Wow, if a few years ago, someone had told me that I would be able to design my own textiles with no minimums...I would have thought they were crazy! Designing your own textiles used to be reserved for the fashion elite, but now anyone can elevate their brand by designing their own fabrics.
The service I used is called Spoonflower. They are my latest addiction, thanks to Angie, who used them for her F/W2011 collection. I was a bit nervous at first, because I wasn't so sure I could create a seamless repeat pattern....but they make it SO easy. You can also sell your fabric design, and get a 10% cut that you can use towards future spoonflower purchases. They have a great selection of fabrics...and they even have organic cotton.
Here's a dress I made using my very own bird print design!
While it's not really cost effective to use your Spoonflower fabric for an entire garment, it's great for components for clothing- pockets, collars, panels...etc. The possibilities are endless! I printed some "scarves" that Sara Guindon designed for this new Supayana dress and this new Supayana top.
Well, I hope this got your creative juices flowing. I know I have a lot of crafty people reading this blog! Have a good afternoon :-)