Sewaholic meets Dotty Logic

Sail Away Organic Cotton Print (click to visit etsy shop)

Remember this post a week or two ago on Inspiration for the Sewaholic? In this post, I rounded up a bunch of inspiring links, including the True Up article on Dotty Logic, a brand-new line of digital printed fabric on organic cotton.

Well, it’s a small world after all! Jasonda saw my comment on the True Up post, visited my blog… then contacted me and suggested we get together for a collaboration. I was thrilled, flattered, and really excited to meet her!

We’re both local Vancouver creative minds – so of course we instantly clicked when we met! Many of my work colleagues and friends don’t sew, or aren’t into creative pursuits. It was wonderful to talk with someone passionate about art, design and of course, sewing!

Knotty Organic Cotton Print (click to visit etsy shop)

On to the good stuff – the project! Jasonda recently launched her new line, Dotty Logic, and wanted to team up with a local blogger (that’s me!) to sew up a garment in one of her lovely prints. I’d write about the process and the fabric, and post the finished garment on my blog. And then, we’d sell the item and donate the proceeds to charity!

It’s a win-win-win situation. I get to work on a fun project with someone I really admire, send some attention and traffic to her store, and support a well-deserving charity!

I picked Dress for Success as our charity, it’s such an amazing cause and helps so many local women succeed in the workplace. Did you know there are over 200 volunteers working for Dress for Success in Vancouver, yet only four staff members? It’s a very well-run organization and I love being a part of it. And the difference a well-cut suit makes… well, we who sew know how much it can improve your confidence wearing tailored clothes, and feeling good about the way you’re presenting yourself!

Coral Garden Organic Cotton Print (click to visit etsy shop)

Jasonda and I met over coffee and before we knew it, we’d spent over two hours chatting away! She gave me the fabric and we decided on a style, plus I got to hear about fabric design and what inspires her! Please check out her beautiful designs in her Etsy store (all of the photos link to her store listings!)

In the meantime, I’ll be sewing up the Coral Garden print in my favourite tried-and-true skirt pattern – you guessed it, McCalls 5803!

Stay tuned for the final skirt, to be revealed next week!

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13 Responses to Sewaholic meets Dotty Logic

  1. louise July 7, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    pretty prints, organic and for charity – really what more could one ask for, what a great collaboration!!!
    best of luck with the project and thanks for the heads up on True Up – just had a little browse and its been added to my google-reader for daily fabric hits!

  2. Holly July 7, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    What a fabulous collaboration! I look forward to seeing the process of making the skirt with Jasonda’s fabric.

    I, too, saw the post on True Up about Dotty Logic and was excited to learn about someone designing their own fabric line here in Vancouver. I love that Sail Away waves print!

  3. CGCouture July 7, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    What a cool idea! I can’t wait to see the projects you make for the charity. I think my favorite fabric is the one with the ropes/knots on it. :-)

  4. The Cupcake Goddess July 7, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    That is such a fabulous idea and I love that you are both collaborating together and donating to charity. She’s got some beautiful fabrics! And I’m sure that your skirt will look fabulous in them!

  5. Jasonda July 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks so much Tasia! It was great to meet you and I am really excited to be working with you on this project. I’m eagerly awaiting pics of the “making of” this fabulous skirt along with everyone else. :)

  6. Tasia July 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m so glad people are excited about this collaboration!
    It’s one thing to put your own stuff online all the time and wait for a reaction, it’s a completely different thing when someone else’s creations are involved. Exciting but scary all at the same time because it’s more than just my work open to critique and compliments!
    @louise: I can’t remember how I found True Up but I love it for a treat of daily fabric candy! I feel like I’m ‘in the know’ on new and innovative fabrics now.

  7. The Sew Convert July 8, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Oh! This is such a meaningful project! I can feel your excitement :) Can’t wait to see the lovely skirt!

  8. Tasia July 8, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    @The Sew Convert: Thanks, I agree it’s meaningful..sewing for a good cause! I should be ready to present it next week, stay tuned..

  9. Ali July 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    This is incredible! See what wonderful things happen when you share your passion? Collaborations and goodness can occur.

    You know I’m a M5803 convert ;) Looking forward to the finished product!

    The prints are gorgeous, btw.

  10. LisaB July 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    That’s so awesome! Can’t wait to see the results! Also I love that there are so many crafty and creative people in Vancouver these days. :)

  11. petite josette July 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    Congratulations on the collaboration ! it’s so rewarding when you get to be part of something bigger, while still doing something you love ! I can”t wait to see the result !

  12. Petite Josette July 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    I forgot to ask, will the skirt be “shown” anywhere in Vancouver to be sold or are you selling it online only ? I’d love to see the finished product from upclose !

  13. Jasonda July 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    @Petite Josette: I would love to do that, but unfortunately we don’t have a local venue, so I’ll be selling it on my Etsy shop. Tasia took many lovely and detailed pictures of the skirt before I picked it up, so hopefully that will be enough! :)