Join us "On Safari" - Watch our Zebra Hills Video!
We invite you to head for the hills and join us on safari for our next destination photo shoot. In celebration of our new fabric collection, we took this herd of zebras and some very willing girls to our local zoo. Zebra Hills celebrates the majesty and wonder of wild creatures. The line builds upon the beautifully graphic profile of a Burchell Zebra, available on six colors that are equally at home in your home and wardrobe. For the girl's dresses, we chose Peony, Gold, and Seaglass. Each girl wearing a color they currently love, making this gleeful gaggle of girls looking happy and confident in their fancy frocks!
No zebra spotting yet, but you might spy the red panda slumbering on his comfy perch!
For the bodice in each of the dresses, we opted for the coordinating Woven Basket design to go along with each of the three Zebra prints. The contrast in these prints brings a playfulness to the dress, while echoing the traditional mud cloth motifs and woven designs that inspired the fabric range itself.
The flared skirt give a beautiful shape to the dress.
But it's those pleats that really give it a polished look.
The full skirt makes this piece lots of fun with a comfortable fit, surely to get lots of wear this summer and into fall.
And how's this for pattern matching?! The concealed zipper in the back is a place where you can really let your sewing skills shine.
And the modest front leaves room for an open back, which each of the girls especially loved. My daughter marveled that it was like having her own personal air conditioning!
On a hot morning, the cut-out bodice certainly made for easy breezy animal spotting.
The dress sews together fully lined, and with a button closure at the back it's a really a substantial dress that can be dressed up or down.
The pattern is the Rebel Girl Party Dress available for instant download from Bella Sunshine. We highly recommend it for Intermediate sewers, or advanced beginners looking to try some new skills.
While the zoo isn't home to any Zebras, from alpacas to wallabies there were plenty of wild animals for the girls to enjoy some close encounters. After their morning safari, they especially loved the chance to sit down and chat about all of the animals they saw. The Tamarin monkeys had plenty of personality and got quite a laugh from my Annie.
Like true naturalists in the field, each girl had her very own fabric covered composition journal.
Of course, we had to make pretty fabric covers for them!
For the body of the journal, we chose the rich tribal pattern with it's delicate hand-drawn line work, inspired by traditional mud cloth designs. The complimentary Thatched designs are scaled perfectly for the spine, each with handy slots for some colored pencils.
The pattern is available for free as a part of our Sewing Together Series of in house projects.
This trio had a great time remembering all of the animals they saw, sketching the ones that they liked best.
My daughter has a number of these notebooks handy for whenever inspiration strikes. Having inherited her mom's love for design, inspiration seems to strike fairly often so we like to keep these journals stashed in the car, and in each of our carryall totes.
The project is a simple one, and if you have a budding seamstress in the house it's a great one for a beginner.
If your child has composition books on his or her school supply list, this pattern is a fun way to dress them up - any way to get the kids excited for back to school, right?
And if you spotted that quilt in the background you'll be happy to know that's a deceptively quick and easy project as well!
The quilt top is in fact a panel, printed as a single piece and designed as a "cheater quilt," if you will. This one is the Aspen and Gold color story, a great palette that can work really nicely for any age or gender. Each of the panel designs incorporate some of our coordinating Skipping Stones basic, a nice organic shape that echoes the natural feel of the collection. For the binding, I wanted something with a nice textured feel, and the Manchester Yarn Dye in Pepper hit the spot.
The girls managed to see nearly every one of the animals at the zoo, with the bobcat being the only elusive critter of the bunch.
We hope you enjoyed coming along with us "on safari" here in upstate New York!
The girls happily went home with a new dress, and even some mementos of some of their favorite animals. There might have even been a few trades going on...
Those monkeys were certainly the much sought after card among these wild and crazy girls!
As you can see, while the zoo isn't currently home to any zebras, the girls brought them there in spirit.
I hope you had fun enjoying the sights, and we certainly hope you'll try some of these projects! If you use our Zebra Hills fabrics be sure to tag your photos with #ZebraHillsFabric and #HawthorneThreads so we can share! And if you haven't already, we invite you to watch our Zebra Hills Video for a look at these handmade items as well as some fun wildlife. Right now, these girls are ready to head for the hills, as it were. T'ill next time!