Have you heard about our soft and stretchy Modern Jersey? It’s the perfect fabric for garment sewing. Our guest author, Emma Jeffery, stops by the blog to share her first sewing project with the new jersey, a perfect option for beginners! Prefer to learn from a video? Skip down to the bottom of the post where Spoonflower team member Jessica recreates this project in a video tutorial.
Today quilter and blogger Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts visits the Spoonflower blog to share a modern log cabin quilt block tutorial from her series of modern quilting workshops this fall in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here in Durham. Learn to update the traditional log cabin block by making a modern version of the log cabin block in a rectangular shape. Using improvisational piecing to make this block is a great way to create a log cabin block without templates. Plus, making these blocks can help to use up that endless stash of scraps leftover from other projects!
Need an easy way to use up those fabric scraps? Making a quilt using free-pieced strips is a great way to bust through your scrap bins. Quilter and blogger Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts is teaching a series of modern quilting workshops this fall in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here in Durham, North Carolina and she’ll be sharing tutorials from her classes here on the blog for those of you who can’t visit us here at Spoonflower HQ. From her first class in the series, use this improvisational piecing technique to create a modern quilt that is all your own style!
Over the past few weeks fashion writer, designer and sewing instructor Jamie Lau has shown us how to take an idea and turn it into a textile design for a custom dress! Today we wrap up her series as she shares how to put the finishing touches on an A-line shift dress.
We've been along for the ride with designer, sewing instructor, and fashion writer Jamie Lau as she designs her first textile and sews it up into one of her beautiful shift dresses. She shared her fabric design and color palette inspiration and her textile design process from photo inspiration to printed fabric. Today, she'll begin sewing her a-line shift dress and sharing garment sewing tips along the way!
I set out to design
my fabric print,
I had a specific dress design in mind using a pattern I had
previously drafted. I wanted to showcase a paneled
gradient textile design
that read like abstract scenery with an A-line shift dress silhouette
that was relaxed and easy to wear – something you could slip on
without the hassle of a zipper. I decided to cut the dress on the
bias and play with the rough lines and gradients of the print as I
wanted the print to have the illusion of “wrapping” around the
body. I had my fabric design printed on linen-cotton canvas (a
generous 54 inches wide) to give it the texture I was going for, and
also to have an element of structure for a stronger silhouette. In
the last two posts in my project series I will be detailing my step-by-step
garment construction process and sharing sewing tips along the way.
Pattern designer, April Rhodes, whose "dream is to provide simple garment patterns for beginning sewers and experienced sewers who want to quickly sew pretty things to wear" visits the Spoonflower blog to share length altering tips for her new Date Night Dress! Visit her on Facebook or Instagram today for a chance to win a PDF of her new dress pattern!
A flattering dress length is crucial. Most of the time I like my dresses to hit at the knees or just a inch or two above. Often the length I choose depends on whether or not I want to style a dress with leggings or not. I LOVE LEGGINGS! Yay for fall! I tend to keep my hem lower if the weather is warm and my legs are bare. I am on the shorter end of the height spectrum and being so, I almost always have plenty of length. Shortening a dress is easy. It's always easier to take some off than it is to add it!
Celebrating the recent addition of Performance Knit to the Spoonflower fabric family, Emma Jeffery from Hello Beautiful stops by to share a sewing tutorial using one of her favorite knit dress patterns, and offer tips for sewing with this colorful new apparel fabric!
The thought of sewing with knits can sometimes strike fear in a seamstress, but Spoonflower’s new Performance Knit is a dream to sew up, and with its brilliant, vibrant hues that hold their color after repeated washing, you’ll be creating beautiful garments in no time. When selecting your pattern, I recommend choosing one with simple, clean lines, especially if you are a less experienced seamstress. I used the Miz Mozelle pattern by Jamie Christina Designs which was written with stretch fabrics in mind, and I chose Hot Weave fabric by Scrummy to sew it up.
Today we announced the addition of Performance Knit to the Spoonflower family. I (Allie) used Wiksten's tank pattern to sew up a simple dress using our new knit to get my feet wet working with our new apparel fabric!
