Tammis Keefe Tribute Fabric from Michael Miller

After looking locally and striking out, I decided to order some of the new Tammis Keefe Tribute fabric.   I usually do not order modern fabrics without first having seen and felt them, but I really wanted to try these, and I really, really wanted some of the Unruly Reindeer print.    As it turns out, the fabric is better than I’d anticipated.  So many modern novelty fabrics are a bit on the rough and stiff side, being used mainly for quilting and crafts, but these have a nice smooth hand and would be suitable for garments.

The owl print, called “Hoot”, will make a cute summer top.  I’d also like the birdcage print, called “Cage Free” as a blouse or a gathered shirt.   And if you love seeing such things, the original tea towel that inspired the Cage Free print is for sale in the etsy store of Callmejasper. There is also a dog print, and two cat prints, and Michael Miller just released several new prints, so I’m hoping that means there will be even more.

After all the unattributed copying of Tammis Keefe’s designs, it is so very nice seeing her work with her name attached to it.  The icing on the cake is that Michael Miller will be donating all royalties from the Tammis Keefe line to fund cancer research.  Ms. Keefe died in 1960 from cancer, and so what a fitting tribute!


Filed under Curiosities, Novelty Prints, Sewing

3 responses to “Tammis Keefe Tribute Fabric from Michael Miller

  1. I recently realized while drying dishes that the linen towel I have with an artichoke on it (that I always just assumed was a Vera knockoff) is, upon closer inspection, a Tammis Keefe! I love her sense of whimsy, and that swatch of reindeer fabric shown above reminds me of Snoopy dancing without a care in the Charlie Brown Christmas special. So glad the hand of the fabric turned out nicer than you thought- I think that’s why I am wary of buying clothing online, because to me the weight, bend and nap of the fabric can be a make it or break it type of thing.


  2. Yes, it really is important to see how it will drape. So many of the newer fabrics are so stiff they are really only useful for crafts.


  3. Pingback: Tammis Keefe, Mid Century Textile Designer « The Vintage Traveler

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