Brindille & Twig Reblog

Melissa, the creative genius behind Brindille and Twig, writes about her Sprout Patterns experience. Read the full post on her blog.1-1

The printing, taping and cutting out of patterns is undoubtedly the most boring step of using digital patterns, right?  I just want to get to the fabric, sewing and wearing!!

That’s why I was excited to hear about Sprout Patterns, a division of the fabric printing company, Spoonflower.

They print the pattern in your specified size directly onto the fabric you choose.  Goodbye printing and taping!  I was super excited to get my patterns in their lineup so we could all get the chance to skip our most dreaded step of the process ;o).

I finally got to try them out recently and wanted to show you a bit what it was like…

Read the rest on the Brindille & Twig blog!

Friday Design Poll

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The big news is that we now have the Sloan Leggings by Hey June Handmade! They come in simple and paneled and you can choose not only from different sizes, but also petite, regular and tall!

Kittens are super cute, but the galaxy, well, it’s basically eternal. Which one would you rather wear? Comment below!

“Cool” Christmas Shirt

Today we are featuring a guest blogger—Curtis from Pudleston Patchwork. He is an extremely talented crafter who lives in a little village called Pudleston (hence his blog title Pudleston Patchwork) in Herefordshire, England. He says it’s a perfect place to relax and unwind with a needle and thread. Curtis used Sprout to create a lovely Negroni shirt by Colette Patterns, using Nicole Porter’s design Smarty Pants Deer, Navy.


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This was my first time using a pattern from Sprout and it did not disappoint! The men’s sewing pattern that they have on their website is a Negroni shirt, with the choice of either long or short sleeves.

The most exciting process of doing this project is picking which design to go with the look. With thousands of designs to use through Spoonflower you can really personalise the item you make. For this shirt I decided to go for a Christmassy theme as the festive season approaches.  The reindeer with glasses on was the pattern of choice and probably way too cool for me!

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When the pattern arrives it comes printed in the shapes that need cutting out, which saves a lot of time compared to using a paper pattern. All the shapes are clearly labeled. In addition to the instructions, I also received the original PDF pattern with all sizes. Just in case you need a bit of assistance, there are also plenty of online tutorials available.

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Starting point for me was inserting the front pockets pattern matching, and sewing the ‘lids’ for the pockets. Once the fronts are assembled I inserted the facing for the fronts (which I haven’t done on a shirt pattern before but really works to anchor the fronts in place).

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Working on the back I inserted the yoke to the top part, including top stitching to reduce bulk. Then attaching the fronts to the back at the top shoulder seams, again top stitching.

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The hardest part of the sew for me was the placket part on the lower sleeve. It took some playing and some googling but I managed to pop them in. Ironed interfacing into the cuffs and then attached to the sleeve.

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Overall I am really impressed with the fit and finish. And I LOVE the fact that it is all prepared which makes it easier to put together. In total it only took about three hours to create the shirt. (The power of Sprout!)

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We think Curtis did an AMAZING job with his shirt and wanted to thank him for being not only a wonderful sewist, but a gorgeous model as well!

If you’d like to try your hand at a Sprout Negroni, you can create one today in one of six fabrics, or copy the reindeer shirt that Curtis created. Also check out the suggested designs from Colette Patterns.

Holiday Stocking with Unexpected Illustrations

Several years ago I wrote a blog post on Spoonflower about how I took the patent illustrations and turned them into a design that I used on gift wrap.

 

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My grandfather, Edward Okun, had several patents for improvements on the design of the folding umbrella in the 1930s as well as some others for a garment hanger and a corkscrew.

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Now that I work at Sprout Patterns, I decided to take that same design and turn it into a holiday stocking!

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To create the stocking, I just went to Sprout Patterns and chose the Holiday Stocking in Faux Suede. I didn’t have a design for the cuff that I liked, so I created one on the fly in Spoonflower.

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Katie sewed this up with a special sequin embellishment that nicely offsets the mechanical style of the drawings! What I love about this gift for my dad is that he will save it and use it for years to come.

Does your family have cherished drawings or other memorabilia you could use to put on a stocking? Tell us about it!

Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajamas are here!

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The fun and fabulous Lakeside Pajamas from Grainline Studio are now at Sprout Patterns! Because we know everyone is different, you can either purchase these as a set or the top or bottom separately. So if you already have favorites, you can easily add a bit of sophistication to your sleepytime wardrobe.