Sewing on performance knit was initially a little intimidating. Not having much experience with knits combined with the drape and slippery-ness of the fabric made me a little scared! I decided to go with a super simple pattern from Wiksten that sews up in a snap to make a versatile dress or tank using one of my own fabric designs! With an upcoming beach trip, I knew this would make a great cover-up that easily transitions in to a cute outfit for lunch or a casual dinner and drinks!
Spoonflower & OliveBox— a subscription for hand-picked paper & lifestyle products delivered monthly to your door– have partnered to bring you a special cut & sew goodie bag in June's box! Check out the simple tutorial below and head to Domesticate's Spoonflower shop to pick up one of your own!
- Your cut & sew pattern
- Safety pin
- Needle & thread
The how to:
If you're feeling extra crafty, now's the time to attach a badge for a little extra embellishment! I recommend adding your badge to the pattern piece before sewing the sides together to make attaching it a bit easier. Continue to step 2 if you'd prefer to skip adding a badge.
- Fold edges over 1/4" and iron.
- Pin in place.
- Stitch on to bag — either by hand or machine.
2. Fold rectangle in half lenghtwise, right sides together.
3. Measure down two inches on one side from unfinished edge, place two pins at the two inch mark.
4. Pin along side seams.
6. Backstitch at top and bottom.
7. Sew the opposite side from top to bottom.
8. Trim bottom corners at an angle.
9. Press the seam allowances open.
10. Turn under the unfinished top 1/4 inch and iron.
11. Turn down again, about 3/4 inch, iron and pin in place.
This week for our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower team members Abbey and Sharon share how they created simple Cotton Silk and Kona® Cotton pocket squares for the groom and groomsmen.
When thinking of DIY wedding projects, we thought about what we would love to make with Spoonflower resources for our own weddings. We decided that custom pocket squares for the groom and groomsmen would be a nice, personal touch that is relatively easy to do.
One of the best aspects of Spoonflower is the variety of fabrics you can choose to print on, so we decided it would be fun to show the same personalized design on two different fabrics: Cotton Silk and Kona Cotton. Cotton Silk would be suitable for a more formal wedding and the Kona Cotton suitable for a less traditional wedding.
We’ve based the design on the invitation of our fabulous, fictitious couple, Keira and Matthew.
To start your pocket square design, open up a new Photoshop document. We wanted a small repeat so our image size was 0.5” x 0.5” at 150 DPI, RGB color.
When you are done designing your motif to be repeated on the pocket square, don’t forget to save your file as a .jpeg image.
After setting up your design, follow the directions to upload on Spoonflower and select your repeat. We chose the half-brick repeat to make it look more like a pattern.
When ordering, keep in mind the size of the pocket square that you want as well as how many you will need for your wedding party. We recommend cutting a 16×16 inch square for the Cotton Silk, and a 13×13 inch or smaller square for the Kona Cotton, since it is a thicker fabric. You can fit four 16×16 inch squares on one yard of Cotton Silk, and six 13×13 inch squares on one yard of Kona Cotton. If you only want one pocket square, feel free to order a fat quarter!
Once you get your fabric, iron it and then cut it to size with a seam allowance of half an inch. If you have a hem foot on your sewing machine, it’s easier to hem the pocket squares, especially Cotton Silk. Simply iron a quarter of an inch seam allowance and feed it into the foot. If you don’t have a hem foot you will want to fold it over a quarter of an inch twice as narrowly as you can and straight stitch for a rolled hem. You’ll want a thin hem for pocket squares.
Once sewn, the finished pocket squares should measure approximately 15×15 inches (Cotton Silk) or 12×12 inches (Kona Cotton). Iron the pocket squares again, choose your favorite fold, and add your dapper groom and groomsmen!
About Our Guest Bloggers
Abbey and Sharon are good friends who enjoy crafting and eating lunch together. Abbey enjoys traveling with her husband, designing things for friends, and drinking chai lattes to get her creative brain in gear. Sharon spends most of her time thinking of what and where to eat, making paper crafts, and exploring Durham. Together they share fruit snacks daily, as Sharon eats the red gummies and Abbey enjoys the blue ones.