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Posted on 8:52am Monday 28th May 2012
Thanks to Brides magazine for featuring our 'Kate Charlotte' ruffle top dress in their feature 'Step-by-step styling for DIY brides'. Being Liberty lovers we can't get enough of floral prints so love the idea of creating your own photo backdrop by suspending fabric from a curtain pole. Other clever ideas include flower combs and handkerchief favour bags.
This dress is one of Millie's creations - her little girls love it because the elasticated neckline means there are no fiddly buttons so they can dress themselves. (It's named in honour of Kate while Rose's namesake is our cord blouse/dress). It can be made in tana lawn or cord and is a perfect party dress or flower girl dress. For different looks try puff sleeves or double tiering for even more ruffles.
Click here to browse and buy.
Posted on 7:39am Friday 25th May 2012
One of my all time favourite bloggers is Tilly Walnes - who by day works for the Independent Cinema Office and by night (well more probably in the evenings and at weekends) is a seamstress.
What I love about her blog Tilly and the Buttons is that Tilly only learnt to sew recently - in fact she only learnt to thread a sewing machine 2 and a half years ago. Living proof of what my Mum's mantra - "sewing's not magic".
I'm terribly flattered to have been asked to contribute to her regular Day in the Life series chronicling the daily routine of those of us who've turned stiching into a career.
She's also a brilliant blogger. I would throughly recommend following her posts. I use her top 10 tips as part of my social media training course. They will be the subject of a soon-to-be-published blog post of my own.
If you really know what time I go to bed and I how combine PR and sewing you can read more here...
Posted on 7:52am Saturday 19th May 2012
I was over the moon earlier this week when Jim and Amy sent me pics of their wedding which was featured on the wedding blog Love My Dress. I admit I shed a tear or two over my morning coffee. I made six ties in various Liberty prints for groom Jim and his ushers. Photographer Andrew JR Squires has kindly given me permission to reproduce them here.
|Photography courtesy of Andrew JR Squires (copyright) - please do not copy or reproduce without permission
Often new product lines come from customer requests. I was rather daunted by the prospect of making ties and could find little advice on this specialist art. So last summer I set about tearing up my husband's favourites including a lovely one by Daks that I bought from Simpsons on Picadilly, long before it became Waterstones. Once I had a pattern I was happy with I product tested it on Nik and his friends. Rory O'Curry and his Dad were adamant my ties weren't weighty enough. Back to the drawing board. In addition to the Liberty lawn lining I needed to find suitable interlining. Trickier than you'd think. I finally found a roll of suitable weight wool interlining at the marvellous Abakhan on a trip back from my sister's in Wales with my Mum. MacCulloch and Wallis also sell a good weight alternative. Still Rory wasn't satisfied so I doubled it up. Voila - it passed Mr Cook's full windsor knot test.
The other issue with ties is that they are cut on the bias (diagnonally to you and me). If you take a piece of cotton fabric and pull it top to bottom or sideways there is very little stretch but pull the corners and you get a lovely give. It's what gives a lady's bias-cut dress that lovely drape over curves and it's what allows a tie to tie. Think about the curves of the neck and the way a tie needs to move to be neatly knotted.
In practical terms it means the simple looking tie is actually a terribly time consuming to make. First I cut and mark the lining fabric (I use white cotton lawn) including roll lines. Second I cut the Liberty print. Then I cut two lots of interlining and finally the contrast end linings. Once linings are joined and the tie rolled and pinned the final step is hand slip-stitching the 1.5m length of the tie.
I love the way Liberty prints transform depending on how you use them and the diagonal cut of the tie on the narrow tie is a case in point. A plain stripe looks much more interesting. Add in the possibilities of using contrast colourways or plain end linings and suddenly the boring old tie takes on a whole new life.
This week I've added slim width ties to my range. I was first asked to make one in the autumn for Matt Day's wedding to complement his handmade Liberty Glenjade waistcoats. Wedding photographer Vicky Dawe asked me to make two for her fiance Oliver in a beautiful feather print to match her bridesmaid dresses and page boys' waistcoats. And my god-daughter's Uncle Ben will be wearing one later this summer.
Click here to browse pictures of all the handmade Liberty ties I've made and to order. Ties are £74.99 or £64.99 if you prefer to buy and send me your own Liberty print.
Posted on 8:01am Friday 13th Apr 2012
Just a quick one for April. Huge thanks to Conde Nast Brides magazine for featuring three of my bridesmaid dresses in their May/June issue which is out now.
