7.03.2012

Liberty Past and Present

Seems I have been seeing lots of lovely Liberty fabric projects popping up.  Kerry made this lovely tea set for the Liberty Cafe  - how cool is that?  Leila made an absolutely adorable frame pouch.

I thought I would share my past experience with Liberty Fabrics.  You may or may not know this, but I have been a fashion designer for the past 23 years.  I have taken the past few years away from my career to spend time with my youngest son who goes to Kindergarten in the Fall. 
Way back when in 1999 : )  I worked as the women's woven designer for Nordstrom's Evergreen, now Halogen, line of women's clothing.  It was a wonderful job.  Halogen was a new line for Nordstrom and I was the first of two designers.  Those of you who are familiar with Nordstrom may know a bit about the different departments. At the time, Halogen was to sit in the Savvy department at Nordstrom.  The Savvy department houses young, fresh, higher end fashion.  I was lucky enough to travel to Europe for design inspiration, work with factories in Italy and even more exciting, to shop the most wonderful fabric show - Premiére Vision -  outside Paris!  We purchased fabulous Europen fabrics and that is where the connection comes to Liberty Fabrics.  I chose Liberty lawn for this little top I designed, bottom right.

I even still have the swatch booklet from the 1999 Liberty Fabrics line.

Can you tell it is well loved?  It has been travelling with me for the past 13 years : )
I love to open it and admire all the wonderful designs.
Someday I'll muster the courage to cut into it........

So... all that being said, and thanks for listening, but I couldn't resist this F8 pack of Liberty from Pink Chalk fabrics!!  I think I'll make the Rose Dream block into a zip pouch.

 
xo
Charise


10 comments:

  1. what a lovely peek into your past Charise! You might want to look at Amities Liberty stash club for little cuts of lovely Liberty x

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  2. Thanks for sharing your story Charise, I really enjoyed reading this post! Love the swatches and the top you designed!

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  3. What a lovely story! Your fabrics will be perfect for that block!

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  4. What an exciting career! Do you intend to go back or will it be difficult to reenter the field?

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  5. Aww, now I feel all nostalgic and warm this morning:) Thanks for sharing! I always wondered what people do if they're lucky enough to be handed one of those Liberty swatch books!

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  6. that top is so cool! i wish i had just an ounce of your fashion sense. how often do you pet the pretty fabrics in the booklet?

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  7. So glad you told us about your past design history! No wonder you have such wonderful taste and come up with gorgeous piecing patterns! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Love the fabric at the bottom right hand side - little pansies/violas/violets. How cool to be a fashion designer!! You are very very talented!

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  9. I also bought one of the scrap packs and have yet to decide what to make of with it. I have a liberty quilt top done but it is currently on the back burner. Such beautiful fabric!

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  10. Just love those Liberty Prints and to think I live in London!! YAY for once. We might actually get it cheaper than you instead of the other way around. I HATE paying £s for $s by that I mean if it's $100.00 it translates into £100.00 with the $ at $1.58 to the £ not great rates you have to admit.

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