Monday, February 6, 2017

Bento Tee in My Fabric Designs Fabric, Plus a Giveaway!

Another Bento Tee from me, this time in custom printed fabric!



My Fabric Designs, which sells custom printed fabric, reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their services. I've never tried custom printed fabric, so I was curious and took them up on their offer. My Fabric Designs provided me the fabric for free, but all opinions about the fabric and the process are my own.


At My Fabric Designs, users can choose from any design in the curated collection or create and upload their own design to be printed on their choice of 26 fabrics, ranging from woven cotton to performance jersey.


Since I am inexperienced with creating fabric designs and don't really have drawing/graphic design skills, I opted to choose from the existing designs in their collection this time. There is a large and growing range of designs uploaded by various users, from novelty prints to geometrics to florals. 

I do think it would be fairly easy to create your own design, though, and My Fabric Designs has several videos walking you through the process. You can upload your own images or use some from their library to create your own repeating pattern. Maybe I'll try my hand at designing my own print next time!


The process of choosing a design is fun- you can search by design category or by designer (or by category within a designer's catalog). Once you click on a design, you get a preview of the design on one yard of your chosen fabric substrate (since the substrates vary in width). You can get a sense of the scale and adjust it to suit your needs. After settling on a fabric and design, you just add it to your cart and complete your purchase. 

I do wish there was a way to "favorite" certain designs and/or designers, because unless I opened it in a separate tab in my browser, I often found it difficult to go back and find a design I liked once I had clicked away.


This time, I chose two fabrics. I will write about the second fabric in a future post. For the Bento Tee in today's post, I chose the Sun Burst Stripes Garnet and White by khaus on interlock blend/cotton slinky knit, which is 94% cotton, 6% spandex. It's 48" wide, although, as I discovered after measuring the piece I was sent, the length was almost 1/2 yard short of what I had ordered, which was a little bit frustrating. I followed up with My Fabric Designs, though, and they handled my issue quickly. Turns out the heat press, used to set the ink, was set too high and shrunk the fabric. They fixed the problem and apologized, which is good customer service in my mind.


The fabric itself is lovely, though. I was happy with the quality of the fabric substrate. Soft, thick, squishy, great recovery, presses well. The edges curl ever so slightly, but not bad at all. The printing looks as I expected it to, size-wise, and it's pretty true to the maroon-y red I expected. It might be a little bit less vibrant than I expected, but it's still quite nice. If you were planning to use it for a garment with a lot of negative ease, be warned that as it stretches, more of the white fabric underneath shows.


So, back to my Liesel + Co Bento Tee. You've seen me write about this pattern before: a great boxy tee with cuffs. I figured, with the large scale of this print, it was the perfect choice. Not a lot of seam lines to break up the pattern! I went with the somewhat cropped version of the Bento Tee, without the in-seam pockets. I'm pretty delighted with the final outcome! I love how it pairs with jeans or with these slouchy pants (my Named Alexandria trousers).


Giveaway: I have a $25 coupon code for My Fabric Designs to give away. For a chance to win the coupon, please comment on this post by 11:59 pm EST on February 10 (note: I will need to reach out to the winner via email, so anonymous comments won't be entered into the giveaway): Have you ever designed your own fabric or used custom printed fabric?

*Update: the giveaway is now closed; thanks for your entries!*


If you're curious about other sewing bloggers' experiences with My Fabric Designs, have a look at SunnyGal Studio, Rolling in Cloth and SewsnBows!


42 comments:

  1. Nice combination of fabric and design. Yes, I've used custom printed fabric, with our tartan design slightly modified for scale, on silk twill. I used it for the back of the groom's waistcoat at my daughter's wedding. I've blogged about it.

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  2. Ohhh, that looks fabulous, I've used spoonflower once for a gift... a blue ginkgo pattern, but keen to try out a performance knit sometime.

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  3. You made a good choice, that turned out really well. I'm a little nervous about entering the world of custom printing -so many choices! Another way to spend money! Etc. But it would be fun! Having the choice of substrate is great. I'm not a woven cotton sewer, in general, so the stretch fabric option is excellent.

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  4. This looks great. I've printed my own before, and by 'printed' I mean used bronze fabric paint and giant q-tip cotton buds to print! Love the Bento! <3

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  5. I've never printed my own fabric before, but would love to give it a go!

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  6. oh swoon. Love it. Never printed my own fabric before, but I have printed tapestry designs (then stitched in wool). Great fabric choice

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  7. I have done both! It's sewwwwwww fun, but I haven't tried My Fabric Designs. Time to check them out. Thanks!

