"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Liberty on Liberty

As you know I do like a Liberty print dress.   I found a couple of new ones earlier this spring at The Bay, which is a Canadian department store that has been sort of flailing around these last few years.  In trying to pump up their fashion offerings they've brought in some different brands, such as Liberty Art Fabrics.
These particular frocks were on sale real cheapie.  I liked the patterns very much but I struggled with the belt situation.  I'm not a massive fan of the self-fabric belts, yet the frocks were already verging on too short for my legs and adding a proper leather belt seemed to hitch the hemline up even further.
Last Thursday's errand outfit.
So I was using opposite fabric belts on the dresses, mixing up the Liberty patterns.  With both frocks I wore a Brora linen and cotton cardigan in sky blue.  The Kiel James Patrick seahorse bag is proving rather more useful than I had previously imagined: it looks small but it carries quite a bit, even holding my LV agenda quite easily.

Well, these Liberty dresses are currently winging themselves down to my sister Carolina in Georgia.  You may wonder why I would part with them as they are useful and breathable cotton frocks (which are lined in cotton as well).  You may also wonder why if you consider the direct fact that I am 5'7" and my sister is 4'10".  Won't these be swimming on her?
No, for Honey I Shrunk The Frocks.  I put these through a cotton wash with a bunch of other summer clothes and in my absentmindedness I stuck these frocks in the dryer on "Extra Dry".  I think they're going to fit my sister perfectly!
So Carolina let us know how you like them.
What about you, have you inadvertently shrunk anything recently?

xoxDani


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  1. Oh no!! What a total pain. I wouldn't have thought that cotton would shrink?
    I never dry anything in a dryer apart from bedding and towels if it rains for a while, but I have certainly shrunk many sweaters in my time due to not using the wool cycle on the machine.
    My daughter has benefited from my shrinking episodes and has about 6 very nice sweaters, including one Brora cashmere (sob).
    So, I feel your pain. Lucky sister!

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    1. Ruth I hope my sister likes them, and did they ever shrink! Like about four sizes which should be perfect. I had a whole box of navy blue wardrobe items and accessories ready to send to my sister as it was, these frocks fit in perfect. And actually she'll get more wear out of them in Georgia than I will here.
      I do not look forward to the day when I shrink a Brora sweater, there will be much gnashing of teeth!

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  2. Oh dear! At least they are still usable and your sister will enjoy them. Such a sad thing to open that dryer and realize what happened to the dresses. I have yet to shrink a garment but I have had color transfer occur which ruined the top. Laundry mistakes are so distressing!

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    1. DF I've been a real dough-head all week so I wasn't surprised. At least I have someone to give them to!

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  3. That is a HUGE amount of shrinkage; I would expect maybe 5%. I inadvertently "tie-dyed" a white tank this summer, washing it with dark pigment jeans by accident.

    I love that bag! Are you getting a lot of use from your striped bag as well?

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    1. Lane I know it was incredible. I hope Carolina likes them, small prints are a departure for her but you never know. I am using my striped bag for hauling things but not as an everyday bag, it's too big. Learned my lesson there I guess but it is great for the market and I'll use it going up north this weekend for sure.
      Mostly I still use my LV on a daily basis, it's just such a perfect bag and works with white, navy, black and of course brown. While it's not very summery I can't help using it!

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    2. Thanks for the idea, Lane, I think I might try doing that on purpose. Did the white top look cool or just ruined?

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    3. My girls thought is was great so I gifted it to them; Try it with a Hane's T and see if it works!

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    4. Thanks Lane, I will give it a go :)

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  4. At least they are going to a good home and can still be used. I haven't shrunk anything for quite a while but I had a J.Crew linen sweater twist badly after washing recently. It was one with side slits so very noticeable. Off to the trash it went.

    I noticed The Bay is rebranding as Hudson's Bay. I don't know that it's an improvement. Will anyone say they are going to, or bought this from, Hudson's Bay? It doesn't feel nice to say the words and doesn't sound pleasant either. I think people will still call it The Bay and they should stick with that. Now "Mega Potato" is a name that sounds cool and is fun to say! I know that doesn't make any sense but say it out loud and see what I mean. LOL

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    1. xoxo that's so hilarious, yup it sounds great, I'd go to Mega Potato!
      This could be a key part of the overhaul at The Bay. If you were in charge not only would it have a cool name but the brands would be outstanding.

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    2. I think the Hudson's Bay re-branding is working, actually. I know it's working on my cohort. We're being drawn back in by all the nostalgic HBC offerings. I rarely stepped foot in the Bay before, and now it's on my radar again.

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    3. Abby I like some of that old-time looking stripey stuff. I bought the beach towels last summer.

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  5. Oh Dani, no, but yet Carolina will be thinking yay! There's a name for that style here, I keep seeing it in the mags etc, now what was it, it's for tea dresses and Liberty prints, hmm, off to google.

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    1. Hi Tabs, now I want to know the term, come back to tell if you think of it. I think she'll get the frocks today, they may still be too big for her!

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  6. HI Dani, I'm sorry that the dresses were ruined (for you), but I had to laugh at your 'Honey I shrunk the frocks' line! I'm sure your sister will wear them well.

