Hello world! It’s Leah & I am here to chat about some yummy new fabric that arrived just in time for the Chinese New Year. Minshan fabric from Lewis & Irene has arrived in our shop. Giant pandas, Red Pandas, colorful paper lanterns, Asian Temples, bright dragons, and lush lotus flowers adorn this inspiring line created by Lewis & Irene. Haven’t heard of them? Lewis & Irene is a small British family run fabric company that launched in 2014. We have enjoyed the many beautiful lines they have released so far and are especially excited for Minshan. Not only for the lovely drape, smooth feel, and unique prints, but for the worthy cause they are supporting.
Lewis & Irene are donating part of the proceeds from this fabric line to Act for Wildlife, led by Chester Zoo in the UK to help protect Giant Pandas & Red Pandas in their natural habitat. Click on their logo below to learn more about the organization
We have invited several blogger friends to play with some Minshan fabric & share their amazing projects. Be prepared to have your socks knocked off! And just for fun, we’re having a giveaway as well when we wrap up the tour at the end of the week! So be sure to check out everyone on the blog tour each day & then return for several opportunities to win.
Today, it’s my turn and Katie is sharing hers also at Simple Life Pattern Co.
Before I had this yummy fabric in my hands (I’m not the only one who pets new fabric, right?!), I was already scheming what I would create. My imagination jumped right to the Ani-Mazing skirt by Little Lizard Kings. It’s a high-waisted suspender skirt with a playful animal face appliqued on the front waistband. Little Lizard King kindly provided the pattern for the tour and I am so delighted that they did because the results are exactly what I had hoped for!
While there are several faces available as part of the pattern, a panda was not included. So I went to work creating my own little panda face. I sketched an oval to add the signature panda bear eye patches. The bear/mouse ears were used from the pattern with my own stitching detail added. I also hand-stitched the little panda mouth under the nose button.
I used Panda Temple on Slate for the main portion of the skirt & Zen Chic textured black print from my stash for the straps, back waistband & face details. The white fabric is solid white Kona cotton, also from my stash.
I made this skirt according to her measurements & the fit is just right. The length is perfect, right at her knee. My daughter is in love and so am I!