FABRIC DESIGNS: The Blossom Collection

by Jamie on October 28, 2015


For those of you who have already seen this post, apologies… I had a few glitches with the article format on the site and needed to post it again  – so please forgive the repeat information.

It may be a little too early to blog about this – as I don’t have all my ducks in a row just yet, but I wanted to put my first fabric design collection out there as soon as I could.

I’m happy to say that the ‘Blossom’ range designs are  now available to order from Spoonflower…..Yay!

It’s a pretty big deal for me, as I finally get to show at least something that has been in the pipeline for PSP.

I’d been doing quite a bit of print designing for clients this year and I realised what I really wanted to do was to design my own fabric prints with the intention they eventually be made available to sew using PSP and other indie sewing patterns. In this way, sewists could get inspired by seeing an indie sewing pattern made up in a PSP print and if they wished, could sew the entire garment… fabric, print, sewing pattern and all.

It occurred to me a some time ago, that while there are a whole lot of groovy craft, quilting and children’s prints around, there does seem to be a lack of less crafty, more grown-up printed textiles on offer for the home sewist – certainly the sort of prints I like to wear. So, Spoonfower makes it possible for me to envisage not only the sewing pattern, but also the prints they can be sewn up in – complete creative freedom and expression!

For those of you not familiar with Spoonflower, it is a print-on-demand market and service where indie designers can sell their own fabric designs digitally printed onto Spoonflower’s own selection of base fabrics. Those base fabrics include cottons, polyesters and silks in poplin, crepe de chine, satin, jersey, canvas and more. There is something for everyone and there is no fear of fabric stock running out, as print-on-demand ensures availability at any time.

Spoonflower’s digital printing method is extremely eco-friendly, as there is no water wastage, toxic run-off or fabric wastage. They even supply a couple of beautiful organic cotton fabrics and an eco-canvas – so your self-sewn wardrobe can be even more sustainable!

So,  let me tell you a little about this first collection.

Sprintime-indigo-monopringSpringtime indigo monoprint at Spoonflower

Scatter-indigoScatter indigo at Spoonflower

The ‘Blossom’ collection started as a painting I created in ink and brush at the start of springtime here in Melbourne. I was inspired by my morning walks and observing blossoms on the stark tree branches start to burst into action.

At that time of year leaves are not yet evident on the branches, but the windy mornings encourage the petals from the blossom to fall like confetti, creating a speckled mat underfoot.

Springtime-red-on-whiteSpringtime ruby on white at Spoonflower

Scatter-rubyScatter ruby at Spoonflower

The colours in the collection are colours I am partial to right now and I think they also express the starkness of the cold mornings juxtaposed with the blush of the newly formed flowers…. Well in my mind anyway.

Springtime-indigo-&-redSpringtime indigo & ruby at Spoonflower

SpriggySpriggy at Spoonflower

I’m now awaiting an order of light-weight jersey from Spoonflower – printed in springtime indigo & ruby – I can see it made up in the ‘summer sweatshirt’ I have described in my summer sewing list. I will keep you informed of it’s progress.

Stay tuned for more print releases soon – I do have some surprises in the pipeline and I can’t wait to get them going.

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Sew. Wear. Love


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