Welcome to the next stop on the Observer Fabric blog tour! I am honored that the lovely April Rhodes asked me to participate in promoting her newest fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Observer. April's work always has an earthy and wanderlust feel to it, and this group is no exception.
April kindly sent me enough of the two prints I picked to make full outfits. Thanks April! I selected one print in knit and one in quilt weight cotton, both of course in navy, my favorite color to wear. If you've never used Art Gallery quilt weight before, you're in for a treat because it's some of the softest quilt weight on the market. It's silky and soft and nicer than most.
I debated what to do with the quilt weight, then decided to sew up my Emery Dress pattern. I thought the grid of the print suited the Emery well and both the pattern and the fabric would shine together. I treated the print like a plaid and lined up the blocks and grid so the white lines matched up around the garment. I also thought with the grid the fabric lent itself to pleats more so than gathers, so I pleated the skirt by simply cutting the length I wanted by the width of the selvage, then pleated it to fit the bodice.
I've worn it a bunch, so apologies for the wrinkled backside! I love this dress and see it getting a lot of wear since it's nice but not fancy. A perfect garment in my book!
For the knit I really took a long time to decide what to make. I thought about sewing up a Moneta Dress from Colette Patterns, but since I was making an Emery, the Moneta felt too similar. Then I realized why I was struggling to decide what to make; basically I wanted to wear this fabric like a blanket at home all day every day. So then it occurred to me, that means loungewear!
I sewed up a Lark Tee from Grainline Studio, which is probably the 10th one I've made. It is by far my main go to pattern for a t-shirt. I knew I wanted to sew leggings with the rest of the fabric to make a full pajama outfit and looked through my stash to find that I had both the Ooh La Leggings from Papercut Patterns, as well as the Pacific Leggings from Sewaholic. I love the lines on the Ooh La Leggings, so I decided to give those a try. Oh man, I am so glad I did! They immediately became a instant staple and I've sewn them twice since, both in a shorter length for wearing to the gym.
For activewear like this, I prefer sewing with knits just like the Art Gallery knit, which is mostly cotton with a little spandex. It's the knit I suggest all beginners start with because it's stable due to the cotton, but it has a great return and bounces back into shape beautifully because of the spandex. It is soft and spongey and feels like wearing a cloud. It is the perfect fabric when I want to make something more stable but not thick.
The print on the knit is similar to the quilt weight print I picked, in that there is a loose almost deconstructed feel to the design. You can't see the seam lines in the leggings, but that is not of a concern for me with these at all, as my intent is that I wear them at home as jammies. Hence the photos taken at home and not out on the streets of LA!
If you'd like to see the whole list of the Observer Fabric blog tour, and see a gorgeous look book filled with inspirational ideas, visit April's post here with links to everyone's websites. Tomorrow the tour stops at my dear friend Rae's blog, and no doubt she's made something delightful for herself or someone in her family.
Thanks again to April for including me in the tour! I've already worn all three of these items multiple times and I see them all getting loads more wear in the future. I couldn't recommend the Art Gallery base fabrics enough, so if you've never sewn with them, go give them a try!