Today I wanted to share with you my new lines of stationery, handbags & travel accessories I did in collaboration with the amazing Capri Designs! This line and collaboration is truly a dream come true for me and I'm excited to tell you more about it. I'm also opening up my own online shop today, directly on my website, to make these beauties available to you!
Today I wanted to share with you "The Making of the CHANEL Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection" for some delicious eye candy. This two-and-a-half minute video is bound to make you smile and feel inspired. Wonderful for those of you who enjoy fashion, artistic handwork, flowers & sparkle!
I'm excited to share with you today my photos from my Turkish Delight fabric collection photo shoot!
Turkish Delight launched in July of this year with Blend Fabrics and has 6 prints and 2 gorgeous colorways: a blue & green combo and a coral & lavender combo, both set against charcoal grey as a neutral. There are a total of 14 fabrics in the collection.
For this collection I was really inspired by Turkish and Islamic ornamentalism from the 19th century. The architecture, tile work, and pottery from that period are absolutely stunning and provided an exciting challenge to create something with a modern vibe. For the photo shoot I wanted to bring some of this inspiration and culture to the photo's, and I did this by building this enormous card wall which had a combination of my artwork from the collection and photo's from Turkey sprinkled throughout.
I worked with a wonderful team of sewers to create 7 garments, so you could see how wonderfully the fabrics play together and how well they can work for your wardrobe! The sewing patterns I chose this round are from a handful of independent designers who had wonderful, modern patterns that can easily be worn today.
I'd love to share with you a few of the projects and the sewers who made this vision a reality!
First up, my absolute FAVORITE of them all is this stellar "Ailakki Cross Front Jumpsuit" by Named Clothing. When the model came out in this number, all of us just gasped and said we want one just like it! Word to the wise though - my dear friend sewed this for me and she is an expert. Like, she can make wedding dresses out of satin using no pattern and have them form fit the bride with no ripples at the seams, expert. She said that this sewing pattern was a nightmare, unfortunately, because they should have provided more markings on the pattern itself to make putting it together easier. Also, the instructions were very confusing (and she could put it together without instructions). So if you decide to take this one on, please be prepared...and maybe even make 2 copies of the sewing pattern because the pieces overlap and otherwise you will just need to trace everything. I would also say that it runs a little small. We made a size 4, and it came out more like a 0-2. But it's GORGEOUS isn't it!?!?
Next we have "The Riding Party Dress & Peplum Top" by April Rhodes. Jill from LoveJill on Etsy made both the dress and the top for me out of this pattern, as I absolutely LOVED both! What's even better is that they fit well and looked absolutely gorgeous on. I've had so many people ask me about this dress! It's a definite winner for your closet for sure, and pretty simple to make.
Another sewing pattern that we used was "The Clover Top & Dress" by Brooke Tyson from Papercut Patterns. Another 2-in-1 sewing pattern! I really loved the inset lace at the bust for a unique pop of texture and color. Jill from LoveJill on Etsy sewed up these 2 lovelies for me too!
My friend Brittany sewed up this cute tunic "Roxanne" by Victory Patterns. We made the back panel a different fabric to add some interest, which made the top really pop!
I invite you to swing over and watch the Turkish Delight slideshow for more images from my photo shoot to be inspired for some fun projects!
Be sure to head over to my Resources/Sewing Inspiration page to get all the details of the sewing patterns and fabrics used, so you can add some lovelies to your wardrobe!!
I hope you had fun seeing some fun sewing inspiration this morning! Happy Monday to you!
All photography by the amazing Natalie G. Photography.
I wanted to poke my head out of my creative hole for a moment to share with you Jessica Swift's upcoming e-course "Pattern Camp: Learn Pattern Design in a Weekend"!
If you are an aspiring pattern designer and are ready to take your passion to the next level, and learn the skills you need to create beautiful patterns, this course is for you! What I love about it, is that it is a weekend long. An intensive focus on pattern design where you come out with the skills you need.
I had the wonderful opportunity of having dinner with Jessica back in January and we completely clicked. Instant friends. Wonderful human being. I also had the immense pleasure of being interviewed by Jessica for her Pattern Camp course. This was my first video interview ever (the things you do for friends!!) where I share how I got started as a licensing artist, my creative journey, developing your style, and why everyone’s unique voice matters. We had a BLAST chatting!!
*Please note that the links I am providing are affiliate links. I don't normally do this type of thing but really want to help promote Jessica and all of her skills and passion for teaching aspiring pattern designers the ropes!
HERE ARE THE DETAILS ABOUT JESSICA'S PATTERN CAMP:
When: Saturday and Sunday October 11-12, 2014 // 8am – 4pm PST each day
Where: the course takes place online, at patterncamp.com
Price: $189 USD
What: Pattern Camp is a virtual, online weekend-long pattern design workshop taught by full-time artist and surface pattern designer, Jessica Swift. Participants will leave the workshop with the confidence and skills to create their own beautiful repeat patterns using both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
How it works: Pattern Camp is designed as a 2-day intensive online workshop. The course will take place in a private classroom area on the pattern bootcamp website. Throughout the 2 days, lessons will be released at specific times, leading course participants to work on the same lessons at the same time. You'll share your work in private Facebook and Flickr groups, meet up in live Spreecast check-ins to get questions answered, and Jessica will be on hand and available for email support for the entire weekend as well as in the Facebook group.
You’ll be part of an active community of people learning how to create gorgeous pattern designs all at the same time, sharing your work as you go!
If you have more questions or want to find out more about Jessica's Pattern Camp, visit her FAQ's page.
Doesn't that sound like a blast?
If this course is calling to you in any way, I highly recommend you invest in yourself and your passion and sign-up so you can take your pattern designing to the next level. Even if you are not available that weekend, you can still access all of the videos and information at a time that is convenient for you.
Doesn't it sound like fun?!
Today I wanted to share with you another of my favorite runway designers from Resort 2015 - Valentino. Striking, yes?
What I love about this collection is not only the sheer size and variety of it (83 looks total), but from the images I'm sharing in this post, it could look like 5 different collections!
My favorites are the exuberant and bold mix of geometrics and stripes (check out the show in it's entirety, as there are many more of these!), the exquisite embroidery and applique patterns, the colorful lace and the butterfly camouflage.
One word - texture!
Truly stunning!! I hope you enjoy this delicious eye candy!