city weekend is now shipping

City Weekend is now shipping! I promised, months ago, that I would tell you more about this collection, and the time has finally come.

Designers find all sorts of inspiration for their work, from the abstract (an idea or a place, perhaps) to the specific (a painting or photograph). I based City Weekend on a very loose feeling: a relaxed weekend in the city.

I imagined waking up on Saturday morning in my make-believe downtown loft, rolling out of bed, and popping down to the corner bakery for a pastry and a coffee. After breakfast my fictional weekend would include a stroll through the neighborhood park before stopping into a bookstore to browse the titles, and then meeting a friend for lunch, taking a nap on the sofa with the newspaper, or biking along the river.

For this collection I selected clear, vibrant colors like blue, turquoise, red, and yellow-orange with supporting shades of pink and green in smaller quantities. The prints are intentionally relaxed and calm, ranging from the Park Ramble branch pattern with plenty of open space (the kind of space you can only find in a park when you’re in the city); to Corner Florist, a scattered bouquet of blossoms; to the more orderly but still wild Treetop with its pattern of leaves.

I included lots of smaller patterns, too, since it’s much easier to mix patterns when some of them work more like solids. The Roundabout Dots print works beautifully with many of the patterns, as do the simple and tiny Cafe Dots, picking up the colors in the patterns without grabbing too much attention for themselves. The Urban Grid and Street Stripe work equally well for boys and girls and lend a quiet calm to the collection.

You’ll want to touch these fabrics. The quality is light, smooth, and very soft. It feels very luxurious and lends itself to clothing (of course), quilts, and all sorts of projects. I’ll show you a few ideas this week.

As you may know, City Weekend also includes interlock knits. Moda produces a truly amazing quality of knit that is unlike any other currently in the market. It’s substantial and soft. If you’ve felt the hand on knit fabrics before and haven’t been impressed, you owe it to yourself to try this new knit from Moda.It will change your mind about sewing with knits, just like it changed mine.

Once you’ve felt them, you’ll want to find things to make from the knits. We recommend the Hopscotch Dress or Top, the Nature Walk Pants (more about these later), and the Bedtime Story Pajamas, which were actually written for woven fabrics but make up beautifully in knits as well.

We’ve created a new Flickr group for City Weekend and would love to see what you make with this collection. Check in with your favorite local or on-line independent fabric retailer to see the collection as it begins hitting stores later this week.

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17 Comments:

Raven said...

I love it!!! So excited to get some more!!

nancy said...

I have been waiting and hoping for this day with such excitement! I have asked my favorite shops if they ordered it and only one so far has said yes. Boy, is she going to be happy because I want it ALL!!! it’s a beautiful collection! xoxo, Nancy

Janimal said...

I bought a few yards of City Weekend at Purl Soho. I keep looking at it and am trying to figure out what to make. It will be nice to see what you do! Congratulations on City Weekend!

nicole keller said...

Oh dear , I already have so much fabric ! But this is so beautiful and not ”kiddy” at all .
Does any one know of an Australian outlet ?

aegean17 said...

hi, I’m curious about the knits. is the base color all the way through or is everything printed on one side?
lovely collection :)

Sewnsew said...

Lovely! Lovely! Can’t wait to get some of this fabric.

Lacer said...

The collection is beautiful! Do you know if/when it’ll be retailing in the UK?

ASM_Blue said...

My fabric addiction is not getting any better with this gorgeous (and understated chic) collection!!
And it’s so difficult to select just a few prints, as they’re all absolutely amazing.
I’ve been waiting for its release since your first announcement (needless to say, I just ordered some yards …)

christine said...

lovely colors & prints!

Julianna Peacock said...

I see that it is shipping, received the email newsletter about it and have read it all over the place……..

But, where can you buy it???????? Perhaps experienced people know this but newbies have absolutely no clue :).

Lizzet said...

They are absolutely gorgeous!! I have placed an order already and I should be getting them early next week!! I love having a fabric shop and stocking pretty things like this!

amy said...

nice to see someone FINALLY putting out a line of knits….wovens aren’t always the best for clothing for little ones.

Jen said...

Is there anyway to still buy some of this fabric? A friend of mine made a crib bed skirt out of the 2nd from the top (turquoise with red branches and pink flowers with yellow centers), and I’ve been trying to find it for awhile. I’d love to make my now 2 1/2 year old a little dress with it or something else.

Thank you!
Jen

Kathy M said...

I have a lot of this fabric. Maybe I could de-stash some your way.

Nicole said...

If you are in AUS, I may be able to help.

Jen said...

Kathy, that would be great! How much do you have in your stash? How much are you willing to let go of and for how much? Feel free to email me at Jen.n.seck at gmail.com
Nicole, I’m in USA. :(

Thank you to both of you for responding!
Jen

Nicole said...

I hope you find what you would like Jen.
xx N

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