Monthly Archives: April 2009

30 days of LinenKids, day 5: elegant pink linen dresse

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When I was looking for unique and pretty clothes for my e-shop, one of my suppliers – a businesswomen, designer and mother of 3 children – shows me a pink linen dress. “Nothing special” I thought and wanted to move on to her other items. But she convinced me to take it, saying that her daughter liked this dress so very much. Well, I took it and added to the store.
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Which brings me to the next time I saw this dress. We’re working with a three-years old girl who was modeling this dress for our photo shoot. Usually, children hate to dress or undress, but this time was different. This little girl puts it on, and the first thing she does is run to look at herself in the mirror – she thought she looked beautiful! She was so happy to wear it, and the photographer got some perfect shots. But then it’s time to change for the next photo… And she refuses! She cried so hard… Oh, I would have loved to let her go home in it, but it was too cold outside!

So, this is one those dresses that looks simple on the rack but then just so gorgeous once it’s on a little girl. It has a lot of nice little touches: decorative stitches and white buttons on the front, an elegant waist with drawstrings that cinch the sides (these drawstrings are extremely comfortable and adjust the waist for a perfect fit.) I think it’s easy and comfortable enough for everyday wear (it’s machine-washable), but works just as well for ‘smart’ occasions. How many dresses can you say that about?
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It’s crafted in natural linen by one of the best Lithuanian producers with extremely high attention to detail and quality. It’s made from fine linen cloth, pre-washed to reduce shrinkage but it might shrink an additional 3% after the first wash.

I think this dress goes well with the Pink Linen Hat, which can be decorated with an adorable red hand-made Linen Flower. For colder days or chilly evenings your girl will look gorgeous wrapped up in the White Linen Butterfly Scarf.
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30 days of LinenKids, day 4: ‘Kitty’ motif bed linens

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Some people have asked me: “what about linen items other than clothes for children”? To which I say: “Check out our lovely bed linens!”

It’s true, we don’t have a huge range of bed linen, but those we do offer are (of course) aimed at kids — and they are truly exceptional. My experience is that it’s not easy to find nice bed linens for kids. Most of the linens in stores have a mass-market look about them. They are generally made from cotton or cotton-polyester, and come in very jarring colors.

OK, some of them are really beautiful, but are they eco-friendly and made using sustainable processes? Recently I came across an article that pointed out that linen is more eco-friendly than cotton. You can download the report here.

Anyway, today I would like to tell you about the beautiful and lovely linen bedding set (see photo above) that I bought for my younger son while I was expecting him. I just love this bedding set! The combination of white and light blue looks great and creates a cozy atmosphere in a child’s bedroom. The pillow case is two-tone: the front is white and the back is light blue. The duvet cover is also two-tone: a light blue with a white border.

I think your kiddie will sleep beautifully in this soft bedding made of natural, healthy fibres. Plus it is really beautiful. Boys and girls of all ages will adore this soft linen bedding as it sweeps them off to happy dreams. By the way – you can choose from a few embroidery patterns and colors to make it really special.

This bedding set is made from the finest linen cloth. It is easy to care for because it is machine-washable. Just one note – it may shrink up to 3 percent after the first wash.

Sweet dreams!

30 days of LinenKids, day 3: striped knitted linen pullover

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This striped linen pullover is great for Spring. It’s one of my older son’s favorites, and when you have a boy who likes to wear something that you also like – that’s a great thing! It is made by one of the best Lithuanian designers with extremely high attention to detail and quality. It’s knitted using fine linen thread, washed to remove shrinkage and constructed to make sure that it won’t lose its shape.

I selected this pullover for LinenKids.com for three reasons:

1. It’s hard to find knitted 100% linen pullovers — in stores or online. Why is that, I hear you ask? Well, linen thread is generally uneven – it varies from thin to thick, unlike cotton, for example. These natural imperfections are the real nature of linen and I think what it makes beautiful. But at the same time it is very hard to knit this thread with knitting machines: there’s lots of manual intervention and supervision needed to ensure high quality of the final product. And of course that is time-consuming. That’s why only small, specialist companies want to tackle knitting linen to make clothes — but the results are lovely.

2. Its classic, simple design captured my heart. I think it’s a great pullover for everyday wear — but it’s also nice for ‘smart’ occasions. It’s machine-washable, too.

