Wednesday, 29 July 2015


Are you a lover of linen and all its glorious wrinkles or does it make you want to reach for the iron every time you see a crease?

Linen crossover apron by Minnie + Ree

We love linen and here is our first new linen garment - a Japanese style crossover apron.

We were heavily influenced by all the Pinterest pics of these aprons and had to make our own. I have already used some of my practice embroidery on the pocket of mine and hope to get it covered in paint and ink stains like the true wannabe artist that I am!

Don't worry about all that talk about how hard linen is to care for. Just toss it into the washing machine!

How to care for linen:

Linen is a gorgeous, comfortable and durable fabric that is made from fibres of the flax plant. Linen fabric is known to have been a material for clothing and other needs for thousands of years; it is the world’s oldest natural fibre. If it is taken care of it can last for generations and it grows softer and more lustrous with age. 

Linen is sometimes treated with sizing, a finish that makes it crisp when you first buy it. It does wrinkle easily and requires ironing if you want to keep that fresh look but most people now embrace the natural tendency of the linen and let it crease. You can wash it and let it dry on a hanger or lie flat for a natural look.

Some people believe that linen is only suitable for dry cleaning.  Not! It has been around from a long time before drycleaners were invented. Gentle washing machine cycle and mild soaps are best for linen. With each washing, in lukewarm or cold water your linen becomes softer and lovelier.

So do you want a linen apron for yourself? They are in our online shop here.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Back to black ...

It may be kinda obvious but Minnie + Ree love colour and pattern! However every now and then we'll break out and put some darker colours together. So to celebrate (NOT!) the cold weather we are currently enjoying in New Zealand here's some new darker items. 

1. Black and glasses reversible skirt.
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That black skirt would look good with boots or tanned legs I think!

Black & glasses reversible skirt by Minnie + Ree

2. Grey floral reversible skirt with spring spots inside!
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This floral fabric has been popular as it looks good in summer and winter. Now that it's reversible you can wear the spotty side in spring and summer with a little white top and you've got a totally new look.

Grey floral & spots reversible skirt by Minnie + Ree

3. Grey and black Belle frock with bird.
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This Belle Frock would winter up nicely with a black merino top underneath and/or a black cardigan or jacket on top.

Belle and bird!