Hey everyone! I am super jazzed to be a part of a great blog tour featuring Katarina Roccella’s newest line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics, Blithe. I really enjoy doing blog tours as I get the opportunity to talk about great fabrics and I get to sew with them. The other great thing is sharing the projects with you. There are 40 plus other makers from all over the world working with this line of fabric and it’s so cool to see everyone’s take on it and what they make. It just gets your creative juices flowing.
I have already made a piece with some fabric from this line and you can see that here. It was such a joy to make and it is such a well loved piece in my wardrobe already and I looked forward to the opportunity to work with these fabrics again and tell everyone how great and beautiful this line is. When I decided to take on this blog tour I really wanted to be challenged and push myself. As with most things you can design pieces in your head and on paper no problem but when it comes to turning a project from an idea to a finished item it’s something I often struggle with. I sat on this project for so long which is so silly as I have had this fabric since before Christmas and just assumed I had all the time in the world and then with a week left push came to shove and I had to hustle.
I chose the Philosophers Thoughts print. Something about all the text based around nature, exploring and dreaming big spoke to me. Being surrounded by nature both in my home and out this whole fabric line just drew me in. I really love the deep dark tones and the blues it’s so wintery and winter is probably my most favorite season. I just love the cool crispness of winter, the ways the trees crack, the hues and the way the snow just shimmers. Winter is just such a magical time of year.
So onto my dress! I envisioned a dress with a cowl neck or hood, something magical and fairy like. I wanted to create something that was still my own and I also wanted to add some artistic piece to it. This past Monday I grabbed the fabric and grabbed my moneta pattern and got to cutting. The moneta is such a great go to pattern. It’s an absolute staple, a great beginner sew with so much jumping off points, so many great hacks and tutorials on the wonderful web. I made a knee length version with 3/4 length sleeves. I copied the hood off of my Hey June Lane Raglan pattern and lined with it with a beautiful brown thin jersey. Wanting some more of this delicious brown fabric I added 1″ cuffs to my sleeves as I despise the hemming of sleeves and well hemming in general. I felt that this dress was still missing something. That little piece of me. My little artistic embellishment if you will. I lined the entire front of the skirt with that brown jersey and pinned it all over. I grabbed some embroidery floss and my dress and headed upstairs to get all artsy and netflixy with myself.
I just started free hand stitching (if that’s a thing). My vision was to make some rocks stacked or something that looked like cliffs and before I knew it the dress came to life with an Inukshuk. I love the way this dress turned out. I am so happy that my reverse applique idea turned out and I didn’t have to start over or photoshop it out. This dress was totally meant to be and was extremely freeing despite how rushed I felt. When I decided to do this project I had my heart set to have photos done in the red pine forest in the Whiteshell. It’s one of my favorite places. The way the light breaks through all the tall red pines. It is such a beautiful space it reminds me of when the sun shines through the stained glass of a cathedral. It’s just a very magical place and I just felt that this forest and dress were meant to be. What do you think?
Well there you have it. My little explorer dress. If you haven’t sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics you should. The quality and patterns are amazing. If you would like to see more projects you can head over to Katarina Roccellas blog and see all past and present makers. Head on over to Mister Domestic tomorrow as he will be showcasing his piece and his is a sewing wizard. Also sorry guys my little fabric shop is closed as I am involved in a market with my fabric and patterns but when I get back I will have a coupon code so you can scoop up all your favorite Art Gallery knits and grab yourself a moneta and get to sewing. In the meantime you can find my shop here. I am also over on instagram and facebook. You can check out the Colette Moneta pattern here and on Tuesday you can grab one from my shop. A huge thanks to Katarina Roccella for letting me be a part of this tour. Also a very special thanks to Emily Christie for always capturing exactly the image I am looking for.
Feel free to let me know your thoughts on my dress or any other pieces I have made or tested. Would love to know if you have made the Moneta and have you hacked it?
When Katarina Roccella released her fabric line Blithe I was smitten. Rich purples and teals softened with corals, golds and greys. It’s an absolutely beautiful collection that can be worn in all 4 Canadian seasons. All of the prints are so reminiscent of the woods and how magical they can be. I have a few pieces from this collection that I am working on a few dresses, something with the linen and of course my dear deer dress.
With the dear print I wanted to make sure I chose a pattern that would show off the beautfiul fabric without making it look to childish or like a giant cat sweater. If you know what I mean. I have had Cali Faye’s gardenia dress pattern in my cart for some time and thought this would be a great dress to pair it with. It’s perfect. It’s an everyday tunic dress that I could dress up or down.
It’s a relatively easy sew although I did get my back pieces mixed up with my front and that was a pain to unpick without damaging the knit too much. So note to self next time mark your pieces on this dress as it can be deceiving especially if it’s not a one directional print.
Besides the pattern let’s talk more about the fabric. I love it! Have I said that already. It’s a subtle all over print of deers and teal and floral headbands just some of my favorite colours and images.
What do you think? Have you sewn with any of the Blithe fabrics? If not head on over to Katarinas blog and follow along as she has a tour going on with this line and it’s featuring tons of amazing makers. It’s already started and I am one of the makers too. This isn’t my piece for the tour I just thought it would be a good intro. I will save my piece till my day. So get some inspiration here you can find fabric here and grab a Cali Faye pattern here.
Come on down for a WEST-style supply sale! Crafts supplies, large and small storage pieces, and display items, with hand maker tools to boot. All ready to be scooped up to join a new home. Join WESTies who are ready to destash their excess supplies that have helped them create, over the years! Consider this a yard sale for friendly hand-makers!
Bring your own shopping bags so you can cart home all your treasure!!
Coming up this weekend I am taking Boreal Fabrics on the road. I am heading to the big ol city of Winnipeg on Saturday, February 18 for the W.E.S.T Supply Sale. I will be selling Art Gallery Fabrics and Birch Fabrics by the yard there as well I will have a few baskets full of odds and ends from my personal stash. This is a great sale to check out if your a crafter or a fabric lover (hoarder) as most of the people that will be attending sell online and it’s really nice to get out and see product and feel it. Anyways that’s where you’ll find me so check out the link above and you can see a bit of what will be available at this sale and you can keep up to date with all things WEST.