I learned how to create simple repeating patterns from a youtube video a few months ago, and I've made it a goal to create a pattern a week for as long as I can (maybe for the rest of the year?) to get better at it. I've come up with three so far, and I am really happy with all of them. I would love to see these printed on fabric and used to create skirts, blouses, dresses, men's ties, etc.
I also gave myself the challenge after the first two weeks to only create patterns that I would actually wear myself, which is a lot harder because I tend to be VERY picky with my clothing choices (I am usually wearing solid colors, no patterns!). I did this because I want to order the fabric myself and learn how to sew my own clothes, but that would be difficult if I didn't want to wear any of my own patterns!
The Zinnias on Green was my first pattern, the Hearts was second, and Peach Flowers on Purple is the third. I am starting to come up with ideas for what I want to do this week...thinking maybe something 1940s inspired, as I am working on an editorial project that has to do with 1940s aprons, and it seems like a good idea to kill two birds with one stone.
One thing I would like to figure out is how to get a watercolor wash to repeat in the background without any obvious edges. Right now all of my backgrounds are solid colors put in photoshop, and the patterns elements are watercolor. I am not sure how that will look printed, so once I get enough patterns designed I will order swatches from Spoonflower.
I am excited about this little personal project and look forward to seeing how my patterns progress for the remainder of the year. Thanks for reading! --Katie