Finally, some fabric suggestions for you for the back-to-school sew along. Two quick items before I jump into that, though.
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3. OK, now for the fabric suggestions.
You don't need me to tell you about the plethora of adorable fabrics available today. What you see below are just some of my personal favorites, especially when considering what to use for back-to-school clothes (for girls and boys) and accessories.
From Amy Butler ...
Sunspots in midnight (can't you just picture a little dress or skirt made from this and paired with striped tights?):
Chrysanthemum in orange (I can see it as the lining of a solid-colored coat, like this one, with the cuffs turned out):
Coriander in ivory (I will never, ever get tired of Amy Butler Coriander, even if I live to be 273 years old):
Floating Buds in gray:
Free Spirit fabrics ...
From Tanya Whelan, TW12 Sky (perhaps for a blouse?):
From Valori Wells
Vw26 Nest in teal (a corduroy! perfect for this?):
From Tina Givens
Treetop Fancy (maybe for the Instant Gratification dress?):
From Joel Dewberry
Here's one for the little fellas--Modern Meadow Pond:
From David Walker ...
The Robots line:
and the Boys Will Be Boys line:
From Anna Maria Horner ,,,
These look like books to me:
From Sandi Henderson ...
Meadow Sweet Happy Butterfly in maize (oh, oh, oh! Little dress made from this, paired with brown tights and loafers):
From Spoonflower (expensive, I know, but fun to dream) ...
Happy Weather (is this the best thing in the world or what?):
Oh, man. That doesn't even scratch the surface.
What are your favorites?