Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 9: Libette by Michelle Zimmer

You have probably noticed by now that our most recent Summer 2014 issue of Pom Pom features a new addition to the crafts covered in the Pom Pom pages, previous non knitting or crochet crafts have included seaweed pressing and embroidery to name but two! And the addition? Sewing of course! We published our first sewing pattern, by the lovely Michelle Zimmer. The fabric used for the top is from Liberty, and I think we can all agree it’s pretty special. Liberty is the gold standard in fabric and print design, and over 100 years since they began Liberty are still innovating and adding more and more interesting fabrics to their repertoire.

Pom Pom Quarterly at the New Craft Society first birthday at Liberty London

photo courtesy Liberty London

A few months ago Pom Pom had the privilege of visiting Liberty to celebrate the first birthday of The New Craft Society. We were invited alongside other lovely crafty bloggers for tea and tiny cakes in the Liberty Heritage Suite.

The New Craft Society first birthday at Liberty London

photo courtesy Liberty London

Alongside the delicious snacks we were treated to a talk from the design team behind Liberty print fabric, where they revealed the process and inspiration behind their Spring 2014 collection. Liberty collaborate with all sorts of people from famous chefs to tattoo artists! Each collection has a theme and is designed to complement their less seasonal designs; some of the classic patterns date back to the 1800s! You can watch a brilliant video of Liberty Tana Lawn fabric being printed here at their Lancaster factory.


photo courtesy Liberty London

Here is OK David showing us the drawings that were used for Queue for the Zoo a Liberty sellout featuring animals, many of them wearing discreet little items of clothing. David hand drew all of the animals used for the print, which were then worked into a pattern repeat by the Liberty team.

The New Craft Society first birthday at Liberty London | Pom Pom Quarterly + Liberty London fabric giveaway!

All this talk of fabric making you in need of a little sewing project? Threading your sewing machine at the thought? Libette is a perfect way to use that special fabric you have been saving, and turning it into something you can wear! On your body! In front of people! And they can say ‘wow great top!’ and you get to say ‘I made it’ (the delights of crafty clothes making). But what if you don’t have a piece of fabric in mind? 


Liberty have kindly given us enough fabric in this beautiful design, Ianthe D, to donate to one lucky winner! Eeek! All you need to do is comment on this post telling us what you love about about Liberty fabric for your chance to win enough Liberty print fabric to make Libette.  You can make more entries by tweeting or posting on Facebook or Instagram about the giveaway – just leave another comment here letting us know you did! Remember to get your entries in by 1 July.

Pom Pom Quarterly + Liberty London fabric giveaway!

You can find more inspirational Liberty fabric here, and take a look at their craft blog too! So get commenting to be in for the win!

x Pom Pom

This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to Pauline for winning the gorgeous Liberty fabric to make Libette. And thanks to Liberty for the gorgeous fabric!


  1. Asheley June 25, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    Can’t wait to make this lovely shirt and would love to win the giveaway!

  2. Susan June 25, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    Am a big Liberty fan – J. Crew has amazing Liberty pieces! Would love to win and craft one of my own!

    Thank you, Liberty and Pompom!

  3. Sylvia June 25, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    Ianthe is so beautiful! Love it! Anyone know if the blouse on Pineapple Lady is a sewing pattern for purchase somewhere? I don’t recognize it but it’s sure cute.

    • pompommag June 25, 2014 at 3:27 am #

      Hi Sylvia – the pattern is in our current issue, which you can find at lovely knitting/craft shops or from our online shop!

  4. Kat June 25, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    Hello! I hope this offer extends to those of us in North America. I love Pom Pom and have every issue but #1 (I didn’t know about it then!) Thanks for all the issues and the Pomcast!

    • pompommag June 25, 2014 at 3:26 am #

      It does extend to North America! Thanks for entering! :)

  5. Becky Joiner June 25, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Howdy! Love Pom-Pom!

  6. Annabella June 25, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    Oooh I love Liberty!

  7. Vanessa June 25, 2014 at 2:44 am #

    Such lovely fabric!

  8. Karen Forsyth June 25, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Such beautiful fabric! It’s ideal for that pattern, it would make a truly unique Summer top. Pick Me! (Please) *sends virtual cake* x

  9. Nicole June 25, 2014 at 3:13 am #

    I am on a sewing rampage these days and would love a little Liberty in my life. Pom-Pom is such a beautiful addition to the crafting world.

