer day x

Mars said...

how inspiring! i have to say i think i share in this current obsession :D great choices, i love everything you posted!

TheSleekGeek said...

Those pieces are awesome!im totally speechless!!!!so gorgeous!
xx
Jun

In Bug's Drawers said...

Hmmm... so pretty!! I love them all!

Alice said...

so pretty!

Marie Lemondrop said...

Thanks for the liberty links- I've loved those prints for so long and never knew the beautiful variety I was missing. Lovely...

Lexie said...

i love that skirt with the little tie! too cute.

Missa said...

Ah wonderful, I posted a bit of Liberty love today too! I'm drooling over all of these :)

R. said...

oh my god, yes, so good. You should definitely hit up the thriftstore for some diy materials. It's great when you can find garments that give you large amounts of fabric. These are so cute.

laurakitty said...

I adore Liberty prints and always pick them up when I find them at thrift stores. They make the most perfect little summer dresses- it's hard not to be happy when you're wearing them.

Aya Smith said...

These dresses are beyond perfect!!! They are going to haunt me in my dreams tonight ;@_@;

Bri said...

Ooh, that's a brilliant idea. Hooray for thrifted re-made sundresses!

@LibertyDaniel said...

Hi,

Daniel from Liberty here! great blog, always great to see some love for Liberty Print!

CaitieCatherwood1314 said...

Oh those dresses are lovely! I would love one too! Perfect for summer! <3

~ Caitie

TheDizzyPixie said...

I love love love these dresses! Great picks!

WendyB said...

I would love a Liberty print in a super-sexy cut. :-)

Jessica Cangiano said...

So incredible gorgeous, in the best sort of girl-next-door kind of timelessly sweet way.

I love Liberty print to no end, thank you for highlighting these terrific pieces.

Wishing you a fantastic week ahead,
♥ Jessica

K @ Blog Goggles said...

I'm so crazy for anything Liberty printed. Great finds.