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Zero Waste: Craft Kits

Craft Kits are back in stock at our Government Street shop. These are nicely packaged little bits of prettiness from our studio, mostly filled with fabric that is too small for production but too nice to toss. It's one of our contributions toward zero fabric waste! Over the years people have used fabric from these kits to add to quilts, made a top for their kids, patched clothing, and made pillows.   $8 to $12. You will need to talk to the Victoria shop directly for more detailed information. Cheers, Trish

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Anin Top

Our Anin tops are back in stock! These one size tops are a great fit on a wide range of body types and a pretty tee to boot. Available in red with subtle Butterflies and Ferns, and in grey with Feathers. The jersey is a bamboo/cotton/lycra blend that we have been loving. All the benefits of bamboo with the durability cotton and the stretch and retention of lycra. So good. The Anin has walked out of the shop over the Petite Anglaise skirt, as shown, and over plenty of denim. Love it when you try something on and don't want to take it off! glenda.  

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Easter Weekend Hours

  This weekend our shop hours are: Smoking Lily, VictoriaGood Friday 12:00 - 5:00 Saturday March 26th 10:00 - 6:30 Easter Sunday 12:00 - 5:00Easter Monday CLOSEDSmoking Lily, Vancouver Good Friday 12:00 - 5:00 Saturday March 26th 11:00 - 6:00 Easter Sunday CLOSEDEaster Monday 11:00 - 6:00 Hope you have some lovely spring moments! xo Lily

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Hey Happy Dress

A sweet customer was recently trying on a pile of our dresses. She was trying to decide between a few when she pulled on the black Hey Happy dress. She did a quick turn in front of the mirror and said "sold!" No need to ponder, the fit was perfect and it's a very versatile dress. She looked and felt great! Then she went back to deciding which of the 5 colours of Kapow dresses to get...yeah, it can be tough in here. She ultimately went with the hibiscus Kapow, printed with Folk Flowers, and the black Kapow. Fortunately, that was the only major decision to make, the Hey Happy was an automatic yes! Cheers to great fits and fun...

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Work with Us Spring, We're Workin' with You...

It was a long winter for a lot of us and spring is unfolding a little too slowly for our liking. So, we are doing our best to embrace the potential of spring: wearing more colour, cutting out a layer or two, putting aside heavy coats, and generally acting like we'll be trading umbrellas for sunglasses soon. Come on spring! We're ready! Our Loop Scarves are a great way to add colour and stay warm. Braving bare legs is easier if you wear wool socks in your ankle boots! Our Capes add a layer of warmth without feeling like a winter coat. We have some fabulous spring dresses that can be lightly layered to fit the temperatures and your spring...

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Our Vancouver Shop is Hiring!

Hello! We are currently looking for a new retail staff member for our long-term Vancouver team. We have a permanent part-time position available in a great independent boutique environment. Maybe it's for you?! Your positive personality, honesty, mature attitude, and conscientious work ethic are perfect for us. You possess high standards for customers service, including the ability to customize service for each individual's needs. You are self-motivated and enjoy doing daily operational tasks. Your gift of conversation and your sense of style are the icing on the cake. I If you are available Sundays, are interested in working in a great neighbourhood, serving lovely loyal customers, and joining part of the local fashion design industry, please bring your resume and...

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Zero Waste: Make a blanket

Here is how to make a blanket like the one we did for Modhaus Design that was featured in last months issue of Boulevard Magazine using leftover strips of fabric from other studio projects. We used approximately  4.5 kilos of fabric made of bamboo cotton jersey waste to make this project.   Chunky Blanket Cut 1 and half in strips, snip a little hole about a half inch from the edge on both ends of your strips and loop together to make a long, long strip. Cast on 40 sts with size 25mm needles. Work in garter stitch knitting every row for 14”, adding contrasting colours for stripes as desired.  Cross:  K 15 sts in main colour, k 10 sts...

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A Spring Thing: 10% off, Thursday night only

Thursday, March 30th from 5 to 7 pm, you are invited to come party with us. This is your chance to see the new Smoking Lily line (like the dress pictured above!) and receive 10% off all purchases! In our Vancouver shop, Design to Dine is making some yummy bites and fun libations for you to sip while perusing the line and chatting with Glenda, Margaret and Colleen. Rachael has put together something special for you to taste at the Milkman's Daughter. The recipe she found looks really interesting and good. Mmmmm can't wait. You can't make it in for the party? Don't worry, we are offering free shipping on mail orders all weekend! Cheers Trish  

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Come on Eileen

The new spring tunic, Eileen, is hitting our shops and our online store this week. Wheee, I'm so excited! I've been wearing the sample for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. I've worn the tunic to teach in, it looks nice, my apron looks good on it and it is easy to move in. I've worn it to the BF's birthday party with fancy lacey tights and high heeled short booties and looked HOT. I'm waiting for the weather to warm up a few more degrees so I can wear it with bare legs and my sneakers.  Cheers, Trish

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Zero Waste: Savage Yarn

In Smoking Lily's bid to go zero waste one of our problems we are always trying to solve is: What to do with the left over fabric bits.   We do end up with a lot of long skinny strips and salvages, left after a cutting a production run. We set all our bamboo cotton jersey strips aside for six months.  Looking at the pile we accumulated we decided that yarn would be perfect.   Smoking Lily is not a yarn company, so we choose not to overly work it, but to keep it as close to its natural caste off state.  We cut awkward  bits off and did a simple snip and loop attachment to make long strips.  Sounds...

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