Rifle Paper Co Fabric

I definitely don’t think I was the only one to impatiently await the release of Rifle Paper Co’s first fabric collaboration with Cotton and Steel: Les Fleurs. I don’t often branch out from Liberty but this collection has inspired most of my AW sewing this year.

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My First project was Tilly and the Buttons’ Martha dress in the red Les Fleurs rayon. I’d never sewn using this type of fabric before, and was a bit apprehensive about sewing princess seams in a slippery fabric, but the combination of a flippy skirt in swooshy rayon was too tempting for me to forgo.

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It actually cut beautifully, and the sewing itself wasn’t too difficult, however I regretted not making a muslin as the fit of the Martha wasn’t great on my body shape and I had to take in each panel significantly at the waist. I did most of it by eye and in the end the fit was pretty good. I like that this dress would be as fitting for Christmas as it would on a summers evening, especially with the length falling just above the knee meaning tights optional.

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My second bit of sewing with Rifle Paper Co fabric was specifically for a Christmas dress, and I chose their navy Queen Anne fabric which has an amazing metallic gold pattern on navy cotton. The cotton is pretty thick which was ideal as I wanted this version of the Martha to be structured with a 1960s vibe.

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For this one I chose to make the bell sleeves to add to this style, although decided to leave out the high neck as I wanted it to be wearable day to day. I also decided to make this one a bit shorter as I would definitely be wearing it with tights.

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This was a joy to cut out and sew, it made for really easy sewing and I ended up finishing it in just a couple of evenings. I ended up binding the neck and sleeves in Liberty bias binding which gives a nice effect when you see a flash of the inside of the sleeves. It did turn out a bit wizard-like, but I’ve decided I’m ok with that.


I’ve used some off-cuts so far to make Christmas cards and a bow tie.

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Now to wait for the SS collection to launch!

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