Emily Hallman : apple of my eye

the TÉLIO project: apple of my eye / by Emily Hallman Designs

I have lived in a number of different states: one with natural seasons, one that was cold for way too long, and three that hadn’t gotten the memo about changing seasons at all and are pretty warm most of the time. I used to think that I loved living in a place where the seasons changed naturally and you knew that come late September all the leaves would change and you could finally pack away all your summer clothes – but I’ve learned that I really like the warmer climate. This is mostly because I truly do not like really, really cold weather and the dreariness that winter brings. (Everything is dead and ugly, people.) All of this to say that the changing seasons here in Texas may be less obvious, but I do still enjoy each season for what it is, even winter.

For those of us who wont’ be making a winter coat until December (if we make one at all) but still want a little closet refresh at the start of a new season, color is the way to do that. I’m so inspired by color and prints and how it makes me feel and the new ideas it brings for making clothes and getting dressed. A big part of that is a fantastic print, and you’ve seen me, again and again, use a print as an “anchor” for a collection, and this new collaboration with TÉLIO is no different. The first time I laid eyes on this print I was in love. First of all, the colors are so rich and beautiful, and I loved the fact that it wasn’t exclusively autumn colors. There’s navy and burgundy and emerald, but there’s also some pink and white which is unexpected and quite lovely. The scale of the print is really nice too, it’s not too big, not too small. You know I don’t mind huge prints sometimes, but this one feels just right.

We’re kicking off this series with TÉLIO with this gorgeous apple print stretch cotton sateen, and you can purchase it at Stone Mountain Fabrics.

Particulars about this look:

  • This apple print is a medium weight stretch cotton sateen, so it makes a beautiful skirt. It’s also a great option for dresses, jackets, and some tops. It’s a dream to work with, and there’s just enough stretch in it to keep things comfortable without being totally stretched out at the end of the day. You can also toss it in the washing machine, so no need for a trip to the cleaners. (This one should be hung up to dry.)
  • I wanted a classic button front skirt with pockets that I could wear with a lot of different things, like blouses and tees and sweaters and maybe a jacket. I used McCall’s 5431 (out of print, unfortunately) for the skirt, and I modified the pattern to button down the front. You can read more about how to do that here. The skirt is unlined, and I swapped the patch pockets from the pattern for hidden side seam pockets.
  • The blouse I’m wearing is Vogue 8689, and it’s part of my summer collection. I made it using a 6.5 oz linen and some cotton eyelet I’ve had for ages. This blouse will be on the blog soon.

Love this skirt! I can’t wait for you to see what else we have planned for this year’s collaboration. Thursday’s post is all about comfortable, mix-and-match pieces with layering options. And, in the second week of this project, you’ll see a bunch of finished looks when I put all of these pieces together. I’m working with just four fabrics for this project, and one is specifically for an accessory, so really it’s just three fabrics for garments. You can do big things with not a lot of fabric!

And don’t forget that this apple print is one of the fabrics in the giveaway we’re doing at the end of this project. More on that in the second week of September. I hope, no matter how hot it still is where you live, that you’re excited about fall. I am!

See you Thursday,


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