sunflowers on black

To this date, this sunflower pattern design collection has been of the most exhilarating as it was created in the collaboration with Marissa from the Sew Help Me blog!

With a leap of faith, I reached out to Marissa via Instagram to see if she would be willing to work with my fabric designs to create a sewing tutorial. Having been denied by bloggers in the past, to say I was thrilled when she accepted my offer would be an understatement. I want to become more known in the sewing community, so apart of my marketing strategy is to network with bloggers to explain my reach.

After a delightful conversation with Marissa, we agreed to set a publish date in September and design an “Auntie & Me” matching outfit theme. So cute, right? This inspired me to design an autumn theme collection, which I love autumn and loved the motivation to begin designing for the season ahead.

Pattern Research

Researching pattern designs on Spoonflower and Pinterest, I tried to see what kind of floral patterns sell on boy’s clothing but could still match a little girl and adult woman.

Then I began to sort our my color palettes. Color is always extremely important to me, but one of the hardest parts of the process. My color palette continues to evolve in the beginning stages of the process.

Now I research different pattern types I’m most attracted too, and try to define key elements about these patterns so that I can apply it in my work.

I’m heavily inspired by Anna Bond, the illustrator behind Rifle Paper Co. I love the flat graphic, spacing, color palettes, smoothness. Yeah! I would love to have my home and office decked out with all Rifle Paper Co. products.

First Sunflower Design Concept

Here was my first draft at creating a fall-inspired pattern design for Marissa.

I love wearing rich colors, so I decided to go with this color palette.

Sunflower Pattern mockup Sunflower Pattern

It’s not terrible, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I sent it to Marissa for feedback, and she was very kind, but I wanted to take another stab in a different direction.

Back to the Drawing Board iPad!

Sunflower Pattern
I asked my Instagram followers which style they preferred, and B won, but it was a close!
I found this color palette on Pinterest. I like the softness of the green.







Sunflower Pattern Collection

After several hours of illustrating and tweaking, I fell in love with my sunflowers! I really like how these balances between bold, and delightful. The color palette is soothing, even though yellow and orange can be anxious colors. The wine red background colors make me think of a farmhouse, and the cream background gives a vintage aged look. I feel like these patterns would work very well for a “Mommy & Me” (or “Auntie & Me”) because the colors are not too cute for a grown woman, but not too bold for children’s fashion.

Keep scrolling to see images of Marissa’s “Auntie & Me” outfits!

Which sunflower pattern is your favorite? I would love to hear from you!

Where to Buy My Sunflower Pattern Collection

This collection is now available on Spoonflower and select items on Society6.

If you would like to use these patterns for your products, please contact me to discuss licensing.

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