There's a fantastic new magazine out this summer called Fresh Style. The debut issue oozes with luscious color, decorating inspiration, fashionable crafts, and more, including interviews with me, Amy Butler, and Ashley Ann Campbell of Under the Sycamore.
To celebrate the magazine's launch, I designed a pattern to include with the article: The Tuxedo Clutch. Instructions for this fast and fun purse are found in the Summer 2011 issue -- available at newstands through the end of July. Other projects featured in this issue include an apron made from men's dress shirts, a chic ribbon headband, custom-bleached shirts,and a super-cool pallet bed. (I love the ceiling decor above the bed too (p.75). Ooo, and I just spotted a Happy Stacker in the basket next to the bed -- Ashley Ann, is this your house?)
The Tuxedo Clutch packs a big punch of style, yet it is simple to make. My design is inspired by the ruffled front of a funky men's dress shirt. Think 70s prom. (Whoa, not exactly 70s, but check out this ruffled shirt.)
The blue brooch? I picked that up at a vintage hoo-hahs booth at Quilt Market a year or two ago. I couldn't resist. It's old and a bit skee-wumpus, which has me loving it even more.
For more info about Fresh Style, visit their blog at freshstylemag.com. And here's a handy link if you wish to place an order through Hoffman Media. I think they carry back-issues too, in case you miss the July deadline.