  10. Kathy ( Rav kattyradie) June 25, 2014 at 3:39 am #

    I just recently started sewing again, This pattern and the fabric are inspiring me to start sewing clothing.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this gorgeous fabric.

  11. stargirlknits June 25, 2014 at 3:58 am #

    I just purchased my first 3 issues of Pom Pom, and I’m almost finished a Waterlily. The sewn top from the summer issue was next in my queque, but I’m looking for the perfect fabric. This could be it!

  12. Veronika June 25, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    Love the print, Love the pattern – a perfect combo. Thank you Liberty Thank you pompom

  13. Rhonda Horton June 25, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    I am obsessed with Liberty fabric! Love it!

  14. Cajsa June 25, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Fingers crossed, would really love to win, sew with and eventually wear liberty fabric.

    Hope to see you in a couple of weeks at Unwind – I’m planning to purchase yarn for a couple of designs from the magazine and then some more yarn, hehe – I guess that I will have to eat porrige for the rest of the summer…

    Love your magazine and the Pomcast!

  15. Chris June 25, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Hi pompom!
    What a great giveaway, I’ve loved Liberty fabrics for years and is love to win Ialanthe and make Libette.
    Off to Instagram/tweet now!

  16. Silvergoosegog June 25, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    What a fortuitous time for this giveaway! I have just started sewing classes; what more wonderful first, independent project than this simple, elegant top, in timeless Liberty fabric. Thank you Pompom – your magazine inspires me in so many ways

  17. Jules June 25, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    What a great giveaway, I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  18. Jo June 25, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    I LOVE this fabric: had a bag lined in it back in 1992, but it got left at a nightclub (cough cough I may have had too many lemonades). Great top too.

  19. Knitgizmo June 25, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    “Pick me! Pick me!” Gorgeous print and a very lovely top which combined would give me a welcome respite from trying to learn ever more complex loom-band bracelet patterns for my daughter on youtube :0)

  20. trish June 25, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    I would love to win this. Am planning to make this top for me and my daughter so we can both learn to sew, together.

  21. lori June 25, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    oh pom pom! how i love thee, your magazine (inspiration galore), and now with sewing too. and LIBERTY! eeps! i really love everything about this post, the gorgeous model, the pineapple, the top, the mirror photo!! ok david and his stunning zoo animals (i recognized amazing liberty designer keighley shepherdly too). and this fabric. ianthe d is gorgeous. would love to win. (will ig it!) good luck all!

  22. Deb Hickman June 25, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    What a beautiful print, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance! Deb x

  23. Deb Hickman June 25, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    I’ve also tweeted!!!! :-)

  24. Sally Brooking June 25, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    I love this fabric (& all Liberty fabrics). I’d love to win this & make that gorgeous top! I promise to balance a pineapple on my head too :)

  25. Claire June 25, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Beautiful fabric & lovely top pattern.

  26. Giova Brusa June 25, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    LOVE Liberty fabric. I have never made a blouse but always wanted to, so this will be just perfect!

  27. Charly June 25, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Would live to win!

  28. pip June 25, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    fingers crossed :)

  29. Helen Ingram June 25, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Such beautiful fabric! I love Liberty and your fantastic magazine! x Will share on Facebook now!

  30. Michele cooper June 25, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    As always with liberty, simple design with stunning fabric. Love it !!

  31. Cam Ceysson June 25, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    This pattern is very cute, and the model seems very easy to make ! My fingers are crossed !

  32. Sarah June 25, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Oooh, lovely fabric, lovely top! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  33. Lisa M June 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Oh, that looks like fun! Sigh. I could live at Liberty! :)

  34. Jennifer June 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    I love Liberty!!!

  35. Emily C June 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    I love the beautiful colors and prints. I also love how soft and drapy the fabric is. So perfect for this shirt.

  36. Pauline June 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I used to work at Liberty more than 20 years ago, how old does that make me sound? and Ianthe was my favourite fabric then and still is now .
    i would love to be able to reminisce about “the good old days” while making this top!

  37. allison pogany June 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    So cute! I love Liberty fabrics and was so excited when Target did their collaboration with them a few years ago. Would be so much fun to make this top!

