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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Let's Get Out of Here

You've probably read it everywhere, but Google Reader's shutting down. According to Google there's still 490 people using reader to follow this blog, and there's only 2 days left to switch to another reader! I've switched to Bloglovin (cause its so puhrretty) but I didn't do any research, just took the first one I liked. So if you are reading this through Reader and you want to keep following me and Paprika Patterns do as follows:

Bloglovin: Click here. Then click 'Import from Google Reader'. You'll have to re-catagorize your feeds, but then you're done.

Feedly: Go here, then click 'One-Click Google Reader Import'. Log in with your Google account, and you're done.

Hope to see you on the other side!

P.S. You can now also find me on Kollabora. A great platform for sharing your handmade items. So much more user friendly than Burdastyle. Come join me!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Big Reveal!

I'm so excited this moment has finally come! We've chosen our name a few months ago, but I didn't want to reveal it until we had a logo and brand style. So, with no further ado, I present to you, our indie sewing pattern company:

Yay! We don't have an official style motto yet, but I can tell you something about the concept. We want to set ourselves apart from other designers by creating simple but clever patterns with a bit of edgyness. The fit of our garments is comfortable but the design makes you stand out from the crowd. Our logo depicts this style. It looks simple but there's more than meets the eye. First, it looks like there are two P's in it, but they are mirrored so they're not actual P's. Second, something I am most excited about: at the same time these not-P's form an abstract sewing machine! Aah!

We've set up a landing page (CHECK IT OUT!) where you can fill in your emailadress  This will subscribe you to our newsletter, and through this you'll be the first to know when the patterns come out. If you've filled in the first survey about the skirt you're already on the list. If you're not sure, just sign up again and we'll take out double entries.

Anddd... we're off!! :D

Monday, June 24, 2013

Coming up This Week

Just a quick message to say that I won't be able to make something for the Pattern Magic Project this week. There's a couple of projects that I need to finish asap, but I'm hoping I'll have time to get it done for next wednesday. Although we also really busy finalizing the pattern (yay!) and there's regular work and the firetruck needs maintenance... Anyway, we'll see what gets done and what doesn't!

There will be something up on the blog this wednesday though, we're about to reveal the name and logo of our pattern company. Hooray!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dye & Print

The goal of the stamp workshop I attended a couple of months ago was ofcourse to print my own fabric. It took me a while to get there though. First I ordered fabric from the Dharma Trading, who sell all kinds of natural fabrics especially suited for dyeing. Miriam of Mad Mim had used a silk rayon blend for her printed scout tee, but I thought that was a bit on the sheer side so I went with a bamboo rayon blend. I also ordered their fiber reactive dyes in coral and safari grey. Their dyes have this "contains chemicals that cause cancer" warning. Ehm, what? So why would I want to dye something with this stuff I wear on my bare skin? And wash this down the water system where it gets recycled and winds up in my tap again? I did it anyway because maybe I don't care enough (apparently). That bamboo-rayon blend though... what a wonderful fabric. The drape is so so nice, and I love that it's a natural fabric. I'm thinking of getting a couple more yards, I could live in this stuff.

As you can see I used coral pink. I had intended for it to come out a bit darker, and it hasn't dyed evenly either. I do like this effect so I don't mind. Then I tried out some stamps and colours and settled on the triple V stamp. I also tried birds and raindrops but since the shirt was already so pink I wanted to counterbalance it with a bold stamp. And I think it worked out! I cut out the pieces and then stamped them so I could control the placement. I started at the front, in the middle and was going to print it all over. But after three rows I took a step back and I really liked it this way. A little tip: don't ever try to correct a stamp. It just gets messy.

I drafted this pattern myself, I wanted to start working with wovens and needed a couple of easy shirts for this summer. The sleeves need some revisioning, but other than that I'm pretty satisfied with this shirt. I used my rolled hem foot for the hem (first time) and Grainline's neckline tutorial. Jen's blog is my go-to place for tutorials, they're just so clever.

This is the first time I'm wearing something pink. Ever! I always thought it was too girly, but the truth is, it suits me a whole lot better than red-orange tones. I might start wearing it more often, I've got a lot more of that cancer-causing dye, hehe. I'd like to experiment with using more colours and tie-dyeing. Sallie-oh does wonderful things with dyes. I'd steal her wardrobe if I could! So I'm curious, do you have that same feeling about Dharma? Have you printed clothing (show us!)?