May 6, 2009

New Designs for Spring

Hello All! It has been a while, and yes, I think I have a good excuse for that! I have been busy at work over the past six weeks preparing for Spring Market in Pittsburgh and continuting the work on the book. I can't believe that we will be on a plane this time next week! The booth stuff shipped yesterday, so I am pretty much finished here with the exception of a few illustrations to finish and get off to the publisher and a bit of sewing for myself. I almost feel guilty for taking the time to sew for myself, but not quite!

Anyway, I thought I would share some photos of the new designs that will make their premiere next week at market as well as on our website for you to purchase if you so desire. I designed a new coat, dress and bag. Believe it or not, my brain is already thinking about what will be released for the fall....lots more cool stuff to come!

The Catherine Coat is offered in three lengths: hip, fingertip, and knee. It has 3/4 or full length slightly gathered sleeves with several options for cuffs. Other design elements include a large optional collar, button or tab closure, an Empire waistline, and A-line lower jacket. I had fun with many different fabrics for this coat, ranging from home decorating fabrics, veleveteen, and even some Minky plush for a robe version! Wow, does that stuff ever shed! The results are wonderful, but what a mess!!

The Olivia Dress is also offered in three lengths: hip (for wearing like a tunic), above knee, and mid-calf. It features a large yoke at the neckline with gathered raglan sleeves and has options for contrast fabric at the waist or a tie belt. The dress buttons down the front, so it is fun to play with different looks such as vintage or covered buttons. I played a lot with different fabrics for this design as the brown floral dress is a great border print by Michael Miller. I love the way the border plays along the hem and bodice of the dress!

The Sylvia Sling is the new bag. I based it on the popular hobo style with my own twists here and there. It came out to be a nice roomy bag without being too large and I love the way it hugs your body when carrying it! It is a great way to showcase a group of coordinating fabrics. It has a zippered closure and features many interior pockets. You also have options for the handle details such as a decorative buckle, large buttons, or a fabric flower.

All of the new patterns feature tissue pieces, even the bag! These will go on sale sometime next week. Hope you enjoy your preview!!