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Designers Create Garments for Amy Butler Trunk Show

Nicole Smith made a custom-designed dress from Alchemy Victoriana Sateen Bliss in zinc.
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 Rays 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. Louises 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 companys 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 Audreys Afternoon Dress is made from Alchemy Honeysuckle Bloom Rayon Challis in rose.
Another of Amy Barickmans 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.

Nicole Smith made a custom-designed dress from Alchemy Victoriana Sateen Bliss in zinc.

Photo: Amy Butler Design

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.

SLMiller Stephani Miller, associate editor
Posted on Mar 15th, 2013 in sewing, design, fabric, fashion, fabric, Mary Ray, louise cutting, amy butler, linda lee

Comments (23)

rosestargold rosestargold writes: Love the color! but i know that this is not everyone taste. I used quilt fabric for make me pants and very single pieces of clothes for use in home. I love them. may be not for use in a garmet for ouside but very fun for use in my home. For me is confort because is cotton...
Posted: 1:47 pm on May 6th

hazelspi hazelspi writes: I have some Amy Butler fabrics and love them...for quilting, that is. Even at that, they have to be tamed down a bit with some offsetting solids. Love the fabric for quilts but I'm not particularly fond of these garments. I may possibly use some of the colorful fabrics for accent in a garment.

Posted: 5:22 am on April 20th

beadrbop beadrbop writes: I have a few of the Amy Butler fabrics and love them. The pattern and item of clothing make all the difference. I have some feminine tops picked out for the fabrics that are light and have a wonderful drape. The photos in the article are using some of the bolder stronger prints that are not flattering on everyone. The fabrics I picked have a more subtle pattern.
Posted: 6:41 pm on March 23rd

user-941735 user-941735 writes: @jbrider-go look at Petites Plus Patterns, she has lovely, perfectly proportioned patterns for vertically challenged individuals size 12 and up.

@user-766440- my grandmother and aunts dressed much better and sassier even working around the farm. Even their aprons were amazing!

These outfits are dowdy and bulky in shape. The fabrics are better suited to quilts or handbags. Quilt weight fabrics need to be used for blankets not blouses. Just not impressed.
Posted: 4:33 pm on March 21st

user-2431978 user-2431978 writes: I love bright colors and wear them often, I just find the Amy Butler designs overdone for clothing. Like I said before, use some restraint, a touch here, a touch there, not a whole cacophony of color and pattern that overwhelms the body and the viewer. I am glad younger people are sewing, but the way I see it, Ms. Butler has some very good marketing going on. Surely there are other textile designers out there who deserve promotion.
Posted: 6:25 pm on March 20th

jrssews jrssews writes: Wow! Seriously retro and I'm old enough to have the old clothes to prove it. I loved the bright colors and relaxed shapes then and I still do. Just can't wear some of those prints now. Not as slim as I was then! I hope young sewers will jump in with both feet!
Posted: 12:23 pm on March 20th

SLMiller SLMiller writes: Wow, it seems very few readers like bright colors and wild prints. It's perfectly understandable that such a cacophony of color and print isn't to everyone's taste.
However, please do keep in mind that Threads did not produce this collection, although some of our frequent contributors participated. The collection was commissioned and produced solely by Rowan Fabrics for Amy Butler. This blog is where we post a wide variety of news, information, and sewing techniques.
Having handled the fabrics in the collection myself, I can say that they are very lovely in person, have a wonderful hand and drape, and are of good quality.
Posted: 9:43 am on March 20th

scissorhand scissorhand writes: Personally, I like a lot of the Amy Butler fabrics and her patterns. I'm 50+ and dumpy in figure, and yes, I can't see myself wearing a lot of it, but I applaud the new color combinations. My mother never wore things that looked like these pictures, so my "retro" experience must go farther back than some. I didn't have fabric that looked like hers in the '60's either. As a sewing educator, I am excited about Amy Butler's presence in the sewing world because she excites the interest in sewing among the 20 - 30 somethings that don't have to sew to have clothing. Besides, the fabric quality is dependably good. I have made the Goddess Apron and the Liverpool Tunic,to name a few, and found them to be great palettes for her fabrics and the designs are flattering, even on me. I hope those unfamiliar to Ms. Butler's product line won't avoid her due to the comments submitted by your readers.
Posted: 7:49 am on March 20th

