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With a six month old, I don’t have a whole lot of time to spend in my studio these days so I thought I’d invite paper origami into my world. I was yearning to see my hands make something so much I could hardly handle it. So crane after crane I went. My husband laughed and said I was addicted.
Then the completion of the 11th crane came and I thought, ” Why not fabric crane?! Then I could have my fabric fix!.” I hurried upstairs and got to pressing. Then I came down with the most perfect fabric crane made of Liberty and my husband said, “I knew exactly what you were doing up there!” I didn’t realize I was so predictable.
And then I remembered April and I making fabric origami butterflies from Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand. Obviously I couldn’t stop. I have something planned for them, just wait and see. I’ve also been garnishing gifts with them, sort of instead of bows. This is a great idea for the gift season sneaking up on us! Remember you don’t always have to sew fabric to make something beautiful-a little steam and pressing goes a long way!
From here on out we’ll all be needing felt…Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, then Valentine’s sneaks up on all of us. Just a reminder that we stock wool/rayon felt by the yard and sheets, poly/acrylic sheets, and %100 wool felt bundles! If you need some felt filled ideas, read on!
Try these no sew trivets or placemats! These lovely kits we carry require felt. April’s holiday ornament gift idea. Amy’s holiday gift idea and valentine. Felt slippers. Scandinavian Needlecraft has plenty of uses for felt. I’ve made adorable baby booties from this book.
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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