Holiday Sewing Time

It’s that time of year!

Make your family stockings using Garment Designer’s Holiday Collection Add-on, or the Stand-alone version of the software.

Time to think about making some new holiday decorations. Did you know that we here at Cochenille have a Holiday plug-in to Garment Designer? It is also available as a stand-alone program, meaning you do not need to own Garment Designer to run it. There are stockings (for people and animals), a bottle bag, various carriers for food, a tree skirt, and more.

I recently made holiday stockings for my son and his family. I chose the Stiletto shoe style for my daughter-in-law, an elf one for my granddaughter, and a standard stocking style for my son. I chose to use lightweight interior fabrics, in a somewhat darkened holiday palette.

Here you can see the stiletto pattern in Garment Designer.

The Stiletto pattern for a holiday stocking.

And here are the pattern pieces for all of the stockings. I spliced some of the patterns to allow me to have more fabrications involved.

My assortment of pattern pieces for holiday stockings using Garment Designer software.

These next few images will show you how I mixed and matched the fabrics within a given stocking.

The elf-style stocking, this one for my granddaughter.
Garment Designer’s Standard stocking, and look how you can dress it up!
The base of the stiletto stocking.

Then… on to the trims!

Lots of options for trims.

And I cut letters out of craft felt for the names.

Customizing the stockings with names.

Now… they hang every Christmas and My granddaughter can’t wait to see what’s in hers on Christmas morning.

Hanging in place, every year now.

and if you like, there are options for your dog or cat… Here is the Bone stocking pattern.

Make a stocking for the doggie in your world.

View our Holiday Collection video here: https://youtu.be/rmwZnaqMAqk

April Cochenille Design Challenge

April Cochenille Design Challenge

Our April Cochenille Design Challenge will help you keep track of your USB Hasp key! USB Hasp keys are small, easy to tuck away and sometimes feel like they have chameleon-like qualities. Poor little thing; we think she just needs some ‘glam’

For April’s Cochenille Design Challenge let’s dress it up! We invite you to make a keychain that will make your HASP key strut her stuff. She will stand out, so you won’t be able to miss her (or him).

April Key Fob Keychain Challenge: Fab Your Key Fob

We know Cochenille software users are creative, so let’s make our key fobs fabulously fun!

Let your creativity shine so bright you cannot miss it. Make it flashy, furry, fun, fluorescent…anything you would like, but most importantly UNFORGETTABLE.

Submit images of your easy-to-find key fob to info@cochenille.com and be entered to win a gift certificate for Cochenille product. We will post all the entries and a winner will be chosen by May 5th.

We don’t require that you use our software to design your keychain, but kudos to those that do!

If you have a story to go along with your keychain, please feel free to share it with us.

We look forward to seeing your submissions. As the month progresses you can see our staff entries at: http://www.cochenille.com/cochenilleblog/

Happy Crafting from Cochenille!

info@cochenille.com

(858) 259-1698

Fabric Inspiration for Garment Designer, Los Angeles Style

Fabric Inspiration for Garment Designer, Los Angeles Style

It’s Garment Designer project time! Earlier this month, I accompanied my advanced design fashion students to Los Angles garment district so that they could source fabrics for their collections. We started downtown in the fabric district and ended up at Mood Fabrics by day’s end.

On the streets of LA
Notions Store
Ribbon embellished fabric
closeup
Lace yardage
and lace trims

I managed to refrain from purchase… but then, we went to Mood Fabrics.

So, here you see my weakness. Here are some upcoming Garment Designer Projects.

A Digital Print fabric… whoa… it makes me dizzy, but it is so fun!
A linen open weave… perfect for a felting base.
A die-cut polyester which I will use for a sublimation project.

It’s Spring Break now,,, so maybe I can get one of these items made. Wish me luck!

Susan

More on the 2017 Italy Fashion and Food Retreat

Need some incentive to come join us in Italy?

June 14th – 23rd, 2017
Verona, Italy, with visits to Milan and Venice.

Come join us this June in Verona for our Food and Fashion retreat.

How about yarn shopping for Italian yarns?

Or maybe some fantastic food, cooked just for you.

Then, there are the fashions … oh how we love Italian style. In museums…

and in the store windows.

We’ll visit a weaving establishment in Venice where they weave velvet on traditional hand looms using jacquard punch cards. Customers include Dolce and Gabana, the Kremlin, etc.

bobbins… for color inlay.

And, maybe a cooking class with a chef, in the kitchen of his restaurant.

More temptations to come.  Details can be found at

http://www.cochenille.com/events/category/retreats-workshops/

Garment Designer Software February Challenge: Hearts

Almost finished piece!

Susan, owner of Cochenille is sharing her heart-based design challenge. This is a Garment Designer software project. The inspiration for Susan’s project came from a store window in Italy. As you can see below, the sweater was uniquely different. So, photo time.. take a shot and file it away for another time.

Down the road a bit, Susan was embarking on a recycling project, and was looking for something to do, and remembered, not only her photo image, but also a garment she had purchased while taking a workshop with the Deco Belles in Napier New Zealand. Thus, you can see, this is becoming a global project.

 

The Inspiration

Inspiration sweater from a store window in Florence, Italy

And here is the sweater that became the candidate for reconstruction.

Original sweater, purchased in Napier, New Zealand in an Op Shop

The Pattern using Garment Designer Pattern Software

So, Susan developed a heart-shaped pattern in Garment Designer, and cut the pattern out of the original sweater, twice, once for the front and once for the back.

Sewing

To prevent the edges from fraying, the serger was used to finish the raw edges.

Serging the raw edges

Then, some of the original sweater was unraveled to obtain some yarn for crocheting around the edges.

Unraveling the original garment to obtain some yarn for finishing

Finishing

Here are a few shots of the crochet stitch going around the edges.

Crochet edging used to cover the served edges

And now.. the almost finished garment. Susan still wants to add another row of crochet, possibly in a coordinating fancier yarn… to be decided.

Almost finished piece!
Close-up of Front
Back view, arc of heart overlapping arc of heart. Modeled by Teresa, one of Cochenille’s staff.

So now fellow Cochenille users.. let’s see what you can do!

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