Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New child’s pattern and Pacific International Quilt Festival

It's Here!!
Starting Thursday, Oct 11:

4 days: October 11-14 at the Santa Clara, California, Convention Center

Not a quilter?  Go anyway if you are interested in art, in sewing, in wearable art.
This show is outstanding.  The quilts are jaw dropping works of art. There is a wearable art contest with all the entries on display.  Raffles abound.
I bought my sewing machine at this show and there are tools and notions for garment sewers.
Paganoonoo (booth 824) is introducing a brand new pattern for children, the Kendra top/tunic.  It is made using a child's dress shirt as the base, and the rest can be made from another dress shirt or two, or flat fold fabric from your stash.

I've had a blast making samples, as you can see below.  The garment lends itself to embellishment, such as the appliqued heart, and patches and buttons on other shirts.

This version was made starting with the yellow dress shirt.  The solid purple is from a second adult dress shirt.  The other three fabrics, including the striped band, are stash materials.  The striped flowered fabric is one I have had for at least 30 years if not longer!  I used some of the last little bits here.  The small circle is covering a stain.

This version was made starting with the small red plaid dress shirt.  The fabric on the lower back was left over from an adult shirt upcycle.  The band is stash fabric and features the front tab closure option with a red button. I could not resist the "See Jane run?" fabric as those are the exact readers I used in school.  


This royal blue version was made using all children's dress shirts.  The back section has a button placket because the front of a second shirt was used to create the lower back panel.  The empire waist band is also made out of plackets.

Also made from all children's dress shirts, this version features a front tab closure.  The back panel is made from two sleeves bracketing a piece of the same fabric that has been is topped with a bit of a placket.  A bit easier to see in the illustration above. Using sleeves makes it obvious that the shirt is upcycled.
 This version is the one I selected for the pattern cover.  It is made primarily from two children's shirts.  The band is a placket from an adult dress shirt.  The sleeve scrap is from my stash.  The patch on the back band is from other one of the sample shirts.  The button are all mismatched from my button stash.  I love the way they frame the center of the band.
The pattern will be available online (Etsy store) after the show, on Tuesday 10/16.

 Several folks have mentioned they would like to see upcycle patterns for boys too.  I'm working on it!

Another bit of fun... flannels.  It is that time of year and I made a whole bunch of "Patti" flannels for Artistry in Fashion.  They just about sold out.  I will be bringing a collection of uncut flannels for you to purchase at PIQF, along with patterns, of course.

I've been increasingly interested in using surface embellishments as a form of upcycling.  Here are some of the results on flannels:


The lions are cut outs from damaged quilts.  I love that the useable parts get salvaged, honoring the women who made them.

Hope to see you at the show!  Come by wearing your Paganoonoo and get 20% off and a handful of cards to give out to the people who admire your one-of-a-kind upcycle!

Happy Upcycling,

Upcycle Sewing Made Simple

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