We have arrived at the changing of the seasons. The store's inventory seems sort of small right now and I think the whole family is anticipating the arrival of the new fall collections from Holland. We have a system worked out for D-Day when the collections finally come. Claire and Emmeline sit on the steps to let us know when the truck comes and when it comes, 2 things happen like clockwork: Claire gets ready to work and Emmeline suddenly needs to sit in the bathroom for an hour...with a book conveniently waiting for her.
Claire's job is to grab the pink and purple bolts of fabric and make her pile of fabrics that I am NOT to sell under any circumstances. I've caught her trying to hide them. Emmeline, once out of the loo, makes sure she is not working harder than anyone else; that would be unfair. Colin brings the bolts in and I run around the house directing traffic and begging him to bring them in slower...ONE AT A TIME, please! I can't enjoy them when they come all together! It's really a very good day. :)
Every season, as I go through the collections, I try to challenge myself as well as my store to stretch a little in a direction I haven't been before. It's pretty easy to see the fabrics that will be popular and an easy sell, but I do want to be about more than that. I don't like to be spoon fed.
And this summer, as my oldest went from 8 to 12 years in a matter of months, I really wanted to look for fabrics that would appeal to her. I'm not ready to stop sewing for her yet!
So when I saw these beauties, something I may not even have really looked at before, I decided to give them a try. They do sort of get those creative juices flowing, don't they?
They are a fantastic quality jersey knit with 5% spandex and 95% cotton. When they came in, I couldn't stop touching them they were so soft. So, an all 'round fabulous jersey for clothing. It's a good place to start, but these fabrics feel like they need to part of a bigger picture. I think as a whole picture, this Canadian may feel a little on sensory overload.
So I opted to bring in black and white stripes for the back and hood. It plays with the striped leggings of lady on the print which I thought was fun. And then I added navy star cuffs to the sleeves because I didn't quite get the length right (somebody grew!) and I kinda like how it turned out.
And finally, just because I'm not quite ready to be done ruffling yet, I added a little ruffle to the back in stripes hoping it would grow the ruffle up a little.
Emmeline has worn the shirt 3 days in a row which I think is really the best way to judge its success. I feel like I won! When it comes to this girl of mine, I live to sew another day!