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Liberty of London for Target peacock, um, skirt maybe?

peacock fabric pillow

When the Liberty of London stuff arrived at Target I went there the day of thinking it was going to be another Orla-sized rush. And it was, by the time I arrived most everything had disappeared. I really like the peacock feather print above and I bought the last two peacock pillows thinking I’d, I don’t know, make a skirt. Trouble is there isn’t enough fabric in the two pillows to make a skirt. So I kept them trying to decide if I wanted to find a way to use the fabric in a skirt, somehow. Panels maybe? Or maybe they will go with my theoretical future couch and whatever way we decide to decorate the tv watching living room and I could actually use them as the pillows they are meant to be? A month passed and I finally talked myself into returning them. Then on my way to buy a dish brush at the other end of the store I spotted a pile of new peacock pillows, more than enough to make a skirt. So now I remain undecided. What do you think? Commence project skirt? Or will that lead to (minor, silly) heartbreak?

· comments [39] · 04-8-2010 · categories:craft ·

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  • 1 tracylee // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:23 am

    For less than you’re spending on the pillows, why don’t you get the halter dress they have in the same pattern and just use it for fabric to make something else? I did that with an XL-size of the dress and made a cover for my dog’s crate.

  • 2 barrie // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

    what if instead of a skirt you do something else. i can’t tell if it’s silk or not, but if it’s not then perhaps an apron or beautiful napkins for dinner or a little bag to put your knitting accoutruments (sp?) in or various other things. you obviously love the print, so i say go wild!

  • 3 SK // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

    um, both? keep 2 pillows for tv watching area, use others to construct skirt. why not match your wardrobe to your decor?

  • 4 Kate F. // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:31 am

    There’s a long halter dress in that print that has the single least flattering cut I have EVER seen, but provides a ton of fabric for projects…It’s a gauzier version of the fabric over a solid under-layer, though. (Seriously, I am pregnant and thought it would be a cute maternity dress, and it was awful even on a pregnant lady. Maybe I’m too busty? I don’t know, I looked 4 feet wide, which I’m not, actually!)

  • 5 megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Barrie – Hm, maybe I could be happy as a lining for a clutch. Sadly, the fabric is a sateen polyester. It’s at least easy to clean?

    Kate – I did see the dress in question and considered it. But I don’t like working with the gauzy stuff, and I like the scale of this version of the print, the dress print was much smaller. I did stand there trying to visualize for quite a long time (Target puts me in to a trance).

  • 6 Kathy // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Not sure how heavy this fabric is, but you might consider making a simply pieced quilt. You can marry it with other fabrics and it will go farther. A small throw to drap over a couch would be nice…

  • 7 Shannon // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Are the pillows large enough that you can get a full skirt panel out of them? If they’re 18×18 or larger you might be able to get a full vertical panel; if you have to seam the panels to get enough width or length I’d advise against.

    I’m guessing the fabric’s not very drape-y if it’s upholstery weight?

  • 8 heather // Apr 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I really hated that polyester fabric on the pillows. I had wanted basically all the pillows after seeing the pictures, and I bought none. They could have just stuck with cotton and they would have been beautiful, but they had to go all fake fancy with the polyester and the velvet back.

  • 9 jo-anne // Apr 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

    That fabric is gorgeous!

    I’m very much a beginner sewer and can’t weigh in on how well it would work, but I came across the following while digging online: (they carry the “Ceasar” but what a price! $32/yd!)

    I’m sure you’re already aware, Liberty sells their fabrics online. They have a peacock one called “Ceasar” but it’s currently out of stock.

  • 10 Beth // Apr 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

    When you mentioned not having enough fabric to make an entire skirt my immediate thought was to make a sash belt to use with a white denim skirt and maybe trim out the pockets with the extra fabric.

  • 11 Shari // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

    The Target site claims the peacock pillows are in stock at Alderwood, Northgate, and Woodinville. For what’s worth. I’ve found those online stock checks to be correct about 50% of the time.

  • 12 Natalie // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

    How much are the pillows?

    You can get Tana Lawn in this print for $38/yr (like here: )

    The fabric is 53″ wide, so surely you could get a skirt out of one yard (but you’d probably have to line it). I know Liberty makes heavier cotton fabrics, but don’t know where to find them in the US, or if they come in that print.

  • 13 Erin // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I was going to suggest opening one side and making a simple bag – but I love the idea of lining a clutch. A little inside joke of how you skirted the issue.

  • 14 Emily // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I’m with Beth – use the fabric for pockets on a skirt and make a belt to match – super cute!

  • 15 NN // Apr 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

    If you have any little girl toddlers in your life, it would make a bitchin’ little dress.

  • 16 kayla // Apr 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Oh, I love that print, too! I was hoping they’d have more products to buy just for fabric yardage for sewing–bed sheets maybe? I did buy a dress in the kind of fuchsia print and sew it into skirt, but that was a no-brainer. I hope you’re able to use your pillows for something fun!

    the skirt:

  • 17 Jessica // Apr 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Patchwork skirt or panels! They always look so cute. I have one that’s large patchwork with panels going down the sides as well in a different fabric. Totally cute.

