Two-color block print on a linen-cotton blend.
Fabric: Robert Kaufman’s Essex
The really nice thing about large, bold prints is that they require large blocks. And large blocks mean less printing, because one block covers more space than a smaller one. This was important, since I (once again) find myself really busy. With a show in just over a month, a trip to LA this week, an online class launch in a few days, and a video series to be filmed in a couple of weeks, I am stretched a little thin.
But my monthly garments demand to be printed and sewn. I’m always happy when I’ve finished a new one, and I must say that this blouse is my favorite garment yet (do I say that every month? I probably do). It was completely worth giving up my Sunday to print the fabric for it.
Which reminds me that I’ve wanted to talk about the reasons why I don’t sell the clothes I make. I’m so flattered by the requests to buy the clothes I make, but the time required to hand print fabric means that these garments would be really expensive for me to make, and for you to buy. Plus, I use a lot of commercial patterns in this project. In order to resell clothing sewn with commercial patterns, I would have to pay a licensing fee to the pattern designer. Then most commercial sewing contractors require that I order a minimum of 200 units (I have no time to sew a lot of garments myself for resale). And, on top of all of that, I don’t really want to be a clothing designer!
I love this project because it’s just a personal project. I’m doing it to challenge myself, to stretch my skills. So much of the work I do has to have a monetary value; it feels like a luxury to be able to do something for the fun of it.
And, on that note, I hope you enjoy what remains of autumn!