100 days of pattern design - or not

This is the second blog post about my 100-day project. I started it at the beginning of 2021 and wrote about it halfway through - about what it is and what I did. I chose pattern design as topic because I have been designing fabrics for a while now, and I love sewing unique products with them. I wanted to expand my portfolio and carry out all the ideas I had in my head. It was partly successful and partly not.
100 days of pattern design - or not - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion Blog

How it went in the second half

I missed a whole week at the beginning of March and more even more single days, maybe also because I was working more hours in my job again. I had done 71 days in total by the end of the month. But instead of making up for the rest of the days, I did not do anything in April. I found that I prefer traditional over digital (even if colours are difficult to match), especially watercolours.
100 days of pattern design or not - bloody ornaments and colourful dots fabric - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion Blog

What patterns I finished

The bloody ornaments started out as a random doodle that I somehow liked. I refined it and made two versions in two directions. That gave me plenty to play around. The colourful dots where a paint experiment. When I figured out a repeat, I tried different colour variations for most of my patterns to see what I like best - just not sure about names yet. The rectangles below come from a photo of a pavement.
100 days of pattern design or not - bones stripes and dark pavement fabric - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion Blog

What I didn't finish

For some reason I did't finish some of my favourite patterns, like the goth damask. You can see my sketches on the picture below and a preview here. Also on this list is a giant spiderweb repeat, a classic leopard print, a new version of my winter trees, a thistle in an arts & crafts style and the leaf science pattern I started ages ago. I guess it is because all are more elaborate.
100 days of pattern design or not - goth damask sketches - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion Blog

The fabric I ordered

You might remember all the watercolour coffins from my last blog post. I made a lot of them into patterns, but I wasn't fully happy with them. I painted some larger ones that came out great and one made it into print. The splatters on black where also done in watercolour. I got these two on a lovely french terry. The others all have different base fabrics (all organic cotton) and are smaller samples.
100 days of pattern design or not - watercolour coffins and splatters on black french terry - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion Blog

What's next and final thoughts

I will use some of these for sewing products for an upcoming market. I hope to find out which are the most popular. I think for me, making patterns is better for a rainy weekend, not doing bits every day. Or maybe I'm putting in too much efford with perfectionism nagging again. On the positive side, I did draw a lot and saw some great ideas developing.
100 days of pattern design or not - watercolor coffins goth fabric - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion Blog
I also found that the printing can come out very different after testing a few companies.
What pattern is your favourite? And what would you like to see made with it?

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Anett (Tuesday, 18 May 2021 18:57)

    Oh, so awesome patterns. I love the dots and the grey rectangles.

    And what a difference in the colors. Where did you have the right one printed?

  • #2

    Janina (Wednesday, 19 May 2021 10:51)

    Thank you very much, Anett!
    The right one is from CottonBee, the left was a local one.