  • 18 marsha // Apr 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    so I’m just wondering… target pillows cute, etc. but with the price, would it just be cheaper to actually buy some liberty print fabric and make a skirt out of that?

  • 19 megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks to everybody who suggested buying Liberty yardage, I do know it’s available. In this case I like the weight and the color saturation of they fabric on the pillows for a winter skirt. Yes, I know polyester is icky, but I think it could work out. Maybe.

  • 20 megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    That said, thanks to Natalie for pointing me towards the Caesar (similar peacock) fabric available in Tana Lawn at Purl Soho, it’s here:

  • 21 megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Kayla – I do like your skirt! I was eyeing that dress as a possibility to do the same thing. Great work.

  • 22 Megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I was excited for these to arrive at Target and love the patterns but the cut of most of the clothing is awful and unflattering. I wanted that peacock pattern as well but only one thing in one size was left. It must have been popular! I vote for the belt/sash suggestions or maybe even using it as a band (maybe 4″ tall) at the bottom of your skirt with a solid color of fabric for the top.

  • 23 herschel // Apr 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    i agree with heather. i love liberty of london and i was really disappointed by this collection. all of my other liberty stuff is printed on a hilariously wrinkly, lightweight cotton, and all of the poly stuff at target does not work for me.

    megan, did you consider buying a few scarves? those were cotton and a nice piece of yardage that could be made into a skirt with a lining.

  • 24 megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Herschel – I did see the scarves but I don’t want a lightweight cotton skirt, in this case I’d really like something with more weight to it. I agree that Liberty’s line at Target was disappointing fabric-wise though, since they are known for their nice cottons. Some of the girl’s clothing was cotton but the prints in those were too pink for me. The women’s clothing was, odd. One shouldered long pants jumpsuit?

  • 25 a. // Apr 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    return the pillows (or keep them as pillows) and invest in a yard of liberty babywale corduroy for your skirt.

  • 26 megan // Apr 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    A – I cannot find the peacock pattern in corduroy, just tana lawn. Am I missing something obvious?

  • 27 mixette // Apr 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I saw somewhere recently that there’s going to be another round of stuff hitting the stores – including fabric drapery panels. These might be heavier cotton; they didn’t look like sheers.

    I didn’t like *anything* as-is, but have a few girl’s XL dresses sitting on my table as “maybes” to cut up. Thank goodness for Target’s no hassle returns…

  • 28 a. // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I have no idea where this girl found it- it’s definitely not in any of the usual places- but she seems to have gotten her mitts on some liberty peacock feather babycord. good luck!

  • 29 moosett // Apr 8, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Love the Liberty London fabric! Definitely leave them as pillows for your couch and buy the halter :-)

  • 30 melissa // Apr 9, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Commence skirt! I made a skirt out of Ikea pillowcases years ago and it was SO easy, honest. Just get out the seam ripper and go to town…

    Here’s that skirt:

  • 31 Steffy // Apr 9, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I have to agree with the above, I was so excited about this line, but was unhappy with the clothing line. And everything sold out so fast, it was hard to get anything good. Most of the items I was interested in didn’t come in the prints I liked. Really a shame.

  • 32 Patr // Apr 9, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I would go with a black skirt with these and inset panels or a sash. The fabric is WONDERFUL but as an accent it would show it off more. As a large piece I think the pattern would just fad out…

  • 33 jen // Apr 9, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I agree that the polyester fabric is horrible. I have been sewing with Liberty fabric since the early nineties. That was when I could purchase it at the Liberty store at Rockefeller Center for $28 a yard. The width was 36″ but I could squeeze out a lined tank, shift dress or slim skirt. Granted, I was much thinner in those days. I’d invest in the real thing. The quality is much better. Just my two cents.

  • 34 megan // Apr 9, 2010 at 9:21 am

    A – Oh, look at that. Thanks, I’ll contact Liberty to see if they can help me find more.

    Melissa – I remember that skirt!

    Thanks for all the opinions, I appreciate it! I remain undecided. I might do it as sort of a Project Runway experiment.

    Mixette – I heard they are coming out with more stuff as well. I’ve seen at least one tote bag on the site that is listed as having a release date of September. I didn’t hear about the drapery panels but I’ll keep and eye out for them.

  • 35 Courtney // Apr 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    One of the few good things about living in Iowa is that no one really cares about this stuff, so I get my pick of the Target designer range, and many times at a discount! Weird.

  • 36 Lisa // Apr 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    There are two more of those pillows at the Target near me (apparently folks around here didn’t know how wonderful Liberty of London items are?). Anyway, would you like me to buy them and send them to you?

  • 37 megan // Apr 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Lisa – That is very sweet, thank you! But no need, the one near me has at least one more peacock pillow since they seem to have restocked.

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