Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rowantree Designs 'Vintage Inspired Summer Playsuit'

A delicate floral, vintage inspired play suit.  Meet 'Eloise', a play suit that has all the elegant features that you'd expect from a Rowantree piece of children's clothing.

Here I am sitting here at my table in my studio, I'm looking around admiring my collection of statues and pictures, all the quirky bits and pieces hanging on the walls and perched on shelves, the neatly folded stacks of fabrics and trims, a rack of my beautiful Rowantree pieces and of course my two mannequins, all dressed up with no where to go.
Hello!   It's feels good to be back, and lovely to be chatting to you from my table, over looking the rooftops and trees of my street.    My suitcases are unzipped and exploding all over my bedroom floor, I'm not to fussed to unpack in the proper sense yet, I prefer to just dig around and pulls things out when I want them, unpacking is one of those jobs I like to put off.  Do you do this?
I have much preferred hanging out with Rowan,  he is saying a new word YEAH!  He YEAH'S to everything.  He is kind off putting up with all my nanna kisses and cuddles,  I know it's a boy thing!

Last night I finished this beautiful play suit,  I bought this fabric in Japan last year, it's a cotton seersucker.  The mauve and blue floral sits crisply on the navy background.  I have made the legs longer and added a navy blue cross grain ribbon to tie loosely below the waist.   I always love to add a touch of nostalgia to all my pieces, whether they are vintage inspired or have a retro flavour.  Over the next week I will be putting together the bones of my Rowantree Designs summer collection, I have some gorgeous floral fabrics and for the boys, yes it's nautical, shirts, rompers and my famous Clayton shorts in denim.
I'm going to be laid up for the next couple of days in a hospital bed, so no Rowantree work there, instead I am looking forward to your blogs keeping me company.  See you soon!


  1. I'll swap you a YEAH! for a NNNNNNooooo (oh the joys of our wee man having a big sister to copy!)
    Exploding suitcases are my speciality! There is just too much to do when you get home that is far more exciting than unpacking!
    Hope all goes well in hospital. J x

  2. Welcome home!!! :)
    I'm looking forward to seeing the Rowantree Summer collection - Nautical? Brilliant.
    Hope everything goes well in hospital - make sure they spoil you as much as possible. (I was at the SAN when I had Baby Starfish, and boy, did I get spoilt!)
    Hugs for your time with your feet up.
    S xo

    1. They should spoil you, you are such a beautiful mum. x

  3. Hope all goes well in hospital. Love the playsuit, that fabric is gorgeous. I always unpack right away, I can't relax until it's done. I know, I know. x

    1. Hi Gillian, you are such a good traveller, unapcking right away. I know that I would feel so much better if I just got in there and put it all away.

  4. Oh dear, hope the hospital trip isn't anything too serious. That playsuit is lovely! x

    1. so happy you like the playsuit. It will be so cute for summer.

  5. Welcome home, I loved your reports from New York. Luke's new word is No (not Nein, the German equivalent, which he hears every day), but No. :-) Thinking of you in hospital, sending good wishes across the ocean!

  6. Hi Roberta, thank you for stopping by my blog and I'm so glad you did! You make such beautiful children's clothes, I love this little play suit!
    Victoria xx

  7. Hi Roberta, I loved your New York posts too, sending you best wishes for your hospital stay.xx

  8. Hi Roberta, welcome home from New York, and I hope you're feeling better. I ALWAYS leave my bags lying around for days after a trip away, I hate unpacking! But I always pack clothes that need washing in a plastic bag inside my suitcase, so I can at least pull that out and do the laundry as soon as I get home. Thanks for your lovely comment over on my blog, if I'm ever in Melbourne I'll let you know! Rachel xx

  9. Sewing is something I always wished I learned how to do. It amazes me when people can create clothing on their own. How freeing it would be to create unique pieces rather than having to wear the generic items you find in stores.

    The child's playsuit is lovely. The fabric is so pretty! :)

    P.S. I'd love to see your nautical anchor pin if you get the chance to make it!

  10. hi roberta,

    i can't believe we were at roberta's on the same day! we probably missed each other by minutes! the frozen gin and orange juice drinks were the best for that hot day. hope you enjoyed your meal...and the rest of your travels in NYC. yes, i'm missing it myself, but i've got one or two more posts to do from there before it's all said and done.

  11. I was just reading this post when a new e-mail about your comment popped up! I think they call this telepathy, haha! :-)
    Thank you so much for you nice comments, I really appreciate it a lot. I absolutely love you blog and your work and will become a follower! You make amazing clothes, keep on with the great job!

    Any by the way, my grandma taught me how to swe two weeks ago! Maybe I'll try to make something and show it on the blog - I'm still a beginner though. :)

  12. Hi Roberta
    I have been looking for an email address, unsuccessfully for you, as I wanted to let you know I am moving blogs to

    I'm still getting things sorted out, but would love to stay in touch.
    I have been reading a little about your sailing. I was once a keen sailor when I lived in Perth, where I crewed for my brother on an S80. Seems a lifetime away now but I really miss those times!
    Penny x

  13. Very sweet print and colours

  14. Roberta,

    As much as I like to travel, as they say, there's no place like home! Hope the hospital stay isn't for anything scary! Thanks for stopping by and following along my little ramblings! :)

  15. Wishing you all the best for the hospital stat
    I'm a slow unpacker too

  16. I hate having to unpack after being away - I used to procrastinate but these days, I try and get it over with as soon as I can :) Hope all goes well for your hospital stay x

  17. What a lovely fabric and play suit! I am a horrible unpacker and often leave my suitcases in the garage for a week before mustering up the energy to bring them in and deal. I was super excited to return from a small vacation to find your lovely postcard from New York! What a wonderful little treat. Thank you so much for taking the time to send it to me!
    I hope the stay goes well. Take good care.

  18. Your work is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for stopping by my blog :)


  19. Helo Roberta

    thank you for popping over to my blog and introducing yourself.
    I am happy to be here too.

    re your exploding suitcases - I get it! I hate unpacking suitcases and I find if I don't unpack them straight away they take ages for me to unpack (and that drives me nuts :)

    have a lovely weekend


  20. I HATE unpacking. I don't know why. I drive my husband bonkers. He get's home and unpacks straight away. Wont even sit for a second. That drives me bonkers!
    What a delightful little play suit! And I adore the name you have chosen for it! That's one of my girlfriends daughters names!


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