Since before I opened the shop I have been a HUGE fan of Amy Butler - she has such an incredible design sensibility and aesthetic and everything you see that comes from her brand you want to wear, have and of course make! So it was no surprise that I was inspired when I recently saw her new PDF patterns and in particular the “Ribbon Alchemy Creative Suite” – seven patterns all using her new ribbon collection from Renaissance Ribbons. We will be getting her ribbons in soon, but I could not wait to try out a few of the projects she features in the PDF so I used some beautiful ribbons we already had at the shop.
So I first made the “Treasure Wristlet” using a mix of bold and bright ribbons in all different sizes. It was such a simple project and fun to make and the perfect finishing touch to a summer outfit (I already wore it out last night). We even have decided to add it to our camp curriculum this week so stay tuned to see what the girls come up with!
I was definitely on a DIY and sewing role this weekend as I then made the “Brocade Cuff” – I chose two ribbons and Amy and her team suggest you add a vintage broach which I happen to have a nice collection of – I do love everything modern and new, but I also have a soft spot for vintage. Check out the result.
I used a French Jacquard and a dark denim twill ribbon which I paired with a Liberty Tana Lawn print that had big illustrated white roses with touches of orange against a blue background. I had chosen the ribbons based on a particular broach I had in mind – an old ivory cut rose framed in antique gold. I loved the idea of keeping the floral theme for the cuff and matching broach!
I have decided I want to make a bunch of cuffs and wear them layered – how chic don’t you think?
It is no surprise that I had a ball making these projects and I am totally inspired and can’t wait to make headband and bookmarks - so thank you Amy for once again creating such an amazing array of materials, patterns and more that keep sewing and crafting so much fun and rewarding! I know my students and clients are going to be excited to make them as well.
If you are interested in exploring these projects on your own you can purchase the PDF here on Amy’s site and of course come by the shop for any help and guidance you need and to pick up your materials – – stay tuned for when we announce the arrival of Amy’s ribbons and her new fabric collection Belle coming out in July!!! Don’t forget that we also have a nice selection of Amy’s paper patterns available.