Design Summer School Show and Tell

I signed up for the Make it in Design summer school classes a few weeks ago. I shared a little about the first assignment, and I wanted to share my final thoughts and a couple of the finished designs from the work I did.

The second round of briefs were somewhat related to each other. The intermediate brief asked us to design an animal print with our own twist. I started with a giraffe print design. Originally I used brighter colors and layered some ikat shapes over it, but it wasn’t really working. I was watercolor painting with the kids one day and made this little giraffe. I scanned him in and added him to the design, then made one of them yellow to add a bit of color and interest. It’s a little bit whimsical with the giraffe illustration, but I think it could work for children’s products and adult products.

Giraffe print bag Mock-up | Radiant Home Studio

The advanced brief asked us to design a tribal collage motif. They suggested making 3 or 4 separate designs and then putting them together in a collage style pattern. I made several bright colored African/tribal designs, but in the end I liked the more earthy colors together. The rhino comes from a stamp that I carved out a few weeks ago for the Spoonflower Rhino design I made.

Animal Tribal Design Summer School | Radiant Home Studio

For week 3 the intermediate brief asked for feather designs. I saw a lot of designs popping up using just feathers, but mine seemed to be lacking something when I had a simple feather design. I came back to it later, used a different color palette, and added nests for my birds and feathers. The birds don’t stand out as much as I’d like, so I may do some recoloring. I like the overall look of the pattern though and I think adding the nests made it more “me”.

One of the biggest challenges for me was learning to create product mock-ups. I’m limited to Photoshop elements right now, so some of the tools I needed to make designs wrap around 3-D products were not available. Wallpaper and flat illustrated mock-ups were the easiest to learn and use with my current tools, so I made a lot of those.

Feathered Nest Wallpaper design  | Radiant Home studio

The final advanced brief asked for an intricate design. It was supposed to be a chaotic as well, but I ended up with a more “organized” design. I also used the wall paper mock-up to showcase the design. Here’s a look at the sketch I started with and then the final design.

Intricate Chaos Wallpaper Design | Radiant Home Studio

Overall, I enjoyed the challenge of making these designs. The push outside my comfort zone forced me to learn some new skills and work with color palettes I would not have chosen. The more designs I make, the more I develop a sense of my own style. I also appreciated the community aspect of the summer school classes. Many people shared helpful resources and design tips in the private discussion forums. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do with these skills, but I know I love making designs and patterns…for now I’m just going to keep making them!

If you are interested, you can see a full gallery of the submitted designs!

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I’ve Added a Tutorial Page

Summer has flown by and we are back into a normal school routine. I’ve been tidying up around the house and I’ve been hoping to get a few things organized on the blog too.

It’s only been a few months, but some of my content from last year is already getting buried in the archives, so…

I’ve add a new tutorial page to my site to help you find my projects more easily!

 

Tutorials Page| Radiant Home Studio

You can still use the search button at the bottom of the sidebar to find anything I’ve posted, but now new readers can see all of the older content in one place.

Current projects include full sewing tutorials for totes and bags, embroidery projects, simple pattern modifications, quilting tutorials, tips for using your tools correctly, and tutorials to improve your sewing technique.

I’ll be adding new tutorials as I write them, so you can bookmark the page and come back to it later.

What other kinds of projects and tutorials would you like to see from me? 

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Schoolboy Vest for Pattern Parcel #4

This bundle of boy sewing patterns from Pattern Parcel includes a lot of basics. The other patterns—skinny jeans, a zippy jacket, and a great button-up—are all very wearable, even for active little boys. I will certainly be making the rest after the sale ends tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 5th), but I managed to fit in a tweed Schoolboy Vest this week.

Schoolboy Vest | Radiant Home Studio

While I was thrift store shopping for the sweatshirts to make the Knight Hoodie, I found this long wool tweed skirt and bought it to make some Schoolboy Vests. The skirt is large and fully lined, so I’ll be able to get two whole, fully-lined vests out of this $3 skirt!

School Boy Vest | Radiant Home Studio

Thrift stores are one of the best places to find fabric for kids clothes. It helps to have a few patterns in mind so you know how much fabric you might need. I went with the Knight Hoodie in mind, but I had also just reviewed the entire bundle of patterns. When I saw the tweed and remembered the vests, I knew it would be perfect!

Tweed Schoolboy Vest | Pattern by SewMuch Ado |Radiant Home Studio

When you are looking for fabric at the thrift store, look for large items with lots of fabric. Also look for high quality brands that use better fabric so your garments will last longer. Skirts and dresses work really well, and you can find high quality fabric for a fraction of the price. I cut my skirt up the side seam and opened it up. I had about 2 full yards of wool tweed and 2 yards of lining fabric. That’s less than $1 per yard!

Schoolboy Vest | Welt Pocket | Radiant Home Studio

The vest pattern has options for a welt pocket, or a faux welt pocket. I made mine with the actual pockets. The directions were clear and easy to follow with lots of detailed photos. The pockets were the most time consuming part of the process, but I think they will go much faster the second time around.

Schoolboy Vest | Welt Pocket | Radiant Home Studio

I made a size 4, which fits my two middle boys. I would love to make one for my size 8 bigger boy, but he still needs some convincing that it’s cool enough. It doesn’t matter how many times I point out the older teenage guys at church with cool vests and jeans. The other 10 yr. olds aren’t wearing them, so…

This pattern bundle includes 5 patterns for boys including:

Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Pattern Parcel #4
Pattern Parcel lets you name your own price to support indie designers and an educational charity called Donor’s Choose.The Knight Hoodie is a bonus pattern when you choose to donate more. Check out the website for more details!

