New Fabric Release and Lounge Pants Contest!

12/18/15

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MY NEW LINE OF FABRIC IS HERE! She’s called KINDRED and is now for sale in stores! You can take a look here on Cloud9 Fabric’s site to see where the fabric is for sale in your area or online.

To celebrate the launch of the KINDRED collection Cloud9 is giving you an opportunity to win fabric prizes by simply making your own pair of Cloud9 lounge pants – you won’t be disappointed! See below for information on what you could win and how to enter:

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                {Me lounging in my own pair of LOUNGE PANTS made with my Delicata print!}

Here’s what’s up for grabs for three lucky randomly chosen entrants:

1st prize:
• A fat quarter bundle of all KINDRED prints {including the voiles}
• PLUS 3 continuous yards of any one KINDRED print {in either substrate} – enough to make yet another lovely pair of lounge pants
• PLUS a signed copy of my book FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE  to cuddle up with
• approximately $110 retail value!

2nd and 3rd prizes {choose one}:
• A fat quarter bundle of all KINDRED prints {including the voiles}
• OR 3 continuous yards of any one KINDRED print in either substrate and 4 fat quarters of CIRRUS SOLIDS in your choice of colors
• approximately $50 retail value

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The rules are pretty simple:
To qualify for entry into the sweepstakes you’ll need to be able to publicly post or send Cloud9 a photo – you can use Instagram, Facebook, or email them at fabric {at} cloud9fabrics {dot} com. By posting or sending them photos, you agree to allow them to repost the photos on Instagram, Facebook and/or their blog.

Follow Cloud9 Fabrics via the format you post your image so that you can be notified in the event that you are chosen as winner:
@CLOUD9FABRICS on Instagram
CLOUD9FABRICS on Facebook
SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR BLOG if you’ve emailed them
+Using any Cloud9 fabric, stitch up a pair of lounge pants
+You can use our free, downloadable, exclusive, super easy and fast CLOUD9 LOUNGERS pattern or any sleep/lounge pants pattern of your choice
+You must use a Cloud9 Fabrics fabric, past or present, to qualify
+CLOUD9 LOUNGERS are created in women’s adult size S-XL however, you can also make lounge pants for women, children or men using another pattern
+Who the lounge pants are intended for is not of consequence, only that they are made in any past or present Cloud9 fabric
+Post a picture of the Cloud9 fabric lounge pants you’ve made – either in lounging action, on a hanger, laying on the edge of a bed, or whatever works best for you and via
+Instagram: tag it with #LoungeinCloud9
+Facebook: attach a photo in the COMMENTS OF THIS POST
+Email: simply send to the address indicated above
+Anyone in the world can enter – shipping is on Cloud9! Winners are responsible for any applicable duties and taxes.

All entries must be submitted by December 23, 2015 at 11:59PM
. If posting on Instagram, PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered. The winner will be chosen at random from a pool of all eligible entries and announced on December 26, 2015.. Good luck!

Per Instagram rules, I must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. By entering, you release and hold Cloud9 Fabrics harmless from all liability arising from or in connection with your participation and/or acceptance or use of any prize. Limit one entry per person during the entirety of the promotion. Cloud9 Fabrics reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify this promotion if fraud or any other causes beyond its control affects the integrity or fairness of the promotion

Have fun & good luck!

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Kindred in Mollie Makes!

08/05/15

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I am thrilled that my work is featured again in Mollie Makes Magazine! This time they have featured a blurb about my new Kindred fabric collection with Cloud9, which you can read more about and see images of here.

More about Mollie Makes from their editors: “Mollie Makes is a British lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. We discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.

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Creative endeavours are more than a day job for the Mollie Makes team. From choosing gorgeous indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our website and Instagram feeds; customising our clothes to making gifts for friends, we’re crafting along with you. We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about too.”

The Mollie Makes community is supportive and lively. They would love for you to join the community.

Readers can subscribe here, download the iPad version of the magazine here, and view a preview of the latest issue here. Keep up-to-date with the blog and subscribe to their newsletter here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

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Dress Workshop with Cal Patch (& Me!)

