Welcome to Magpie & Mabel! Here you will find a place where country meets urban, playfulness meets practicality, and the past meets the present…a place where our passion for vintage living and retro design has found a very happy home. 12 years ago, we designed our first vintage inspired dress and named it the Madigan Dress after Michele’s oldest daughter. The success of the Madigan Dress launched an entire boutique line of handmade children’s clothing, blankets, pillows and gifts—along came the Sophie Dress, Tommy Shirt, Kristin Quilt, just to name a few, each with its own story and distinct personality. We would love to introduce them all to you, so we hope you can pull up a chair, make yourself at home and stay awhile…
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There is a common thread that runs through all that we design—fabrics and patterns naturally come and go, but our fascination with the past is the one constant. Our inspiration is rooted in simpler times—long summer evenings, ice cold lemonade, old pick up trucks, and hot apple pie straight from the oven—and we try to capture a little of that in every little girl’s dress, little boy’s shirt, and baby quilt we make. Combining elements of different eras, like sewing patterns inspired by past generations with new fabrics from our favorite designers (Amy Butler, Sis Boom & Heather Bailey, just to name a few) or vintage embroidered pillowcases paired with a more contemporary dress design, is our favorite way to create something a little unexpected and extra interesting. The results are sometimes quirky, sometimes funky, sometimes lovely, and always unique. For us, that’s the fun of bringing the past and present together and making them friends…we think they make a lovely couple and hope you do too!