  38. Julie June 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    I love the colors and the prints they are just so fresh and fun:)

  39. Madelaine June 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Pom Pom is the most fantabulous knitting/crafting publication I’ve ever come across (and my first subscription!) and Libette is absoLutely Lovely in Liberty; Pom on!

  40. sherry June 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Liberty fabrics all have that wonderful feel. And this top is adorable.

  41. Melanie June 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Love fabric, beautiful designs and being individual.

  42. diane beavers June 26, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Its majestic fabric, princess like and oh so delicately pink.
    Thank you for sharing.

  43. Modern Fibre June 26, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    I love the tight, crisp weave of Liberty cotton, and the range of prints, from pretty flowers to art prints, are all gorgeous to my eyes. Thanks for this fabulous opportunity!

  44. Iso Fung June 26, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Timeless designs from Liberty in modern colours keeps the fabrics on offer exciting!

    I love using squares for neckscarves or wraping pressies.

  45. Gemma June 26, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Liberty fabrics are great because of the history/quality/gorgeous prints and it’s sooo lovely to sew with it. The best.

  46. Sara June 26, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    What gorgeous fabric! Completely timeless, and really wearable – I have a sundress that I made from Liberty fabric and I wear it a lot – and when I do, I always feel a little bit connected to the countless other makers and crafters through history who’ve also loved Liberty prints. I’m not sure whether I could handle adding another project to my queue of makes from Pompom, but I’d love to try!

  47. Eva June 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    I love Liberty. Beautiful prints and a lovely fabric to sew with.

  48. Pam S June 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Swoon! I love the intricate designs and beautiful colors and soft touch of Liberty. And I loved this behind-the-scenes look at Liberty of London. That must have been a wonderful experience for you! Thanks so much for sharing the photos and for the chance to win! (Your pineapple head dress is lovely too :))

  49. Pam S June 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I tweeted about this awesome giveaway! Thanks again!

  50. Pam S June 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Shared on Facebook!
    Thanks again!

  51. Ginger June 27, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    I love the colors and gorgeous patterns!

  52. Tanya June 27, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    I love the quality of the fabric but especially the patterns and the fact they name new fabric designs after members of staff in the shop!

  53. Bee June 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    There’s more reasons to love Liberty London fabrics than can fit into here but just seeing the prints make me smile and this pattern makes me cry with happiness! Quick, where are my scissors, needle and thread??

  54. Gill June 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    I love the quality of Liberty fabric – the hand is fabulous !

  55. Beth P June 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I had a friend where I used to live who would go home to London from Las Vegas to visit family. I always handed her money and told her to go pick something Liberty out for me. I didn’t care what she picked out, though, because there are NO bad choices.

    I have at least three top patterns this design would be perfect for and I’ll get the Liberty “fix” I’ve been missing. :)

  56. Angela Secker June 27, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    I was there yesterday actually Everything about the shop and fabrics are iconic and perpetual. You can recognize the brand from twenty paces. Contemporary yet nostalgic ,both classic and cutting edge. Everything to all who love sewing and haberdashery spanning the generations and continents. .In a nutshell, British at it’s best !

  57. Claire Cawte June 28, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Perfect and delicious fir summer!

  58. Sarah June 28, 2014 at 5:45 pm #


  59. Piroska June 29, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    I love the classy prints of Liberty fabrics.

  60. Piroska June 29, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    I tweeted:

  61. chris morris June 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    I buy everything I see in Liberty fabrics. It would be wonderful to sew my own pieces. I would also like to incorporate some fabric along with some knitting to construct a cowl.

  62. auschick June 30, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    I love how classic it is – never can go out of style!

  63. Steph June 30, 2014 at 4:32 am #

    Very cool article on Liberty fabrics. Great idea for a giveaway!

  64. June 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Lovely pattern:)

  65. Sarah June 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I love how timeless Liberty prints are; perfect for a top made to last! Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. Nell June 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    What a fantastic give-away, and lovely pattern! And, a really interesting peek at behind the scenes!

  67. Isla June 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    I just love the colours and patterns of liberty fabrics

  68. Amanda July 1, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    Since I can rarely afford Liberty prints, they mostly serve as great inspiration pieces, especially their color combos and repetitive designs.

  69. Nicole July 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Liberty is always coming up with such lovely prints!

  70. Nicole July 1, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I tweeted about this

  71. yvonne July 2, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Oh, I never bought Liberty fabric, but I love most of the fabric designs

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