The pocket square is making a revival. This small piece of cotton, linen or silk adds more than just a touch of detail to your suit – it’s a punctuation of style and individuality. Watch our guide on how to fold a pocket square three ways – you’re not fully dressed without one.
If you’re looking for a quick and slick way to update your blazer jacket, then the pocket square is certainly an indispensable piece for defining a gentleman’s sartorial credibility. You needn’t have it match your tie or your shirt, simply choose a design that compliments both their colour combinations and mood.
Learn how to create the perfect fold, three ways: the Formal, the Dandy and the Three Point, with a step-by-step video guide below, demonstrated by an expert in occasional dressing, Louis Matthewman – Liberty’s Marketing Projects and Events Officer.
“A great rule of thumb to follow is to pick a colour or pattern from your tie, dickie or socks to accent in your square. If you prefer an open shirt, pick one that contrasts your suit or shirt.
My only two rules are: A matching tie or dickie bow with a square is a sartorial faux-pas and never wear anything other than a white square with black tie dress code.” – Louis Matthewman
Customise your feet this summer with pretty DIY Liberty print flip flops.
Make your flip flops one of a kind by revamping them with some Liberty print fabric. We have chosen a fabric from our New Season Belgravia Silk Satin range - Edna Colour way A. The possibilities are endless when you make your own flip flops and you will never see someone wearing the same pair as you.
What you will need:
Fabric of your choice
Needle and coordinating thread
Step 1: Cut 2 long strips of fabric 15cm x 133cm
Step 2: Fold in half, right sides should be facing, using a ¼ inch seam allowance, stitch along the width of the strip. This will create a tube for your laces, turn the tube the correct way round, do the same for the second strip. If you prefer you can cut and tear the strips and leave the edges raw if you like this look.
Step 3: Tie 1 strip on each side of the flip flop straps at the base, either stitch them into place or tie a knot (This will be covered up )
Step 4: Cut one long strip of fabric between 5 – 10cm x 133cm. Find the middle of the strip and wrap round the toe divide of the flip flop.
Step 5: Wrap each end round the bare straps and covering the tied straps at the end for a neat finish. Secure by stitching together.
Repeat the same step for the other flip flop
Criss cross the laces up your leg and they are ready to wear.
Optional: You can always embellish them with beads, buttons or embroider parts of the prints with stitching
Queen of sewing crafts and one of our favourite bloggers, Tilly Walnes takes you through one of her latest sewing projects.
Tilly Walnes is a DIY dressmaker and author of popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons. She’s been coveting florals and stripes, so has used Liberty print to add some floral flavour to one of her dresses. We caught up with her to find out what makes this blogger and businesswoman tick:
Do you have any favourite Liberty prints? If so what are they?
I absolutely fell head over heels in love with the Ornithology print. It was designed by Edwyn Collins, based on bird sketches he made daily as part of his rehabilitation following a brain haemorrhage. Not only is the story so inspiring, but the print is absolutely stunning. I’ve got some in my fabric collection but can’t quite bring myself to cut into it!
If you could cover one thing in Liberty print, what would it be?
Why, myself of course! Making dresses is my favourite thing to do in the world, plus you get to wear them out and about and show off the gorgeous fabrics.
What was the first thing you sewed?
The very first thing I sewed was a tote bag. The second was a yellow floral dress. There were a few mishaps along the way, from stabbing myself with pins to nearly sewing up the armpits, but the dress came together nicely in the end. I very proudly wore it out to a New Year’s Eve party the next day!
Who are your sewing icons?
I am addicted to reading sewing blogs, and have so much admiration for all the talented people out there showcasing what they’ve made and sharing tips to help others to do likewise. A couple of favourites include Paunnet and What Katie Sews – they both have a strong sense of their own personal style and consistently make gorgeous things.
What has been your favourite sewing project so far?
That’s like asking me to choose a favourite child! I can’t pick just one, but one of my absolute favourites is a recent project – a colour blocked Coco dress with a turquoise yoke and striped bodice. I also love my Moonrise Kingdom-inspired jacket – it has lots of lovely details such as bound buttonholes, a houndstooth lining and a mini cape, which I do believe is called a “capelet”!
Where do you get inspiration for new sewing projects?
Much of my dressmaking inspiration comes from the late 1960s, in particular from French New Wave films (I have a master’s degree in film history and lived in Paris in my early twenties). Many of the modern, young styles still look so fresh today. Oh, and a non-official strapline for my dressmaking designs is “What would Zooey Deschanel wear?!”
What inspired you in the first place to make sewing such a big part of your life?
It all started when I was working an office job and suddenly had an overwhelming urge to make something with my hands. I felt like I’d lost the creativity I’d enjoyed as a child and wanted to rekindle that feeling, so I signed up to a beginner dressmaking class. I fell head over heels in love with sewing from that point on, started my blog, and never looked back! Gradually my blog grew, and eventually I decided to take the leap from my other career so I could share my love of dressmaking full time. I wrote my book and am now focusing on building up my sewing patterns and workshops.
What do you think of the younger generation of sewing enthusiasts?