Handmade Bella Luella puff sleeve bridesmaid dresses in Liberty Wiltshire berries and Betsy green and Grace Kelly pleat shirtwaister in Liberty Lou Lou Isabella - all avaiable handmade to order in print of your choice
|Handmade Ophelia Rose puff sleeve bridesmaid dress in Liberty Fitzgerald
Preview sample 25% off at £89.99
Handmade Laura Joan swing bridesmaid dress in Liberty Fitzgerald
Preview sample over 25% off at £74.99
And you might also like to take a peek at two new bridesmaid dress designs that Millie and I have been working on. There is a preview sample of each new design in size 5-6y available at 25% or more off on the website.
First, a gorgeous, sophisticated 'Laura Joan' swing skirt sleeveless dress named in honour of Millie's niece. It's aimed at the older girl who wants a grown-up look but would work equally well for the little ones who'll adore twirling round in the acres of Liberty print this dress takes to make.
Then Ophelia Rose - named after my friend Fi's baby girl who lives in Denmark. This is a more formal pleated skirt with cuffed, puff sleeves. Both have rouleaux button fastenings - Millie is a whizz at this technique which adds an extra something special to the detailing.
Photo shoot sample 25% off at £69.99
Photo shoot sample 25% off at £74.99
And lucky for you, there are also two samples of my best-selling Bella Luella dresses made for a photo shoot (not worn) - a sleeveless Mirabelle and a puff sleeve Felicite (5-6y) - also available at 25% off.
They are all available to browse and buy in my online Ready to Wear shop.
Posted on 5:04pm Wednesday 21st Mar 2012
Posted on 11:49am Thursday 1st Dec 2011
I've been absolutely inundated with orders for Hello Kitty print blouses and dresses over the past couple of months - Millie and I are dreaming about kittens! There was just the tiniest bit of Wonderland left - enough for me to squeeze out a baby size Freya Bean smock blouse (6-12m).
I've teamed up with the lovely people at Angels & Urchins magazine (London's indispensable parents' guide) to give it away in a competition in their weekly A&U email newsletter.
If you don't already subscribe, I'd heartily recommend it. The fashion is gorgeous and it's packed with ideas to keep your little ones amused in the big smoke. Even if you don't live in London it's a great read - editors Annie and Emily are always trying out new products and services and it's packed with interesting articles. And if you can't wait for the quarterly issues, sign up to Claire's weekly email newsletter. It's the most beautifully presented, easy-to-read guide to what's on and where and what's hot and what's not.
They've been incredibly supportive since I set Peak Princess up three years ago and dared pick up the phone to Annie to see if she might have time to look at my designs and have featured me several times. So a big thank you.
Enter the competition via my contacts page.
Posted on 1:30pm Wednesday 17th Aug 2011
When I started Peak Princess three summers ago after a hugely enjoyable but exhausting run producing BBC radio news programmes and documentaries, I had no idea whether it would take off or not. As my (darling, ex Reiss West End store manager, all-round fashionista, now at M&S) sister succinctly put it: "What do you know about retail?!"
So I'm always a bit overwhelmed to see my designs in magazines, newspapers and on top blogs like Chic Little Baby, written by Maggie Westhead, a fashion journalist who's worked for esteemed publications like Vogue and The Observer who is currently the Associate Shopping & Style editor of Time Out magazine, London.
Maggie's had a peek at my new autumn/winter prints and designs and I'm delighted to say has given them a big thumbs up. (Read more)
Thanks Maggie and also congratulations on the arrival of your second daughter, Lola Maud.
Posted on 8:05pm Wednesday 25th May 2011
Terribly flattered to have been 'spotted' by the lovely Laura and Katy on their fab blog LittleStuff. They've picked out my Freya Bean blouse in gorgeous grey Liberty Clemmie print.
Posted on 8:58am Thursday 5th May 2011
In the Know. Commissioning Editor Hannah Shuckburgh's big day was full of home made touches: "My dress was my great-grandmothers's and I bought mu jewelled headband from Hammersmith Vintage Fair. My flower girls wore pretty, Liberty frocks." Liberty print dresses from £60. Visit peakprincess.co.uk.
Posted on 2:02pm Thursday 14th Apr 2011
The first ever nationwide sizing survey is out today and it shows children are significantly taller and fatter than their parents were at the same age. Both typical waist-lines and height have increased over the last 30 years. Girls are typically 2cm taller, with waist measurements up by 8cm, and boys are 4cm taller, with waists up by 7cm.
