it's really fun to sew up little gifts like this, especially when i get to use my own fabric designs. for this cute outfit i paired back to back cats with popcorn clouds, both printed on Spoonflower's organic cotton knit. this fabric is so soft and thick, perfect for babies. i used Brindille & Twig patterns for both the top and leggings. can't wait to see a new niece or nephew decked out in these!
i'm so happy to share this fun new tote with you! 30 different animal personalities printed in dark brown on cotton canvas totes. these are my favorite totes yet. the perfect size, soft, but super-duper-sturdy and the straps are just the right length. these little faces are just hoping that you'll carry them to the library, grocery store, beach, etc. they want to see the world!
just wanted to let you know that for 24 hours* Spoonflower is offering free 8x8" swatches of their new eco canvas fabric printed with whatever design you choose. free shipping, even! so if you're interested in seeing one of my patterns in person hop over to my fabric shop, pick a design, click the free swatch "go for it" button (below "add to cart") and check out without paying a penny.
i made this casual summer frock using McCalls M6744 (A) with some intensely patterned striped jersey that i bought from girl charlee a couple years back. i like this pattern a lot. it's quite simple and quick to make. the only adjustments i made were to lengthen the bodice about 1/2" and bind the neck and armholes (like on my beetle tee) instead of the narrow hem the instructions suggest. particularly pleased with the pattern placement, matching the bodice and skirt pieces so the fancy stripes continue properly and also the hem, which i folded so it's edged with a tiny dotted stripe. easy to sew, easy to wear... perfect for hot days (not that we've had many).
here are some of my little drawings for you to color! plenty of faces, animals, plants and miscellaneous shapes professionally printed on premium uncoated stock, perfect for markers & pencils... now available in our shop.
here are some photos of the load (4 boxes!) of vintage fabric i bought at the estate sale i mentioned last week. it was a challenge to restrain my giddiness as i dug though box after box of cloth, pulling out beautiful pieces, adding them to my take-home pile. i'm still a bit overwhelmed by this haul... so much design inspiration and so many beautiful prints, i don't know which to use or what to make first!
here's what i made out of my fox fabric: another variation of the pattern i used to make my purple palms and chambray squiggle tops ('A' from japanese pattern book: simple wardrobe). this time i skipped the upper/lower panels on the front and back and changed the curve of the bottom edge, making it come up to a point at the side seams (instead of the undulating curve of the original pattern). i like the look better and it was much easier to hem. the sleeves are shorter here and i gathered their bound edges just slightly. on the two other versions i made flat-felled seams, but for this one i did french seams, which looks so nice with this delightfully light cotton voile. i'm so glad spoonflower offers this fabric, it's perfect for summery garments like this, and although it's thin, the printing is still crisp. i washed this before taking photos, hence the welcome crinkles. yup, this top makes me happy. (in case you're interested, this fox fabric is available here).
here are a couple of my fabric designs which arrived in the mail the other day. i'm pretty excited to sew with these! i had both designs printed on knits. exploded flower garden on modern jersey and little retro cars on organic cotton. these fabrics are wonderfully soft and i'm always amazed at how crisp and bright the colors are. i think the floral will be a top for me and the cars will be something smaller for a cute kid i know.
also, a couple shots of my "crazy like a fox" design printed on lovely lightweight cotton voile. i actually just finished making something out of this fabric, which i'll share very soon!