It’s absolutely wonderful that a new generation of people are discovering the joy of making your own clothes. Everything I do with Tilly and the Buttons is about encouraging more people to take up dressmaking, particularly those who have never learnt to sew. Traditional sewing resources can, unfortunately, be intimidating to the uninitiated, with their technical language and confusing diagrams, which is why my own sewing patterns translate the jargon and include colour photos of the steps. I want people to enjoy the process and feel proud of what they’ve made at the end of it.
Finally, if you were locked in the Liberty haberdashery department for a night, what would you do?
Well I wouldn’t get any sleep, that’s for sure! I’d be up all night fashioning a gorgeous dress out of the most beautiful fabric I could find. And of course I’d pay for it in the morning.
THE PROJECT: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN FLORAL & STRIPES PATTERN
‘Recently I’ve become a little bit obsessed with a couple of outfits I’ve seen on Pinterest which combine delicate floral prints with bold stripes to create a modern, feminine style. So I decided to recreate this look myself, by incorporating appliqué Liberty floral fabric cut-outs into a dressmaking project. I’ve used Edna B Tana Lawn Liberty print.’
If you want to make the dress shown below, you can buy Tilly’s sewing pattern. Alternatively, just grab an existing top or dress from your wardrobe to give it a whole new look.
You will need:
¼ metre Liberty print fabric (larger designs work best, and you may need less depending on your design)
Coco sewing pattern (see above) + 2m – 2.7m striped low-stretch knit fabric (or an existing striped top or dress)
Iron-on transfer paper (eg. Bondaweb)
Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth (a piece of cotton muslin or a tea towel will work)
Sewing machine OR hand sewing need
Thread (either contrast or matching)
How to make:
If you’re making your dress from scratch, cut out your garment fabric. You’ll find it easier to stitch the motifs onto the flat pieces of fabric before they have been sewn together. If you want to place the flowers draping over the shoulder as shown, attach the sleeves to the bodice first, but wait to sew up the underarm and side seam until you have added the appliqué. If you’re appliqué -ing onto an existing top or dress, just be careful not to catch the underside of your garment in the stitching.
Choose the areas of the floral design that you want to appliqué onto your top or dress, and cut a large square around them.
Place the fabric face down on an ironing board, then place a piece of iron-on transfer paper on top, with the shiny adhesive side face down. (Make sure the paper is smaller than the fabric, otherwise it’ll stick to your ironing board – doh!) Apply a hot, dry iron (no steam) on top for about 5 seconds to fuse the paper to the fabric.
Cut out the floral motifs, leaving a couple of mm stitching allowance around the sides of the flowers.
Decide where you want to put the motifs on your dress. You may want to dot them all over, just on the sleeves, or on another area of the garment. Peel off the paper backing and carefully lay the motif sticky side down onto the garment fabric.
Lay a pressing cloth over the top and use the iron to fuse the motif to the garment fabric for about 10 seconds.
Now you can stitch around the motif, a couple of mm from the edge. You can do this on your sewing machine using a long stitch (3 – 4mm), taking your time to carefully navigate the curves and corners. Alternatively you could simply hand sew it using a running stitch.
If you’re sewing your dress from scratch, you can now stitch it together following the pattern instructions.
Et voila! You have a gorgeous – and unique – new dress
We love to see all your crafty makes, so why not share them with us on Twitter or Pinterest using #SewLiberty.
Feeling inspired, why not get crafting this weekend and make your own Liberty print piece? Discover our newest arrivals in Liberty print here.
Contemporary fine jewellery brand Eva Fehren take us behind the scenes at their New York studio.
Eva Fehren was launched in 2011 by New York-based designer and artist, Eva Zuckerman, along with her business partner and long-time friend Ann Gorga. The Eva Fehren collection features beautiful and conceptual fine jewellery designs inspired by the industrial and architectural landscape of their native city. Combining contrasting elements, such as strong and structured shapes with organic elements like precious stones and metals, Eva maintains a delicate, feminine aesthetic with a modern, sharp edge.
Eva gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of day-to-day life at her city studio.
How have you decorated the Eva Fehren studio?
I try to communicate the aesthetic of my brand in everything I do, right down to the furnishings of the office. I decorated my office with a combination of my art as well as things that inspire me, including hides, marble and a custom-made whitewashed work surface. And it probably comes as no surprise, everything is white, black and grey!
Do you have any moodboards/inspirations for the next collection that you can share?
I often put things up on the walls as they inspire me. It helps me stay focused on the overall vision of the brand.
How does the design process work at Eva Fehren?
I spend a lot of time drawing and dreaming of new ideas. My inspiration usually comes from within as opposed to outside references. I love the process of drawing and reworking an idea until it is perfected.
What do you do when you need a creative boost?
I talk to my friends who are artists and designers; I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such a creative community and that my friends are incredibly talented. I lean on them when I feel I need a creative boost.
How do you keep designs fresh while staying on brand?
I am constantly evolving the collection and designing new pieces. I sketch new ideas even when we are not in development and as inspiration hits – this helps me stay in a creative rhythm. I often look back at my sketchbooks to revisit good ideas that may have been passed over and to make sure I am building upon my classic pieces.
What jewellery do you wear every day?
I wear my Eva Fehren X ring every day. I think of it as a badge of strength and I wear my X’s like armor. I feel stronger with it on.
What’s the best thing about working with a friend?
Seeing someone you love every day.
Do you have any work day essentials?
My Givenchy bag, pink tape, a sharpie, my sketchbook and my calipers. And my X ring of course.