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Original and unique womens pdf sewing patterns and textile prints by Pearl Red Moon

To purchase fabric designs email Pearl Red Moon with your order - pearl@upstairs-art.com.au


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

new pattern release soon

I've been working away on my 4th clothing design which should be ready to publish in about a week.
This garment I call "Willara" and it can be made as a top or long tunic.

This is a very easy pattern, suitable for beginners, and quick to make. If the inset side pockets are left out an experienced sewist would be able to cut and make the dress or top easily in less than an hour. Add another half hour with the pockets which are inset in the side seams.

Heres some samples, some made in my own textile designs.

Willara, long tunic, 3/4 length sleeve, the upper fabric is my "Sashi" design






Willara long tunic, with short sleeve and elastic at the hemline
to give a "bubble look", made in 2 of my textile designs -
"Red Gothic Tiles" and "Lime Spot"

Willara top with 3/4 length sleeve, made in my fabric design "Palimpsest in Grey"
I think the design works best in medium weight knit, but a version I made in light linen worked well too.

Willara has a high, wide boat neck and and falls in an A line with dipping side seams. The pattern gives options for 3/4 length or short sleeves and for inset pockets in the side seams...

...but perhaps the most exciting feature about this pattern is that it will be FREE!!! I'll be making it available as a free download in my Shopify shop and on my page at Kollabora. So if you'd like to get the pattern keep an eye out for my next blog.







Wednesday, 6 May 2015

How my garden grows

Winter is quickly coming upon us in the Southern Hemisphere and we have already started lighting a fire in the lounge room for the evening to keep warm. There is a little spell after the Summer heat and dryness before the true Winter cold sets in when the garden is lovely. The recent heavy rains that flooded many coastal areas of New South Wales last month were very much kinder to the regions further inland. In Murrurundi we had some welcome drenching rain and the garden sprung back to life. It has been a pleasant sunny morning and here's some pictures I took of the garden....it's been really hard to try to cull them down to just a few of the best views!

Rodney and I were married on this brick dias in 2011

Shade cloths keep the worst of the Summer heat off the pond beneath

walk down to the gazebo







Rodney installed this new fibreglass pond a few weeks ago.

My garden studio

Bali style bamboo gazebo


Rodney putting the new pond in

This AngelTrumpet Tree (Brugmansia) was determined to make its first flower truly huge and spectacular . The flower would have been dragging on the ground if it wasn't planted in a pot where it could droop over!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

latest doings

In the last week the 15 new textiles I designed have arrived. I've been excitedly making them up...

"Raspberry Leopard" 150 cm wide stretch knit

"Lime Leopard" 150cm wide stretch knit, plus a piece of spotted contrast at the top

A tunic in the Raspberry Leopard fabric


The Murrurundi Art Show is opening this Friday night at 6.30pm at the RSL Hall so the stalwarts of the Arts Council have been a flurry of activity setting this up. Heres pictures of my entries. I have 2 garments entered in the Fibres/Textiles section and this is the coat.
back of the coat

front of the coat

I also entered the Portrait/Figurative section with this digital image called "Anna May, after the 1920s actress Anna May Wong. I used an out of copyright b/w image of her as the basis of the manipulation. I've used this same image at larger than life size as a fabric print too...in fact... I won the Fibres/Textiles section last year with a garment made printed with this picture with the figure in a longer format.


"Anna May" digital image on archival paper 70x80cm





Monday, 23 March 2015

Rafflecopter Winner!

The Rafflecopter giveaway finished yesterday afternoon so this morning I used their random auto pick feature to chose a winner. And then because that was such fun I chose a second winner who will get the 3 patterns I've published - the Zelda Top, Judith Suite and Adeline Tunic will be sent to you both.

Grand Prize winner, who gets the patterns PLUS their choice of 3 metres of fabric designed by me

is....Heather Brown!! 

Heather if I don't hear from you soon I'll contact you. You'll need to check out my fabric designs at either

Boho Banjo fabric shop

(2014 designs)la Perla Spoonflower fabric shop

and chose the 3 metres you want. It doesn't have to be all one fabric, you can pick up to 3 designs @ 1 metre each, or 2 designs @ 1 and 2 metres.

The patterns will be emailed as zip files and you'll have them within a few minutes.


The second surprise winner to receive the patterns is Elaine Howard.

Yesterday I spent some delightful hours in my sewing studio and started the next 2 pattern projects. #1 will be to publish a free pattern by the end of April.  #2, a new tunic that will also be a textile embellishment project. More updates to come.....

 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Boho Banjo fabric shop

The Rafflecopter giveaway is coming to a close in a few hours and I'll announce the winner within a day. It will be a randomly generated pick.

All week I've been adding pictures of my textile designs to the Kollabora shop - check it out here -

Boho Banjo fabric shop

Choosing and buying fabrics online can be an uncertain business as it's hard to tell from a description and a picture what the quality and feel of the fabric is like. The computer screen is also notoriously unreliable for showing true colours so I'm thinking about offering a swatch book of fabric prints by the middle of the year.

It also hard to interpret the scale of the design on the textile when seen on the computer screen. For example when I show the following fabric repeats and identify the real life dimensions as 150cm (56") wide by 80cm (30.5") you can only imagine what that might look like about 6 times larger than something which is literally perhaps 10 x 10cm (4") on the screen in front of your eyes. After showing the big scale pictures I've included some close up pictures of the surface to show the subtle layering and coloration of the print.

