Monday, March 7, 2011

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American Duchess 18th century Fabric Collection (1750-1800) on Spoonflower

A couple weeks ago I went on a fabric-designing binge, fueled by my desire for 18th century historic prints.  I designed a small collection based on my favorite sprigged muslins, Indienne block prints, and Chinese hand-painted silks, and uploaded them to Spoonflower.com, a custom fabric store that allows you to purchase designs on a number of difference materials, including cotton sateen, voile, and silk crepe de chine.  I just received my samples in the mail and they're lovely!  Check out these designs and a handful of others in my first collection, with yardage now for sale on Spoonflower:

1795-1800 Indian Cotton

This print is closely based on this c. 1795 robe in the collection of the V&A (T.121-1992).  The original design is block printed Indian chintz.



Here's a hand-painted chinese silk polonaise from the Met (1970.87a,b), and my fabric swatch based on the material:


1780 Yellow Chinese Style Print

This is a blue organic vine pattern, from a gown in the Kyoto Costume Institute (AC7621 92-34-2AB):

1770 Vines and Florals- Navy


There are more in the new collection, all researched and as close to original fabric as I could get.  Use the cottons for jackets and caracos, or entire robes and gowns.  Also, if you would like to request a fabric or a specific color change to one that I have already designed, just e-mail me and I will work on it for you!
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16 comments:

  1. Wow, these are beautiful! Wonderful job. I wish I had the money! ;)
    -Julia

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  2. OMG, I love them. Keep it coming!

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  3. You have the coolest ideas, find the best resources, and do such excellent work! Kudos.

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  4. How exciting, but can't chat now must race over to Spoonflower to see you full selection.

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  5. I had no idea there was such a service! It opens up so many possibilities! is the quality there?

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  6. Great idea and gorgeously done. Now THIS is what Spoonflower is for!

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  7. Thank you everyone! I had fun doing these, and will do more. The price is high per yard, but that's the trade off for totally custom fabric. This is a great little site if you have to have and exact fabric match - try it for yourself, ladies, it's really quite a lot of fun and easy to use :-)

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  8. I'm so glad someone (and especially that is was you) finally used Spoonflower for what has always been its true purpose! I always wished I had the skills for it - now I don't have to!

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  9. Fabulous!!! Spoonflower is far too big a temptation! Great designs, Duchie.

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  10. Fabulous! Please show pictures of what your prints look like on real fabric - I can't wait to see how they translate!

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  11. I LOVE the two striped ones and that blue and white all-over... These are great!!

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  12. Great designs and a good use of Spoonflower. I'm khowardquilts there.

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  13. I've made my own fabric designs too and I'm waiting for the test swatches now! What do you think about the quality ? Is the first (18$) fabric efficient for historical costume for example? Are colors similar to what you wanted? As I'm french, shipping taxes + price/yard makes a very expensive order... I wanted to have a costume maker advice :D
    Thanks a lot!

    Mary

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