I really am a bit of a Liberty fan, as I may have mentioned once or twice. It is really an inherited obsession as pretty much everyone in my maternal family is rather enamoured too. My grandmother used to make us all sorts of things when we were little girls, often from Liberty tana lawn, including clothes for our dolls and even a case to keep my paper tissues in by my bed. One of my earliest memories in relation to Mothering Sunday was my Grannie giving me a little Liberty tin with a soap in to give to my Mum. Growing up, our house was also full of Liberty print – our sitting room curtains have always been Hera print that my mum sewed herself when I was tiny. These days, I am rather fond of some of the smaller prints, although the Betsy print is one that I constantly fall for…
I am also a big Uniqlo fan and so eagerly awaited their latest collaboration. Uniqlo frequently collaborate with interesting designers – I thought their Jil Sander range (maybe in 2009) was excellent and still frequently wear one of the skirts I bought at that time, which is a tulip shaped high waisted black one in an interesting fabric and looks great with all sorts of looks, as well as both brogues and high heeled boots. Not bad for something that cost around £30 to get 6 years of fairly constant wear from it. Other items which have also done well are the heat-tech thermal underwear which our whole family owns (mine are Orla Kiely so brighten up a bottom layer too) and their jumpers and down jackets are also good.
Another thing I like about Uniqlo is the fact that mainly the clothes are to be found in a sensibly organised way – the jumpers are all together, so are the shirts, so are the jeans etc, which makes it much easier to find things and not miss things.
The Liberty range was something that I was keen to get my hands on, and I did an online order as soon as it opened – I’ve pretty much spent my maternity leave shopping so far, it seems. I bought Pip several t-shirts, including the two in the image above, which are the ones we kept. They are an unusual shape, and she preferred the ones above to the plainer shape, which we ended up sending back, as while we liked the patterns, we found the proportions a little strange (too tight under the arms but too wide in the body). The ones we kept both have slightly frilly sleeves, and a little bow at the back, and are a little slimmer in shape, and work really well under pinafore dresses and dungarees. I like the fact that they aren’t pink – Pip likes the fact that they are floral. Win-win. I also bought myself the zipped pouch, which I obviously didn’t actually need, but it’s packed in my hospital bag, so I hope it will do a good job of cheering me up post-birth! I also bought myself the matching striped t-shirt as I thought it might look quite sweet for Pip and I to dress in matching t-shirts to go with our matching Saltwater sandals… I’m not sure she agreed, mind you, but I liked the t-shirt, so I kept it. I did send back the bra dress that I bought on a whim when I remembered that I would hopefully be breastfeeding this summer, and wouldn’t get much wear out of it. So abstemious!
The other items that I bought were for “our new baby” as Pip calls it. I ordered the floral suits direct from Liberty as they had them online and then I went down to Uniqlo’s revamped flagship shop at 311 Oxford Street to have a look at what was in store, and bought the car suits (and also some car leggings for the baby later in the summer). I love that car print – Pip has a blue pinafore dress in the same print which she is also very keen on. I know people don’t always put boys in floral outfits but I am not sure that I’m bothered – I like the print, suits are unisex and the baby won’t know what he’s wearing. After all, M got married wearing a blue Liberty print shirt (yes, that is a link to a very old blog – don’t say I don’t treat you every now and then…!). I did figure though, if I think the suits are just not right (I was going to say too feminine, but what does that even mean?) then I could gift them to the next friend that does have a girl, which is also my plan for a pair of pink bloomers that I bought in the Liberty sale at Christmas. I bought Pip a pink, blue and orange floral party dress for her birthday in the sale, and found a pair of small matching bloomers for £5. They probably are a bit pink and frilly so if baby 2 is a boy, they will go into my present bag. Which reminds me, I still need to share the photos from her birthday party!
What do you think of the Uniqlo range? Anyone else have a Liberty obsession like me?