OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - CAROUSKEL FABRIC RELEASE That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the fabric is hovering at the threshold of release! I am fixing up a minor repeat error in the files (so minor that I’m the only one who has noticed it so far, go figure) and then they’ll go live.
As of tomorrow night, the Carouskel Print will be available via Spoonflower for one month only. After that, it will be removed from sale and placed in the archives for my personal use.
Release Date: April 18th, 2012 @ 5:00pm Pull Date: May 19th, 2012 @ 5:00pm
That means that the material will go live for public sale on April 18th, 2012 at 5:00pm (UTC+10:00; Sydney, Australia time). It will be archived on Spoonflower on May 19th, 2012 at 5:00pm and no longer be available for public purchase. I will still be producing garments of my own design at this point, but yardage via Spoonflower will no longer be available for purchase.
A NOTE ON PRINTING I deliberated on some time as to how to format the final, public print files. In the end, this is the decision I have made:
There will be a single-border repeat, suitable for all fabric widths, in each colour for border prints.
The reason that I have made this choice in terms of the file format is because while the design prints best on the sateen, I understand that people may not want to have to use it.
Re-formatting my files to work as a double-repeat on every fabric type is incredibly consuming, not to mention the fact that the resulting documents would be too large for Spoonflower’s upload limitations; re-formatting the file to only work on sateen would limit people’s choice of materials, and thus make it unfair to people who don’t want to use that particular fabric.
I have ordered fat quarters of several different fabrics to test their quality; the colours are not nearly as rich on the quilter’s cotton or the Kona as on the sateen, particularly for the dark coloured fabrics. They also tend to fade more dramatically in the wash, especially the black, so purchase these materials at your own risk.
Finally, I have designed the blacks that I use to be a four colour black. This brings it as close as I can get it to a “true” black with digital printing. It is not, however, quite 100% pitch. It is still slightly grey. The contrast against the red makes it look darker by comparison, however.
A NOTE ON FABRIC CARE If you read nothing else of the post but the dates, please read this.
For Spoonflower Fabrics: I advise only hand washing this fabric in cold water with incredibly gentle detergents, then drip-drying. Regular detergent, washing machines and dryers have all faded my previous samples significantly, but phosphate free washes in cold have come out fine.
For Finished RAD Garments: To keep things fresh, I prefer dry cleaning for finished garments. However, like the raw fabric, theycan be washed in water. I advise hand washing in cold water with phosphate free detergent, then hang drying and ironing. This will best preserve the garment.
DO NOT put these garments into a washing machine or dryer. While they have fully finished seams and will not fall apart, the fabric will fade because of how rough the machines are on the material.
While the original Carouskel print was all executed with vector artwork, the new version is getting a bit more of an organic touch! After working up the lineart in Illustrator, little details and minor changes are made to the rasterised artwork to give it that extra bit of umph!
I’ve been working on the sample JSKs today. All of the shell and interfacing pieces have been cut and are ready to be assembled, so as I cut the linings, I’m starting to put bodices together. Here’s a little preview of the two bodice fronts for the Rust and Milk Tea colourways!
Also, the other photo shows off the materials that will be used for that particular colourway. It will be trimmed with ivory lace and chiffon, both.
Good news is that my labels arrived yesterday. Better news is that the fabric samples I had made as fat quarters came today. The printing is great on both samples, but the colour quality on the sateen is FABULOUS. I am so excited and about to do three huge things:
Put one of the colourways up as a public sale item
Normally, I don’t post about personal things on this Tumblr or on Facebook, but I’m making an exception for this one.
Right now, I’m in the process of applying for a visa which will allow me to stay in Australia on a permanent basis. This, combined with a few other factors that I’d rather keep private, means that I’ve been very busy the last few months. I’ve done a lot less sewing than I had hoped to do when I first started this project and that by the time I have free time, I often just want to veg out instead of working more.
It also means that I’m going to be pretty busy through the new year finalising the visa situation. This is part of why I haven’t updated the Etsy shop since everything sold and part of why I’ve been so quiet on updates the last month or so.
The other reason for delay, which is less personal, is that the new printer I’ve been working with is having some issues of their own. I am working with them to get things sorted out for a large run, but it is unlikely to be ready within the next month or so.
To make up for the fact that there are no new dresses yet on Etsy, to make up for the fact that the Mermaids’ Treasure print has been delayed, to make up for the fact that I’ll be away in November for three weeks and to take a bit of stress off of my own head, I’m going to re-open the Carouskel print for sale temporarily.
It will become available on OCTOBER 1ST, 5PM Sydney local time. It will be removed and re-archived on JANUARY 14TH, 5pm Sydney local time.