Please enjoy our VIDEO for Kingdom sewing inspiration!
Our newest in house designed and printed collection takes you to a Kingdom far, far away. Fans of Grimm's Fairy Tales might recognize these fabrics as an homage to the 12 Dancing Princesses, a favorite of mine as a child. Much like the famed tale, our own little soiree began at sunset.
This enchanting fabric line recounts the story of a chagrined king whose 12 daughters escape from the castle each night, traveling through a silvery wood, gliding across the water in swan boats to reach a palace where they dance all night, only to return with worn out shoes. Our, collection features a gilded palette of agate, aspen, shell pink, gold, and straw, with enough sophistication to please both moms and little girls. My own daughter and her friend enjoyed an evening of friendship, story time, and parading about in their new outfits, swan boats and all. I scored a few mom points for those beauties, especially when the girls realized the swans could home with us afterward to float about our pool!
With school underway, I wanted to pick something that the girls could easily wear any day of the week. The Charlotte Tunic from Bella Sunshine Designs fit the bill for early fall when mornings call for a cardigan, but the kids are hot come sunny afternoons at recess.
The collection has a balance of colors for girls that are coming out of the "I only want to wear pink and purple" stage. We had fun choosing the fabrics, going with similarly contrasting designs.
Like the Rebel Girl Party Dress, the Charlotte Tunic features an open back with a button closure for ease of fit. The girls felt fancy but comfortable, a great combination for a 9 year old!
The tunic has a very slight high low hem, which makes it a great choice for wearing with some leggings or slim fitting jeans.
And it wouldn't be magical evening without some proper crowns! When the staff and I were dreaming up projects to sew with this new collection we naturally thought of some fabric dress-up crowns. While figuring out which fabrics to use we suddenly realized we could design fabric to fit especially for those crowns and, with the magic of digital printing, we had our Project Panel design ready the very next day!
With contrasting fronts and backs, and a bit of ribbon for one size fits all closure, they go together in a flash.
Whenever we do these shoots I always make sure I have plenty of activities for the girls, and this time around they enjoyed making some friendship bracelets to coordinate with their new regal attire.
Nestled on a quick wholecloth quilt featuring the allover Kingdom print, the girls had a great view while their swans sat comfortably lakeside.
The activity pillow is something our Laura whipped up and it's just great for a myriad uses from reading and holding books and nooks, to storage and comfort during camp outs, sleepovers, and road trips. Check back here for the free pattern in the coming week! We used this opportunity to show off the Enchanted Forest and the Fairy Tale Damask designs. And of course, we couldn't stop there. If you follow us on Instagram than you likely caught peeks at these next two makes. Taking part in the fun sew along hosted by Giucy Giuce we made some gorgeous bucket bags for this wee gaggle of girls.
Head over here to see Giuseppe's Bucket Bag Tutorial for the Flyling Geese Option. We used coordinating Stardust Basic colors to match our Kingdom fabrics, and both my daughter and I just love how it came out. As for that gorgeous swan, we took inspiration from Lilly Ellas World, but instead of a butterfly we naturally came up with a fun Swan option using this Paper Pieced Block Pattern from Quilt Art Designs.
For our last project, we whipped up a festive banner using the remaining fabrics in the collection. How's that for a swan song?!
We can't wait to see what you all dream up with our new Kingdom collection. Please tag your projects with #KingdomFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share! And we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes video celebrating this magical line of fabrics!