I am a West Coast girl, and many of my trips as a kid involved desert landscapes and rocky terrain. So April Rhodes' new line, Wanderer, called to me on a really personal level. The print I picked for my Bohemian Briar Tee is one of my favorites (though I don't know if can really narrow it down... I love them all!!). Called Temple of Allanque, its small horses, sunbursts, and feathers remind me of the carved fetish necklaces and bracelets I have collected since I was a child.
I cut out the long sleeved, cropped version of the Briar tee and then added a panel of organic ticking to the bottom. I thought the neck band would be really fun with an exposed raw edge.
Which led to the sleeves.... They are cute and flirty with ties and side vents. I left part of the bottom of each sleeve unsewn, attached the ticking ties, and then finished the edges of the opening with top stitching.
I can't believe it, but this is the first shirt I've sewn with an Art Gallery knit... I made a few maxi skirts with April's previous line (Arizona), but no shirts. This is by far the coziest shirt I've ever owned. The stretch is just perfect, and the recovery is really really good. The soft finish of the fabric, as with all Art Gallery fabrics, is to die for. I'll be making a few more of these, no question.
Wanderer is a great fabric line, with so so much versatility. Bags, pillows, clothes... it's going to be great on all the things! So go pre-order some! The line will be shipping out from Finch on Feb. 20th!
You'll get to see lots more Wanderer Fabric goodness in the coming days... follow the blog tour below!
April will also be sharing photos of all the projects on Instagram, with a BIG GIVEAWAY!! 20 HALF YARD CUTS OF WANDERER! Thats 10 yards!!
To win :: follow April (@aprilarhodes) on IG and repost any of the Wanderer Tour photos with #wanderertourgiveaway and she'll randomly choose a winner from the hashtags pool on March 1st!
the Finch (Nicole)