fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

News from the garage

Whodda guessed there was a BIG difference between a PDF 1.7 and a PDF 1.8? Well, there is. At least concerning the printing of FELIZ there is. Long story short: FELIZ is printed. It's in English. It's here in my garage. Send me an email if you'd like to place an order. I'm sorry about the wait. Like I said, PDF Schmee Dee Eff 1.7...Schmee Dee Eff 1.8... FELIZ has been very popular in Europe. I'm really honored and humbled to know that this dress has been sewn to be flower girl dresses and many first-day-of-school dresses ("first day of school" is kind of a big deal in Germany).

In addition, behind a surfboard and a bike I also have a box of SOLANA trouser patterns in English in the garage. That's right, SOLANA. For a long time, I did not want to print this pattern in the United States. I'm not an IP attorney, so the understandings and assumptions I've been using to protect my designs may be right and they may be wrong. So I don't want to explain my reasoning. Anyway, I understand my designs have a little more protection in Europe. I could be wrong, but that's how I'm rolling these days. To really keep an idea protected on this side of the pond, a patent is helpful. So I've applied for patents on a few designs, including SOLANA (patent pending--I can write that now). Let's see how much luck I have there.

As it is, I have SOLANA (patent pending) in English for sale. I really like this design. When I look at SOLANA (patent pending), the words of dear Toni come to mind, "When I first opened that pattern, I said, 'Nancy is a crackhead.'" Now, to say that like Toni, say "crack-haid". But she likes the pattern and has made some really great SOLANA (patent pending) trousers. Better than mine, for sure! SOLANA (patent pending) is different from any sewing pattern you've ever seen, but that's what makes these one-of-a-kind trousers. Swoopy, swishy, curvy, crazy: Not for shrinking violets. Little tip: Use twills or cords on this one, something with a warp face weave to ease you around all those curves. Percales and quilting cottons tend to pucker in those upper curves.

Go ask your authorized Farbenmix & fledge retailer.


Kristen said...


I would love to get both patterns from you....let me know an email addy to paypal the $$ to ;)

janet said...

Seriously, I think you are amazing. I'm a new reader to your blog, and a sewing hack, though I can put a good set together if I try. I've purchased and made a few of your patterns (redondo, hermosa) and wowzee wowza loved them. Can't even remember how I came across your blog, but I was thrilled to see that not only are you a ridiculously talented designer, but you are great writer as well...your blog is fun to read. More info than you need, but just wanted to let you know I think your stuff is cool, and you seem pretty cool too. Cant wait to get my hands on the Feliz and the funky Solana pants.

Nic said...

nancy may be a crackhaid, but solana (patent pending) is further proof that nancy is also a genius.

FeatherBunkle said...

I'm interested in both of those patterns--where on earth can I find them in a brick and mortar store? Are they only available online?

Fledgling said...

Hello ladies!

((JANET)) Check's in the mail. *blush* Seriously, THANK YOU for your kind words. That's why I do what I do!

There are many online retailers and a few bricks-and-mortor shops scattered around that carry these patterns. I can't play favorites, because I've gotten to know all of the retailers personally and every last one is the bee's knees. Just the greatest. A Google search "feliz pattern" is bringing up many of the retailers.

((Nic)) No: YOU da genius.


wondermommy said...

I know I'm late in commenting to this post, but I've been on vacation. I just got the Feliz pattern and I'm so glad you decided to offer it in the US. I just love it, and all of your patterns! It is good to hear that you are protecting your designs. I really need to get my hands on Solana.


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