inspiration printed on fabric
For Carrie Bloomston, celebrating your inner artist is a life’s mission. In her last collection, Collage, she blew everyone away with the uniqueness of her concept and the richness of her colors. You can see what I made last time here.
Since then, Carrie has written a book, and continued to inspire her local community with classes. Her newest collection picks right up where she left off. Carrie is an abstract painter, so naturally it was time for Paint as the theme. This collection continues to highlight her collage technique, and brings it along even further.
I asked Carrie what she’d like me to create for her this time, and she said – Oh, Karen, do your thing! We had a really short time period in which to actually create the garment, so drafting a custom dress was out of the question this year. I checked out Carrie’s To Make board on Pinterest. What better way to delight Carrie than to make her something she already admires? I knew the Simone Dress from Victory Patterns was The One as soon as I saw it. I had never heard of Victory Patterns before, but I’m so happy I found this in her collection of desired makes, because it seems to be the perfect dress for Carrie.
I wanted to use as many fabrics as I could, while not visually overpowering Carrie’s tiny frame. I was relieved that the dress came together so easily, since it does appear to be quite complex. I made only minor construction modifications to finish the inside with a full bodice lining so I could enclose all the seams, knowing Carrie will be wearing this often. We also wanted to show the fabric on the inside of the dress because the asymmetrical hem, while beautiful, tends to show a lot of the wrong side of fabric when worn. I partially lined the back skirt to prevent the wrong side of the fabric from showing. I also bound the raw edges visibly, instead of turning them to the inside for a clean finish for one last POP of color.
Windham Fabrics put together a beautiful lookbook here, and catalog within a very tight timeline. I shared some details along the way during the day and a half I used to make and return the dress for the photo shoot you see above.
Carrie’s fabric allows for fussy-cutting to be meaningful.
Piping detail on the dress back.
A wide bound hem for weight and beauty.
Thanks for stopping by. Please be sure to check out the rest of the Blog Party here:
April 9 April Rhodes
April 10 Sally Keller + Julie Goldin
April 11 Shea Henderson
April 12 Ramona Burke + Jenny Kelly
April 13 Sam Hunter + A Vintage Fairytale (Staci Barrett)
April 14 Rachael Gander + Erica Sage
April 15 Karen LePage + Tia Curtis
April 16 Shelly Figueroa + Fabrications2b (Bonnie Bobman)
PAINT is now selling to shops so tell your favorite local fabric store to place an order soon to get the fabric for you in July/August.
The PAINT collection celebrates creativity and expression. As a creativity enabler, Carrie intends to help you Celebrate your inner artist™! The collection includes bold, playful prints inspired by a painter’s tools. Color wheels, paint swatches, paint brushes and other collaged images create an artful pastiche of sewing possibility. Carrie loves to make something from nothing. She showcases up-cycling and recycling by creating her imagery from brown paper bags, paint swatches and colorful newsprint. PAINT tells the truly inspiring story of stepping into a creative life. Additionally, we are pleased to rerelease her wildly popular Newsprint in three color ways.
You can read more about PAINT on Carrie’s blog, leave a comment below to enter a drawing to win a charm pack of PAINT from Windham.