Indygo Essential – Mandarin Vest

This post is the fourth post in our series featuring all six of our new apparel patterns from the Indygo Essentials collection. We are pleased to share with you is our Indygo Essentials – Mandarin Vest.

This versatile vest is loaded with options! Two lengths – mid-hip & upper thigh – give you just the coverage you are looking for.

The two included pocket options – a gathered top patch pocket or inset, top-stitched pockets – can be added to either the long or the short version.

This vest also provides you a variety of closure options. Go without any closures for a casual look. Accentuate the Asian feel by add a knotted frog closure like this one from Prym.

Or try a large button for a more modern look.

Be sure to browse all of our Indygo Essentials patterns!

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Fabriflair Brio Bowl Process

I thought it would be fun to share some Fabriflair™ tips and techniques while making a Fabriflair Brio Bowl in Kyoto, my new fabric line from RJR Fabrics! Notice how I used one print for the exterior, Butterflies in the Tranquil colorway- and fussy cut a bit to show the butterfly line art. The interior of the bowl is also fussy cut with the Camellia print in Sky.

We offer the Fabriflair™ kits with perfectly cut templates or if you choose to cut your own we offer PDFs of all the patterns as well!

Also check out the fun Hummingbird Needle Threader from Dritz! I love this little tool!

This video shows the first steps stitching the Brio pieces together for the exterior of the bowl. The templates are first covered in fabric, sandwiching in a piece of batting, before wrapping the fabric and gluing to the rough side of the mat board template. I like to use batting for my Fabriflair projects, but it isn’t required and will look good either way. I find it makes them a little easier to sew.

This is the next step, stitching up the sides.

The exterior is ready to place the interior into position.

and the last step is stitching around the perimeter of the bowl!

And now it’s ready to display my favorite vintage buttons! Or maybe a few spools of my Sulky Crossroads Thread! Or maybe my Sewing Clips!* Hmm… It looks like I need to stitch up a few more of these!

Click here to see all of the kits in our Fabriflair™ collection! If you make the Brio Sphere, or any of our other Fabriflair™ kits, tag us on Instagram @indygo_junction and use the hashtag #Fabriflair so we can see!

Happy Stitching!

 

Visit your local fabric store and ask for my newest fabric line by name,  Vintage Made Modern – Kyoto by Amy Barickman for RJR Fabrics.

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A how-to for the Fabriflair Brio-Sphere,Indygo Junction's beautiful paper pieced dimensional art!

Indygo Essentials – Artisan Pants

This post is the third in a series featuring all six of our new apparel patterns from the  Indygo Essentials collection. We are pleased to share with you is our Indygo Essentials – Artisan Pants.

The two-inch wide elastic at the waist lets you have the comfort of an elastic waist with a more sophisticated style. The front has subtle pleats that provide a nice drape.

Two rises are included – mid-rise or natural waist. Both feature an optional back pocket.  There is also a “shorten” line so they can be adjusted to cropped or capri length!

This pant works with a variety of fabrics. Below you will see examples in Moda’s green linen, Denim Studio cotton by Art Gallery Fabrics, an amazing black & gold rayon batik by Sew Batik and linen. They would look amazing in our Crossroads Denim fabric.

Be sure to browse all of our Indygo Essentials patterns!

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Fabriflair™ Brio Sphere & Bowl

Our Fabriflair™ series kicks off with the Brio Sphere! This delightful dimensional art is full of possibilities.

It’s a 2-in-1 package: Do you want dimensional art for that bookcase display you’re putting together? Or your fireplace mantle? Or, do you need a clever way to display your favorite vintage buttons or spools? Each kit comes with the templates and instructions to create two projects. All you need to add is thread, your favorite fabrics and we suggest adding the layer of optional batting (although not required).

The large size makes a 6 inch sphere or bowl, and the small size makes a 3 3/4 inch sphere or bowl.

They’re ideal for fussy cutting–fabric in your favorite team’s colors, or a way to celebrate your family’s favorite super hero, announcing your love of Star Wars in clever and fun conversational art, or the perfect way to display your favorite Kawaii prints or Liberty prints that you’ve been hoarding forever.

    

These Brio Spheres are truly a fabric lover’s delight. The faceted surface makes it a dream for displaying not just your favorite prints, but also needle art. They’re an ideal way to display your love of fabric and embroidery combined. To create a smooth surface under your embroidered piece, we suggest adding the optional layer of batting to your templates.

One of our favorite Indygo Junction designers, Marilyn Gash, loves working with wool felt. Here is her take on the Brio bowl featuring beautiful embroidery details as well as felt applique pieces.

We sure love recycling here at Indygo Junction! If you’ve got a stack of special ties you’ve been trying to decide what special project to commit them to, the Brio Sphere is a really great way to use and display them. We’ve also created a beautiful set in vintage bark cloth that really highlights those pieces you’ve been saving!

And, just a thought as you work your way down your 2017 sewing list. The Brio Sphere is going to be a little bit less stitching to put together than the Radiant Star. So if you’re really wanting to make a Radiant Star, but feel the need to dip your foot gently into dimensional paper piecing first, the Brio Sphere would be a great place to start!

Join us next time as we take a sneak peek inside creating a bowl out of Amy’s new fabric line – Vintage Made Modern: Kyoto.

If you make the Brio Sphere, or any of our Fabriflair™ kits, we’d love to see! Tag us on Instagram @indygo_junction and hashtag #fabriflair!

And, just a few more days for our Fabriflair Kit Giveaway, just one post back in our feed! Click here to visit that post and enter!

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Fabriflair™ Giveaway – Enter to WIN!

We are so excited that Fabriflair™ is featured on both RJR Fabrics and Cotton & Steel Blogs today! To celebrate, we are giving away a complete set of our Fabriflair™ dimensional paper piecing kits here–one of each of all six of our Fabriflair™ Kits!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Thank you for playing along with us!

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Follow us @indygo_junction and @amybarickman_studio on Instagram for more Fabriflair inspiration, and when you make your own use the hashtag #fabriflair so we can see your beautiful work!

Watch this video on creating a Fabriflair™ Radiant Star!

 

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