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Wild Camel Update

  John sent along this photo of a newly born wild camel calf at the WCPF’s Breeding Center taking its very first wobbly steps! The mother camel is in the process of shedding her winter coat.  The caretakers at the preserve pick-up the fiber as it’s shed — eventually spinning it into yarn and knitting it into warm hats and scarves.  (Last I checked, there were a few examples on WCPF’s website).

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Soleil: Prototype #2

Soleil is turning out to be one of my favorite shirts to live in during the warmer months.   It’s got pockets, a super easy shape (read: no need to suck your stomach in at all times), and enough gatherings to give it movement without being overly fussy.  I wear it with skinny jeans and denim shorts too. The main change I made between versions was to change to a rounded neckline.  The prior version was a square neckline.   I thought the rounded neckline paired…

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a thanksgiving camel

A few months back, we decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from our Clever Camel yarn to support the Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF), a non-profit that’s doing incredible work and which  we’re terribly excited to support! The “sole aim of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation is to protect the critically endangered wild camel (Camelus ferus) and its habitat in the fragile and unique desert ecosystems in the Gobi desert” (located along the western border region of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia).  There are an estimated 1,000 wild…

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Soleil: prototype #1

you could say that i’ve been sewing quite a lot of tops of late (most of them can be seen on the instagram feed, and yes, uploading more detailed photos on the blog is very much a to do).  and while all of them are well designed, a joy to sew and lovely . . . none of them were exactly my style, which my husband has worked out to be “flowy top and jeans.” somewhere in the middle of all this top making, i…

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nani iro, charlie tunic + twins!

i had been extolling the virtues of double gauze to my friend A for a while now.  she doesn’t sew, but she’s my partner in crime in digging out cute clothes for kids and hunting down the latest and greatest exquisite pastry shop to open in nyc.  she’s also the proud mother of two adorable fraternal twins! once after i put together the charlie tunic for the kid, i decided to make two more versions for A’s twins out of nani iro’s 2015 mountain view…

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gallery tunic in ffion

j.crew’s liberty shirts.  a few years back, you could say that it was a sort of uniform of mine.  the trouble is that while i had a closet full of said shirts, i could never quite find one that fit me properly.  it was either too big in some parts or too tight in others. i probably should have purchased 3 shirts in the same pattern and frankenstein-ed them together.  enter liesl+co’s gallery tunic . . . a wonderful and easily customizable pattern for realising…

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cinema dress in peony pavilion

i’ve been happily stitching our way through liberty’s AW15 collection.  this is liesl+co’s cinema dress . . . made for a dear friend of mine who is a huge fan of all things chinoiserie!  this particular print is called peony pavilion, designed by fashion designer anna sui for liberty! (and oh yes . . . i should have pressed those seams before taking the photos!) mid-length and flowy featuring delicate buttons up the back and ever so handy pockets in the front too! i made…

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rhinebeck . . . all about the animals

it’s been four years since our last trip to Rhinebeck!  we finally made it there after our 2 hour drive from nyc became a 4 hour drive (we hit some bad traffic — total standstill! and then the kid got car sick . . . )  we finally made it though and what a glorious event it was! blue skies!  filled with people, delicious, food, fiber a plenty . . . and of course… this pretty amazing tree! Rhinebeck is absolutely a kid friendly place! …

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michelle, ma belle

we just got in a fabulous selection of tana lawn classics updated for the 2016 season! some re-colourization of perennial favorites like thorpe a, poppy & daisy a, poppy & daisy b and margaret annie e . . . and then some new introductions . . . meet michelle (which we ♥♥♥!), sarah, ffion, rachel, gracey and josue. finally . . . queue for the zoo is back by popular and has become sort of a quasi classic! (please note that not all of these…

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a tale of two bags

despite the dickensian title of this post, the story behind these two bags is rather brief.  it started with the bag in the back (the one with the liberty mirabelle straps).  it came to me in a sort of vision . . . a simple little tote bag with just a touch of liberty (because you know, a little bit of liberty goes a long way!) and i had so much fun making bag 1 in the back, that another idea for a dainty little…

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