Printed fabric

21 Jul

I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of Spoonflower.  I really want to make some fabric of my own, but it’s a bit of a conundrum:

If I’m to make my own fabric, it should be some design that isn’t available in some other form, already (i.e. houndstooth)  -> which means it’s really got to be some obnoxious print -> but when I sew things out of an obnoxious print, I am much less likely to wear them -> yet if I design my own fabric, I really want to make it into something to wear, a lot, with pride.
And around again I go. So I’ve been thinking about the question of “distinctive prints” on fabric, I was walking down the street mulling this over in my mind, in fact, when I passed the University of the Arts, with this display in the window:

It’s a “Banner” fashion assignment, where the students made clothing out of cloth repurposed from advertising banners. If that’s not a question of “distinctive prints”, I’m not sure what is.

What I think the universe is suggesting is “be bold”… I’m not sure I’m ready to sport entire faces on my chest, but I appreciate the students of UArts for suggesting the way.

3 Responses to “Printed fabric”

  1. Trends and Tribulations July 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    This is quite interesting. I have to say, I am all for making your own fabric! I enjoy your blog, I’d love for you to check out mine- I think you would also enjoy. (

  2. mrsmole July 22, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    I guess it is better to have the face motif on the front of the garment than on the back!

    • handmadejulie July 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Eyes on the back of my…shoulders? Yeah. Faces are rough, on fabric!

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