gorgeous fabrics and a new cape

sometimes you’re just going along, sewing stuff because you love to, linking to your fabric and pattern sources, the usual blogging bit, not expecting anything amazing to come of it.

and sometimes something amazing comes of it.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

back when i sewed the breezy green eyelet tunic as a guest tutorial for kojodesigns, i linked to Britex Fabrics in San Francisco as my source.  it really is a wonderland of fabric, and this year i was lucky enough to travel to SF twice (once for work, once for an overdue birthday trip with my husband).  both times, Britex was a stop i knew i had to make.  i actually felt a little out of my element there – there are SO many gorgeous high-fashion apparel fabrics, my head spun with ideas.  i picked up a few selections and used the green eyelet for the tunic, with the rest squirreled away.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

Britex noticed my post.  and a little while back, they contacted me wondering if I’d be interested in a sponsorship/collaboration to help make people aware of their blog and help promote upcoming sales.  i jumped at the chance.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

they run monthly sales on certain fabric categories, and their sale fabric in January is wool (and wow do they have some amazing wool!).  they asked if i could sew something out of Britex wool that they could show in their newsletter and post about on their blog.  the newsletter comes out January 1 and the sale starts that day too, but my guest post on the Britex blog is up today – right here!  go check it out!

i made a cape for Em using this gorgeous midweight peacock blue wool on the outside, and this beautiful cotton voile on the inside.  in person, it’s especially rich-looking.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

the cape pattern…that’s another exciting bit.  i guess i’ve linked to Oliver + S enough times that Liesl Gibson, the owner, took notice of that too.  i’m now an every-so-often contributor to their blog (my first post was here), but she also offered to send me a few of the upcoming patterns to show how they could be made right at release, before inspiration starts showing up in the flickr pool.  so fun.  can’t wait to show you more in the next few months.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

this is the upcoming Forest Path Cape, sewn in a 4T.  it will be available as a “singles” digital pattern for children (6 months – 12 years) AND adults in mid-January (now available for purchase!).  it’s a really unique and modern take on a cape, and would be a very quick and easy sew if i wasn’t so dang nervous about cutting into the glorious imported wool and voile that Britex sent over (which made me take twice as long to sew it)!  hehe.   you can read more about the cape over at the Britex blog and more about the cape patterns on the Oliver + S blog.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

for those visiting from Britex, i promised i’d talk about the leggings and shirt underneath, too.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

the leggings are the Figgy’s sunki pattern.  i sewed them in a 4/5 and shortened them just a bit.  they’re actually made from my husband’s old merino wool sweater (the body of the sweater, not the sleeves) and sewed up in a flash.  they are SO soft and warm on her and i love how they complement the peacock blue wool of the cape.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

the shirt underneath, you may recall if you’ve been reading a while, is the figgy’s ayashe, sewn in Nani Iro double gauze.  this is what the shirt looks like…

a springtime ayashe

and my full post is right here.

i’m just beyond thrilled to have both of these companies, whose products i admire so much, approach me with such fun and exciting opportunities.  really guys, i’m in disbelief.

forest path cape in britex fabrics

hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are coasting out the week until New Year’s!

47 thoughts on “gorgeous fabrics and a new cape

  1. Stef says:

    You are on fire, girl!!! Wool leggings? Wool capes? Wool on sale? Now you’ve got my head spinning!! Would it be wrong to make myself some wool leggings? Probably, especially after the holiday feasting I’ve been doing! Stick to kid clothes, Stef….

  2. carolyn says:

    Wow! Can I first say how incredibly proud I am of you? This is all such fantastic news!
    And now on to your lovely sewing projects! That cape is too cute and blue wool is a really great choice.
    Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to check out your guest posts 🙂

  3. Darci says:

    Great collaborations, I’m impressed! I knew I had seen that cape before and couldn’t figure it out, I finally realized that Liesl had given us a sneak preview at the Heather Ross sewing Weekend in October. Looks like a great pattern.

  4. Jessica says:

    How on EARTH did you come up with the perfect color of leggings to compliment that AMAZICAL blue cape?!?! Hehe, I kid. You are the coolest. I’m with Danielle, own it, no disbelief from anyone else around here!

  5. kim says:

    Wow, those fabrics really are beautiful and you know that I am so happy, excited, and proud of my amazingly talented friend! oh, and it was nice seeing you from your sidewalk today. 🙂 Sorry for the very (very) quick drop-off! Would love to hang out sometime soon and in the meanwhile will continue stalking my favorite blog. 🙂

    • kristin says:

      Aw thanks, Kim! So glad to see you too, wish you weren’t all sick! Hope you rest up and we can get a proper visit very soon. Oh and the biscotti is SO GOOD. Thank you!!

  6. Laura says:

    Congratulations Kristin, the cape and wool are the perfect combination, it’s like these opportunities were meant to come along together. Like other people have said you totally deserve it.

  7. lucinda says:

    Congratulations! This is huge!! Kind’ve like being picked up by an all-star sports team:) I’ve been to Britex a few times also, and like you, wandered around with the eyes as big as saucers wondering where to start. The wool they sent you looks beautiful – and so perfect sewn up as a cape. Not just any cape, but an O & S cape – how exciting!

  8. Sanae says:

    Ooh, I used to live in SF and loved britex! And how cool that you are collaborating with Oliver+s! The cape and shirt and leggings are all spectacular, Kristin. Gorgeous fabrics, gorgeous patterns!

  9. girllikethesea says:

    It’s so weird, but I thought I left a comment on here this morning and now I don’t see it! Anyway, the whole outfit is really cute. Sophisticated! I’m sure she feels like a total lady in it. And you are way too cool now. Pretty soon you’ll be on project runway.

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