I love Purl Bee blog, the blog for a New York shop which would definitely be on my list of things to visit in the city should I ever go there. Oli and the boys can visit the Statue of Liberty while I peruse the Liberty fabrics. Their use of colour is their strongest suit, I think, along with the very generous free patterns and tutorials. Their knitting patterns lean heavily on cowls, and involve breathtakingly expensive yarns, but the sewing projects are very accessible indeed, and the step by step photos very useful. I came across this handkerchief one a while ago, and made three for my father in law’s birthday. He and I are the only people I know who actually use hankies now, so sadly I don’t have anyone else to make them for!
I used two floaty Liberty Lawn fabrics (ever dwindling stash from my grandmother) and a heavier red and teal fabric, provenance unknown. The tutorial details how to sew a hand-rolled hem, which was fiddly to start with but by side 6 I was getting the hang of:
They’ve had two washes, to soften and check my stitches, and they’ve held up fine.