I am so excited for Breyer’s 2019 releases. The lineup this year is excellent!
But what makes me happiest are these! I have been sitting on my hands about this all year long. I’m SO happy I can finally share with you all!
Earlier this year Breyer approached me about creating a set of Show Stall Drapes and a tack trunk cover for their 2019 line. (just want to add that I didn’t have any say in the rest of the pieces, but aren’t they cute?!)
Stall Drapes are often used at horse shows to promote a stable/farm’s name, as well as provide privacy. Some set ups are simple, others, extra elaborate!
I was really excited to take this on! Breyer wanted it to be able to fit both of their current barns, the Deluxe…
… and the two stall:
This was actually the most challenging part of the project. (sewing everything? Piece of cake 🍰) My original plan was to have the drapes set up as a stand-alone piece, but that quickly proved to be too complex, too big, and likely too expensive to manufacture. The solution actually came from the way both barns are assembled. There’s a small lip or ledge right above the stalls, which is just big enough for a dowel to rest. The dowel breaks down into three parts to save space, as well as convert it to fit the smaller barn.
Here’s my prototype on the large barn:
And on the smaller, with the middle section removed:
The drapes were also designed to be opened or closed, because plastic ponies need their privacy, right?
Here’s the prototype of the tack trunk cover:
I had never made anything with mass production in mind before (which is a challenge in itself) so this was a really good experience. I’m anxiously awaiting to see what the final product looks like! (I can’t tell if Breyer’s image is one of the prototypes…) I also want to see if I can customize them so they can be used with or without a barn. If so I’ll be sure to share how to do that here. 🙂
Just like with Justify’s garland, I am so, so grateful to Breyer for recognizing me and giving this opportunity. It is a dream come true. It’s mind-blowing that something I designed will be in stores all over the country. 🤯 I can’t process it! But I am so very happy. ❤️