Spoonflower Shop NOW OPEN (!) + NEW Navy Vintage Floral Pattern

Zirkus Design | New Navy Vintage Floral Pattern - Design Process: Women's Long Sleeve T-Shirt Mockup

Happy New Year, my friends!

I took a few weeks off of blogging to be present with my family for the holidays. But that doesn’t mean I sat around eating Christmas cookies + twiddling my thumbs. (Okay, maybe the first one, but not the second!) Instead, I worked on an exciting new project that I can’t wait to share with you!

My Spoonflower Shop is NOW OPEN!

Are you familiar with Spoonflower?

If you’re into sewing, crafting, or quilting, chances are you’ve heard of Spoonflower, a print-on-demand fabric company. Sellers upload designs, and Spoonflower prints the designs on the fabric of your choice (you can see all the different fabric choices here).

Spoonflower offers zillions of different designs, and I’m excited to announce that my pattern designs are now for sale on their site!

Click here to see all designs in my Spoonflower Shop.

Or, click here if you prefer to see patterns organized into collections.

Zirkus Design | Spoonflower Shop: Buy Custom Fabric Designed by Chamisa @ZirkusDesign

Note that I still have many designs I haven’t yet added to the shop. This is because Spoonflower requires sellers to proof their own designs, meaning I must order a fabric swatch to test every design I upload. I then can make revisions to the colors, layout, etc. before marking it for sale.

If you see a design of mine you’d like to order, or if you have an idea for fabric you’d like for a project, email me.

I am happy to add patterns to my shop just for you!

New Vintage Floral Pattern

Since I shared my Tangier Teal Moroccan-inspired Ikat designs with you, I designed a super fun (and slightly crazy!) vintage floral pattern. The color palette below inspired me; the hues are totally my vibe.

(Fun fact: I totally thought these were teabags! Nope, they’re tights/legwear – ha!)

I started with ink sketches I made from books of vintage flowers. I scanned the sketches and recolored the lines and fills in Photoshop.

(Fun fact: I almost exclusively design patterns in Adobe Illustrator. This pattern is my first using Photoshop – yay!)

Zirkus Design | New Navy Vintage Floral Pattern - Design Process: Sketches + Color Palette

After the initial sketch – scan – clean up – colorize process, I began grouping elements into a composition that looked like this. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared this beginning stage a few weeks back.

Zirkus Design | New Navy Vintage Floral Pattern - Design Process: Initial Repeat Pattern Motif Grouping

I went through a zillion iterations of this pattern, and each time I kept adding more tidbits and elements to add visual interest. I really love how full of life and vibrant this pattern turned out to be.

(And yes, if you’re wondering – I am building a collection for this pattern. I’ll share the full vintage floral collection when I’m done – promise!)

Zirkus Design | New Navy Vintage Floral Pattern - Design Process: Finished Repeat Pattern Design


Rearranging + Recoloring

Because messing around with color is just so darn fun, I played with the palette and ended up with a retro holiday feel for these vintage flowers.

I used this color scheme to create a hello, 2018 graphic on Instagram. (P.s. – If we’re not already, let’s be InstaFriends! Follow me here.)

Zirkus Design | Vintage Floral Repeat Pattern - Vintage Holiday Color Palette Color Way

Not only am I thrilled to share these new patterns with you, I’m happy to announce that my vintage floral pattern (+ the holiday recoloring!) are available in my Spoonflower shop right now! See the navy here and the burgandy here.

Note: Yes, the colors look different in the repeat pattern tiles I have shared with you in this post and the Spoonflower shop preview. I brightened up the palettes for the Spoonflower products since dark-colored inks tend to look duller on fabric than on your screen. In order to make sure the design looks and feels vibrant, I increased the contrast in the fabric products.

A Favor?

Even if you’re not into fabric, I would be so grateful if you’d visit my shop and favorite any of the designs you love.

You can favorite designs by clicking the heart that appears when you hover over a design on my main shop page. I hate asking for favors like this because we can be friends whether you like my designs or not (really!). But those hearts you click help my designs become easier for customers to find.

If you’re a freebie lover like me, don’t worry. I still plan on offering as many freebies as possible on my site. I simply want to add the functionality for those who want to purchase my designs to do so. You have my word that I will continue to keep things as budget-friendly as possible because that is important to me as a consumer as well as a seller. As always, thank you for your support!

Zirkus Design | New Navy Vintage Floral Pattern - Design Process: Women's Long Sleeve T-Shirt Mockup

Thank YOU!

Thank you SO much for the privilege of sharing the exciting grand opening of the Spoonflower shop with you and for the pleasure of unveiling my latest vintage floral design.

If you are a sewist, crafter or quilter, I would LOVE to know – what would YOU create if you could order anything off the Spoonflower website (my design or not)? If you have a favorite Spoonflower fabric or designer vibe, please feel free to share a link in the comments below.

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