When I received my Fat Quarter Bundle of Valori Wells Murmur Fabrics by FreeSpirit Fabrics, I knew immediately what I was going to do with them (they were gifted to me). I had had a vision of a quilted dress for ages. This pack contained so many fun designs and colors that were perfect for doing some color-blocking, patch working, or quilting (whichever term you prefer--- essentially the same thing) on the Saraste Dress by Named Clothing.
When Tabitha asked me to be on her blogger tour for her "Secret Project" I was OVER THE MOON. Anything that Tabitha touches is gold, because she does hard work and has a great eye! Her first pattern is no exception. The Lena Horne makes you want to run and frolic on a summer day, and you feel so feminine and pretty wearing it.
Because I keep my shoulders covered during normal activities (aside from swimming and sports), I chose to draft a little top to go underneath...
Look! My swimsuit has boobs of its own!! Actually they're foam cups. Tricked ya. Megan put great instructions for adding supportive cups in the lining, so I tried it out!
The DAY the Cottesloe swimsuit pattern was released by Megan Nielsen Patterns, I bought it. When I saw that pattern it was like someone had read my MIND! A swimsuit that held things in place so I could run, jump and play with my kids, but was also cute and flattering? Sign ME UP! (So I did.)
When Spoonflower offered to let me have a couple yards of their new Petal Signature Cottonâ„¢ I jumped at the chance!! Hello! I love to sew up my prints, and most especially to be able to give good reviews and feedback to my followers! People are always asking my opinion on the various Spoonflower fabrics and I want to be truthful and honest, because they'll be sewing with my prints and I want them to have a good experience. So here goes.
First, you should know...
A Pile of beautiful striped fabric and a washi-tape wall. What will become of these?
After making this dress, I looked at that wall (that normally pains my eyes) and saw striped potential. I busted out a bunch of washi-tapes I'd bought in Japan and got to work making striped magic!!!!
When I received this gorgeous striped silk cotton from Measure Fabric---- I was floored. It looked pretty in the photos, but the "hand" was even better. It was flowy, had a slight texture, and just...
This is how excited I was when the crew over at Spoonflower came to visit me in my studio back in March! Say what?? Yes! They drove over from North Carolina and got a hotel TO INTERVIEW ME!!!?????!!!!???!!?!?! How is this my life?? In a stroke of luck, I happened to lose my voice the day before, thanks to a high pollen count in the air and allergies. You can hear me struggle through talking in the interview over here;)
I had a vision for...
Did you see this on my Instagram feed last weekend? I was so excited to share this Adrienne Blouse with you all that I had to share it not once, but twice in the span of a few hours!! HA!
But really..... it is like wearing a watercolor! Those sleeves are unreal and I love the effect the paint has as it bleeds into the fabric.
So, are you ready to find out how YOU can do something similar? Good, let's do this...
Back in December, not long after I had won Sew Frosting with my Hand-Painted Dress, Spoonflower approached me with the idea of making that painted fabric design into a digital design. I had no idea how to do it, but I said YES. You can read more about how I did that over on the Spoonflower blog.
What I want to tell you about over HERE, is what I did with that swim lycra along with McCall's M7417 to make my swimsuit dreams come true!
This was from my Instagram Stories where I had everyone weigh in on which color to choose. The coral won!
Up until this week I'd never sewn with organza. I barely knew what it was! I had seen a fabulous photo on this AMAZING Instagram feed and immediately knew it needed to be in my wardrobe. So I went to one of my favorite shops, Stylish Fabrics (their selection is huge!), and ordered it! I AM one of their bloggers, so I did...
Stop. Wait a minute. Did you say something about painting fabric? AGAIN? Yes, I did. I can't get enough and I want to tell you as many tips as I can while I am learning myself!
For this project I reached out to Measure Fabric for some supplies and special PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric to do it with. I wanted to try them out! YOU GUYS. Ummmmmmm turns out, just like in painting a real watercolor, the substrate you use can make a huge difference...