Friday, 20 May 2016

Something to be proud of...King's Meadow

Within the realms of the sewing industry, I think I'm pretty safe in saying that I have a pretty cool job.  The majority of my day is spent playing with fabric, working out which ones I want to stock in our shops and imaging what our amazingly creative customers are going to do with it.
But every once in a while, an extra special fabric scoop comes my way.
This year marks Remnant Kings' 70th Anniversary.  Yep, we've been around since 1946 with humble beginnings in Glasgow's East End and now we're a household name locally for all things fabric and haberdashery.  We knew we had to do something special to celebrate and a chance conversation with on of our reps led to the perfect plan.  You see, Liberty of London came to visit us in our Argyle Street with a view to stocking their fabric there (which we successfully achieved) and mentioned that their minimum print run was only 300m (of course I use the word only loosely).

This got us thinking, could we find an archive Liberty print and re-print to celebrate our anniversary?  Turns out we certainly could.

We had the pleasure of working with Liberty's archivist and design team to choose a print from the 1940's and recolour it for 2016.  So please let me introduce you to King's Meadow.

 Liberty even named it after us!  We are the only stockist of this fabric and will only ever be.  We have 300m exclusively ours to do what we like with which obviously includes selling it in-store and online here.  I'm sure you'll agree it's certainly something to be proud of and true career highlight.

I made sure to get my hands on the fabric first.  Armed with 2.5m, I had enough to wear to last night's launch party in the form of Papercut Pattern's Sigma dress and to also get a more casual look in their Moana top.  As with all Tana Lawn's, this fabric sewed up an absolute dream.  Doing what I wanted, how I wanted it to.  Holding it's shape well along with keeping it's soft handle on the gentle bias cut hem of the Moana.

My Moana was worn to work last week to get some pictures taken for a feature I'm doing soon, here's me posing at what I do as my day job!  Please ignore my messy desk.

Sewn up as is, with only a 3" lengthen to the bottom as the first time I made it I found it came up a little short.

My Sigma dress, was also as is, however instead of gathers on the front of the skirt, I used box pleats instead.  I prefer this finish for my shape.

I lined this in plain poly cotton sheeting from work and tried an unusual way of lining the bodice to enclose the shoulder seams, which I'm pretty pleased with.

It's been months of hard work prepping for this fabric launch and also for our wider anniversary celebrations.  Please join in the fun with us online using the hashtag #RK70 and be sure to check out this special fabric in-store and online!

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  1. That's so exciting Hazel! The fabric is gorgeous and I love your dress and top. It's funny, when I read this post my immediate thought was ahh Liberty archivist!! - as a sewer and an archivist that would be my ideal job!

  2. A custom Liberty print! Too fun!!


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