Hey there guys! Today, I’m very excited to share a little more about my upcoming fabric line with Riley Blake Designs, Wonderland. Some of you may know that my first ever fabric line was released in January of this year.
The Story Behind the Collection
It’s called Derby Style, inspired by my love for my “Old Kentucky Home.” I dreamt up the idea for my Derby Style line a few years before I ever pitched it to a fabric company. So So I had a LONG time to think about what I wanted it to be, what colors I wanted to use, and how I imagined sewing with the fabric.
It was a HUGE goal of mine to have a fabric line produced, and do you know what comes AFTER you accomplish a goal you set for yourself???? A great big “what do I do now?” feeling. I could add a “crap” to that last sentence, but I don’t want you to think that I might actually speak like that in real life (even though I totally do *wink*).
After Derby Style was released I decided that I want to at least “try” to design another line.
Since the question I get most when I chat about fabric design is “where did you get your idea”? I thought it might be fun to tell you the story of how this line came about….
Last spring, I designed what I thought would be my 2nd line, but it wasn’t 100% yet. It needed a little somethin’ somethin’. I spent a few months trying to figure out what it was missing. I was pretty much stumped.
That little “somethin” I was looking for? Turns out a 5 year old red head knew what it was all along (she just waited til July to tell me).
Last summer, while I was in Utah, I went to dinner with my extended family. We were sitting around “chatting,” and I mentioned that I was trying to design another fabric line. I had the sketches on my phone and passed them around to see what everyone thought, mentioning “it’s missing something.” Of course, all of the adults told me, “oh, it’s pretty” or “I really like it, “… which, although I was grateful for, kinda left me thinking, “well, you’re no help at all.”
At this point, my ADoRABLE 5 yr old, blue-eyed, red-headed, bunny obsessed niece says, “oh you’re making fabric, will you make me bunny fabric? PWEASE ?” With one of those “oh I’d give you a million dollars kid, kinda faces.”
The next thing I know, my 19-year-old daughter grabs a sharpie out of my purse and starts to draw on all the placemats. By the time the appetizers arrived, we had a bunny had sketched out and got it “approved” by my 5-year-old niece. About the same time, I came to the sudden realization that it absolutely matched all the other prints in the line that I had already designed.
I didn’t end up using the “placemat” bunny from the restaurant; I went through dozens of sketches after coming home and finally settled on one to send off to Riley Blake. They liked the bunny and the line, and after some tweaks, gave it a release date of February 2016!
So let me introduce the line to you!
The Prints in the Collection
It’s comes in 3 colorways with 5 prints in each line. Here’s the Blue:
The line is “inspired by” Alice in Wonderland, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Lewis Carroll and pretty much every Alice movie ever made. I even tried to get my whole family to dress up as Alice characters for Halloween one year but no one would cooperate with me (silly kids, think they have minds of their own or something).
Like the story, there is a white rabbit, flowers, a labyrinth, a few Hares and a set of striped stockings.
The Main colorway of the fabric has GOLD INK. I can not tell you how excited I am for that!!!
There is also a pink colorway because, well hello PINK!!!
Since the line won’t be released until February 2016 I don’t have any actual fabric yet. But I did sketch out some upcoming patterns with the line to give you a feel for how it can look when stitched up!
This is my June Bag Pattern, it’s in the process of coming to paper but you can pick it up now in PDF form over in my Pattern Shop….
I’m also releasing 2 other patterns with it (they will show up as PDF’s in November and in print later in the year)
The Ruby Lou Bag- the perfect little “purse” for a little girl…. it even has a pocket to store her latest treasures in.
and the Derby Tote, which was designed to go with my Derby Style Line, I just didn’t get it in print yet.
I picture it as a great tote bag to haul around with you to church or school. The pattern will have 3 different pocket styles and also shows up as PDF in November (just in time for Holiday sewing, it will also show up in print towards the end of the year).