Liberty Painted Portrait Dress

It’s been a little while since I made this dress but it has a springy palette so provided the weather improves, it should get some wear soon!


This dress is made entirely in Liberty Tana lawn. The main fabric is Tuesday Trees, which was designed by Lauren Child (the creator of Charlie and Lola). It’s a pretty print with a hint of colour, just enough to complement the patchwork panel.


The pattern is the Painted Portrait Dress by Anna Maria Horner. I purchased both the pattern and fabric quite a few years ago and it is wonderful to actually see them made up into something wearable finally.


I used a variety of prints to make up the panel, which was actually very easy to sew. I found it a bit tricky to attach the side panels to the main bodice and had to reduce a bit of the fullness to get it to fit in. The fitting is still fine, I made a size Small.



My only regret is not making the sleeves full length, as it would be much more practical for me in the summer.  I even considered remaking the sleeves but didn’t want to unpick all my stitching and overlocking. This may be an option still if it annoys me enough! But overall I’m very happy with the style and fabric combination, it’s something that would catch my eye if I saw it in the shops and it is comfortable and light to wear (once the weather cheers up!)




  1. April 24, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Awww lovely .

  2. jglzrz
    April 25, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Your dress is so lovely! If remaking the whole sleeve would be disheartening, perhaps you could make long cuffs? They needn’t be tighter than the sleeve. If you have any of the patchwork fabrics left, you could even use strips to make even more of a design feature. Anyway, it is very lovely.

    • April 26, 2017 / 8:29 am

      Oh I like the patchwork cuff idea! Might try this, thank you 🙂

      • jglzrz
        April 26, 2017 / 11:04 am


  3. Sarah Finney
    July 18, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Lovely dress!! Also, could you tell me the name of the wallpaper on your wall?? It is awesome!!!

    • July 22, 2017 / 2:09 am

      Hi Sarah! The wallpaper is by Eijffinger and is from the Muse collection.

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