New Work in My Shop!

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I’ve finally added the large pieces from my Hwy 5 show to my Etsy shop. There are just five available (I kept one), and they come mounted on acid-free, archival board (for easy framing). It took me ages to list these because I didn’t want to let them go. But it’s time to find them good homes!

Work is available in my shop.

A Hand-Printed Stowe Bag

Stowe Bag. Fabric printed (and bag sewn) by Jen Hewett; sewing pattern from Grainline Studio.

When my friend Amelia announced that she was going to have a baby, I immediately started to print fabric to make a her baby a quilt. Her daughter is now an 18-month-old toddler, and I still haven’t gotten around to making that quilt.

Block printed linen by Jen Hewett

Thankfully, Amelia happens to be in my art ladies’ support group, which has a Secret Santa (and an “office holiday party” at a nice restaurant) every year, and I drew her name this past Christmas. Amelia is also an avid knitter, so I decided to use the linen I’d printed for her daughter and sew her a knitting project bag, using Grainline Studio and Fringe Supply Co.’s Stowe Bag pattern.

Stowe Bag. Fabric printed (and bag sewn) by Jen Hewett; sewing pattern from Grainline Studio.

It’s an easy project, and it comes together quickly (except for the bias tape part, but that’s probably because I make my own bias tape). I’m not a knitter, but I want to make myself one of these bags. They’re the right size to hold a sketchbook; I’d use the knitting needle compartments for my pens and pencils. Now I just need to print a bit more fabric for myself…and then try not to wait two years to sew another bag!

You can purchase the pattern here. (Sorry, my yardage is not for sale, but you can learn how to print your own in my class.)

p.s. I’m going to start blogging more regularly. I realized I share a lot of my work on Instagram, but often forget to document it here, where I can talk a bit more about each project.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 #2

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

December

One-color block print on a linen-cotton blend.

Garment pattern: Christine Haynes’ Anya Skirt

Fabric: Robert Kaufman’s Essex

For a long time, my bio said that I spent my free time trying to “sew the perfect circle skirt,” but I’ve since removed that because I’VE FINALLY SEWN THE PERFECT CIRCLE SKIRT! Or, rather, I’ve found the perfect circle skirt pattern, Christine Haynes’ Anya Skirt.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

The pattern is really simple, and Christine’s instructions are so clear and easy to follow (I FINALLY successfully sewed an invisible zipper, thanks to Christine). However, one of the caveats of this pattern is, that because of the way the fabric is cut – perpendicular, rather than parallel, to the selvage – it’s not suitable for directional prints. But I persisted, and designed a print that works with the drape of the pattern.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

First, I created a design that had a lot of movement in it, almost mimicking the drape of the fabric. Then I printed my design perpendicular to the selvage, again, so the drape and print work together. The result is a culmination of all that I’ve learned in this project – not just printing and sewing skills, but also a real understanding of how drape and design must work with each other when designing fashion fabric. Although a simple pattern with a one-color print, the work and planning that went into this skirt make it the perfect garment to end this project with.

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on Robert Kaufman's Essex linen-cotton blend. Sewing pattern is Christine Haynes' Anya Skirt.

This is my final Print, Pattern, Sew: 2015 garment. A lot of people have asked me what my 2016 project will be. While I have plans to teach more, write, work on licensing, travel, and further develop my fine art practice, I don’t have a regular (i.e. weekly or monthly) 2016 project. Honestly, I’m thrilled to be taking a year (or more) off from these big projects. I learned a lot from Print, Pattern, Sew, but it was an incredibly time- and labor-intensive project; I’m ready to put hours and effort into something else.

That said, I do have a lot planned for this year, so I hope you’ll continue to follow along!

 

Print, Pattern, Sew: December 2015 #1

Print, Pattern Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on cotton lawn. Garment pattern is self-drafted.  Print, Pattern Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on cotton lawn. Garment pattern is self-drafted.

Print, Pattern Sew: December 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on cotton lawn. Garment pattern is self-drafted.

December

One-color block print on cotton lawn.

Garment pattern: Self-drafted

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Cambridge Lawn

Ink: Permaset Aqua and Blick

This garment is a bit of a cheat, because I re-used a block from October, printing it in a slightly different direction, and then I sewed the fabric into the simplest garment – an unstructured, sleeveless blouse – possible. I figure I’m allowed one cheat; this project has been a very time- and labor-intensive one. In any case, I love the way this turned out and am wearing it right now.

I honestly didn’t think that I’d get all twelve garments done; I’ve been slammed since October, and making time for this project, on top of everything else I’ve been working on, has been tough. But I did it! I’ll share the final garment, as well as my thoughts on this project, in a few hours.

Oh, and Happy New Year! I wish you a 2016 filled with color and pattern and light.