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This week while rummaging through my cabinet of sewing patterns I discovered an old Simplicity pattern for neckties. I hadn’t seen or thought of the pattern for decades and it instantly brought back memories of the ties I sewed my dad each year for Father’s Day.

Fabric via Etsy

Somewhat surprisingly, the Vermont town I grew up in had a shop that sold hand-screened Lilly Pulitzer fabric by the yard. As a girl I was crazy about the wild animals, bright colors and bold flowers of Lilly’s designs. Making ties with neon pink tigers for my father seemed as reasonable to me as surprising him with a breakfast-in-bed of cornflakes topped with chocolate ice cream. He adored both!

Happy Father’s Day!


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