The Striped Sophisticate is a collection of seven different hand-drawn stripes in colors inspired by classic sit-com television fathers like Ricky Ricardo and Ward Cleaver.
Available previously only as a collection of DIY bow-ties, the entire collection is now available printed on giftwrap, wallpaper, and fabric by the yard from Spoonflower.com!
See samples of all seven designs after the jump (click image for details and ordering info.)
Inspired by Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch (1969), played by Robert Reed. Although he wore very wide neckties instead of bow-ties, I like to think this is a pattern he would’ve loved. Available on any of Spoonflower’s ten fabrics for sewing, crafting and decorating. You can also order this pattern on wallpaper and giftwrap.
The classic TV dad that set a standard for fatherhood: Ward Cleaver from Leave It To Beaver (1957) played by Hugh Beaumont. A medley of greenish browns, Cleaver fabric is great for quilting, home accessories, and apparel. As a wallpaper, it works well as an accent (think backsplash, the inside of a cabinet, or shelfpaper/drawer liner), and it looks great on giftwrap, too.
Aeronautical Engineer/Single Father Steven Douglas, from My Three Sons (1960). Cool and collected, Mr. Douglas never got too hot under the collar. The wider stripes in this pattern make a bold statement, while the color palette keeps it from being too loud. As a fabric, it adds a nice pop of color and pattern to your sewing project, or it could make a blouse or shirt completely wild. Makes a terrific all-occasion giftwrap, and a snazzy wallpaper good for an accent wall in the bathroom or foyer.
Who could forget Andy Griffith from the Andy Griffith Show (1960)? Although it was set in the 1960’s, rural Mayberry had a real 1930’s vibe to it. I used muted tones of sepia and brown, with a red accent that recalls Opie’s red hair. (For our younger viewers, director Ron Howard used to have hair, and when he did it was brilliant red. And he used to be a really cute child actor.) Available in ten fabrics, wallpaper, and giftwrap.
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable played by Bill Cosby in The Cosby Show (1984). Although known more for his outlandish sweaters than bow-ties, this bright pattern of horizontal stripes recalls Dr. Huxtable’s affinity for chunky bold-patterned sweaters, while still remaining useful in your projects. This fabric is perfect for quilting projects, apparel, and home decorating accents. Also makes a fine decorator wallpaper or giftwrap.
The only animated dad in our lineup, George Jetson, of The Jetsons (1962). “Jane! Get me off this crazy thing!” Wavy vertical stripes in retro-futuristic colors I call “almost teal” and “not quite red”. I used these colors because they are reminiscent of the show’s predominant blue-red color scheme. I would use this fabric as a lining for a jacket, a really incredible pair of (women’s) pants, or home accessories like a table runner and placemats & napkins. Order a swatch of wallpaper (12″ x 24″, $5) and use it to cover canisters in the kitchen or make a scrapbook cover. Jetson giftwrap is available too.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), I Love Lucy, 1951. Though he didn’t become a father until the birth of Little Ricky in the second season, Ricky is still one of my favorite TV dads. This design reflects Ricky’s Cuban background with its bright Caribbean colors and horizontal stripes recalling tropical sunsets. A festive fabric to use for home accessories and apparel (pillows, table runner, placemats and napkins, or summer dresses). As wallpaper, this design is great for adding a pop of color to a small space or accent wall. Makes a great all-occasion giftwrap, too.
I hope you enjoy these fun stripes as much as I do. What will you make with them?