We have the pleasure of helping a lot of people make special quilts and blankets for the babies that come into their lives, but a few months back the ladies at the shop got together to make a quilt to welcome a baby who is very special to us!
We all started with one fabric in common, a natural linen and cotton blend that we felt was very “Hannah.” Then we went on our merry way, and created blocks that both reflected our individual sensibilities as well as our feelings for Hannah and her family. When we gathered together to tie the quilt sandwich, it was amazing to see how harmoniously our blocks had come together into a quilt that was somehow both tranquil and playful!
Little bits of liberty, shot cottons, chambrays, and stripes, all of it inspired by our love for Hannah.
Some people think I’m crazy for saying that putting the binding on a quilt is my favorite part of the process, but think of it as my “quality time” with a project before it goes off into the world. Handwork can be very meditative, and it’s as if each stich carries a little more love.
Perfect for baby Ephraim!
It has been two Fall seasons since I designed my first mini collection and I just realized that I never shared with you. I took a class with Emily Christensen at OCAC and loved every minute of it. She has deisgned a class that condenses the essentials of what she learned in design school. You learn to design starting with an existing pattern and altering it until you reach your concept.
For us, we started with the Sew Liberated’s Schoolhouse tunic. It has a nice basic shape that was easy to evolve into something very very different. My inspiration was a painting by Winslow Homer, The Fox Hunt. The whole process took the intimidation out of patterndrafting.
The process was simple. We sewed the Schoolhouse tunic and tried it on. Then we started taking notes on how we wanted to change it and did a few sketches. We drew lines on the actual muslin, traced them into 2D, sewed it with the changes then tried it on again and did the steps over until we reached a piece we wanted. For a three piece collection, each of the three pieces had to have one thing in common. Then first and second piece had to share a common element and the second and third had to share a common element. In my collection each piece shared a shirttail hem, princess seams and was sleeveless. The first and second shared a gathered waistline in the back of the dress as well as a rounded neckline that scooped a bit further down in the back. The second and third shared a pocket detail and a v-neck line where, again, the back reached down the back a bit further than the front. Each piece in the collection is hand dyed. I had to sew roughly 20 muslins to finally reach my designs. It was challenging, yet satisfying, and most of all very vulnerable. Below are a few photos from my shoot. Thank you for looking!
Dresses + styling by me : Doe Handcrafted
Photos : Christal Angelique
Hair+makeup : Kassandra Sommerville
Happy birthday to Bolt! Mark your calendars. We’re celebrating 9 years at the end of October, and we are so grateful for your continued support and enthusiasm. I often say we have the best customers ever, and I truly mean it! You all have made the last 9 years a joy. Thank you very much.
To celebrate and say thank you, we’re throwing our bi-annual storewide sale Friday, October 24th - Sunday, October 26th. All fabric will be 10-50% off, and every thing else will be 20% off! So mark your calendars and come see us! (This is an in-store sale, so no over the phone sale discounts that weekend.)
And, to get you in the mood, we just marked a group of bolts down to $4/yard, available now. No need to wait until the end of the month!
Thank you again, so much for your continued support.