Palimpsest on Grey, 150cm wide by 80cm repeat
 
Palimpsest on grey, close up detail of surface, in reality there is lot more steely grey/blue than what shows on screen
Palimpsest on Mauve, 75 x 80 cm repeat

Palimpsest on Mauve, close up of surface



Lime Leopard, 150cm x 80cm repeat

Lime Leopard, close up

I hoping (MY) fabric can be sold in an online shop - personally I've bought fabric off the interwebs and other businesses are doing it! I'm speculating it won't be easy as it must take a long time to establish a reputation for your product and to gradually win over the trust and confidence of purchasers.

After announcing the winner of the Rafflecopter giveaway in the next few hours I'll make a bulk order of my new textile designs from the USA, along with the 3 metres of the winners choice. When they arrive in a few weeks time I'll be excited to show you the garments I make with them.





Monday, 16 March 2015

The Adeline Tunic


The Adeline Tunic is the third pattern I’ve added to my inventory. I love the versatility of layered dressing and this tunic is great for all seasons. It can be made in lightweight natural fabric such as voile or handkerchief linen for hot weather or wovens and mid weight knits and worn over long sleeve tops for Winter.

Adeline is a round neck sleeveless tunic with 2 length options. The midi length falls almost to the knee and the maxi is an ankle length dress (on average height woman 162cm or 5” 7”) The hemline is irregular and falls to 2 handkerchief points at the front and back. The deep pleat at the centre front and centre back gives the garment fullness and swing. The armhole is deeply cut as the garment is intended to be worn over a singlet or long sleeve top.

The Adeline pattern has been published in 2 sizes ranges, Small and Large. The pattern has 16 pages of instructions with diagrams and pictures. It can printed as multiple page pdfs or in wide format at a copy shop (2x AO pages)





Please enter my Rafflecopter giveaway by simply asking to be entered into the draw. I've only just begun to put my textile designs into the Kollabora shop. In the next week I should get about 20 designs listed. 


 

I had a wonderful group of testers help to get the design and instructions perfected for publication. Heres some of their pictures along with a link to their blog or Facebook page where you can read their reviews of Adeline.



Robyn in Sydney, Australia





Essence in USA





Alyssa in USA




Wilma in Newcastle, Australia


You can buy this pattern and see others by Boho Banjo art to wear on these sites

Shopify:      http://boho-banjo-art-to-wear.myshopify.com/  (icon on right side bar)



Friday, 13 March 2015

new fabric designs

This coming  Sunday I'll be launching my third pattern - the Adeline Tunic. I'll be showing pictures of the versions I made along with the fabulous creations of the ladies who have kindly given their time and patience to test the pattern in the last few weeks. There will also be the opportunity to enter a Rafflecopter draw for the prize of all three of my published patterns and 3 metres of fabric of your choice designed by me.

In the 2 weeks since the pattern went to testing I took a break from the pattern drafting which has had me absorbed for the last 6 months. I've been taking 2 online classes in digital textile design to improve my formerly very basic skills. I made my first textile designs 18 months ago in Photoshop and had the fabrics printed by Spoonflower in the USA for making into the garments in my exhibition last year at Breathing Colours Gallery in Sydney.

I really had very little idea what I was doing, just gleaned enough information off the Spoonflower web pages to scrape in on a wing and a prayer.

These were garments made from textile prints I designed in 2014
 

Green Woman tunic 2014


Domino tunic 2014

And here are some of the new designs I've made
















Wednesday, 4 March 2015

I've been to fabric porn heaven and back....

Rodney and I went to Melbourne for 4 days to celebrate a friends 80th birthday. Getting me to leave home is always a challenge akin to separating objects joined with superglue....so I went with a pouty lip big enuf to trip over....

We arrived Saturday and went into the city centre to meet Rodneys twin sister and have a wander around. The fabric shop Tessuti is near Flinders Station and I've bought fabrics and patterns from them online so I went to check them out. It is a very tasteful and upmarket shop with a great range of high quality imported fabrics from Europe. Exquisite linens and prints were available. Unfortunately they were rather too expensive for my budget, average price range being $15 to $100 metre. The 2 fabrics I liked the most were $18 and $45 a metre so I made myself resist the temptation....

On Monday we had a few hours to fritter way in the morning so idly wandered up the main street of the suburb Glen Huntley where we were staying....and then...tah daaaah!....drumroll, trumpets....

exterior of Darn Cheap Fabrics, Glen Huntley, Melbourne AUS
....I came across "Darn Cheap Fabrics" the best fabric shop I've been in for probably 20 years! This is the kind of fabric emporium that ceased to exist a few decades ago since the Spotlight marketing strategy from the 1990s drove little independently owned shops to the wall and out of business. It was redolent of the "old days" when we truly had diversity and difference and speciality. I was in swoons-ville at the great variety of fabrics  -  AND! so many in the very affordable price range, like $5 -$50.

Heres some pictures inside the shop...






Its not a huge shop, but big enough to have such a wide variety of good stuff that it'll probably take hours to drool over! Also a fantastic selection of trims and buttons.

Needless to say, I had to post the 10 kilos of fabrics I bought to my home address, as to take the excess baggage home on the plane would have cost $70!

They have a website and do mailorder - www.darncheapfabrics.com.au



me with my booty from Darn Cheap Fabrics