Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Voile (and) Ahh

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Voiles. 6 of them this time around in colors that I feel like wearing these days. The scale on the "Clippings" (rose, butterfly) print is about half the size that it is in the quilting cotton varieties. I think its nice to have it smaller particularly for clothing.

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Here are a few shots of Eleni wearing the "Clippings" print in Sherry as part of her Easter dress that I am (finally) managing to post. This quick little design is sort of a glorified pillowcase dress with a solid voile lining and the beautiful embroidered ribbon for the front fixed sash.

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We thought it would be extra chic to have the draw-thru shoulder ties only bow up on one side. Oui. You'll see these fabrics in action more when I share a new sewing pattern called Painted Portrait Blouse & Dress that I'm working on.

Here is the official write-up for my Loulouthi inspirations:

Loulouthi is a treasure box of all that I love about flowers and fabric coming together in form and inspiration. The word loulouthi simply translates from the Greek as “flower”. But in an ongoing story, my cultural heritage has enlivened these fabrics with visions of needleworks in progress, the gentle tending of village gardens, and the luxury of living alongside everyday works of art. The language of flowers and floral handiwork has spoken to me since before I could thread my own needles, and this collection is my reply to all that beauty.

Tomorrow, some laminates. All of the cottons, voiles and laminates are now on view at the freespirit site here. If you're a numbers and color name type of person. (I am assuming that everyone who is reading this is.?.)

Oh, the Ahh part of this post is that AAAAHHHHHhhhhhhhh, I'm home. Market was so, so fun, and hugely exciting with all that I got to share. Booth pics will follow all the little collection release shots here soon.

smooch, Anna

42 comments:

  1. beautiful anna! i can't wait to get my hands on these fabrics!

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  2. The fabrics are gorgeous, as usual ofcourse. And that dress with the embroidered (?) sash. Beautiful!

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  3. Welcome back. I'm enjoying seeing pictures of you and your booth popping up in the blogosphere. Fabulous!

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  4. Beautiful, Anna! Can't wait to see more, and hopefully have some in hand soon. I love your inspiration. And the colors of the voile pieces are PERFECT... I'm loving all those colors!

    Can't wait to see Market pics!
    Have a wonderful day~
    xxx Achaia

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  5. Welcome home.
    I love that you share your thought process, the inspiration for your prints. I have even more appreciation for fabric... as art, as a canvas with someone's story, and I love that you have given me this deeper love, so thank you!

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  6. I think this is your prettiest collection yet, I'm so excited to get my hands on it!

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  7. as always- you amaze me. I love this line and look forward to that dress pattern I have a six year old little girl that would love it (my own little girl, I also have 8 sons)

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  8. gorgeous dress, especially with that embroidered ribbon sash !!!

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  9. Yay---more inspiration to finish up all the works in progress so I can justify buying some new goodies :-)

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  10. Welcome back! It was wonderful to see you again!
    betz

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  11. Just lovely! Can't wait to add a stack or two to my horde of fabrics!

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  12. These are absolutely stunning!

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  13. I'm pretty sure I want a me-sized version of her sweet Easter dress!

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  14. I'm such a huge fan of your voiles (really, all your prints) and can't wait for these. You've hit it out of the park as usual. I also love how your voiles always seem to be in my color wheel for clothes!

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  15. I love everything about that dress! The details are perfection! Thank you for showing the fabrics in use so that I can have more of a vision for how they can be used in future projects. Definitely love these.

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  16. Perhaps my shortest comment ever: LOVE! I'm so glad you're back!

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  17. Vintage Ruth2:33 PM

    I'm loving it all! Thank you for posting! I can't wait to see the patterns and then all the Flickr pool creations!

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  18. I've got an all voile quilt in the works and I can't wait to add these to it!
    Lovely line, as always
    PS I also can't wait for those cross-stitch inspired fabrics. My Baba would be so excited if she were here.

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  19. Haha, that one side bow clearly is a Oui! And so is this voile Anna - Also love the combination with the LFN ribbon. I'm selling her designs in Europe and feel lucky everytime I open a box of spools!

    I'm going to check out the Free Spirit site tout-de-suite!

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  20. Rebecca2:53 PM

    So beautiful Anna! Did you hear my cries of joy yesterday when I ran across the news that you will be releasing cross stitch patterns later in the year? Maybe you have mentioned it before and I missed the news, but cross stitch is actually my first love and to see your sampler made my week!

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  21. Julie3:25 PM

    Those are so lovely! I've been brainstorming a dress to make for a summer wedding and I think the Clippings from group one is just the ticket (is that background black?), with trim details of the coordinates!!! You made my day!

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  22. Oh it looks lovely! I agree about having slightly smaller prints for clothing. I've really liked that coordinating voiles and laminates seemed to have become more popular in the quilt/fabric designer world, but a lot of the patterns- while I love them, I can't really see myself wearing them. But I really WANT to be wearing VAH17Mermaid and Perfume, right now!

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  23. Julie- yes, BLACK background, almost unheard of it seems, no? :) have fun with your dress :)
    xo, Anna

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  24. Seriously. You just amaze me.

    I know the long days at the Market must be very tiring. I hope you get plenty of rest this coming weekend.

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  25. Just gorgeous. I will need to have some of the "Clippings" for at least a shirt!

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  26. Colleen6:44 PM

    can't wait can't wait can't wait. from the top the third, fourth, and fifth fabrics are calling out to me to make dresses dresses dresses. which is not to say i'm not buying the others, there's something about that green and black that's killing! WHEN ARE THEY IN STORES???

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  27. OH I can't wait! Now I need to talk my LQS owner into stocking them ALL!!

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  28. Absolutely beautiful! And thank you for being a textile designer who pronounces the word correctly. Afterall, it is French, non?

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  29. Oh! Any chance you might be selling your pattern for that dress? I would love, love, love it for me! And you r fabrics are some of my FAVORITE that you have done. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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  30. The last time I was in your beautiful home, we had a discussion as to what your style would be called. I call this collection Modern Hippy :) It reminds me of the sheets and blankets my mother had when I was a child, but updated with modern (and fantastic!!) colors.

    Can't wait to see Market pics! And to sew with you again!

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