Throwback Thursday: Ladybird books

Recently I watched a BBC documentary that is a little treat for those of us who like to reminisce over childhood memories: The Ladybird Books Story.

I’ve spoken a lot about how much my Mum has influenced me and this extends to her childhood book collection. As a child of the 60s, her collection inevitably included many of the classic Ladybird titles that millions of children grew up with. I was a book lover from a very early age, and would spend hours curled up amidst that old book smell, making my way through the beautifully illustrated pages, conjuring up images in my mind of a world gone by.

This year marks the 100th anniversary for Ladybird books, and what better way to celebrate it than to search through the archives for the illustrations which have the potential to inspire classic children’s clothing today.

J H Wingfield illustrations for Happy Holiday (Ladybird, 1964).

J H Wingfield Illustrations for Happy Holiday (Ladybird, 1964).

Miestaflet and Fairies, Bubbles & Co. made such pretty examples of Lotta dresses!

Miestaflet and Fairies, Bubbles & Co. made such pretty examples of Lotta dresses!

To create your own version of the gorgeous spotted dress in the illustrations above, why not use Compagnie M.’s Lotta Dress pattern in Riley Blake’s Sparkle Gold Medium Dot cotton. Team it with an invisible zip and tadah!

The popular character Jane appeared in many titles including 'Read and Write' & 'Play with Us' (Ladybird, 1965 & 1968).

The popular character Jane appeared in many titles including ‘Read and Write’ & ‘Play with Us’ (Ladybird, 1965 & 1968).

I love these Aster Cardigans sewn by Angie and Emi!

I love these Aster Cardigans recently sewn by Angie and Emi!

Which little girl wouldn’t want her very own Jane cardigan? Why not make a collarless version of the popular Aster Cardigan by LGB Studio in the sunny Riley Blake solid knit in yellow? Perfect!

Illustration from Prayers Through the Year (Ladybird, 1964) alongside Spiegelstiksels' interpretation of the School Days Coat

Illustration from Prayers Through the Year (Ladybird, 1964) alongside Spiegelstiksels‘ interpretation of the School Days Coat

Want a traditional style brought into the 21st century? Be inspired by the duffle coats of yesteryear with the multisex Oliver + S School Days Jacket and modernise using Petit Pan’s waterproof oilcloth just like Spiegelstiksels.

If you love Ladybird illustrations and are in London over the next few days, be sure to head over to the House of Illustration in Granary Square. Ending on the 27th September, this is your last chance to see the ‘Ladybird by Design’ exhibition which features over 120 original illustrations. It will be well worth a visit!

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5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Ladybird books

  1. Emi says:

    I love that you use these books as sewing inspiration! Thank you for featuring the Aster I made. I think it would look so cute paired with a white Hanami Dress from Straight Grain if you wanted to re-create that illustration 😉 It’s my favorite dress pattern ❤

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