Rachel of Stitched Together whipped up a sweet pair of City Gym Shorts for her daughter, Iris using Love Bug from Birds & the Bees. A little Cotton Couture in Charcoal for the bias trim finishes them off perfectly.
The ladybugs are the hidden surprise in this fabric.
Hop on over here for a closer look. I so love these, I think I’m going to go sew a pair for Em this afternoon. Thanks for the cute inspiration, Rachel!
Yet another fun dress made with Birds & the Bees Fabrics today.
Head on over to her blog for loads of great puddle-jumping pictures.
Thanks for this fun contribution, Hayley. I really love it!
Lovely, precisely pieced chevron work on the bodice brings another dimension to this dress, making it totally original and she just happened to use my very favourite print of the collection, All the Wee Beasts, for the skirt.
Have a closer look at the details and more pictures of gorgeous Emma on Patty’s blog.
Thanks for your creative contribution, Patty. You’ve inspired me to go play with fabric this morning.
Heidi of Elegance & Elephants is a favourite indie children’s clothing designer of mine. She makes the sweetest clothes and her adorable kids model them for her blog.
Today she is sharing her latest creations, made with a few other designers’ patterns and BIRDS & THE BEES fabric.
Swing by her blog for lots of gorgeous pictures of these 2 cuties modelling their new duds.
Thanks so much Heidi. Beautiful work!
To help kick off the release of Birds & The Bees to stores, today I am guest blogging over at Michael Miller Fabrics.
I walk you through my thought process in the designing of Birds & The Bees,
I share some sewing project inspiration
including two new free quilt patterns,
and announce a fabric giveaway amounting to about 15 yards of fabric in total! Yep, FIFTEEN!!!
So come take a look and try your luck. Two somebodies have to win… wouldn’t it be great if you were one!
Just in time for warm weather & warm weather apparel comes BIRDS & THE BEES, my latest fabric collection with Michael Miller Fabrics!
Birds & The Bees is a little exploration into my love for winged creatures (they tend to make an appearance in the grand majority of my design work).
Where many see pesky bugs, I see pure magic. From large ostentatious birds perpetually seeking the spotlight, to the tiniest, delicately patterned bugs fluttering around a flower garden, I am constantly amazed by them all. The heights to which they can soar, their occasional, seemingly unplanned, comical flight paths, the patterning on their plumage… They are the thing of dreams.
There is a coral, teal & charcoal colour story, called Ladybug…
And a berry, lilac and indigo story called Bluejay…
Bolts and bolts of pretty colour, fanciful creatures and fun patterns, all on a lovely quilting-weight cotton.
Here is a closer look at a few patterns:
I hope you will find some magic of your own in creating a little something special with these fabrics for some young person in your life, or for someone young at heart… Perhaps even for yourself (I know you are a young-at-heart group. I just know it)!
Some talented sewers and I will have a slew of projects to share as inspiration over the coming weeks, so stay tuned here and I will point you in the right direction.
Here’s a little tease to get the juices flowing:
Feather Flock Infant Sunsuit based on this tutorial
I was recently asked to create a project based on these beautiful colours of Cotton Couture solids by Michael Miller Fabrics.
My daughter pranced by as I was contemplating my options and declared her love for the colours. That was all I needed to have a direction. I found an online tutorial for a pretty summery skirt, got the nine-year old approval and set to sewing.
And this pretty and colourful creation, reminiscent of a Mexican fiesta, is what we ended up with. I made a few alterations to the tutorial, namely having 6 tiers instead of 5 and adding the waistband slightly differently to give a little extra overall skirt length. All the gathering, while mildly time-consuming, is totally worth it. It creates a young, girly, light-hearted skirt that Em is thrilled with.
You can see all the glorious colours of Cotton Couture on the Michael Miller website, and check out the Mist group while there for the colours I worked with.
Michael Miller has recently created these sweet little sets of Cotton Couture swatch cards, all held together by a chunky ring so they’re easy to toss into a bag when fabric shopping, or have on-hand when designing your project. Compact & convenient, just the way I like it. The fabric colours (there are 150 now, and counting…) are sorted into colour sections, such as the Mist grouping I was inspired by.
