Homestead Fabric Blog Hop

September 22, 2015

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the Homestead Fabric Blog Tour to promote a new collection for Birch Fabrics by Emily Isabella. The entire collection is available on both organic cotton poplin and organic cotton interlock knit, and features many adorable farm animal motifs, as well as a pretty floral and a dotty cloud print.

Also, Birch is kindly giving away one yard of each print (that’s 12 yards!) to one lucky winner so stick around for those details!


Obviously I like ridiculously cute animal prints, AND the color mint, so when Birch approached me with the opportunity to join the blog tour I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The two prints I ended up picking for my project are: Little Lamb poplin in mint, and the coordinating Clouds print.


You’ve seen versions of this sewing pattern from me several times in the past, but it’s been a while since I last made one, so I figured the blog hop was a great opportunity to sew another Grainline Studio Archer Button Up. I tried something new this time around by modifying the sleeves and adding 2.5″ of length at the hips for more of a tunic-y look.


The Archer pattern is an excellent excuse to use coordinating mixed prints for some contrast and visual interest, and the Homestead organic cotton poplin is also very well suited for a shirt like Archer. I really miss making shirts, and you know cotton fabrics are my favorite, so putting this project together was a really enjoyable experience all around.




Cotton poplin has a lighter feel than your traditional heirloom weight quilting cottons, but the crisper hand and tight weave makes it super stable to work with, excellent to press, and a dream to wear (and wash!). I love it! Though this fabric was provided courtesy of Birch for the blog tour, I’d honestly buy more poplin from them in the future. Good stuff.



For the construction of my Archer, I was lazy and didn’t want to take the bright red thread out of my serger so I decided to finish everything with seam binding, handmade bias tape, and French seams. In the photo below you can see Peanut The Cat inspecting my work. She’s 19 years old, which is practically 100 in cat years, so I like to pretend she’s the quintessential grandma from some antique fable with a vast knowledge of all things relating to domestic hobby crafts 😉 …I can’t tell if she was impressed or not.





Uh, can you tell what my favorite color is? You might say it’s my spirit color 😉


-Homestead Fabric Giveaway-
Birch is kindly giving away one yard of each print in the Homestead collection (12 yards total!) to one randomly selected winner! You can enter the giveaway by commenting on this blog post and telling me how you would use Homestead in your life! You can also unlock bonus entries by visiting Lucky Lucille on Facebook, or following rochelle_new on Instagram!

Use the Gleam widget below to record your giveaway entry, unlock more bonus entries, and see more details…

Win 1 yard of each print from Homestead by Emily Isabella!


Be sure to check out the other awesome stops on the Homestead Fabric Blog Tour for a closer look at each fabric and more project inspiration!