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  8. I love the top! wish it came in plus sizes though, very frustrating when I find a pattern I like but cannot find the size I need

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  9. What a fun print! I once printed my own fabric with Legos. I like to make pjs to fit the theme of my nephew's birthday and I couldn't find any Lego fabric...

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  11. Love your fabric! I've never printed my own fabric but now I think I probably should!

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  12. I have never designed my own fabric or used custom printed fabric, but when I see some of the created designs, I often think about that. The possibilities are endless! :)

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  13. Cool! I have used Spoonflower before, but I haven't designed my own print. My friends are having a baby and I have an idea of making fabric incorporating some of the dad's artwork, and then making some baby clothes or quilt out of it.

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  14. I really like the concept but have never tried it myself. Love how yours turned out!

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  15. What a great fabric! I haven't ever used custom printed fabric but I've looked into it several times -- I hate when I have the perfect fabric in mind for a project and just can't find it. Printing fabric seems like the perfect solution!

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  16. I love this print, Meg. It really does seem so you!

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  17. I don't need to be entered in the contest as my fabric closet is full to BURSTING -- my collapsed shelves can attest to that LOL. I just wanted to say that I am a new follower -- I found your blog last week and I can't get enough!!! I love everything you've made especially your StyleArc dresses which are now in my cart!

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  18. Oh how FUN. I like the fact that they let you still design even if you happen to be graphically challenged.

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  19. I've thought about spoonflower but have heard mixed reviews about the fabrics and the printing so haven't committed yet!

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  20. This is really interesting - thanks for the thorough review. I've never printed my own fabric but have considered it from time to time when I am wishing that there was a specific motif I could find somewhere.

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  21. What a great concept, I have often wondered about designing my own fabric. Your shirt came out lovey.

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  22. I've used spoonflower, but someone else's design (I'm not sure I'm that kind of crafty) .... curious about this new custom printer.

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  23. I've never used custom print fabric, but I have this crazy idea that I'll make leggings (the Sloan Leggings by Hey June are seared in my mind) with the side panel having frog development going up the side. So there'll be one cell, then two cell, then by my knee you'll have a later stage embryo, then tadpoles by my thigh, and then a full grown frog by the waistband. This sounds slightly less weird when I tell you I'm a developmental biologist and have worked with frogs, haha. I've even gotten so far as to trace out all the developmental stages in a drawing program, but I haven't arranged it into a repeating pattern for fabric yet...

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  24. I've never used custom print fabric, but I'm always amazed at the great pieces other people make. While I have lots of ideas for prints I'd love to make up I'm a little scared of the process. Luckily my sisters a designer so maybe I can co-opt her into helping out.

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  25. I've never used custom fabric , but when I see yours, it's great.

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  26. I've always wanted to try the custom printed fabric! What fun!!

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  27. I have looked at Spoonflower before but the prices and the reviews concerned me. But I love your fabric. It would be nice to try them out. I liked the idea of the frogs!

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  28. I have looked at Spoonflower before but the prices and the reviews concerned me. But I love your fabric. It would be nice to try them out. I liked the idea of the frogs!

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  29. That top is perfect and looks great on you! Great choices! I have never used custom printed fabric before - a new adventure for sure!

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  30. I have been very curious about this process, Thank you for your comments

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  31. I have bought digital fabric and it worked fine but I havent tried designing my own. Interesting concept.

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  32. I've always wanted to try printing my own design, but chicken out once I get the yardage in my cart and see home much it totals! It's pretty pricey 😬

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  33. I've designed swatches but haven't been brave enough to try it out for full yardage.

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  34. Cute! I have never tried out custom printing!

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  35. I've never gone the custom printing route, but it does sound like something I'd like to try. I like the Bento tee pattern - I've made a few of these myself.

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  36. Nice design choice - what a great idea to do custom designs. You're so hip :) Not trying to enter the giveaway though as I will soon be building my fabric stash in BKK when I work with my bespoke fabric consultant.

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  37. Love the design but I would have to select one versus creating my own.

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  38. I have never designed my own fabric nor have I ever used custom fabric. I would love to give this a try.
    Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  39. I would love to print my own design on fabric. I like to buy local so sometimes I can't find what I really want at the local stores. Thanks for the information and the review.

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  40. I would love to print my own design on fabric. I like to buy local so sometimes I can't find what I really want at the local stores. Thanks for the information and the review.

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  41. I haven't tried custom printed yet. Sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming. But it's always tempting to try.

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