Yesterday Andrea, Kate, Shauna and I released our collaborative spring sewing pattern collection, Sun & Surf. Today I thought it would be cool to talk about the rest of my spring sewing pattern collection.
You see, I decided back in November to redo my website and have my clothing professionally photographed. Which meant I needed to visualize a collection, then create the whole thing, since it was important to me that the images look cohesive.
I started with the Pantone 2013 Colors. No need to make more work for myself picking colors. And did you know on their site you can download the color palette to use with Adobe applications, like Photoshop and Illustrator? For FREE. Look under the color report for a download link.
So, armed with my colors, I sketched this in Illustrator (because I can sketch better with computer aid than without).
I also sketched 7 more looks, some of which are new sewing patterns, and all of which I will be sharing with you over this week. But today I wanted to focus on these patterns (from left to right) the Little Bow Pleat Dress, the Basic Blazer over the Trendy Tuxedo Shirt & Pants, and the Tiny Bubbles Dress. I was really trying to show these pieces as perfect for formal occasions, like Easter or spring weddings.
I deliberately sourced the majority of my fabric through small fabric retailers. The Robert Kaufman Cotton Sateen in Celery (in the Little Bow Pleat Dress) and the Robert Kaufman Radiance in Wisteria (in the Tiny Bubbles Dress) were both bought locally at The Common Thread. Jeanie, the owner, was lovely enough to special order the Radiance for me to match my sketch. I am in love with this fabric – it’s a silk/cotton blend that is washable! Online you can find Radiance here.
Since I started sketching in November and buying fabric in December, then sewed through most of January and some in February and even into March, I have a lot of instagram photos (I’m @mellysews – I’d love it if you followed) I shared along the way. It’s kind of cool to me to see the process collaged like this.
For the professional photographs, I have to give a shout out to Alison Eden, who did an AMAZING job. I’ve admired Alison’s work since I had kids, and if you’re in the Austin area I highly recommend her. The shoot went so smoothly and the images I got back were just wonderful and perfect for what I had in mind for my site. She did both studio and outside shots with these outfits, and I’m going to share the watermarked pictures here because I want you to check her out.
Speaking of, if you haven’t visited Blank Slate Patterns in a while, I redid the whole site in mid-February. I love it, and I think it’s a lot more user friendly as well.
Come on back tomorrow; I’ll be showing you my sketches and talking about the casual wear I created for this collection.