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In between packing orders and speaking with all of our lovely customers I’m trying to finish up my own Christmas shopping. This last week before Christmas is slightly quieter than the past few weeks so it is a good time to start on a homemade present for my daughters. I love to sew, and my daughters love arts and crafts. Last year they became very interested in looking for stuffed animal patterns on Etsy that we could download and sew at home. I first spotted the MerMae pattern on the Hawthorne Threads blog (a wonderful website if you like fabric), and decided to make one for each of my daughters for Christmas.
Sewing the dolls was a wonderful way to relax and unwind after they went to bed each night and they loved them. You may recognize some of the prints they chose as fabrics used for our Liberty of London Pajamas and Printed Portuguese Flannel Pajamas. If you are looking for a DIY present you can buy the pattern here and download it instantly. Happy Sewing!
Our Liberty of London Cropped Pajamas are back! We just added them to the site last night, and I am so excited that we brought back two of our best-selling prints of all time, Kensington Gardens and Deco Peacock. I loved these two prints and we carried them from 2006-2008 until deciding it was probably time to retire them for a little while. It’s been 6 years now and it felt like time to bring them back. Our Egyptian Cotton Cropped Pajamas and Nightshirts are back in stock as well. If you would like to place an order today and have them shipped for free, enter FREESHIP at checkout.After a long winter I am so thankful that the sunshine has returned and warmer temperatures are on the way. We took a walk the other day to look for signs of spring, and the girls were so excited to see signs of green wherever we could find them.
Our neighbors are a wonderful family with older children, and the animals are all theirs (just to be clear I deserve no credit for caring for them) but we get to enjoy their presence and also the convenience of occasionally running outside to grab an egg when a recipe calls for more than we have. Hopefully the rural landscape answers any questions as to why our FedEx Express cut-off times are so early. Gone are the days of Manhattan’s 7:30pm pick-ups! Happy Spring!
Our weekend penguin project was so fun, and very very easy! If you are looking for a sewing project that young children will enjoy, this Clara the Penguin pattern on Craftsy is perfect. Including tracing, cutting, and sewing, the whole project took about an hour. The most difficult part of the whole project was tracing pattern pieces on the napped fabric, so we just used a brightly colored washable marker for those.
Sewing Clara was very simple, and we used Liberty Fabric’s Wiltshire pattern for her body. I may have to add this pattern to our Liberty of London Pajama collection. The napped fabric for her belly, back, and fins is from Jo-Ann fabrics, as is the felt for her beak and feet. It looks like we are in for a snow day or two this week (fingers crossed) so maybe we’ll make a few more!
Liberty Fabric, based in London, England, has been printing some of the world’s most beautiful fabrics since 1873. Their 100% cotton Tana Lawn fabric is used to make many of our luxurious cotton pajamas, and it was first manufactured in 1920. It was made from a particular cotton plant from Lake Tana in Sudan, thus the name “Tana Lawn”. In this video Liberty shares the printing process that goes into making this beautiful fabric. While the main attraction to this fabric is typically it’s appearance, it is very soft and incredibly well-made. I still regularly wear a pair of Liberty of London Pajamas from our 2006 collection!