One of the nice things that has survived the years is this Liberty scarf. I say scarf but really it’s big enough for a shawl, made of the finest pure wool and with a traditional and classic Liberty print. This scarf must be at least 30 years old. The pattern is ‘Hera’, the now iconic peacock feather pattern, designed in 1887 by Arthur Silver. 100% Varuna Wool, fringed all around the edge and measures a whopping 52″/132cms square.
While I have always loved it, wearing shawls is not really practical when you’re making dinner or ironing – the dangly bits always get in the way – so it has languished at the back of a special drawer I have for just such items – loved but not used. I’ve often brought it out, looked at it and thought I could make something to wear – I mean there’s over a metre – but could never bring myself to cut into it.
Once again, my gratitude goes out to Rhonda. Her endless ideas have inspired me many times and thanks to her, this beautiful scarf has a new found freedom – my Liberty has been liberated!
Rhonda showcased a design of hers on Fabulous Free Pattern Friday (on a Tuesday!) for a little jacket/cover-up made from a lovely embroidered tablecloth. (Link above). Quite simply – fold in two, cut an opening in the centre front, bind the edges and sew a row of stitches on either side. Wear. Genius.
This was bound with a bias strip of sand coloured brushed cotton. Because my shawl was much bigger than Rhonda’s tablecloth, I sewed not only along the sides but along the arms too, in a L-shape.
The pattern runs one way, effectively creating a nap, so unfortunately the feathers are pointing downwards on the back. There’s a fringed edge to the shawl that I wanted to keep, and this was the only way of keeping the fringe.
Hopefully you can get an idea of the end result. Wide sleeves, belted with the half ties and most importantly worn!
This has now revitalised other items in my wardrobe – the colours in the loose jacket go with many things – black, brown, cream and ivory, tan. Lovely with wide legged trousers.
It’s quite a 1920s feel – Isadora Duncanesce and ladies who wore trousers and lounged around on chaise longs sipping from a cocktail glass; that sort of image is conjured up for me.