This weekend I hit Target to check out the new Liberty of London collection. They have some really cute things-- children's dresses, swimsuits, stationery, notebooks, hatboxes, umbrellas. I got Olivia two darling dresses. This one is a little frillier than I normally like, but she adores it, of course.
But I have two observations after viewing this collection at Target. I bought these because I like the concept of Liberty of London and was thrilled to be able to get some at a great price. But, I am so spoiled by the prints I get to see everyday from the great indie designers making fabric these days. Liberty of London's prints are fun and really stand out in Target, but I can name dozens of fabric designers whose prints are as cute (if not cuter) than what I saw at Target. I won't even attempt to name names because I'll leave someone out, but we know who they are-- they are designing for Michael Miller Fabrics, Westminster/Free Spirit, Moda, Andover, Marcus, Robert Kaufman, Windham, and Clothworks. That makes for a lot of darling prints.
My second observation is that the ruffles on this dress are very soft and well, ruffle-y and it made me think of the post Anna Maria Horner wrote last week about the virtues of voile. She explains why she chose to do her last collection, Little Folks, on voile and how for apparel and light quilts, it behaves so much better than standard quilting cotton. And, I'm sure her voile is better quality than what is on this Target dress, so I'm anxious to imitate this pattern out of her fabric. If I do, I'll share my pattern and how it went. Just don't rush me- it may be a few weeks.