3. My son likes it! He wore this pullover last summer and was very happy. Why? I think it’s because of the classic design, which allows for movement without getting in the way. Another reason he likes it is because it has natural cooling properties. He’s an active kid and while running around he often gets hot and sweaty. With some fabrics, that can mean you get chills when you’re playing outside. But linen is great because it keeps him cool when he gets hot, and then gradually cools him down when he stops for a moment.

I think it goes great with the classic natural linen trousers.

Hope you like them!

Jurate

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30 days of LinenKids, day 2: hooded sweater in natural linen

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I love the look of this linen sweater; it was designed by Daiva Tamosaitiene, a talented Lithuanian designer. The bit I like best: the motif of the girl with long hair that’s featured on the pocket. Another detail that’s really super: the loop closures. Almost three years ago, I saw her designer clothes for children at a fashion show and I thought: “They are so cool!’

Looking at her designs I always smile – they just make me feel great. Tricksy girls, ladybirds, sheep – these details are her ‘signatures’.

2-pocketChildren also love her designs and feel very natural wearing this pullover. If you look closely at this picture, you’ll see there’s something in the pocket. I noticed it only after a photo session, when I discovered that this little girl had already started to put her little treasures into the pocket – a bottle of soap bubbles! So I guess it’s fair to say that she really felt at home in this sweater.

This sweater is great and extremely comfortable for everyday wear.
It has been knitted using a fine linen thread, and then washed to eliminate further shrinkage and to make sure that it will not lose its shape. Like most of our items, it’s machine-washable so it can be worn every day.

Talking of which, I think it goes well with another one of Daiva’s creations: the “Tricksy Girl” natural linen handbag.

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30 days of LinenKids, day 1: elegant pink linen pajamas

Let’s talk about how our children sleep. Do they sleep calmly right through the night and wake up in the morning? Or do you have to get up a few times every night and help your kiddie get back to sleep? I think one of the key factors that influences a child’s sleep is his or her surroundings.

1_elegant_pink_linen_pajamasChildren usually sleep 10-12 hours per day, so it is very important that they sleep in healthy and comfortable surroundings. I bet most of us buy cotton pajamas for our children. They’re OK… but have you ever tried linen ones? I think these natural linen pajamas are the best to ensure a child’s sweet dreams. And they look terrific!

What’s great about linen is that it becomes softer after each wash. And linen is the ideal natural fabric for your child — especially if he or she has an allergy, sensitive skin, or gets ‘hot and bothered’.

One more reason why I selected these pajamas for my shop: the hand-crafted details. These adorable, pink, 100% linen pajamas are decorated with hand-made stitches. They have a button closure and a fully elasticized waist on the pants designed for comfort and perfect fit.

And because they’re made from fine linen, they’re easy to care for: machine washable. (Just note that they may shrink up to 3% after the first wash in a washing machine.)

1_linen_bear_redBut wait a moment: something’s missing! I think any kid will sleep much better with something to cuddle. Maybe this cute red linen bear?

Sweet dreams!

Jurate

Spring is here – finally!

I have been really waiting for the arrival of the spring and—finally— some warm weather… You know, here in Lithuania, at the end of March it’s still -5°C/23°F at night! So I think this is a good time to dream about warmer or even hot weather and take a minute off after the great launch of Linenkids.com to write about a few items I like the most in my shop.

elegant rose linen dress

elegant rose linen dress

The first one is the Elegant Rose Linen Dress. I have a very vivid memory of the 3-year-old girl who was a model for this dress on the photo shoot. Usually, children hate to dress or undress, but this time was different. This young lady put on this dress and the first thing she did was to run to look at herself in the mirror – what a beauty! She was so happy to wear it – and the photographer got some great shots. But then came time to change the clothes… and she refused! She started to cry so hard… Oh, I would have liked to let her go home with this dress, but it was way too cold outside.

The other two items are my older son’s favorite: the Striped Knitted Linen Pullover and the Classic Natural Linen Trousers. To me, these clothes are just natural and beautiful. My son wore them last summer and was very happy whenever he wore them. Why? I think it’s because of their classic design, which gives kids freedom to move. My kid is very agile and while running around he often gets hot and sweaty… I discovered something interesting – when he’s wearing linen clothes he gets less hot and bothered!

knitted linen pullover, striped

knitted linen pullover, striped

classic natural linen trousers

classic natural linen trousers

I hope that warm and sunny weather will be there soon. While waiting for the real spring I can tell you a small secret – more unique, sweet and lovely linen clothes are coming soon!

Thank you for visiting!
Jurate