I know I’ve said it here before, but it bears repeating… These solids are so divine to work with. I’ve made quilts, accessories and clothing with them and love their soft hand, gorgeous drape and the luminous quality to their colours. They have become a staple in my main sewing supply cupboard, a rainbow of colours on constant rotation.
This is one of those great little gift ideas for a child who loves helping in the kitchen as my two do. A simple apron that’s got a few somethings extra. Firstly, it’s reversible so you can play around with a few of your favourite co-ordinating fabrics. Second, it can have a bit of extra pizzaz along the bottom edge with some added trim, ribbon, pompom fringe, you name it! And third, it’s done up by a third contrasting fabric tie around the waist & neck and a fun button at the top edge. What more could you want? Oh… That it’s easy & quick? Yes, it’s that too!
As these were Christmas gifts for my kids last year, I made them in FESTIVE FOREST fabrics. For Em’s I chose Winter Woods in Garland, Budding in Santa for the reverse side and Gem in Holly for the straps. For Max’s I used Sweater Weather in Ribbon, Gem in Evergreen on the reverse side and Freckled in Santa for the straps.
Getting these two to agree to model for photos is becoming increasingly difficult, hence this post is decidedly later than I had planned. There was bribing involved (a trip to our favourite art supply store, so it wasn’t hard for me to agree) in accomplishing this shoot and much silliness (which I love) in the resulting shots. These are but a few (and yes, my son definitely needs a haircut):
What I Used:
– 2 co-ordinating pieces of fabric 17″ x 22″ each. These can be fat quarters, but if using directional fabric, keep in mind the pattern needs to run along the 22″ length.
– 1 piece of fabric 30″ x 9″ for the neck band & waist ties.
– co-ordinating thread.
– optional 18″ co-ordinating ribbon, fringe, trim, etc. You could even use a few pieces of ribbon, each 18″ long, as indicated below.
– A button, roughly 3/4″ diameter.
What I Did:
A little note about sizing: My kids are 7 and 9 years old and this is great for them. If making it for a much smaller child, you may want to shrink the measurements by a couple of inches, but don’t make it too much shorter as they grow so quickly.
– Fold both large pieces of fabric in half so they are 8½” x 22″. Measure 13″ up from the bottom on the non-folded edge. Put a mark. Measure 4″ in from non-folded edge along the top. Put a mark. Join these 2 marks with a straight line and cut. Unfold your fabric.
– Cut 30″ x 9″ strip of fabric as follows:
– 2 pieces 30″ x 2½”
– 1 piece 21″ x 2½”
– Fold each of these fabrics in half, right sides together, to form long narrow band. Press. Stitch with ¼” seam along the long unfolded edge & one short edge on all three pieces. Turn right side out. Press.
– If adding ribbon, pin ribbon about 2″ from the bottom edge of whichever fabric you choose (you could add to both if desired), straight across fabric. Topstitch in place along top & bottom edges of ribbon. If adding multiple pieces to one side, stagger them from ½” to 1″ apart, as desired, going up the front.
– If adding pompom fringe, you will insert it in this next step:
– Place 1 main piece of fabric on flat surface, right side facing up. Lay 2 longer sewn bands ½” below the bottom edge of the cut angle with raw short edge of bands protruding from main fabric side edges by ½”. Lay shorter sewn band ½” in from the top right edge of the cut angle with raw short edge of band protruding from main fabric top edge by ½”. If using pompom fringe at bottom edge, lay it so that pompoms are toward the top of the apron with edge of fringe’s solid band placed 3/8″ from bottom of apron. Carefully place other piece of fabric right side down on top of this and pin all the way around, pinning heavily along pompom edge. If not using fringe, simply place fabric on top & pin all the way around.
– Sew with a ½” seam all the way around, leaving about a 5″ gap along one side. Turn right side out. Press. Topstitch all around main apron, 1/8″ from edge.
– Make a button hole ½” from top edge, ½” from angled edge on left side. Sew button to neck band (doesn’t matter which side) about 16″ from apron top edge. This strap can be twisted a half-turn for fastening, depending on which side of the apron the wearer chooses to have showing at any given time.