07/14/15

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Friends, I am so happy to let you know that I am going to be in Hudson, New York at an artist residency between August 12 through 30 this year at Drop Forge and Tool. Mostly I’ll be drawing and painting my heart out for those three weeks, but also relaxing, getting inspired and catching up on some much needed sleep. I cannot wait! While I’m there, my friend, the amazing Cal Patch. is coming up from her home in Upstate New York for August 22 and 23 to teach a dress making workshop. This isn’t just any dress-making workshop, though. It’s a two day immersion, where you will learn, step by step, how to make a dress from scratch. You’ll learn how to draft a pattern (using your own measurements) for your own custom shift dress with sleeves, make a muslin to test the fit, alter the pattern, and then sew a real dress with an invisible zipper.

I’ll also be there and will give a brief talk at the beginning of the workshop about my fabric designs and process.  If you attend the workshop, you will also have a chance to visit my studio space and see what I am working on at Drop Forge & Tool.

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More about Cal: Cal Patch is one of my favorite people and makers. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes, hence her moniker: *hodge podge*. Cal has taught all of these subjects for over a decade, and loves showing people new skills. After seventeen years as a New York City dweller, she now resides in the Catskills. She teaches at creative retreats around the country and is a fellow Creativebug teacher. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft (and is a treasure-trove!).

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If you are interested in signing up for the class and learning more about it, just go here.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

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New Fabric Collection with Cloud9

06/22/15

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Friends, I am so happy to let you know that I am releasing a new fabric collection with Cloud9! This new collection is called KINDRED, and it’s made entirely from drawings in my sketchbook. Here is a preview of all four patterns in all colorways.  All repeats are quilt weight cotton. “Blomma” will also be printed in voile. If you are a fabric retailer, you can begin placing orders for Kindred now, and the general public can order from fabric retailers who carry Kindred starting in October.

First up, “Blomma”, which comes in three colorways:

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Also, “Fable”

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Credo (which reads, “there is nothing to fear”) in four colorways:

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And, lastly, Delicata, in three colorways!

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Have a great Monday, friends!

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2014 :: A Sewing Odyssey :: A Recap

12/23/14

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If you’ve been reading this blog for the past year, you may recall that in January I made a goal to consume less. As part of that goal I allowed myself new clothes for the year if I a) made them myself or b) bought them second hand. As a result, I started a little project called 2014: A Sewing Odyssey, and you can see all of the projects here. In a moment I am going to report on how I did with that goal.

But first, let’s review the sewing projects from the odyssey, pictured above, left to right in order. There are few things to notice: 1) I like dresses 2) my hair grew longer over the course of the year 3) Wilfredo appears in three photos and 4) I got new glasses this month! You can’t tell here but my sewing skills & attention to detail also improved exponentially. But the most important thing to notice is that that was honestly NOT a sewing “odyssey”. While I intended to make many more than eight new articles of clothing (and #5 was a vintage upcycle at that), I just didn’t have (or make) time with my busy work schedule to sew as much as I planned. So maybe not an odyssey (Sonya Philip’s 100 Dress project was more of an odyssey). However, it was a) more than clothing than I’ve ever sewed before and b) I’m hooked. And those two things feel great.

Now to report on how I did with my goal of consuming less by not buying any new clothing this year (my goal was to make new clothes and buy only used). With a few exceptions, I stuck with it. I did buy a handful of brand new clothing items, mostly a couple of workout clothing items which I use almost every day and leggings & t-shirts that are harder to find in good condition second hand. I also bought one new dress for a special occasion. Overall, though, I purchased fewer articles of new clothing than I have in one year since I was a poor college student. I did buy lots of vintage and used clothing, so I did get to happily satisfy my shopping appetite.

So what does 2015 hold?
1) More sewing. I love making my own clothing, from choosing patterns to finding the perfect fabric and notions. I love the process of sewing and the satisfaction of making things I can use. I also want to try more altering and restructuring of vintage like I did in Project #5.

2) A new sewing machine. I did purchase a serger and it has been helpful (and opens up so many options for me). But I do think if I want to cut down on frustration I need a new general machine that doesn’t give me problems every 10 minutes. This is something I didn’t discuss here, but I had regular fights with my sewing machine, which my mother generously handed down to me 10 years ago when she got a new one. Perhaps its time to invest in my own brand new machine? Saving my pennies.

3) Starting in January, I’ll make one new article of clothing with each print from my new line of fabric from Cloud9. I’ll be posting more about that fabric line  soon, along with sewing projects using my new line over the course of the year. Stay tuned for that!

Thank you for following along, friends.

Have a great Tuesday!

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