Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fabric Happiness!

Last week, Fed Ex gave me a wonderful surprise - they delivered my new bamboo fabrics early.  Skoober was pretty excited too.

And unwrapped:

The colors! The quality! The softness! Oh my heavens. The four on the right are bamboo french terry, the rest are bamboo jersey. I don't know why I do all this sewing for kids when I've got these at my disposal. But I can tell you this: I am going to have one NICE summer wardrobe. I'll be making a heck of a lot of luscious, drapey, summery dresses. Um, I guess I need to sell some of it too, but honestly, it is hard to part with.

In other lovely fabric news, I went up to San Francisco yesterday with my daughter and bought another round of amazing knit prints. Those are also hard to part with, but I made sure I bought enough to save a few yards for me! Some of them, I must admit, will never make it to Bamblue Fabrics. They are MINE.

I've also had something of an epiphany regarding Cobblestone Park. Instead of making two of everything, which was killing me, I'm just going to go ahead and make whatever I would normally make for my kids. If it turns out particularly well, and if I have enough fabric to make another, I will list it as a custom on Cobblestone Park. It's a win-win: it will be much easier for me to list things more quickly if I don't have to make two of them, and it's better for the customer as they can choose the size they want. 

So, with that in mind, I've put a couple new listings up on Cobblestone Park:

Pattern: Farbenmix Lore

I had originally titled this listing as "Bunny Dreams," but I realized there may be a connotation there not entirely fitting for a little girl's top. Hence the new title, "Easter Dreams."

I've been in love with the summer cherry Huups set for a long time, and have used it over and over. I had originally cut out this Amelie, using my coveted bamboo french terry, for use with the bunny embroidery above. However, just before I started embroidering, I began to stare at my cut out pieces. I stared and I stared, and then I stared some more. My brain was telling me to hurry the hell up, as just standing there was a colossal waste of my precious time. But the bunny embroidery just didn't feel right to me, and that's when I thought of the cherries. Perfect.

Pattern: Farbenmix Amelie
Embroidery: Huups
Fabric: Bamboo French Terry

I must admit, I had a moment of extreme panic. I had the whole thing finished, and was holding it up, admiring it. I turned it around to look at the back, and the hood was hanging down low, covering up the stem and leaves of the cherries. The cherries, by themselves, looked, not to put too fine a point on it, but, well, balls. Panic! As soon as my daughter woke up the next morning, I put it on her to see if I really did make a pornographic top, but thankfully the hood doesn't flop down that low when it is worn. Phew. I could just hear the snide comments coming out of my husband's mouth!

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