New Field Bag Collaboration with Fringe Supply Co.

Fringe Field Bag by Jen HewettFringe Supply Co. and I collaborated on a new Field Bag. My newsletter subscribers got first dibs on the first batch, but another batch will be available at 10 am PST today.

These are limited-edition bags, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! You can get yours while they last here.

New Work in My Shop!

Untitled No. 4 textile collage by Jen HewettUntitled No. 1 textile collage by Jen Hewett  Untitled No. 6 textile collage by Jen Hewett

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.

Another Fringe Supply Co. Collaboration

Fringe Supply Co. Field Bag hand printed by Jen Hewett

In 2014 and 2015, I created five limited-edition project bags for Fringe Supply Co. It was a fun, year-long collaboration, and Karen (Fringe’s owner) and I tried to figure out other ways to work together.

Then, along came Fringe’s incredibly popular Field Bags. We decided that I would print the blank, cut canvas for the bags using my Mountains/Clouds print (you may remember the preview I shared here). I printed enough fabric for 70 bags, sent them to Karen (who responded, “They were so beautiful I gasped when I opened the package”). Karen had them sewn by her manufacturing team, and then we launched the finished bags into the world, notifying our respective newsletter subscribers first.

And all 70 sold out in four hours.

We’ll be working on something else in the later part of the year. We’ll probably offer it to our newsletter subscribers first. If you’d like to have first dibs on it (as well as be notified when I add new classes or launch new products), please sign up for my newsletter.

With that, I’m off to Southern California to teach at Superbuzzy!

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!