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle | Radiant Home Studio

About Pattern Parcel:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

*Pattern Parcel graciously provided these patterns in exchange for helping them spread the word. All opinions about the patterns are my own, and as always, I love to support independent designers and makers.

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22
casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23
Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24
little betty sews

Monday, August 25
Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26
La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27
Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28
Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi’s Mom

Friday, August 29
Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30
FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31
Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver’s Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1
a happy stitch || lady and the gents ||
Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2
verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3
Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4
Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5
Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California

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Tessellation Quilt Top Finished

A few weeks ago Sara at SewSweetness announced a quilt sew-along using the Tessellation Quilt pattern by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle. I’ve mostly avoided quilting because it seemed like a huge time commitment. I figured I would get started and end up with half a quilt in a pile in the corner that would never be finished.

Tessellation Quilt | Triangle Quilt | Alison Glass | Radiant Home Studio

The sew-along provided some motivation for me to finish and it was fun to watch everyone else’s quilts come together as I watched their instagram feeds. (#tessellationsal) I also really enjoyed learning to put together the quilt using paper piecing. It was much more enjoyable than cutting out pieces so precisely.

Tessellation Quilt Top | Triangle Quilt | Radiant Home Studio

I have finished my quilt top, and now I have the backing and quilting to look forward to. I haven’t chosen a backing fabric yet, though I’m leaning toward a solid fabric with a stripe of scraps across the back. I also like the idea of hand quilting it along the diagonal lines.

For the fabric lovers, I have used 2 bundles of Anna Maria Horner fabric from her Dowry and Pretty Potent lines, mixed with a bundle of Cotton & Steel basics in Splash. The quilt pattern called for more solid prints, but I decided that I wanted something more cozy for the living room. I would love to try making this again with solid fabrics and playing with the color placement a bit more. You could really make some amazing effects with the blocks placed in different places or with the color fading into another color.

I did not plan my blocks ahead of time. I tried to use the fabrics equally but used similar ideas for each block. For example, my “C” blocks all have the same fabric on both sides creating a “sandwich”. The “D” blocks all fade from lighter to darker. I tried to make some of the blocks mostly orange, some mostly dark blue, and some mostly light blue to allow the triangle shapes to stand out among the busy prints. Winging it is probably not the best quilting strategy, but for the cozy look I wanted—random worked.

So, here is my finished Tessellation Quilt top, ready to be backed and quilted.

Tessellation Quilt Top | Triangle Quilt | Radiant Home Studio

If you use instagram, and feel so inclined…there is a prize for the most regrammed finished quilt top picture. Please feel free to share!

What do you think? How should I quilt it?

Also linked at Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.

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Knight Hoodie for Pattern Parcel #4

Pattern Parcel #4 is a fabulous collection of sewing patterns for boys!

How fun is this Knight Hoodie? One of my boys celebrated a birthday last week, so this turned out to be the perfect gift.

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle | Radiant Home Studio

I didn’t have time to order fabric before his birthday, so I went “fabric shopping” at Goodwill. I bought two large men’s sweatshirts, which I was able to cut up and put back together as a knight hoodie. One of the sweatshirts had a great zipper, which I also reused. The zipper alone was probably worth the price of the sweatshirts.

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle | Radiant Home Studio

I placed and cut my pattern pieces carefully to keep the original pockets and make use of the ribbing along the bottom edge. I ran a little bit short when I got to the upper arm pieces, so I pieced it together with a stripe.

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle | Radiant Home Studio

I waited until the last minute to get buttons, and the only store near me didn’t have any metal buttons. I found a package of scrapbooking brads that ended up working out really well. I’m not sure if they’ll hold up as well over time, but at 10 for $2 they are easily replaced.

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle | Radiant Home Studio

The pattern directions were easy to follow and sweatshirt fleece is surprisingly easy to work with. The directions don’t include any information for finishing the seams. On the hood, I used a wide twin needle and made sure I stitched directly over the edge of the fabric. The bobbin thread zig-zag covered the edge perfectly and it looks like a nice cover stitch on the top. I serged most of the other seams, but since the fleece doesn’t fray it isn’t necessary.

Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle | Radiant Home Studio

I definitely be making at least a couple more for my other boys. They’ll be sword fighting each other anyway…may as well look cool doing it!

The Knight Hoodie (by Charming Doodle) is part of Pattern Parcel #4, which is available until Sept. 5th. This pattern bundle includes 5 patterns for boys including:

Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

Pattern Parcel lets you name your own price to support indie designers and an educational charity called Donor’s Choose. The Knight Hoodie is a bonus pattern when you choose to donate more. Check out the website for more details!

Pattern Parcel #4

About Pattern Parcel:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

*Pattern Parcel graciously provided these patterns in exchange for helping them spread the word. All opinions about the patterns are my own, and as always, I love to support independent designers and makers.

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22
casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23
Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24
little betty sews

Monday, August 25
Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26
La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27
Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28
Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi’s Mom

Friday, August 29
Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30
FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31
Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver’s Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1
a happy stitch || lady and the gents ||
Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2
verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3
Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4
Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5
Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California

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