sewingagain sewingagain writes: This just isn't my style--patterns or shapes. Quilting fabrics trying very hard to be beautiful clothing. Sigh . . .
Posted: 7:18 am on March 20th

jbrider jbrider writes: Afraid I have to agree with the previous comments. I went to the Amy Butler site and there are some nice fabrics but more suitable to summer decor and summer bags than clothing. To be honest though, I'm having trouble liking any clothing patterns available today,regardless of fabric! I'm not skinny and I'm not young.........and I'm short...tough finding patterns these days!
Posted: 11:02 pm on March 19th

user-766440 user-766440 writes: The problem is not with the designers or their patterns. It is that Amy Butler's colours and prints remind us too much of the house dresses and aprons our mothers and grandmothers wore to cook and clean in. We wouldn't be caught dead in them.

Posted: 6:06 pm on March 19th

wyldwynd wyldwynd writes: I would be mortified to have my fabric used this way ... truly poor design work.

Posted: 4:50 pm on March 19th

MsUm MsUm writes: Just awful. I won't be using any Amy Butler designs or fabrics anytime soon. There is absolutely no grace in any of these.
Posted: 3:29 pm on March 19th

SewEnthusiastic SewEnthusiastic writes: These Amy Butler do absolutely nothing for the creative juices! Try again!
Posted: 3:13 pm on March 19th

Corrales Corrales writes: This is truly terrible!!!I agree with everyone else,what are the designers thinking?? Why are they hiding the body's on these models, except for the one with leggings.
Posted: 2:52 pm on March 19th

AndiBrown AndiBrown writes: So it's not just me... I thought my reaction was b/c I'm such a 'newbie'...
Posted: 1:39 pm on March 19th

user-2431978 user-2431978 writes: Whoa, too much eye candy!!! I can not seem to get on the ambutler bandwagon for adult clothing. - children yes and even then, a little goes a long way!! I would appreciate seeing lighter touches on women's clothing.
Posted: 1:06 pm on March 19th

hotdotyuki hotdotyuki writes: Sorry to say that the style of the garment or the fabric design do justice to each other. Shades of Sound of Music...
Posted: 12:48 pm on March 19th

tinadesigns tinadesigns writes: None of these designs do the fabric justice. They are not appropriately matched to the fabric at all. The only one that is even close to working is the quilt/throw. The Jacket/pant combo could work... but doesn't. The shirt in the one sitting down may possibly be alright, but you can't tell since she is sitting down. These are professional designers/educators who created these garments???
Posted: 12:17 pm on March 19th

nettletea nettletea writes: I'm inclined to agree with the above comment, though I like the colors. Have we lost touch with the natural grace of the human body? There is nothing of these garments that flatters.
they look amateurish.
Posted: 12:03 pm on March 19th

yousewsmart yousewsmart writes: Ghastly designs!!! Modiste1000 is absolutely correct...the collection looks like it was put together by wannabe designer with no talent.
Posted: 12:01 pm on March 19th

Modiste1000 Modiste1000 writes: I am astonished that anyone thinks these looks do Amy Butler's fabrics any good at all. Each woman looks like a poorly designed couch - and frequently, the actual fit is poor. Most of these outfits scream, "I hate my body, so I'm gonna try to hide it in too-large prints and traditionally girly colors, so maybe I can feel pretty after all." The only truly excellent combination is the blue-and-white scroll/vine print in the jacket and pant combo ... And I love that only because it's so heavily reminiscent of the turban-tunic-boot combo (in a single upholstery-inspired print) that was done several times so effectively in the 1960s. it would not now sell to most customers, as it will now read more like costume than like clothing.

And that's the problem with the whole collection. It looks like a mediocre college production of a Jane Austen play. Badly done, Threads.
Posted: 11:21 am on March 19th

SansSouci572 SansSouci572 writes: Very bright
Posted: 2:47 pm on March 18th

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