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.
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!
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!