I am a reality star and a fashion designer. I never in a million years thought I would say either of those phrases, much less together! Yet, here I am: Bravo's Project Runway season 19 designer, Katie Kortman. But how did I get here?
Sewing, Dancing and Instagram
When I was in my 20’s I’d dreamed of being a fashion designer, but they didn’t have that major at my university, so I decided to major in painting. My paintings were often inspired by dresses I was designing in my head. Some of my work even had tiny dresses that I’d made...
A photo from 2019-- the first year of Sew Happy Color!
It’s Time for Wear Happy Color!
This will be the 3rd year of Wear Happy Color, which started out as “Sew Happy Color,” but has expanded to include all sorts of making and/or wearing of color. Read below to find out what this is, and how to participate! It runs all March long and there will be different themes and prizes.
How to Participate:
Wear Happy Color is a chance to revive...
Nothing better than a simple shift dress in the summer! Unfortunately, it's winter over here so this photoshoot was very cold, and my skin was (is) very very pale!
I took Nerida Hansen's simple shift dress pattern and added a few fun elements to spice it up! That pattern is the perfect jumping point for so many hacks! It is also a great beginner pattern, for those learning to sew. To make it even more fun, I used two of the prints from my...
I'm ready for some forest fairy parties in this dress, right?
I am in love with this dress that I made using Nerida Hansen's Smock Dress pattern, and today I am going to show you how to make one too! As you can see in this photo, I am wearing three different #katiekortmanfabric prints.... which are now available on their website as well! I'm so excited for this launch!
For this Hack you will need:
6" wide by 54" long strip of fabric (I...
This month I hosted a challenge on Instagram called the #PRINTMIXCHALLENGE ! It was all about how to mix prints and wear them together. I have a section of my book dedicated to this as well if you'd like your own guidebook to wearing color and prints!
Each week Andrea Jones and I gave a different tip and included photos during the week showing how we apply that tip to pairing prints together!
The 4 we covered in our IG challenge were:
Have you been won over yet by the big headband trend happening this past year? As someone who used to have a handmade hair accessories business, I've always been team headbands. I just don't remember to stick them on my head very often. I made a new stack this week though, and I am ready to fix that!
I made two styles of headbands for this post-- two styles I've been seeing and wanted to try my hand at copying. The padded headband-- which I love from Lele- Sadoughi...
A week ago I came out with my Book "Wear Happy Color: A Guide to a Colorful Wardrobe." I made this book because last year I held the first "Sew Happy Color" challenge and this year I wanted to give everyone something they could use beyond just that month, and without needing Instagram. I have plans for a bigger hardback book, but until then, I hope this guide helps more people explore the color in their closets!
This year, I wanted to open...
You can view these fabric designs in the curated collection I made here on Spoonflower!
Hey all! I'm here with a fun project you can make in preparation for the next big holiday --- Easter! I am really bad at taking time to make holiday decorations now that my kids are older, and I am thankful every year for all the crafting I did (and wrote about on my old blog: blueeyedfreckle) when my kids were young, because I never make time anymore. I was excited for Spoonflower to ask me this month...
If you're like me, you find a pattern you love, and you make it over and over. This would be my 4th Cielo Top by Closet Case Patterns. I love the boxy body and big sleeves, so why not have a bunch in my closet out of all different fabrics? I have made the Cielo dress and top in linen, the top in boiled wool, and now this -- the fancy schmancy organza version!
This floral satin organza brocade is dreamy on...
If your whole family is in matching pajamas in their favorite colors, you're bound to get a photo like this. Don't believe me? My kids actually HAD FUN taking these photos, didn't complain about our yearly family Christmas Card photoshoot (yes I used these for our cards as well!!! Genius right? I'm all about simplifying the holidays), and the 2 year old kept asking if we could "take more photos in our pants" for days! I'm patting myself on the back.
Let's rewind for...