Watch our Sewing Inspiration VIDEO for Odette!
Ladies and gents, we're very pleased to say that Odette is ready to take center stage! Named for the ballerina in Swan Lake, Odette exudes a lyrical grace that will captivate audiences young and old. Two color palettes create a harmonious balance of sunshine and ice and of darkness and light, not unlike the two prima ballerinas in the classic ballet. With designs like Arabesque, En Point and Grand Plie, the collection will dance its way into the heart, filling it with melodious charm and rhythm. In fact, the collection is poised here to dance into the hearts of my daughter and her friend.
We surprised the girls with a puppet theater, complete with ballerina marionettes that came all the way from Prague for their grand debut! The theater itself is made of foam board, lined with our fabric, Tendu in Onyx, and Reeds in Pebble for the scenery in the back. And since both color stories include the rich gold color, we went with that Swan Silhouette for the stage curtains.
Of course with so many pretty fabrics at our disposal, we couldn't let the ballerinas stay in the outfits they came in. So they had a quick costume change to match our collection!
Our Meaghan here at the shop re-created the costumes of these tiny dancers, and we think they came out pretty fabulous!
The life sized dancers are about to meet their tiny counterparts. We had my daughter's and her friend's ballet shoes all ready and waiting in these sweet little drawstring bags. The pattern is available as a Free Tutorial over at In Color Order and comes together really quickly.
The bag design can be as simple or as intricate as you like. We went with a fairly low fuss version with a simple pieced bottom to contrast the wintry floral designs. And if you're wondering about those great poufs, we used the Hexagon Situpon pattern available in our shop from Bonnie Christine. It's a great way to show off the repeat of some larger scale prints, like those Reeds.
They are a really fun addition to any room in the home, and the girls enjoyed sitting themselves upon them very much!
The ribbon closure really complements these little bags for this intended use of ballet bags. Of course, you could use them for anything from re-usable gift bags to carryall organizers for game pieces and toys.
These budding fashionistas delighted in the fact that their bags matched their dresses, the Adelyn Scoop Back Dress by Simple Life Pattern Company.
The combination of the knit with our Odette cotton really makes for a comfortable fit, allowing for the fluid movements of our excited puppeteers!
Here's a peek at the graceful scoop back, which really echos the costume of a true dancer.
As you might have already noticed in the video, these girls had a great time playing puppet-masters. It was fun for us to see them work out how to maneuver their ballerinas, fully embracing the good and evil traits of Odile and Odette in their own spirited version of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet.
If you're on the lookout for an addition to your child's playroom, we highly recommend putting one of these together. We didn't use a tutorial, but there are plenty out there. In fact, we simply turned our Oh What Fun fireplace upside down, and made some minor adjustments!
After the curtain closed on their performance, the girls were ready to relax and put these quilts to good use. Each are composed of our cheater design, one the Warm and Cool color stories. Entitled "Transformation," a nod to the metamorphosis of Odette into a Swan, the design has the look of a pieced quilt without the extra sewing, so it's great for beginners and experienced sewers looking for a fast make. We forgot to snap a photo, but the quilts are each backed with the Shell and Glacier Blue 72" quilt panels.
Annie and Annabel enjoyed lounging and coloring, so much so that they didn't want to stop and head out for their school winter concert! At least they were already dressed for the occasion!
Here's a closeup of the cool blue option
and here's a peek at the warmer option, as well as the Manchester Metallic for the binding which adds a nice shimmery look to the quilt, perfect for winter.
I managed to find a Swan Lake coloring book, and each girl continued to play in character as Odette and Odile.
In their version, I believe the controversy arose over who didn't want to have to kiss the prince. We found their comedic interpretation immensely entertaining!
While the girls did eventually leave their alter egos behind, this won't be their "swan song," for upon wrapping up the activities the girls were all to eager to find out when the next photo shoot would be!
Seeing the kids have fun during these shoots just brings everything in an amazingly fun, twirling circle.
It's always great to see our visions come to life, from design concept, to fabric, to handmade quilts, clothing and accessories. But it's all the more fun to see those items bring joy to others. We hope you're feeling inspired to make some of the items we've shared!
And if you're looking to make your own Adelyn Dress, Simple Life Pattern Company is offering an exclusive discount code to Hawthorne Threads customers for a limited time! Enter SLPcoOdette at checkout to receive 20% off the PDF Pattern, now through January 17th.
And for a little extra sparkle in your girl's twirl, you can add a tulle slip with a simple elastic top to tuck under the Adelyn dress. We hope you're feeling inspired to dance your way through some great sewing projects this winter!
We can't wait to see what you all dream up with our new Odette collection. Please tag your projects with #OdetteFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share! And we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes video celebrating this magical line of fabrics!