This week has been more than a little bit busy. Launching our little company, has been both exciting and nerve racking, with orders (thank you for those!), lots of excited chatter with family and friends and the honing of our new, now seriously slick, wrapping skills.
If you don’t already know much about us, we are sisters, Imogen (the eldest) and Leonie (only slightly younger). We also have two other sisters, so you can imagine growing up together as a gang of girls, was a lot of fun, and at times, a little crazy. We are now both mothers, and Little Cotton Clothes has been a dream of ours for a long time, in fact, we still can’t believe it is real. There is so much more to tell you about us, but we’ll save some of that for later. Today, I just wanted to show you a few places that we find inspiration for our clothes.
Firstly there are our family photograph albums. Dad was an avid photographer, and with four daughters, he had no shortage of models. His photos, of which there are hundreds, are pretty much a comprehensive record of children’s fashion from the mid 70s through to the late 80s. Admittedly, there is plenty of stuff in there that ought never to be replicated, but, there is gem after gem in there, from pinafores to smocks to rompers, many of which were made by our lovely Mum.
We have both had an interest in vintage children’s clothing for a long time, and have begun to amass quite a collection of original vintage pieces. These are absolute gold dust. There is nothing like the real thing to allow you to appreciate the shapes, fit and style of vintage clothing. One thing we won’t be resurrecting however, is the 1970s love affair with polyester and nylon, that they can keep!
Illustrations and photographs of children from the 50s, 60s and 70s are also very useful to us. Sewing pattern sleeves, old knitting patterns and illustrations in books and magazines can really give a sense of the style and shape of clothing, how it was worn and what it was worn with. We love to hunt for this treasure in charity shops and flea markets.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, please feel free to leave a comment. Before I go here’s one last photo, just because this has to be the best button card ever!