Do you know the story.....?
Okay, if you don't know, it is because I have done a terrible job sharing all the details behind our Sew Grown cases and company. I get so caught up in the design process and all the details of running Sew Grown and forget to tell you all the amazing little details! We put thought into every detail and I want to share all of that goodness with you!
You see, there is a purpose behind every Sew Grown case detail. Our products are an intentional design that matches our mission.
Our mission at Sew Grown is to create products with purpose and style.
We strive to design and produce handcrafted products that will stand the test of time with both quality and style. We also believe the production of our products should make a difference in the lives of those in our country so Sew Grown is serving a purpose and making an impact in the lives of others.
We accomplish this mission by being intentional in every detail with our products. Most of our products are handcrafted by American's with disabilities and by a manufacturer in the United States whose mission is to empower individuals and help reduce poverty and homelessness. More on that amazing story coming soon in another blog post. Today I am focusing on the quality and timeless style of our Sew Grown cases.
You can read more about our mission here.
Liberty fabric designs have been around for 100's of years in some cases and are a work of art rather than a trendy fad.
When we first decided to start Sew Grown, we had the choice to use inexpensive, pretty fabric that matched the latest trends or we could step outside what everyone else is doing and choose a fabric that will not only stand the test of time because of the quality but also because of it's designed prints. Prints that are a work of art.
That is what lead me to choose Liberty as our signature fabric. You see, Liberty of London has been making fabric for over 125 years. Their premium, 100% cotton, is part of the beautiful Tana Lawn Collection. Taking its name from Lake Tana in East Africa where the original cotton grew, Tana Lawn cotton is unique. Made from specially selected ultra-fine long staple cotton and finished without the use of chemical or irritating allergens. Did you catch the finished without chemicals part? This method of creating the cotton gives it the ability to reproduce amazing colors and prints.
Each print tells a story and some prints date back as far as the 1800's. They are beautiful works of art designed for the purpose of enjoyment, like a painting.
Here are our current fabric prints in the shop and the stories behind each print. When you purchase a Sew Grown case you are carrying a beautiful handcrafted case that is employing Americans in need and you are carrying a print that is a work of art and has been enjoyed by many generations.
THE BETSY STORY
This very popular, stylized small floral pattern, was designed for Liberty of London in 1933. The only clue as to identity of the original designer are the initials DS. DS designed many of the most popular Liberty patterns but, to this day, the identity of DS has yet to be discovered. Being one of their most popular prints, Betsy has been part of the Liberty Classic Collection for 4 decades.
THE FELIX AND ISABELLE STORY
The Felix and Isabelle Liberty fabric was derived from a dress design which was originally based on an archival paisley shawl drawing. The print joined the Tana collection in 2013 and reappears this season.
Resembling a twisted teardrop, the fig-shaped paisley is of Persian origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center for textiles where the paisley designs were produced. Some scholars believe the Paisley is a convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree, symbolizing life and eternity.
THE TRESCO STORY
A water color print of the study of a selection of flowers, ferns and succulents from the windswept sand dunes and landscaped borders of the Abbey Garden, this Liberty Fabric represents the rich collection of plants gathered from around the globe.
Part of the Botanical Garden collection features designs by eminent artists Mary Fedden, Hugo Grenville and Rachel Pedder Smith which sits alongside artworks by the Liberty Art Fabrics studio of freelance designers.
THE TATUM STORY
That name Tatum is of English origin and means “Brings Joy”. First produced on Tana cotton fabric in 1955, this print is said to derive from a 1930’s archive design. Designer unknown.