Print, Pattern, Sew: April 2015

Print, Pattern, Sew: April 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on chambray.

Print, Pattern, Sew: April 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on chambray.


One-color block print on cotton chambray

Garment pattern: Grainline Studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank

Fabric: 100% cotton (brand unknown; from my wholesale linen supplier)

Ink: Blick

Print, Pattern, Sew: April 2015 by Jen Hewett. One-color block print on chambray.

Yes, I know I’m posting April’s garment on May 1st, but I swear I finished this garment on April 28th! I’m only posting late because I wasn’t able to get anyone to photograph me until this morning. Besides, it’s the start of MeMadeMay. What better way to kick off the month than with some very handmade fashion?If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably know that I went on a little vacation to Stockholm in April. Since I was going to be gone, I’d decided early in the month to choose a very simple pattern for April’s garment, and the Tiny Pocket Tank seemed to fit the bill. With no sleeves, no fitting (aside from some bust darts), and no fastening, it is probably the easiest garment I’ve sewn so far. Block for April 2015's Print, Pattern, Sew garment. By Jen Hewett. Detail of Josef Frank's "Green Birds" pattern.Now, let’s talk about this print. I’m not really into animal prints, but I was inspired by a Josef Frank print I saw at Svenskt Tenn on my Stockholm trip. In the middle of a larger, lush print, there’s a small, simple image of a bird. That bird was my jumping off point. As an aside – I loved all the Josef Frank textiles, and wished they were within my budget. But it’s nice to be reminded that there is a market out there for fabric that costs about $185/meter, should I ever decide to print yardage. I ended up buying a great book on Josef Frank’s work instead.I’ll be back in Stockholm in July, and there seems to be a lot of interest in me teaching a class there. If any of you have connections to a school or shop that would be interested in having me teach, let me know.Happy May!

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