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Day 3 Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour & $50 Giveaway

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour

Today’s stop on the Floral Radiograph Fabric blog tour is little old me.  Forgive me for sounding like a proud parent for a minute here, but I really love the black and white versions of the fabric I designed.  And I really love the colored versions too!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

It was excruciatingly painful to decide which color to choose for this blog tour.  Finally I settled on green simply because my daughter has requested more green in her closet.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I chose to have this design printed on voile fabric.  It’s light and flow and perfect for a summer outfit.  The green fabric for the skirt and contrast on the top is a lightweight corduroy, also great for summer.  This outfit will extend into fall too, as long as she doesn’t outgrow it!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

So armed with my fabrics, I went looking through my patterns for the perfect one to showcase this fabric.  With a border print fabric, you can’t have a curved hemline.  It’s probably no great shock that I chose an Oliver+S pattern.  Or that I chose my favorite Oliver+S pattern, the 2+2 blouse and skirt!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I absolutely love this pattern.  Every time I sew it, I enjoy every step.  It’s like piecing a jigsaw puzzle.  You just take it slow and feel pleased as every piece falls into place!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

The 2+2 blouse has a mostly straight hemline, with the fun added visual interest at the neckline.  I am really pleased with how nice this outfit turned out!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

The only change I made to the 2+2 pattern was to make an invisible hem rather than stitch a straight line.  This is so there isn’t a a white line of horizontal stitching across the border print flowers at the bottom.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Using corduroy for the 2+2 skirt means you end up with softer pleats.  When you use quilting cotton (like I did here) the pleats end up really crisp.  But I think for this outfit, and the soft floral fabric design I was using, corduroy was the right choice.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I can just imagine this outfit in all 8 colors of the fabric I designed!  Too bad Annie doesn’t really need more clothes of this sort at the moment.  You can go to this page here to see all the fabric I designed.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Now I simply must share a few things about the photographs in this post.  As you can tell, they are a departure from our usual iPhone photography.

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

I had the opportunity and great pleasure to meet up with Carrie, of Beri Bee Designs.  She has a big, fancy camera, and a big heart too!

Floral Radiograph fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

She suggested a place and a time, and made the magic happen!  I’m really, really in awe of her talent.  Thanks, Carrie!

Floral Radiograph Fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Please enter the giveaway for a chance to win $50 from My Fabric Designs.  And return tomorrow for the next stop on the Floral Radiograph Fabric blog tour.  You are going to be blown away!
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Day 1 Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour & $50 giveaway

Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour

Today I have a some very special things for you.  Do you remember the fabric I designed?  This week my fabric is going on tour to the blogs of some very special ladies.  You won’t want to miss a single day!  And at the end of this post there is a $50 fabric giveaway!

When I sewed the Eleena Dress with fabric I had designed, I knew the fabric had a lot of potential and I wanted to see what some really, really accomplished seamstresses would do with it.  Thus the Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour was born.

Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour

So I sent fabric to four of my sewing idols.  These ladies all have so much talent with the sewing machine, and behind the camera that I am continually inspired and in awe.  Today, I have the absolute honor of introducing you to Olga who blogs at Coffee + Thread.  You’ve seen me mention her here before, in fact, she is the designer of the Eleena Dress.  Olga chose to use my large Black and White Floral Radiograph Fabric in organic cotton interlock knit fabric.  I petted this fabric a little before I sent it to her, and it is really, very, dreamily soft!  Olga sent me a preview photo of her creation, and I am in just as much of a hurry as you are to click on through and see what she made!  Click on the photo below to be transported to a beautiful place…

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If you love what you see and you would like some Floral Radiograph fabric, I now have 2 designs available in 8 different colors over at My Fabric Designs.  Here’s a glimpse at all the colors:

Floral Radiograph Fabric designed by Skirt Fixation

Please visit my page at My Fabric Designs to see all my designs on fabric!  I’d be delighted to see what you can do with this fabric too.  Use #floralradiographfabric on social media, or send us an email!

