Just about every week, Caitlin is kind enough to bring flowers from her garden for my desk. On Monday, she came in with this gorgeous bouquet of roses and irises. I’d brought flowers that day too. Mine were poppies and a peony from my garden. I love having flowers around the studio every week in the Spring, and the roses were particularly fragrant.
We’ve been working on the Fall patterns this week. The designs are actually finalized and drafted already, and I’ve been slaving away on grading them the last few days. You know how we all have those aspects of sewing that are sort of a drag? Maybe it’s buttonholes, or zippers, or cutting out the pieces. Well, I have that with patternmaking too, and the dreaded boring task is grading. It’s just so dull.
Luckily, there have been fun things to do too. We’ve been playing with swatches and coming up with some palettes. Above is a mound of fabric scraps that we have leftover from another project. We used them to get some ideas about color and types of print we want to use. We’re still nailing down the color story and trying to figure out what sort of prints to work in. We’re leaning toward some pastels with black and camel, but I’m sure that will change.
Caitlin is very good at using what we already have, and working old and new fabrics in together. We tried out some gorgeous mint green silk that I had by draping it on a dress form. What do you think about it? I love mint green and black together, but Caitlin is worried it can go a little cutesy or costumey.
And here’s a little snippet from a tutorial Caitlin has been working on for modifying the Sorbetto top. We’ll share that one soon.
Other than that, I’ve been working on some fun ideas for the future that I’m really excited about. It’s always a challenge for me to balance all of the ideas with the stuff that has to be done on schedule (like those Fall patterns).
Happy weekend everyone!