Hot! The “Liberty Loves Company” Dress

The "Liberty Loves Company" Dress


The Facts
Fabric: Patriotic print quilting cotton
Pattern: Same as the “Look on the Bright Side” dress
Year: Contemporary

Notions: Bias binding, NO ZIPPER!
Time to complete: 5 1/2 hours
First worn: While eating, drinking, and being merry with friends on the July 4th holiday
Wear again? Yes. On July 4, 2013
Total Price: $12

While notions shopping, I decided to buy some 55% off patriotic themed fabric and use it to sew a wearable muslin for this week’s Red, White, & Blue Challenge. Because really, unless one is leading a parade, running a political rally, or watching fireworks…there’s no reason to wear patriotic prints.

The "Liberty Loves Company" Dress

The summer has just begun and I’m already battling mosquitoes. I figure a sleeveless maxi dress or two in cotton or linen will keep me cool AND the mosquito repellent only has to go on my arms. Unshaven, repellent-free legs under a full and breezy maxi skirt….my kind of summer fashion.

The "Liberty Loves Company" Dress

The stars and stripes are great, novelty fun (I kinda feel like Mrs. Captain America) and not too distracting for me to see the potential of this dress style. The patch pocket was also an experiment. I’m very happy with both the skirt length and the pocket and have already thought of several variations for the look. Oh, and since these days, I need all of the construction shortcuts I can get….I also performed my first “Mena Test” to see if I could successfully sew AND pull on a zipper-less dress. And, with some strategic tugging over the girls (while wearing a satiny bra or slip), I totally can!

The "Liberty Loves Company" Dress

Thanks for looking.





Najah Carroll is a project manager by day and seamstress by night. Once it became clear that ready-to-wear was never gonna support her five feet of curves, she taught herself to sew and make pattern alterations. In January, she lost her mind by signing up for this 52-week garment sewing challenge.


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  1. Ok, that’s a whole lot of dress girl. But a feat test for fit. I really like the Maxi dress length. Here in NYC to often they wear them to long and you see them trip over themselves. Can’t wait to see the next version

  2. Very patriotic and a great way to keep the Mosquitos away from your legs. You’re right about wearing only to a political rally or something like that. You would certainly be making a statement. The fit is fabulous, so your next one should be perfect.

  3. the dress is adorable and fits you like a glove!
    this is the second time I’ve heard of the Mena test……..please explain!

  4. That’s a hecka dress! It fits beautifully, and the skirt hang is lovely. I can’t wait to see it in other fabrics.

  5. Very nice! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. I love long dresses! There’s so much freedom of movement.

  6. What a smart idea to make a wearable muslin and use it for this challenge. :) It seems to fit perfectly and I am looking forward to the actual dress(es) you’re going to make with this pattern. Not sure why everybody tries to avoid zippers so much…the time that it takes to do the “Mena test” is already half the time that it takes to sew one in…and all thise wiggling and pulling every time one puts on a dress… ;) Definitely not my cup of tea but I am glad the Mena test worked and you didn’t need someone else to rescue you.

  7. Such a cute idea.. Looks great on you. Happy sewing

  8. I looove these prints, but you’re right, difficult to wear in large doses on a regular basis. However, well done on your dress. Can’t wait to see what other concoctions you come up with for this pattern!

  9. Love this dress, the prints are just as ‘sunny’ as your yellow and orange version (sorry, tangerine tango?) I want this dress….I might have to go and check out Jo-Ann’s, I saw they were selling off their ‘patriotic’ prints 50% on Saturday….I wonder if they’ve got anything bright left? Are you seriously going to relegate this beauty to 4th of July celebrations? Get it on….well at least during the Olympics, you can say you’re supporting Team USA if anyone thinks it a bit much.

  10. You and I are shaped alike. This dress looks awesome on you! Love your choice of fabrics. So cute! I’m now going to take a peek at all the dresses you’ve made to see how I would look in them! :)