May 7, 2015

Spring 2015 Collection: Meet Aspen!

Long sleeve dress version with border batik print from Alison Glass for Andover fabrics

Hey Everyone! It's that time again! Sorry it has taken me so long to post about the new collection, but preparing for market in Minneapolis next week sort of took all my time like a large hungry beast! The boxes have finally of yesterday afternoon and I am finally sighing a tiny bit of relief. So what better time than to share the new stuff with you?

Meet Aspen! I was inspired to create this design because of the Sundance catalog. Have any of you ever heard of it? That catalog is packed with inspiration for design. I simply love the style of what they sell, just not the price! I love turning the pages and dreaming about new designs. Even their jewelry has inspired me! A friend of mine and I coin their look as "Aspen Cowgirl"....a little bit country, with a whole lot of sass.

Aspen is an easy to sew design that can be worn as a tunic or dress. This style is very versatile and stitches up great in a variety of fabrics. I have chosen some interesting ones and will detail my choices with each photo.

This is a pull-over design, so you don't have to worry about a zipper. The waist is elastic, making it easy to customize to however loose or fitted you would like. The yoke is offered with a button or snap closure, or you can opt to cut it on the fold and skip that part entirely. You don't need to unfasten the yoke to pull it over your head! I have offered two sleeve lengths, short and three-quarter, for those of you who like to have a little more length on your sleeve. Of course, the length of the tunic itself is completely customizable to your personal tastes. You will see in the photos that I have played around a bit with a narrow hem as well as a wide or narrow ruffle.

As for design details, you will see some embroidery and applique on a few of the samples....hold tight! Those are offered as a separate pattern that I worked up for you to use on any sort of project. Those will be shown in the coming days, so consider this your sneak peek into those!

Here is the gallery for Aspen:

Short sleeve dress version with a layered skirt and narrow ruffle trim, made from Sentimental Studio's Regent Street cotton lawn for Moda Fabrics
Long sleeve tunic version made from Amy Butler's Hapi cotton voile for Westminster Fabrics
Long sleeve dress version with wide ruffle hem and hand embroidered yoke (from a new pattern!!), made with Union Chambray from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Short sleeve tunic length with yoke cut on the fold, made from Urban Chik's Nomad for Moda Fabrics
Long sleeve dress length version made from the Whisper collection by Michael Miller Fabrics. Note the hand embroidered details added to the fabric design....I can really find ways to make a project take a long time!!
Short sleeve tunic version with a narrow ruffle hem, made from clipdot fabric by Michael Miller Fabrics. Note the wool applique roses with hand embroidered pattern coming for that!
I hope you have enjoyed looking at Aspen! This pattern is available for purchase on our website.
Happy Sewing!