Now for the giveaway…please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  One lucky, random winner will receive a $50 credit to My Fabric Designs to spend on any fabric there, whether it’s my designs, those of another artist, or even some you design yourself!

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Come back tomorrow for another stunning creation starring fabric I designed!

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Friday Fabric Find Discount!

Due to the mail service not understanding how vital it is to deliver a package of fabric ON TIME, today’s All The Skirts post is delayed until Monday.  I hope!

In the meantime, remember to use the discount code PHATSKIRTS for a 10% discount at Phat Quarters.  I know you need some of that new Art Gallery Fabrics denim.  AGF DenimAlso, be sure to check out the NEW releases from Simple Life Pattern Company.  They’re itty bitty baby sized!

And a final fabric find on sale is my very own fabric from My Fabric Designs.  They are having an amazing sale of 35% off sale!  Here’s the direct link to that dress fabric I designed. Use the promo code QUILT35 until March 31st.  Hurry!

Signature Style sewn by Skirt Fixation

Now I’m off to sew…

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Eleena Dress Review

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

Yesterday I rolled out my version of the Eleena Dress.  Today I have the privilege of participating in the Eleena Pattern blog tour.  My friend Olga, who designed this pattern, asked me to join the tour and I gladly said yes!

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

The Eleena dress is a 1960s inspired A-line dress with an inverted pleat in the front and an invisible zipper in the back.  I LOVE that deep inverted pleat!  There are 3 different sleeve options, and I’ve seen it made beautifully with no collar also.  It can be made in 11 sizes from 2 to 12.   For Annie, I made the 6 in width and the size 12 plus 2.5 inches in length.  I also straightened the curve of the hem out a little to accommodate the border print of the fabric.  I used the directions for making the front piece continuous as well due to the nature of a border print fabric.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

The Eleena dress instructions are pretty easy to follow, but if you get lost (like I did at one point due to altering the front piece) just contact Olga, and she’ll walk you through it like she did for me.  I have to say the invisible zipper turned out very, very invisible, due to her instructions and my invisible zipper foot.  The illustrations for the instructions are drawn rather than photographs.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

I did run into a few problems while making the Eleena dress, but they were mostly due to late night sleepy sewing and the other constraints mentioned above.  Overall, I think this pattern is worth the money (it’s on sale right now on sale for $7.00 (regular price $9.00) through March 7th, 11:59 EST)  And be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter to win 2 patterns from Coffee + Thread and some fabric too!

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

I’ve been mentioning the fabric I used in a special way because I designed it!  I have always loved floral radiographs (x-rays of flowers) perhaps because they resemble silhouettes.  For my first foray into fabric design, I am collaborating with Albert Koetsier to bring some of his stunning floral radiographs to fabric.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

I knew I wanted to create a border print as there are so many design options when working with them.  And it was especially appropriate for flowers.  I can see this as pillows, skirts, curtains, quilt borders, and of course, dresses!  I designed this fabric to be large scale and make a huge impact!  This is just the first design I created, so stay tuned.

Special instructions

Because of the limitations of printing your design on fabric, I have some special instructions about ordering this fabric.  When you load the page, you will probably not see anything on the fabric swatch to the right.  You need to change the amount of fabric you are ordering from Fat Quarter to Yards.  Then the border print will appear on the fabric swatch.  The pattern repeats every yard.  For reference, I needed 2 yards to make the Eleena Dress.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

I used basic cotton fabric to make the Eleena Dress.  It is very good quality and holds the inverted pleat beautifully!  However, this fabric can be ordered on 26 different kinds of fabric from canvas to knits.  I have personally felt each one of these fabrics and found them to be of very good quality.  I am also impressed with the customer service.

Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me know if you make something with my fabric, I can’t wait to see others creating with it!

Here’s the Eleena dress pattern tour…check them all out!

 

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Eleena dress sewn by Skirt Fixation using floral radiograph fabric she designed!

Dress Pattern:  Eleena Dress by Coffee & Thread

Fabric: Floral Radiograph Border Print designed by ME!