fabric , fun , Guest Blogger , patterns , staff projects Add comments
I'm so excited to be writing this post for Connecting Threads! I work in the same building, just down the hall from all the sewing machines and fabric, but I generally stick to knitting and yarn as Catalog Director for Knit Picks. However, when my co-worker Heidi walked through the office with a stack of fabric from the new Indigo Patchwork fabric collection, I did an almost cartoonish double take. All that blue in one place was irrisistable!
I consider myself a pretty sporadic seamstress and only fire up my sewing machine at home for quick repairs and the occasional simple tote. I picked up the Wiksten Tank pattern recently because it seemed simple enough to whip up in an afternoon and had such a flattering silhouette. The only piece I've been missing was the perfect fabric... I think you know where I'm headed with this post!
I got 2.5 yards each of Ikat Stripe Denim Multi and Ikat Stripe Pale Blue Multi, enough to make two tunic-length tops just in case. I decided to make the tank length out of the Ikat Stripe Pale Blue Multi fabric and a tunic length top from the darker Ikat Stripe Denim Multi. I love how both tops came out, especially the shorter tank version. The fabric is just the right weight for layering at the office and as a stand-alone piece for the park in the last few days of warm weather before fall begins in earnest.
The tunic length will be nice layered over a pair of skinny jeans or leggings and is oh-so-comfortable. I have a little bit of fabric left over from both tops and I'm already thinking about trying my hand at whipping up a quick patchwork pillow of light and dark squares in a basic checkerboard pattern. These colors will look so good together in one project!
The new Indigo Patchwork collection instantly inspired me to try my hand at sewing again. What did your first peek at all the lovely new fabric inspire you to make? I can't wait to see some quilts with all of these beautiful blues!