Shari's Notes From The Design Desk

July 07, 2009

July is a month to make the most of your current wardrobe—perfect for showing off the wonderful dresses in your summer wardrobe. Also, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy more great summer styles. Arriving in our shop for End of July—first, a fabulous, not-to-be-missed, semi-annual clearance sale! We are selling off many discontinued styles at great prices starting the last Saturday in July. Did I say great prices—they will be really great! 60-70% off! Mark your calendars, and enjoy the savings—still plenty of time to wear all our fun summer prints round the lake or out and about.

First of Fall: Our Lady of Perpetual Anticipation has the word that first of fall is soon to see! Time to look ahead for our Mehera Shaw fall-preview, arriving in our shop July 25th! We will be sending out early-bird specials, so keep watching or write to us and ask to be included in our customer list. First of fall includes lots of ¾ sleeve cotton voile tops and tunics in a more muted color palate--warm grey-blues, lavender, naturals, olives and a Chinese floral print on deep maroon which I quite like-- a range of crop pants and some lovely wrap dresses.

For later in the fall, when Jack Frost starts appearing, we have many lovely, cozy quilted jackets arriving, quilted skirts, leggings, and new collections in cotton jersey, twill, corduroy, velvet, silk. Of course, as I mentioned in my Notes from Jaipur, I was actually imagining Yasminka, Mongolian princess (and current fashion muse), somewhere between Lake Baikul and Tashkent when the cold arrived—a very practical princess who knows how to dress when she happens to be in urban Minneapolis. She and I were quite pleased with many new finds on my recent trip to Jaipur--particularly the new fabric we sourced including silks, cotton silks, handloom wool, and some exceptional trouser fabric. As always, I had many new samples made and am now in the process of deciding which of those will actually make it into production for the final garment. I have really been taken recently with a number of East Asian influenced design elements: frog buttons, Mandarin collars, wrap tops and kimonos. Of course I always hope to have everything I love made, but usually I have to edit the collection based on practical limitations, or juggle the timing of the collections, especially for winter collections as the quilting alone takes an incredible amount of time. Stay tuned for Yasminka’s arrival in the Twin Cities later this fall.

New developments: I have also begun adding several new products to Mehera Shaw. We have a fuller children’s line due in our shop end of July—same type of Asian influenced designs in easy-to-wear styles with colorful prints for girls age 2-10. My 6 year old loves the clothes, combines prints with amazing style, and can climb trees quite well in our skirts, thus demonstrating the easy-to-wear aspect!

We are adding block printed cotton quilts to our collection beginning this fall—in children’s, single and queen sizes. They are unbelievably soft and cozy--great for those chilly evenings around the corner!

Down the line, hopefully by spring, we will have a new nightwear collection of both demur, vintage styles and muted colors in the softest of cotton voile as well as a more trendy line of nighties in jazzy prints. Long, quilted robes to be coming as well—just about perfect for any season.

For next summer we hope to have a limited collection of plus sizes from 1X-3X in women’s tunic tops and skirts. I’ve had many requests for this line over the years and hope to fit it into our production schedule soon.

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Our styles are meant to give room to breath and move.  We use fine tailoring coupled with a relaxed, comfortable fit.

We use a fit guide for each of our styles to provide more information about the fit that was intended.

Slim Fit: a close fit to the body. Regular Fit: a comfortable, relaxed fit with room around the body. Generous Fit: a very loose fit (such as in our oversized blouses) with lots of room around the body for ease of movement.


h4XS/ 36

h4S/ 38


h4L/ 42



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All garments have been washed several times during the printing/dyeing and manufacturing process.  

CARE for 100% cotton

We recommend cold water machine wash (up to 30 degrees celsius) with a bio detergent and either tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade for all of our 100% cotton garments/homewares (except for quilts).  

Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.  

Do not use bleach or stain remover.

Cold water wash and low heat drying or line drying in the shade will increase the life of the garment, prolong the vibrancy of the colors and reduce energy use. Shrinkage on all cottons is minimal, approximately 3%.

Garments/homewares are dyed or printed using AZO free, low-impact, pigment or reactive dyes unless otherwise noted.  These dyes are color-fast, but care should still be taken to wash with like colors to retain the vibrancy of the colors.

CARE for 100% cotton quilts

For quilts with cotton fill, we recommend spot or light surface cleaning only with a damp cloth and mild detergent.  Eco-friendly dry cleaning is also recommended. 

CARE for herbal/vegetable dye items

Vegetable dyes are not colorfast and are specifically marked in the product description.  We strongly recommend that all vegetable dye products be washed once before use in a cold water wash with minimal detergent.  Wash separately. Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  Iron on reverse side.  Do not use bleach or stain remover.

Please keep in mind that indigo dye does continually fade over time.  This is the nature of true indigo dye and is not a defect, but rather a sign of the 'living' nature of the dye.

CARE for silk and cotton/silk

For our silk and cotton silk garments/homewares, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water (up to 30 degrees celsius) or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.  

Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  

Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.

Do not use bleach or stain remover.

Dry cleaning using an eco-friendly service is also recommended.

CARE for linen and cotton/linen

For our linen and cotton linen garments/homewares, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water (up to 30 degrees celsius) or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.  

Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  

Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.

Do not use bleach or stain remover.