Recently Amy Butler and her assistant Mallory got in touch to see if I’d be willing to kick off a blog tour for Amy’s new fabrics. Of course I immediately said yes! I know everyone is thrilled to see Amy’s designs on the new apparel-friendly substrates of rayon, corduroy, and voile for the first time, and to see the field of organic fabrics getting even more varied and spectacular. Here’s Amy telling us about each new substrate and sharing gorgeous inspirational images of these fabrics at work. See the end of the post for PDF files that will show you exactly which prints are available on each substrate. — Kim
Thanks for joining me today along with Kim and the True Up readers to kick off my blog tour! I’ll be sharing the scoop on my latest Soul Blossoms substrates. There’s my new Organic Soul (all organic cotton) in quilting & garment weight as well as my exciting fashion fabrics (to fan the flames of your inner fashion designer)! I’m flattered and thrilled to be here — so let’s jump right in!
From the striking beauty of flowing saris in rich, vibrant color that captivated me on my travels in India, I’ve introduced five of my favorite Soul Blossoms prints uniquely scaled for fashion in the softest rayon. The women of India are so confidently expressive in their glorious jewel-toned prints with multi-hued flowers and designs, it’s wonderfully uplifting to see that passion. My beautiful rayon has this inspired spirit and a very silky hand that is versatile enough to experiment with endless fashionable projects; from dresses & elegant tunics for the warm weather to graceful scarves, pantaloons, skirts and more!
In my continuing quest for the most wonderful textures and fabrics, I’ve found a renewed love for corduroy! In this new Soul Blossoms collection I chose four dynamic prints rescaled (especially with sewing for baby and kids in mind) along with two solid colors for creating some very soft, and very comforting jewel-toned projects for home & fashion. I’ve picked the highest quality fine wale corduroy with an amazingly supple hand and a beautifully unique weight & body. I wanted it to offer you the most diversity across a wide breadth of sewing inspirations, and if you’re like me, you’ll have a blast dreaming up ideas for this timeless, super-soft fabric!
I’ve always fantasized about working with Voile! It is so romantic and graceful. I imagine giant blowing sheers in richly painted blue/green doorways in Varanasi, India, during my travels. I chose eight of my luscious Soul Blossoms prints scaled down for fresh fashion, as well as well as four mixing solids so you could dream up your dreamiest quilts, tunics, scarves, maxi dresses or sweet outfits for your favorite little ones! With such a soft feel and flow, my new voile is perfectly suited for the rich, jewel-toned prints. I can’t wait to bring some of my India inspirations to life, And I can’t wait to see yours!
It’s been a long time dream of mine to be able to provide an organic option for my fabric collections and “Organic Soul” has been well worth the wait! Having a sustainable, beautiful line for quilting and fashion sewing was my focus and the delicious hand and gorgeous quality will inspire your next projects for loved ones, little ones and of course yourself! The prints are derived and rescaled from my most popular Soul Blossoms designs and lovingly reproduced on a 100% organic cotton using low impact dyes. The soulful inspirations behind this line go hand in hand with the spirit of the material. You’ll feel uplifted by the dreamy jewel tone prints and multi hued flowers and designs. It’s my hope that you connect as deeply with this line as I do. Be inspired and let your Creative Soul shine!
Each and every substrate is so versatile and fun to play with. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new patterns and sewing techniques when working with these unique fabrics, you might be surprised what you come up with! Visit my website to see inspirational images of the Rayon and Corduroy – Voile and Organic images are coming soon!
Thanks again to Kim for letting me stop by today, be sure to stop over at Quilter’s Buzz on Monday the 18th to learn a little bit more about my Rayon and Corduroy substrates. I hope you’re having a creative week and hopefully this gives you a bit of bright inspiration! - xo, Amy
Soul Blossoms rayon and corduroy are in stores now; voile and Organic Soul will follow later in the summer/fall.