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How Fabric Informs and Inspires Pattern Design with Caitlin Ward

How Fabric Informs and Inspires Pattern Design with Caitlin Ward

 

As an indie designer I aim to create sewing patterns that are never ordinary, and that is what makes Camelot a great fabric pairing for my patterns!

 

Hi, I'm Caitlin 👋

Caitlin Says Hi

I am the indie designer and over caffeinated mama behind Buck & Bloom Patterns.

On my channels you experience the end results of my creative ideation process, but today I wanted to share a glimpse behind the scenes of my creative process when designing new sewing patterns.

My ideation process typically starts two ways:

  1. Inspired by Need. There is something I need that I simply cannot find RTW, so I make it! 

  2.  Inspired by Fabric. I go on  “inspiration” walks by endlessly scrolling fabrics online, until I find a pattern that sparks an idea! (then I obviously add it to my stash 😏

The Câlin Shacket was a Fabric inspired design. 

Back in July 2022 I was one of the lucky winners of the Camelot minky giveaway! Camelot gifted me their Casper and Batman Halloween minky, and the playful patterns instantly sparked an idea for a whimsical dress up pattern! Their minky is just SO soft that it inspired me to design something that would “wrap” my kids like a blanket, while providing daily function and inspiring play. 

Isn’t it amazing how the combination of fabric pattern and texture can change an entire vision for a design? Imagine if my fabric was a Double Gauze in the same prints, I would of never designed the Câlin Shacket!   

All Shacket Image

From that first “Spark” the Câlin Shacket is now a full pattern range with ten creature options! It is an easy, and versatile pattern that works with knit and woven fabric, and is sure to amaze tiny dreamers and explorers! 

You can shop the pattern in my Etsy Shop and use code “ CAMELOT “ at the check out for 25% off! 

I always find a fabric that inspires me at Camelot.  

Like how this Dream Forest fleece inspired a Deer add on 

Deer Shacket

and their Winter Florals minky  inspired a Frosty Bear!   Beer Shacket

As an indie designer I aim to create sewing patterns that are never ordinary, and that is what makes Camelot a great fabric pairing for my patterns! Their prints are never boring, and stand out from the crowd. They embody self expression in textiles, and my kids truly adore anything I make with Camelot!

So, grab some amazing fabric and let’s get sewing!

Caitlin

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