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30 days of LinenKids, day 8: gorgeous linen christening dress

Today, I want to focus on some of our more elegant and ‘dressy’ items. Spring is definitely in the air and that can often mean christenings! Here at LinenKids, I think we’ve for some of the most stunning clothes for this special day.

This christening ensemble is a celebration of “the natural look” and the amazing craft of needlework! These luxury christening clothes are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. This particular item is the masterpiece of extremely talented designer Jurga Jokubaitiene. She creates linen christening clothes exclusively, decorating them with handmade embroidery and crocheted details as well as Swarovski crystals and pendants. That’s right, Swarovski!

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And, guess who inspires her? Yes, you’re right – her child – a three year-old son. I asked Jurga to tell me how her journey began and here’s what she said:

“I always had a lot of children’s clothing design ideas, but my son’s christening was the beginning of my creative work. When other mothers saw my son’s clothes, a few of them asked me to create something special for their children’s christening. And so it began! My aim is to make each model unique. I pay a lot of attention to each detail. Every detail is hand made – cross stitched, crocheted or so. Linen is pure and natural – same as meaning of christening. It looks great on kids as well – that’s why I have chosen linen for my designs.”

One of the things I notice at christenings and other special occasions is that the kids aren’t always looking terribly comfortable in their ‘special outfit’. I feel really sorry for those kiddies, dressed in scratchy synthetic clothes (satin dresses or polyester suits) on this special day, especially in warm or hot weather. Linen, on the other hand, is always comfortable because it breathes. Got a winter christening in mind? Well, linen is actually pretty warm, even when it’s cold and Jurga can also make these dresses with a soft and warm cotton lining.

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This ensemble includes the beautiful dress, baby bonnet, headband and candle decoration. There so much craftsmanship in this ensemble: silver-grey handmade cross-stitched embroidery on the pockets and on the front of the belt; white hand-crocheted bands. Even the strings that fasten the cuffs, are hand-twisted! Oh, we can’t forget the finishing touches: decorations of Swarovski pearls and small Swarovski crystals, which decorate the belt and pockets as well.

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Another nice feature is that that you can personalize this dress. The baby’s name can be cross-stitch embroidered (by hand, of course) on the reverse side of the belt. A nice touch!

For me this ensemble is so pure and full of love. Only our grandmothers could create such a beauty. Mine – she did just that for her children. Nowadays we don’t have so many talented women, that’s why I value Jurga’s creations so much. This wonderful christening ensemble will certainly become a family heirloom, used generation after generation. That’s more than you can say for most wedding dresses, which cost a small fortune!

30 days of LinenKids, day 7: girls ‘ladybird’ linen shorts outfit

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What can I say… it’s just so cute! Mostly I like the design and the lovely hand-made ladybirds, but I also like the way linen is used to add comfort. It has linen knit strips at the sides to keep it airy, and the top is sleeveless with shoulder straps that can be adjusted for length. The waist of the shorts comes fully elasticized for a comfortable fit. All these little touches make it extremely comfortable, making it  perfect for hot weather. And did I say it’s cute?

When I saw this cute linen outfit, I thought, why there were no so cute and comfortable clothes when I was a child? I was a very agile little girl: I liked to play active games and climb trees. My mother used to dress my in those fancy dresses (at least for those ‘smart’ occasions), but how could I climb trees when dressed like that? That’s why I just adore this outfit; I believe that there are a lot of girls who are cheeky monkeys and who need comfortable clothing — even though they like to dress up now and then.

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The other side of the story is, of course, the health of our children. More and more, parents are concerned about dressing their children in healthy, natural clothes. I’m absolutely addicted to natural clothes and surroundings for my children. I always look for clothes, made of the natural fibers in the stores, but sometimes the “natural” clothes are only “natural”. They look like somewhere the producers forgot to invite the designers and to make the clothes beautiful and attractive for children. Well, that’s not how we roll here!☺

This sweet little shorts/top outfit is made of excellent quality 100% linen cloth, softened and pre-washed. It’s easy to care for because it’s machine washable.

And one more thing – your little tomboy needs something special to add a final touch. I think our linen hand-crocheted cap is just perfect! It will protect her from the sunshine and make her look gorgeous!

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30 days of LinenKids, day 6: boys simple white linen shirt

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So what’s a practical and comfortable summer shirt for the little boy who is always zooming around and loves to play outside? I think my ‘simple’ white linen shirt is perfect.

I like the vintage-inspired design of this shirt, especially the unique look of the light and airy white linen fabric, which features alternating translucent and opaque stripes. This shirt reminds me of movies about Lithuania in 19th century: the scenes from the countryside with the barefooted children, playing in the wonderful old village gardens. They used to wear loose linen shirts with a comfortable lace-up front. It’s such a cute look!

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The moment I saw this shirt I wanted to add it to the new LinenKids summer collection. I was excited about the stylish lace-up look and the sleeves, which are an unusual and practical ¾ length. It’s perfect for warm summer days: the 100% linen fabric is extremely thin — it seems a light as air. This shirt is made in an interesting, striped texture of 100% linen. The best part is that it’s so soft — I’m sure any boy will feel really comfortable in this shirt, just like those bare-footed children from centuries past.

This shirt is easy to care for, just like all my linen items. It is made from fine linen cloth, pre-washed to reduce shrinkage but it might shrink an additional 3% after the first wash.

And you can dress up this shirt of you like. I think it goes great with these super-comfortable and stylish boys linen cargo pants.

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