I’m working on a new pattern for a little owl. This will actually be my first print pattern! It’ll be a two-sided card and should be ready in a few months. I wanted this owl to be a project you could make in an hour and hold in the palm of your hand – a perfect little Christmas or birthday gift for a boy or girl, child or adult – and something you can make from two fat quarters or a few precious scraps.
I’m still working on the finished samples, but I though I’d show you some in-progress steps. First, the sketch. I made this about a month ago.
I mostly remained faithful to this initial idea, although the curved forehead proved to be too tedious for a quick and easy sewing experience and I changed the eye from embroidered sleepy eyes to plastic safety eyes.
Next, trying out body shapes. Each iteration is subtly different from the one before. I tweaked the darts quite a bit.
And then some prototypes. I did these in color to help me see where things should be dark or light, patterned or solid. These use so little fabric it’s really not a problem to use prints rather than muslin for prototypes.
This morning I worked on the first of several samples. The print is a lovely piece of vintage fabric (maybe from the 40’s?) given to me by a friend.
I love this final stage. I have so many pretty fabric combinations picked out for more samples.
After a summer spent working on all sorts of projects for other companies – freelance writing and teaching online classes – I’m thrilled to be working on my own projects again. I cleaned my desk and cleared my inbox. I’m ready for fall.