Every summer I enjoy the flowers on my deck when the weather is warm. This year I was also inspired to create some summer floral fabric. I was looking through the new Vogue patterns and was immediately attracted to two of them. The first was Vogue 1446 which I envisioned in a floral print in soothing summer colors. I was inspired by the cool feeling of Monet’s water lily paintings.
I quickly began creating the fabric. I like my fabric design to be multi-layered so I began with a background design of clovers. I then worked with a couple of floral photos to create cascading flowers. I decided that the look was too bare so added some butterflies. to the design. Then I noticed that the pattern called for a contrast fabric – I removed the flowers to create a contrast of the background print. I had the fabric printed on kona cotton by DPI. It was wonderful to work with.
Making the dress was a challenge all it’s own. Take a look at my Pattern Review write-up to discover all the pain this dress caused me.
The second dress that caught my eye was Vogue 1423. I immediately pictured a border print with poppies. I started with a background made of swirls that I decomposed and gradually increased spread out. Then I created a field of poppies across the heavy swirled background. Once I had the fabric laid out, my husband told me it was a little disjointed to his eye. I played with the poppies and transformed them into squiggles that worked well with the swirl background.
I had the fabric printed on cotton-linen by DPI. The first time around they did not understand that I wanted a border print and printed the design vertically. Luckily they were able to quickly reprint and I got the fabric I wanted. I also learned that black is not the best choice. Even with heat setting the fabric, the black still rubbed off when handling. When I washed the fabric, the color faded slightly. The kona cotton did not fade at all.
I cut the dress with the border at the hem and also used a portion of the border to cut the yoke. I then beaded the yoke because I’m a sucker for beads. Click here for a closer look at the project.