And just like that, it’s fall! Yesterday I dropped Anabelle off for her first day at Kindergarten, and I found myself wondering WHERE did the whole summer go?? And then I looked around at the now fully-functioning studio and about-to-be-functioning shop and remember: oh, yeah, I’ve been working on this for the last 6 months! Turns out, rehabbing an old storefront and building a shop while keeping the business running took a bit more time than I thought. But it’s now finally almost here! We’ll be open in 2 weeks! And once I get some photos of the final shop/studio, I’ll post a little slide show of the progress – it’s been a pretty amazing transformation.
The other big news is that our newest organic fabric collection, Juicy, is here in all it’s vibrant and fruity glory! We have these playful prints in both poplin and canvas, and I’ve been working on a bunch of projects for the shop opening using these fabrics. They’re sewing up into the cutest aprons, placemats, coasters and pillows, not to mention the 60’s-vibe A-line dresses and Skater Shirts in these photos. Check out all the prints on our website here.
Our brand new Haiku and Haiku Lawn collections are in, and they’re now shipping! It’s always exciting when new collections arrive, but this one has been especially fun because there are so many things I want to sew for ME! With Quilt Market right around the corner, I had Karen over at One Girl Circus sew up some beautiful samples of our new Sarah Skirt (coming soon!), as well as a gorgeous Ella Dress using our new Poem cotton lawn for Anabelle. The fabrics sew up so beautifully, and the little pops of gold add a special shimmer. As always, both groups are GOTS-certified organic fabric.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks here, as we’re (still!) fixing up the new studio/shop, moving our storage to a new warehouse, preparing for Market and receiving the new fabrics. Our next collection, Juicy, is coming together, too, and I’ll have an update on that group once we’re back from Minneapolis.
Our new organic fabric collection, Haiku, is scheduled to arrive this week, and it’s now up on our website for preorder! We did our first photo shoot for the collection last weekend, and wow did we get some beautiful shots. We took our models up to the Briones reservoir near our house, and I basically just ran after them with the camera trying to capture the images as they did their thing.
One of the nice things about using friends as models is that they just play, and it’s more fun than work for everyone.
The new fabrics sew up beautifully, and we had some great sewists on the job (thank you, One Girl Circus and Laurie Smith!) The dress patterns above are the Hide and Seek Dress by Oliver + S, New Look’s pattern 6888, and our own Ella Dress.
We’ll also be introducing a new skirt pattern at Quilt Market, the Sarah Skirt, shown below. It’ll be up on our site soon!
Four of the Haiku designs will also come on a beautifully drapey cotton lawn. The delicate prints are a perfect match with this fabric, and I’ve been loving the samples we’ve sewn up with it, like the two below:
Both the Haiku poplin and Haiku lawn will be arriving this week, and you can see the full collections on our website here, and here.
Stay tuned for more news soon!
Our new Haiku collection is almost here! This range of six GOTS-certified organic prints is painterly and delicate, with soft watercolor florals juxtaposed by pops of metallic gold.
The prints evoke spring, featuring scattering petals, cherry blossoms and daubs of colorful paint. The Shimmer print, spring green with tiny gold plusses, is a perfect accent, providing a pop of color and shine. Four of the prints are also coming on our gorgeous cotton lawn, which is perfect for flowing garments and kidswear, lightweight quilts and delicate accessories.
Stay tuned: we’ll have Haiku up on our website for preorder next week!
We’re highlighting our playful and spring-like Under the Sea collection this week (and having a SALE!), so we got some of our dear friends together for a photoshoot last weekend. Can I just say how grateful I am for such generous (and photogenic) friends? We just let the kids run in an open space near our house, and they were instantly adorable.
I know it doesn’t feel like spring everywhere yet, but it’s coming! Spring has definitely sprung here, and Saturday was a perfect day for running around in some fresh organic cotton digs. In this photo, we’re showing our Ella Dress on the littlest, our Boy’s Skater Shirt, the fabulous Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, and our Super Simple Skirt in Under the Sea. I also tried out Olive Ann’s Geo Dress Pattern, shown below, which was fun and easy to sew, and is a great way to show a few different prints that go well together (like our Octopus Party, Kelp Forest and Scallop!)