I was asked what I thought by reporter Tamsin Smith for BBC Breakfast TV. It's a sensitive issue and I'm sympathetic to parents with children who are larger than average as I was definitely a 'bonny' baby.
Posted on 1:43pm Friday 1st Apr 2011
Posted on 8:02pm Wednesday 16th Feb 2011
I was lucky enough to meet the talented Amy Fleuriot recently - she's the designer behind 'Cyclodelic'. Her aim is to bring a little style back into women's cycle wear. Her range has been such a hit that Top Shop stock her. Read her interview with me here...
Posted on 11:03pm Friday 14th Jan 2011
Chic Little Baby's Maggie Westhead (Time Out magazine) says: I am in love with this pretty dress designed and handmade by the brilliant Lissa Cook of Peak Princess, specially for CLB competition winner, Kristy of Queensland, Australia. Thank you Lissa!
Posted on 10:14pm Saturday 11th Dec 2010
Posted on 11:07pm Thursday 9th Dec 2010
Han Picked's blog: From her sewing room in the attic of her cottage in the Peak District (with its pastoral-idyll view), Lissa Cook makes the most adorable clothes to order - for babies, children and adults - all in crisp Liberty print. It's a proper cottage industry, as it really is just her (not a single employee) and so everything is individually made by hand, by Lissa herself, in whatever print you like. Her blouses for women are lovely, but I think the baby rompers and bloomers might get my vote.
Posted on 10:44pm Thursday 9th Dec 2010
Ex Vogue bloggers from London guide A Little Bird: Who can resist Liberty print dresses, romper suits, blouses and baggy knickers for little girls and boys? Peak Princess Lissa Cook handmakes all her clothes to order, and her designs are spot on in terms of being old fashioned without being too uptight or overly nostalgic. We confess it: we’re repeat shoppers. Her prices are also reasonable given what you are getting. Still, hand made frocks never come cheap—except right now, as Cook is selling samples she’s made for magazine shoots at half their usual price.
Posted on 10:55pm Monday 6th Dec 2010
One of CLB's favourite brands is having a sample sale - woo hoo. Peak Princess, the delicious label that brings us handmade Liberty-print clothing for little girls and boys is purging all sample stock in the run up to Christmas. Check the website's sale page to see if they have any goodies in the sizes you are after. And don't forget, there's only four more days to to enter the CLB/Peak Princess competition to win a made to order outfit for a boy or girl. Good luck!
Posted on 11:17pm Monday 29th Nov 2010
Ideal Home's Ellie Tennant writes in her Home Shopping Spy blog: "Advent is nearly upon us. One very organised person recently announced to me that she has ‘finished’ her Christmas shopping. I haven’t started mine. So, let’s get organised...
Posted on 10:09pm Monday 1st Nov 2010
Posted on 10:50pm Thursday 28th Oct 2010
Associate Shopping & Style editor of Time Out magazine‚ Maggie Westhead writes: I am so in love with the new collection by Peak Princess, the label specialising in handmade Liberty print garments for little ones. I particularly like the way its designer/maker, Lissa Cook, makes boys' clothes with charm. No boring grey or black but unusual Liberty prints worked into shirts, jackets and dungerees in the most creative way. The range starts at around £30 for a top. Another one to bookmark for your online Christmas shopping spree...
Posted on 9:37pm Friday 1st Oct 2010
This is a story about me, my mother and a picnic with my god-daughter.
Posted on 9:31pm Friday 1st Oct 2010
Thanks to my Business Link adviser Sue Scholes.
Posted on 9:24pm Thursday 30th Sep 2010
Handmade dresses for children have never been this special. Worn out by her on-the-edge and demanding job of a radio producer, Lissa Cook has her glandular fever that she ‘worked through’ to thank for, two years since starting Peak Princess, as she looks at a successful line of good, quality handmade clothes for children.
Posted on 9:56pm Monday 27th Sep 2010
Time to clock off: Women are being forced to work even longer hours thanks to the recession... but is it ruining our families?
The light finally dawned after she moved to the Peak District for a new job. Playing with her goddaughter in the park, Lissa began to wonder: her mother had been a couture designer and she had always enjoyed making her own dresses. Could she possibly sew for a living?
Posted on 9:50pm Saturday 18th Sep 2010