    I have my copy of The Portrait of a Lady but haven't started it yet, but I like the first line - "Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

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    1. Patricia, I have my copy as well but I won't start reading it until next week, I want to make sure it's fresh in my mind. I've been reading some other Henry James in the meantime as well as some PG Wodehouse for laughs!

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    2. I started this week; it's v.good. I struggled through the intro in the Everyman edition with Nicole Kidman on the cover; thank God the book itself is better as I was procrastinating by watching " Big Bang Theory". I love that show!

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    3. Lane I need to watch that show, I keep hearing how much people like it.

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  7. Oh no, Dani! But I have a feeling you were OK with that since you knew you would give them good home. And it sounds like you had some doubts about the length and belt situation anyway, right?
    The bag is so cute and summery, I love it!

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    1. ajc I did have doubts about them and I found the cotton a bit stiff as well which is why I had put them in a longer wash cycle in the first place, well after all that they softened up considerably so they're ready for my sister.

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  8. Yikes that is a royal pain but your sister will be doing a happy dance!
    I love Liberty fabrics and had a cotton sateen shirt in the late 70's that I wore out...the elbows grew thin with wear...you can probably imagine how much I wore that shirt to wear it out!
    Maybe The Hudson's Bay will have more left even cheaper now?

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    1. Hostess that was some good cost-per-wear!
      They probably do have more but I still have one from last year that I wear quite a bit, I'm not buying any summer clothes now that it's June, and before we know it the fall stuff will be here!

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  9. Honey, your sister will love those shrunken frocks! Yikes! Most of the shrinking occurs when Barry does the laundry - he is not a careful label reader and I never let him near my stuff! He shrunk one of his nice merino sweaters to such a degree we put it on the dog! and Barry is XL!

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    1. WMM that is hilarious, did the dog wear the sweater happily? I wonder if dogs find wool itchy.
      MrBP has never ever done the laundry, he doesn't know how to work the machines and it's just as well.

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    2. That is really really funny :)

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  10. Oh no, Dani! But your sister will wear them well.

    Usually I put things on hot hot and extra dry to shrink them on purpose. However, I once had a cami of silk chiffon that was too big and after that treatment, it shrank to something that would fit a doll. Oops.

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    1. TRose I bet my sister will find a new cool way to wear them. I have had mixed results washing silk I have to say so I can't imagine what that treatment would have done!

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  11. Your lucky sister! We always have plenty of laundry mistakes in our house even with separate containers for "the usual" and "the unusual" -- my wife and I have accidentally shrunk or damaged silk rayon cashmere wool linen (mistakenly filed in "the usual" instead of "unusual"). Then we each pay up and buy each other something new. Sometimes a shrunken sweater becomes part of our daughter's teddy bear's wardrobe. Recently I accidentally pinkened a beige/sand shirt by washing it with purple velvet that I was just sure had been washed plenty of times and wouldn't bleed. Oops!

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    1. LTee, I like that distinction the usual vs the unusual, I need those bins!

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  12. I recently got some coral linen blend pants from Anthro. I washed and dried three times trying to make them shrink a bit. Never did. So I hemmed them. Washed and dried one time afterwards and they shrunk two inches. Now I have to let the damn things out!

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    1. Blue Booby the laundry fairies were working against you there!

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  13. Love your Honey, I shrunk the frocks line! Too bad about the dresses. Your bag looks perfect on your shoulder.

    I have had some laundry mishaps, most recently my husband washed something red that bled but luckily it didn't ruin anything too precious. I shrank his favourite pants a while back, but I felt worse about that than he did!

    I tend to make myself crazy with how cautious I am about laundry. I would save a lot of time if I was a bit more daring!

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    1. Abby don't be more daring! Cautious is good!

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  14. Hi Dani,
    I also shrunk my sunflower shirt dress from last summer. It's a 4 and now I wish I had sized up. Oh well it's my Friday dress as I wouldn't fit into it on a Monday morning.
    Love the combo on you and your sister a lucky girl.

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  15. oh YIKES! i was considering buying some from the Bay when i saw them. how awful that it shrunk! :(

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    1. Phiphi yes if you buy them keep them well away from hot water and the dryer!

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  16. too bad--fabulous idea, switching the self belts!

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  17. Sorry to hear you shrunk the dresses, but I'm sure your sister will enjoy them! They have some new Liberty print items at the Bay but you are right, autumn fashions are just around the corner. It's crazy! It seems like summer has barely even started!

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  18. Dani, I'm crazy for Liberty fabrics. You were so smart switching the belts out. I have to say you have such a tiny waist. You look great in these styles. So sad to hear about the shrinking. I too have done the same with a favorite sweater as well as a blouse. Luckily my son's little neighbor pal is a 10 year old and she fit them perfect! Lucky your sister will be to get these. I can't imagine parting with them to anyone not dear as they are Liberty things are so special I think.

    I just love all your finds and your wardrobe! Thanks for the kind notes on my Summer post!

    xxKim

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  19. Happy birthday Dani! Hopes you're having/have had a wonderful day!

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  20. Just saw on Wendy's blog that it is your birthday today! Happy Birthday - hope you are having a wonderful day and all the best for the upcoming year!

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