Please Enjoy our Sewing Inspiration Video for Parapluie!
French for umbrella, Parapluie takes us on a walk through Paris in the rain. From "bicyclettes", to cobblestone streets, famous landmarks, palatial buildings, quaint neighborhoods and even a little escargot, this city is one to be enjoyed "en plein air." Since we still had snow on the ground here in New York at the time of the shoot, we had to improvise and created an indoor Paris all our own, complete with a table-side view of the city, and even a little indoor rain shower...
At a table set for two, my daughter Annie and her friend Annabel enjoyed a leisurely luncheon, dressed in their beautiful Vivienne Dresses.
The girls worked on perfecting their Parisian accents as they ordered their "macarons" and "chocolat chaud".
Their lilting accents became ever more sing song, made even more flamboyant by their accompanying hand flourishes. The girls truly had us all in hysterics with their colorful interpretations of the French tongue. Having just seen Beauty and the Beast, it seems they learned a lot from Lumière, the candelabra butler.
The classic fit and flare dress is as timeless as the Parisian monuments featured therein. We added a pop of piping on the bodice to incorporate more of the color palette in the collection, with Sprout Stardust for the Indigo dress and Gold for the Petal. The dress sews up fully lined and finishes with an invisible zipper for a perfectly polished look.
The coordinating striped panels on the fitted bodice add a nice shaping to the fit while playing up the French style of this full skirted party dress.
There are those who dunk and those who don't know what they are missing, right Annabel?
Not a bad way for these two girls to spend an afternoon! I know I think this every time we do one of these shoots, but I'm not sure how we will top this one!
For additional coordinates for these Snails, we used some of our coordinating Stardust and Tiny Dot Basics in Azurite, Indigo, Water, Peony, and Shell. We found the PU Leather and Gold Chain Strap on Etsy, as well as the Gold Snap Frames. Our unfinished block measured 8.75" tall and 9.75" wide for a 9" frame. We boxed in the corners at 1" using this method featured on Sew 4 Home. What's a luncheon in Paris without a little escargo, eh?!
The macarons and hot chocolate were the proverbial icing on this cake of a photo shoot for these happy girls!
Here's a better look at Annie's Vivienne Dress in the Indigo. Naturally we needed some good wellies as there was a distinct chance of rain in my office. We used this Boot Liner Tutorial from Studio Cherie.
And here's Annabel, looking pretty in pink!
After their lunch date, it was time for a stroll through the streets of Paris for these two belles. Better grab those Raincoats and custom Parapluies!
While you can still make this Little Splashers Coat in our standard Cotton Poplin, we decided to test out our new Canvas that we are getting ready to release next month. It's 100% cotton and our digitally printed fabrics come out just beautifully on this new fabrication. The outside of the coats each feature the scalloped Cobblestone design that recalls the streets of Paris.
Looks like some clouds are about to rain on this fashionable parade!
The fancy gold buttons coordinate with their cross-body purses, a detail that did not go unnoticed by these two fashionistas.
With all these April Showers we're sure to get some gorgeous May flowers!
It's amazing what you can do with a little fusible fleece and some fishing line. All of the raindrops are double sided, featuring the various shades of blue fabrics in the Parapluie collection.
As for those puffy clouds, we used this fun Tutorial from The Farm Chicks.
The St. Germaine building print looks fabulous for each of the jacket linings. Annabel and Annie loved that their outfits were similar but different, so these are certainly great projects for siblings and friends.
It's no secret we love putting together these photo shoots! We hope you're feeling inspired to make something fabulous with our new Parapluie fabric collection.
Please tag your projects with #ParapluieFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share! And if you didn't already watch it, we hope you enjoy this behind the scenes VIDEO celebrating this new fabric collection!