FreeSpirit Apparel Fabrics


FreeSpirit is taking their “lifestyle fabrics” branding seriously. Later this year we can look forward to a number of apparel fabric collections from new and established designers, and I couldn’t be more excited. Above, a rayon poplin print from the Van Gogh collection (designer unknown). (via blempgorf). Jay McCarroll’s and Anna Maria Horner’s upcoming collections will be printed on knits and cotton voile, respectively. Below, a print from Jay’s microbiologically inspired Germania Knits (I’m seeing mother-son matching T-shirts), and Anna Maria’s Little Folks voile (oh, the dresses we’ll make!). Check out Folksy Flannels too and think snuggly quilts and PJs. I will definitely be posting more in-depth about these collections when they are finalized and available in stores, but for now they are viewable through the designer bio pages on the FreeSpirit site.




  1. amanda says:

    While I love the idea of sewing a quilt with flannel, when I actually tried it with some Amy Butler flannel, it was a stretchy, distorted nightmare! Hopefully Anna Maria will give us some tips on sewing with flannel when that line comes out!

  2. Tina says:

    Voile is quite different from flannel. I can’t wait for it!


  3. Feed Dog says:

    You can’t argue with fun prints being released on a widening array of base fabrics, but as a quilter I wonder what the implications are. Quilting has led (and saved) the American consumer textile industry for quite some time, and I wonder if that’s starting to change as new sewers are buying the fabric for aprons, baby gear, and apparel–and why should they be stuck with cotton aimed at quilters? I just hope the great fabric designs that have been released over the last several years don’t totally depart quilting cotton in favor of other things–we quilters aren’t all fusty old ladies! I’m glad FreeSpirit is (it seems) releasing Germania in both woven cotton and a knit–would you believe me if I said I’ve been waiting for microbe prints?

    At any rate, it’ll be interesting to see what happens, and more fabric choices is a good thing.