Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Happy skirts

Each summer I try to make a couple of happy skirts using bright, colourful, patterned fabrics. I recently made this one:

...from this fabric:
I absolutely adore the whimsical skirts from Caravana below. They are all handcrafted in Central Asia and each garment takes 27 days to make. For more eye candy and general info have a look at their website.

I'm also inspired by these at Made with love by Hannah:

Monday, December 11, 2006

Charm and imagination

I've been busting to post about the latest Prints Charming range Follow your imagination. The very talented Cath and Kirsten from Prints Charming have designed a sensational range with so much potential beyond quilting...home decor, clothing for kids and adults, bags etc. I've ordered most of the range for the shop and can't wait to get sewing some samples. hip?

Damn. I've been unhip for 20 years. Interesting article in Time Magazine, Circling back to sewing on how sewing is cool again.

(via Quilters Buzz)

Fabric letters

How cute are these fabric letters from Anthropologie. They would be super-easy to make. Just enlarge some printed text and use as a pattern. Cut two pieces of fabric for each letter and sew a 1 inch rectangular piece along the edges to make the letters 3D. Stuff them and hand sew the remaining opening. Fabulous idea for a child's room, or use more sophisticated fabrics for elsewhere.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Current inspiration

A couple of things inspiring me at the moment:
  • all things Heather Bailey... her blog is amazing, beautiful photography, great ideas and some excellent tutorials and patterns to download, not to mention her new fabric range, 'Freshcut' (above). I have ordered a selection for the shop.

  • the beautiful work of Sally Shim at Shim + Sons. The contrast of natural linen with the latest ranges of patterned fabrics results in a modern Japanese asthetic. I particularly like the fabric wall pockets, you can see more of them here.
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