11 February 2010

My Creative Space 'faux screen printing & Euro style'

Greetings all,
Clearly after that last Creative Space post showing off my imported fabric collection from 10 years in the craft business, I have exposed myself to well meaning crafters & mothers who would sell their children or break & enter to feed their fabric addiction.
It has been gloomy weather since school resumed last week & my children are not as exhausted as I had hoped they would be with school filling their brains with new information & wearing out their bodies in the playground. So apart from my eldest venturing out with friends to the annual Canberra Multicultural Festival on the weekend (with her Japanese family & this time they ate Thai food) . . . well, it's just been school runs, homework, covering books & sewing like a woman possessed as markets loom near.
Well this is what I have been busy busy busy doing for the past few days. Wanting to go for a bit of a Euro meets Winter feel, with 'faux' screen printing designs & these gorgeous fabric colours mixed up. Had to prove to myself I can do a muted plain palate as well as blasts of colourful patterned fabric ensembles!!  I also find people ask for dresses with sleeves, so these can be trans-seasonal or popped over a skivvy & tights.  My range goes from size 2 to 8 for girls so there is something nice available for those approaching tween years who don't want black, vampire, mini skirt trash look.  I'll do up to size 10 shortly, just want to trial these first.

some dresses have capped sleeves, some elastic & some flat hemmed, some elastic hem (size 2-3 only)
mixing up the shapes & designs so each one is unique

my Euro colour palate
poor man's screen printing works just as well - cookie cutter shapes, fabric paint & press with iron
So these dresses will make their debut at Mathilda’s Market in Canberra, Sunday 28th February. I made 30 odd dresses from the 9 fabrics I purchased on Friday afternoon (Lincraft sale) & so far used about half of the fabric I purchased – great in case of orders & more stock for Handmade Market on Sunday 28th March. So yes, very fruitful rainy hibernation. 

Happy sewing & production for those of you already back into markets!! Love Posie

38 comments:

Violet and Rose said...

I love your poor mans screen printing! If you hadn't have said, I would have guessed very rich man's printing. Good for you for doing up to size 10. Our weather is very steamy. Waiting for a good old fashioned Melbourne cool change. Whatever happened to them?

Kirsty said...

Also loving the poor mans screen printing.

It sounds like you've been super busy getting organised for your market kick off.

Mel said...

Are you kidding me? You did those with cookie cutters?? You are my hero they look bloody amazing! Well done you!

Rosalind said...

ha ha nice to see you here too! they turned out well Posie :-) I too grabbed some fabric in the sale...

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Cookie cutter!! Seriously?! Love it! The dresses are super cute too. And in the dry season you need a little sleeve because it gets sooo cold ;) xox

The Handmaden said...

They look marvellous, the prints really look professional.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I cannot beleive how neat they are!!! With cookie cutter shapes!!!

Kylie said...

I love the cut of these shirts and I cannot believe you've done these designs with biscuit shapes! That is amazing - good on you. K

clare's craftroom said...

You are a clever girl ! So right there is a need for real kids clothes ie not trashy , not black and not printed with inapproprite sayings !!!

Christina said...

30 odd dresses??!! I rather failed at making one pair of pants, I am sooo impressed by 30 odd dresses!

Love the faux screen printing too. Clever little miss that you are! :)

Tracey said...

posie you innovator! who knew cookie cutters could be used for something other than play doh :)
I love the colours & the deers are my fav.
T x

Buttons by Lou Lou said...

Wow, that is very clever screen printing I would say. They look great.

Caz said...

You are so creative Posie. Love it. (ps -thanks for my little pressie - it arrived safe and sound in the mail and I love it!!)

Tania said...

I never in a million years would have come up with it - but that muted colour palette is nothing short of FABULOUS!

plushka said...

Your dresses look great! I love the print! Well done!

Michelle said...

Love the cookie cutter screen prints - very inspired!

Kylie said...

Oh poor mans screen printing - must give that a go:)

have little teething man pulling me away fom the computer - must dash:(

Corrie said...

oh wow well done! poor mans screen printing high end results!

love it! no wonder you were quiet today

Corrie:)

Posie Patchwork said...

Looks like my next post should be on 'how to screen print' without the screen!! Yes, these cookie cutters were like 100 for $10 at Aldi, fabric paint around $13-15 per small bottle, spongey sticks & paint brushes around $5 from Woolworths (well stolen from the children's art supply box). It's REALLY that easy. Just be patient with the iron which heat sets it - 5 minutes of your life you'll never get back, per print!! Love Posie

Penny said...

Wow, they look great! I bet they'll be popular at Mathilda's!

Kate said...

Loving those little tops with sleeves. The printing looks ace too. X

ninaribena said...

OMG!!!! They absolutely ROCK... that is too awesome Miss Posie!! The colours are perfect L.O.V.E it, and the prints are really REALLY cool - quickly adding some Posie to my Mathilda's post! xxx

Tammy James said...

I'm hope I get to stop by Mathildas would love to say hi IRL and also want to meet my online friend Corrie from Retro mummy say hi to Michelle from Poppy Bean and Bloss, check out all of your gorgeous wares IRL...if only it wasn't a work day ...well time will tell if I can make it or not. Love your printing technique!

yardage girl said...

Brilliant idea and really nicely done too. I'm impressed - a really original approach. This is exactly why I love "my creative space" Thursday so much! Nic

Catherine said...

Geee you're very clever and creative. I love the colours you've chosen and the cutter patterns super cute. They'll be a hit for sure.:)

Allyson said...

Just came across this and I have to say - WOW! What a great idea and great designs! I work for a high end screen printing company - and I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed!!

gretchenmist said...

your dresses are super cute! love the different coloured sleeves.
and u have quite the fabric stash there!!
thanks for your comment :)

The Sewing Dork said...

Cookie cutters?! Who would've thunk? Well obviously you did. I am soooo impressed.

Linda said...

oh my goodness Jennie these are gorgeous if only my girls were little! I love your previous housewife post and nearly fell off my chair when I saw your stash, that is one impressive lot of fabric, to die for I would say xx

Beach Vintage said...

You are a very clever miss. Love the dresses.

Marysville custom screen printing said...

Thanks for sharing a nice blog.I really like your blog. The collection you have posted here is really very nice. Great post!

Becky said...

Love the screen printing idea. Might have to give that a try... one day...

About Mathilda's Market said...

Love the colours Jennie, can't wait to see them in a couple of week! cheers, Anne

Market Girl said...

Cant wait to see these at Handmade.

m.e (Cathie) said...

Fabulous Ms Posie!
now that is a very clever & inventive way to use cookie cutters.
we also have the gigantic Aldi tub of cutters aswell, fabulous!!

Sarah said...

Fab idea! I love your poor mans screen printing! So beautiful and stylish! I like! Best of luck at market, sounds amazing!

My Love is..... said...

what a great idea and these look awesome!! Great work.

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