It’s been a few months since Balboa, my second fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, started arriving in stores, and the projects that are popping up on Instagram are looking good! Thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorites so far….
With my second fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, Balboa, arriving in stores in November, I’d like to share the lookbook of Balboa projects, which were created with lots of help from my favorite sewing mavens. I hope it inspires you to sew with Balboa once it arrives in a shop near you!
Featured Sewists + Projects in the lookbook:
- Jill Haggerty of Independent Clothing Initiative – Yari Jumpsuit from True Bias
- Jean Monsanto – Willow Dress from Grainline
- Kristyn Jansen – Minimalist Wallets from Noodlehead, Sienna Burst Quilt from Then Came June, Coram Top by Allie Olsen
- Lindsey of A Closet Handmade – Summer Day Top from Made Everyday, Burnside Bibs by Sew House Seven, Scout Tee by Grainline
- Alina Design Co. – Chi-town Chinos Skirt
- Then Came June – Meadowland Quilt
- Amy Schelle of Sewn Handmade – Baby booties (self-drafted design)
- Elise Blaha Cripe – Wiksten Kimono
- Erin Dollar – Wholecloth baby quilt
Ready to sew with Balboa? Ask your favorite local fabric store if they have it in stock!
One of the best parts of being a textile designer is seeing the ways that makers use my fabric designs to create their own beautiful pieces. Contemporary pattern design for the fabric industry can sometimes skew towards a more cute, feminine aesthetic, so I think my fabric designs might be different than what you might expect to find in a fabric store. My pattern designs for Arroyo, my first fabric yardage collection for Robert Kaufman, are super modern, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing how contemporary fashion designers and savvy DIYers would use my fabric.
It’s been a while since my last roundup of amazing projects sewn with Arroyo. I have been particularly floored by the super-stylish outfits made with my fabric ⏤ there are so many talented sewists out there! I’m seeing tons of inspiration on Instagram, and thought I’d collect my favorites into a post to inspire you to sew with Arroyo fabric!…
After sharing my favorite fabric retailers last year, I thought it would be helpful to highlight the best online fabric stores, including a few that will be carrying my new collection, Arroyo! Knowing where to buy fabric online opens the doors to so many DIY projects – everything from reupholstering a chair, to sewing your own throw pillows. You may even be thinking about sewing some holiday gifts!
I love to browse through an independent fabric shop – nothing beats the feeling of running your hands over bolts of fabric. If you can shop for fabric in person, it’s a great way to check the color, weight, and drape, and to discover new fabric designers you’ve never seen before.
Unfortunately, many indie fabric stores have closed over the past few years, so many of us don’t have a local fabric shop in our area anymore. If this is the case for you, I’m happy to share my tips and sources to buy fabric online, so you can find beautiful fabrics from anywhere. If you’re not sure where to buy fabric online, I’ve got a list of 17 of my favorite online fabric stores below….
Today I’m happy to highlight a new stockist of Arroyo fabric, Gather Here in Cambridge, MA. I connected with shop owner Virginia B. Johnson to talk about her vision for Gather Here, and to hear more about her lovely store. Beyond just fabric and notions, Gather Here hosts creative workshops, and has a unique, community feel. This shop is really something special, and if you live in the Boston area, I hope you’ll stop by and see Arroyo fabrics in person.