BLUSH fabric collection

You guys!  My new fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics is here!
And I’m blushing to tell you about it…
It’ll make you blush?  Just blush it on?
Okay. I’ll stop.

But really, I’m so excited to share this with you!

Blush fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Dana Willard

The collection is called—BLUSH.
And if I had to say, this collection feels the most like “me” so far.  Not that I don’t love my fabric-children equally. But I’ve always had a love for simple shapes and designs.  And that’s what you get here.

BLUSH has a retro-modern vibe, with large florals, small florals, modern shapes, and—(wait for it)—cats!

The Cat Nap print might be my favorite in the batch (and it comes in knit too!)
(blushing smile emoji)

There are some unexpected, and expected colors in the mix.

And this Dutch Bloom is the design that sort of started it all.  I created the flower, repeated the pink and orange out of that thing, and made it large scale.  Mmmm.  Pretty symmetry in a line:

As I continued creating more designs I kept coming back to the color pink—particularly blush pink.
And I thought, maybe I should just call the collection BLUSH.
No wait, maybe I should call it blush?!
And that was that.

In the collection there are: 16 quilting cottons , 3 knits, and 1 rayon.

The SUMMER group:

The SPRING group:
Blush fabric collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

The whole set!

Blush fabrics are in stores now. 
To find a shop, head to the Fabric Headquarters Page.

The HQ page has links and other info to keep you updated (you can always find it in the drop down menu at the top of the site under “fabrics”…along with pages for the Boardwalk Delight and Fiesta Fun collections.)

If you follow me on Instagram @made_everyday you’ve seen me share some sneak peek projects.  But I can’t wait to show you guys more!
And I can’t wait to see what you’re making too.
Tag your photos to #blushfabrics.
The Blush Look Book with Art Gallery fabrics will be released soon, with tons of ideas and pattern links. So I’ll share that with you soon too.

Until then, happy sewing!

Citrus Summer Tank–for Me!

I have tendency to do this every summer.
Right as the season is coming to a close, I start sewing tank tops like I live in an oven.
Oh wait. I do.
It’s called Texas.

But more importantly, I’m headed to Palm Springs today for our annual Sisters/Cousins trip!

So you know…citrus fabric, swimsuits, tank tops, and Thrifty ice cream seemed like the right move.

(If you’re from California, you know what I mean).
((Chocolate. Malted. Freaking. Crunch.))
(((Dude. I miss it so much in Texas)))

And I’m totally loving this tank.  I don’t sew nearly enough for myself. But already this summer I’ve made two versions of this tank, a swimsuit coverup, and I have another outfit scheming in my head.

What I love about this tank top is how easy it was to make.
The pattern is self-drafted.  And I used the Citrus knit fabric, from my fabric collection called Fiesta Fun.
Because this fabric just makes me feel happy!

And the fabric is so stinking soft.  I know I’ve said this before, but Art Gallery knits are really some of the softest that I’ve ever felt.  And I like the weight—not to light; not to heavy—just enough to keep some structure around the armholes…which I did by creating a 1/2 inch double fold binding (like making knit bias tape).  It’s similar to what I did on the Scooter Dress for Clara a few months ago.  I keep playing with my method of attaching it.  And I’m really enjoying it.

If you’re new to sewing with knits I have post with tons of tips HERE and a good video HERE.
The good news about knits, is that you can sew them right on your standard sewing machine! In fact for this tank, all I used was a zigzag stitch.  So easy. And cute.

I seriously love this tank!
I’m going to keep going with more versions.  Maybe a subtle ruffle “sleeve” attachment.

And if I’d thought it through better, I would have waited to TAKE my pics in Palm Springs…where the colors and mid-century love is everywhere
….along with barrels o’ cactus, and 100 degree weather.

But we still have plenty of that in Texas.
Have a good weekend! I’ll see you poolside!

New Pattern is HERE–The Parfait Pouch

Hooray! I have a new pattern to share with you!
YES. These are some of my favorite days—sending a pattern off into the sewing-sphere and seeing what you guys make with it.

Of course I love a pattern that is a simple quick-sew, with tons of possibilities.  So I think you’ll enjoy it too!  Because a person can never have too many bags, right??

The pattern is the Parfait Pouch.
It’s parfait for holding so many things; and they make great gifts—make one for everyone you know.  The pattern comes in 8 sizes, with perfectly rounded pattern pieces, and detailed illustrated instructions.
You can get the PDF pattern HERE in the shop—for only $4.
Hooray again!

I’ve shown you how to make zipper pouches before….but the reason for this pattern is to get a really specific fit with metal zippers, in many lengths.  YES.  I love metal zippers. They give your projects a unique and polished look.  (I’ve got links to good zipper shops here in the listing, and on the Headquarters Page).

Since metal zippers come in many standard lengths, I made this pattern to fit the exact range of zippers from 5 inches up to 12.  That gives you lots of options!  I love having these perfectly rounded bon-bon looking pattern pieces all ready to sew with.

This pattern is great for beginners up to advanced sewers–even if you’ve never sewn a zipper before!  You’ll be able to follow along with the detailed instructions and clear illustrations.  Plus there’s a cheat sheet of quick steps included at the end, so it’s easy sew again and again.  Here are some snippets from the pattern:

Bon Bon Pouch sewing pattern from MADE Everyday with DanaThere are tips in the pattern for:
• Sewing with interfacing
• Sewing with vinyl
• Sewing with zippers
• Topstitching/quilting ideas
• Tips for getting a nice polished finish

It’s all in there!
With plenty of room for your own lipgloss and summer shades.

So grab the Parfait Pouch Pattern HERE – $4
And check out the Headquarters page HERE, with additional tips and info.

Of course I want to see what you make, so tag your photos on Instagram with #parfaitpouch and @made_everyday.
Have fun sewing!