By popular request, the Cthulhu design is now available in 8 different colors, and can be printed on 13 different types of fabric, as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. I’m so glad it’s taken off like it has! I love seeing what you guys are making.
Spoonflower has a new silky faille option for any of the designs you can find on the site, including mine! Today, they’re giving away free swatches. Why not try some out on one of my designs? Such as the Cthulu or mermaid damasks, brains available in regular or zombie styles, food, flowers, and topless women (perfect for a secret saucy lining to an otherwise demure dress.) Many of these designs are available in multiple colors. All of the patterns repeat endlessly with no unsightly seams.
Now I have to decide what free swatch I wanna get!
Pros of Spoonflower: Right now, they’re the only ones doing what they do (as far as I know) providing an awesome service I’ve been wishing was a thing for years. They’re well known enough to be seen as a source of good fabric by crafters and seamstresses. The quality of the fabric is comparable to that you’d find in a brick and mortar fabric store, though I’ll admit I’ve not tried out all their varieties of fabric. I’ve had lots of people buy fabric from me, some who’ve never heard of me from anywhere else.
And customers have the ability to ask me if I can tweak the design for them. For example, someone wanted my mermaid damask design in blue and turquoise, and I was able to change the colors for them. You can print the design as large or small as you need without even bugging the designer. I know I’ve found a great fabric before that I couldn’t use because the pattern was too big or small for my purposes.
I’ve used them a few times to print my art on fabric for gallery showings, which is more fun than printing on paper and cheaper than printing on canvas.
I love that I can order wacky prints on something other than quilting cotton!!! I have way too many things made of that stiff, easily wrinkled quilting cotton because I love weird patterns, and most apparel fabric doesn’t offer even close to that variety. I vowed to stop buying quilting cotton for clothes, and this way, I can still get my fix of cool designs while be comfortable and not so wrinkly.
Cons of Spoonflower: Right now, they’re the only ones doing what they do (as far as I know) so there’s no competition and prices are still pretty high. Which I actually don’t think is too bad. This is custom fabric, this is a luxury, this can be a high price. But the problem is that designers have no say in the price. The profits we make are fixed and there’s no wiggle room, unless we want to buy it in bulk ourselves and sell it ourselves. I’d like to be able to say “I spent an hour on this so this is cheap, I spent two weeks on this, so this costs more.”
There are also some objectively bad designs on there. The front page has really, really nice work, and I’d say at least half of what I’ve seen is nice, but there’s a large amount of work that just doesn’t work. People who don’t bother to make their work a repeating pattern, things uploaded with too low a resolution, things that look nice on the screen but don’t work as fabric (remember, pixels and ink are two different things!) And smart consumers will know to stay clear, but this stuff is too expensive to face such disappointment when the package arrives. Which isn’t to say Spoonflower should be doing something about the bad designers. Every designer has to start somewhere, everyone has different tastes. This is mostly just a note to make sure to make sure the design you want it as good as you think it is before buying.
All in all, I like it. I just ordered a few yards of my brains fabric for myself and it should be here in a couple days and I’m very excited about it. I got the performance knit, which is really soft and feels wonderful. I’ll post pictures once I can decide what I’m going to make out of it.
People who sew their own costumes know now is the time to start preparing for Halloween. For your consideration, here’s a couple of fabrics patterns I designed that might come in handy, in regular style brains and zombie brains. I really want to make a hat out of one of these.
A couple new fabrics in the Spoonflower store. Cheese Obsession has some cartooney drawings of many of my favorite cheeses. And the Mermaid Damask now comes in blue and brown (also in black & white and purple.) You can order them and make things out of them.
I made this cross stitch tribute to mama gem Leslie Hall, my crafting icon who inspires me to work. #crafting #xstitch #Lesliehall
I saw this gorgeous dress at the festival today, a light flowy sun dress, all in white, with a long, full skirt, lacing up the front, tent sleeves, and an elastic rouching across the back. It was made of all these really delicate, kinda sheer fabrics, but had this gorgeous, almost brocade look to it.
I have wanted a white sun dress for years, but the image in my head is extremely difficult to find a) in today’s fashion trends, and b) in my size. But this, this dress was it. This dress was perfect in every way.
…except it was a teensy bit too small in the bust, was extremely delicate along the seams, and the only two she had left were both damaged…
But after gushing about how much I wanted it to my mom, she convinced me that we could easily sew our own, of much better durability and fit and comparable price, at home over the summer.
So now I’m doing all this research on pattern drafting, and I am finding such magnificent resources, and I really really wanted to share them with all you other potential crafters out there, so here you go!
- how to draft a basic custom bodice block
- how to draft a basic 10-12 piece custom corset block
- how to draft a basic custom sleeve block
- how to adapt a basic sleeve block for tent sleeves
- how to adapt a basic custom bodice block for a custom bra (YES YOU HEARD ME RIGHT)
- resource to buy bra hardwear and notions
- one way to sew a double breasted women’s vest (adapting could probably be done from this)
- how to draft a double breasted vest/jacket (haven’t read through this all yet, but it looks extremely thorough and with many many variations)
- how to sew bloomers
- how to sew elastic rouching
- how to sew a basic circle skirt (you can also make two of these patterns, and sew them together along one edge to make it double-y full)
- how to sew a basic handkerchief skirt (the skirt on the original dress was kind of a handkerchief skirt on top, then a series of interlocking strips along each side of the square, and then I think the bottom morphed into a circle skirt)
- you can also make a skirt with a number of horizontal rectangular pannels, the top one fitting your hips/waist, and each one below it being longer and longer, then gathered at the top to fit the lower edge of the one above it, until the bottom is the desired fullness/length.
- basics: how to measure yourself
- basics: sizing chart
- basics: ease chart
pretty darn sure that this is an /excellent/ start to my making-my-dream-dress project, along with potentially several other sewing projects. :D
Ah, such good resources!
sonrei said: I just wanted to show you! I got that exact same fabric the other day! The ladies who cut at Joann’s here think I’m nuts because I use all of the quilting fabric with cool prints for clothes. Anyways, I like your leggings a whole lot, I made a stupid dress
I also use quilting fabric for clothes ALL THE TIME. I just love all the patterns and colors and they don’t make apparel cloth with such variety. I think this dress is super cool, especially with that belt.
Covered in duct tape, making a dressmaker dummy of my body. Fun times! #sewing
what do you apply after the duct-tape? or do you have a tutorial for this method somewhere because dress dummies are expensive as SHIT but boy do i need one
I can’t find the tutorial I followed, but essentially you:
- wear an old t-shirt you don’t want anymore. Form fitting is best. Make sure it’s long enough to go down to your hips. For the neck, make like a dickie out of plastic wrap.
- get a friend (you can’t do this alone very well) to wrap the shirt/plastic wrap in duct tape. Small strips work best, rather than trying to do one long continuous strip. The small strips will better contour to your body. Try to go with your body’s curves.
- Get your friend to cut down the back of your duct tape shirt. You should be able to take the whole thing off.
- Carefully re-tape where you cut it. Tape inside and out, lots of strips. Reinforce that sucker.
- Take an old pillow, take out the stuffing, and stuff it in there. I made a sort of duct tape web at the bottom to keep the stuffing from falling out. I used one and a half standard pillows, which was less than I thought I’d use.
And then you essentially have a copy of your torso for sewing, narcissistic snuggling, and carpool lane driving.