What my winning sunny fabric turned into! 02.04.17
So, 3 meters of fabric is quite a bit. My winning design in Fashion Formula’s Mediterarrean Seaside weekly contest back in September 2016, was printed onto 3 meters of cotton fabric. It covered our lounge rug and nearly covers a double bed. It’s a lot of fabric! So I was quite daunted by what to do with it. And whilst I can sew a little bit, I’ve not practiced enough to make actual products, so I decided to ask someone who knows what they’re doing to help.
I dropped lovely Zoe Chapman, from Ollie and Roo, and a fellow Make It In Design student, a message after following her on Instagram for a while and admiring her business on Etsy. I liked her style and choice of fabrics and being a student of MIID too, I knew she’d understand why I was so excited with my own fabric!
She agreed to a little collaboration to make me a couple of small bags – little did I know when I opened the package last week, she’d made me all of these:
So, now I have four fab cosmetic bags, with contrasting zips, all made with a waterproof lining so are perfect for holiday make up PLUS a slightly larger bag with a handle and a gorgeous peach zip for bigger bottles. There’s also an oversized pencil case with a bold blue lining which I LOVE as it will be coming on holiday with me in a few weeks with my sketch supplies, so I can draw more motifs, patterns and doodles and plan my next collection! Oh and a cute little cushion – perfect for a sun lounger pillow! Zoe made all these in a couple of days and I’m thrilled with them. She has a great eye for detail and has been lovely to work with.
Please also check out Ollie and Roo’s successful Etsy shop, www.ollieandroo.etsy.com where you can buy Zoe’s makeup bags, nappy bags, wash bags & homewares. She also has a new Instagram account www.instagram.com/zoechapmandesign documenting her journey into Surface Pattern Design. Zoe is starting her venture into surface pattern design too this year – I’m excited to follow what she does next and to chat to someone who is at a similar stage in their design career. It’s also so nice to meet a fellow creative, who totally gets what you do, why you’re doing it and how many late nights you pull doing what you love!
I’m over the moon to see my fabric design on real life, useful products. It’s such proud and big achievement for me. It reminds me how far I’ve come and what I’ve learnt in the past 12 or so months. My design is available to buy on fabric and giftware at www.fashion-formula.com and there will be more designs available over coming months, as well as other products too hopefully.
I’ll be adding some brand new card designs soon, with a summery sunshine feel to my Missycards Etsy shop – for now, there’s lots of bright rainbow, floral and butterfly inspired cards as well as special ages, new baby and wedding cards available to buy on my own Etsy shop and lots of new design ideas popping up on my Missycards Instagram all the time!
Here’s my initial blog post about winning the competition