Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show
Fabric designer Amy Butler is introducing a new collection that’s sure to entice fashion sewers who love her signature bohemian style, bright colors, and exuberant prints. With the Alchemy Studio Collection, Amy has launched five new fashion fabric substrates: cotton voile, rayon challis, cotton velveteen, plain-weave linen/cotton blend, and cotton sateen.
Prints created for Alchemy Studio Collection of fashion fabrics are designed to work together and complement each other. The new fabric substrates offer a variety of choices for sewers and lots of potential for projects, from garments to accessories and home décor.
To celebrate Amy’s entry into the fashion fabric arena, Rowan Fabric tapped several sewing stars to design a garment collection for a traveling trunk show, including Louise Cutting of Cutting Line Designs, educator Mary Ray, and Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop, along with Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns, author Betz White, Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction, author Cal Patch, Angela Wolf of ABO Apparel, Anne Adams and Liz Johnson of Sew4Home, and author Nicole Smith.
Each designer created a garment or outfit using the Alchemy Studio Collection of fashion fabrics to showcase the fabric collection’s designs and versatility for garment sewing. The trunk show has started making its way around the United States so that the fashions can be displayed at various sewing venues to help launch the fabric line.
Visit AmyButlerDesign.com for details on the trunk show locations. Scroll through the photos above to see what each designer did with her choice of fabrics.
Mary Ray custom designed a dress and jacket pairing that combines several Alchemy Studio fabrics. The dress bodice and skirt are Alchemy Fairytale Voile in vanilla, with a midriff made from Pressed Flowers Velveteen in zinc. See the next photo for the jacket.
Part of Mary Ray's ensemble, the custom designed jacket is made from Alchemy Studio Honeysuckle Bloom Rayon Challis in rose with a solid binding of Designer Essential Voile in riverrock.
Louise Cutting designed an ensemble using patterns from her Cutting Line Designs collection. Here, her Take Me Anywhere Blouse combines Alchemy Studio Fariytale Voile in vanilla and pistachio with accents of Designer Essential Linen Cotton in green. Louise's One Seam Pants are also shown in Designer Essential Linen Cotton in green.
Linda Lee used a variety of Alchemy Studio fabrics for her three-piece ensemble, made using three Sewing Workshop patterns. She lengthened her Liberty Shirt pattern to tunic length and made it from Fairtytale Voile in pistachio with cuff and collar accents in Honeysuckle Blossom Rayon Challis in sky. From her Peony & Poppy Vests pattern, she made a topper in Pressed Flowers Velveteen in lake with a lining of Victoriana Sateen Bliss in zinc and berry. Her ZigZag Pants are made from Designer Essentials Cotton in butter.
Angela Wolf used three of her new patterns to create an ensemble of coat, top, and jeans using several of the Alchemy Studio fabrics. She made her Butler Trench pattern and Angel Bootcut Jean from Fan Fare Linen Rayon in peacock with a lining of Designer Essential Voile in heather, and her Ruched-T pattern from Designer Essential Jersey Knit in pink.
Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns made a shirt and trouser outfit from her company's Violet blouse pattern in Alchemy Sketchbook Voile in butter and Juniper trouser pattern in Alchemy Memoir Linen Cotton in leaf.
Cal Patch designed an outfit using the smock dress and bloomer patterns from her Design It Yourself Clothes, Patternmaking Simplified book. The smock dress is made in Alchemy Memoir Linen Cotton in leaf, and the bloomers are Sketchbook Voile in butter.
Betz White created this patchwork bag with her Hexie Hipster pattern and an assortment of Alchemy Organic Cottons.
Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction designed 8 garments using her patterns and a wide assortment of Alchemy fabrics. Here, her Audrey's Afternoon Dress is made from Alchemy Honeysuckle Bloom Rayon Challis in rose.
Another of Amy Barickman's designs, using her Retro Raglan Jacket pattern, is made from Alchemy Fan Fare Linen Rayon in peacock.
Anne Adams and Liz Johnson of Sew4Home created a romantic sofa throw using Alchemy Fairytale Voile in vanilla and pistachio, and Memoir Linen Cotton in leaf.
Nicole Smith made a custom-designed dress from Alchemy Victoriana Sateen Bliss in zinc.