I know I’ve mentioned my favorite tree before – this beautiful old Live Oak in the open space where I hike in the mornings – and it was the gorgeous backdrop to many of these photos. It’s branches are thick and worn, bowing down to rest on the ground before swooping back up again, which, of course, makes it ideal for climbing.
Our Go Fish print works perfectly with our On the Go Dress pattern, shown above. We’re also working on a new sewing pattern, the saucy two-tiered ruche skirt shown below in Octopus Party and Scallop. It’s great for showing off coordinating prints, and looks good with boots or spring sandals. What do you think?
If you’re ready to get started on your spring sewing hop on over to our site and check out our Under the Sea Sale!
Newsflash! Caroline over at SewCanShe.com is giving away a fat quarter bundle of our Westwood organic fabric! The bundle includes 10 organic poplin prints and 6 organic canvas prints, perfect for quilting, pillow making, accessories or pieced apparel projects. Hop over to her blog to enter the giveaway!
A few weeks ago I got an email from a former colleague who was seeking fabric on behalf of his daughter, Jameson. Her second-grade class was studying inventors, and she had been assigned Isaac Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The class was instructed to come up with an invention relating to their assigned inventor, and then to build the invention.
Jameson first identified a problem: she had banged her head on the school bus window while trying to catch up on her rest, and she wanted a product that could make the trip to-and-from school less hazardous and more restful. In a flash of (what I consider to be) pure brilliance, she came up with the Pillow Pop, a handy pillow with a suction cup that can be attached to the bus window (or car window, or airplane window) for a cushy, relaxing in-transit nap. She then produced her first prototype, and presented her invention to her class.
I absolutely love this, not only because I think the Pillow Pop is a really good idea (and I want one, especially for plane trips), but also because of how valuable the lesson is for kids. The project went beyond teaching the history of the inventors and prompted the class to exercise their own creativity, and then really follow it through to create the product, solving problems as they arose. SO important!
A few days ago I found these in my inbox:
How cool is that?? She may only be in the second grade, but I think Jameson has a bright future as an inventor and creative thinker.
When I start a new collection, it usually begins as ideas and sketches, or little paintings – a bunch of small images and impressions that I pull together and blend into a group. But it’s not until I get the strike-offs back from the mill – the first screens that are sent to me to approve art and color – that I really get to see the whole collection come together. It’s always so exciting, and I love to play with the fabrics, usually laying them out on the floor or couch, seeing how they combine and pair. My cats love to play with the fabrics too, since any textile on the floor is apparently fair game. Here’s a little peek at our upcoming organic fabric collection, Haiku, and my cat Sadie, happily nestling in to the strike-offs.
It’s finally sinking in that we’re going to be moving to a new space. As I mentioned in my post last week, we found a (soon to be) cute little spot in downtown Walnut Creek, and soon it will be the new studio, shop and world headquarters for Monaluna Organic Fabric. Woo-hoo! No more climbing the ladder to the attic for extra bolts, or playing hide-the-tape-from-the-4-year-old! I’m super excited about the move, but as I made my list of things to do to prepare, I realized that there is a LOT to do. And a LOT to move. So, to lighten the load, we’re having a sale! Check out the cute prints on sale, and pop on over to our site to refresh your stash!
Last week, Holly over at Chairish got in touch and asked me to create a style board for a room inspired by one of their rugs. I really liked the yellow and gray one in the collage above, and decided to run with the “Morocco meets modern” feel. I’m a total sucker for mid-century furniture, and I liked the way the curves and lines worked together, accented by the modern pops of bright yellow. When I’m designing I tend to mix in a lot of white, and I use it as a backdrop for everything, but I liked the soft, dove gray paint in the upper right for this virtual room. Or maybe just one wall.
I had never used Polyvore before, but found it totally addicting as I pulled together the elements for my little room. I’m definitely going to try using it for designing my own spaces, and I might even try to create digital style boards for my future collections. Look for more fancy digital style boards in this space soon!