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!…
The fabric industry can feel a little opaque sometimes. I get lots of emails from textile design students who are looking for advice, and I totally relate to that thirst for knowledge. There’s tons of info out there about talented fabric designers, but if you don’t know any famous textile designers’ names, it can be tough to know where to start.
I put together a list of my favorite contemporary textile designers, so that an artist interested in becoming a textile designer, or looking to learn how to become a fabric designer will find some inspiration. While some of these fabric designers’ names might not be the most recognizable in the textile industry, they’re certainly up-and-coming designers to watch out for. The textile designers’ websites are linked, so you can check out more of their work, and get inspired to sew!…
I continue to be impressed by the amazing Arroyo projects popping up in my Instagram feed. It’s amazing to see how many talented makers have used my fabrics in their work in the year since Arroyo has been released! Here’s a few of my favorite recent projects:…