How long have you been waiting for this!
This is a pretty good guide to many fabrics you would come across which are traditionally used for apparel.
November 05th, 2022
The history of fabric houses can be fascinating.
When we moved our warehouse we were able to uncover beautiful finds that had been carefully put away. Some from trade shows, some extra special end-of-rolls, some designer pieces that never were put on display in the store.
Above is one of those special pieces.
To read more about the house of Abraham, a Swiss firm, see this link.
Get ready for Fall sewing!
September is National Sewing Month, for good reason
I've always looked forward to Fall. The weather is such a nice break from the summer heat here on the Virginia piedmont, the leaves are spectacular, and the fashion!! Oh the fashion.
I've been an avid sew-er all my life and the change of season makes me feel all squirrely with preparation. New clothes, perhaps a new coat and new pair of boots.
With the "covid 6" pounds finally leaving, and my determination that they not return even if we have restrictions that make me stay home, I really NEED to sew.
I'm ready for some pretty toppers for Zoom meetings, an outfit for my occasional shopping trips, and a nice car coat.
I'm ready to tackle a pattern system that I've always heard about, the Lutterloh system. I finally bought a system and a catalog of their patterns (new supplements come out every season). I've made a test garment from muslin and I'm almost ready to cut into my denim for the sample garment. I will use that for a concert I plan to attend, should circumstances allow.
The fabrics this season are so inspiring. I'm afraid I'm going to collect several for my personal collection, but I have to give all of you customers a fair shot first! For actual samples of the fabrics, avail yourself of our sample set. More than 60 fabrics, with generous 3x3 and 7x7 "feeler" samples!
We'd like to hear what you looking forward to sewing for the coming season! How will you use your selections from our beautiful collection?
Yes, these are nice for quilt making, but they are also great for apparel!
They drape like a shirting and are completely washable.
Perfect for crisp summer sundresses, garden party dresses, full skirts, loungewear, tops, drawstring pants, beach coverups!
From a fabulous family owned company, In the Beginning Fabrics. We used their fabrics for face masks at the beginning of the pandemic and we are still wearing them! They are tightly woven, smooth and comfy next to my face.
Use sewing patterns that call for broadcloth or shirting weight wovens with no stretch. Get ready for comfort!
Or use their beautiful ideas for your next quilt, for table runners, placemats, and more.
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One community of sewing enthusiasts remains optimistic and active, despite everything...the costuming community. Normally there are "events" and conferences throughout the year that feed the community with new inspiration.
One of the last major festivals to take place was at the beginning of the pandemic, surrounding Mardi Gras. The aftermath of "Carnevale" in Venice proved to be catastrophic, despite warnings from health specialists to cancel or stay away. The SARSCOV2 virus traveled back to the United States with some of the revelers, landing in New York. Things have never been the same, and most "Carnival" and Mardi Gras events for this year have been put on hold.
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However, innovation is what fuels creative people. Many people have taken this at-home time to learn. It is possible to add new skills and carry those to your own projects, looking forward to the future. That means online classes in creative arts are growing at an exponential rate!
One of these creatives is Kristen Darville Foggie, owner of Black Orchid Atelier, an online purveyor via Etsy and Facebook. Kristen offers Custom Historical Costumes, Accessories & Patterns, made to order or ready-made.
Kristen has gathered some of her industry contacts into a new online learning experience called Costume Skills Institute. With a low monthly fee, you can learn skills that may be new to you, but have been carefully preserved by this community of experts. If you join her Patreon project at the highest level; you get a discount of 10% off all classes taken, Plus free digital patterns, members only sewing groups to ask questions and discuss special projects, and quarterly yearly gifts.
Learning is always fun, and you might even apply some of your new skills to your everyday wardrobing. Check it out!
In addition, Kristen runs a "de-stashing" page on Facebook, where other costumers get to join in the fun of de-acquiring/re-acquiring no-longer-needed fabric yardages, trims, and even spec costumes and antique textile goodies. Kristen's "trunk show" page is filled with costumes that anyone can envy!
Images used with permission of Kristen Darville Foggie.
Fashion pictures for inspiration
It used to be that we would flip through magazines for our seasonal fashion inspiration.
Vogue and Bazaar September issues would come out just in time for Labor Day weekend, and we would page wistfully through the winter clothes as the summer's waves crashed to an end.
Now we have everything at our fingertips, so why not made use of the information and inspiration!
Our blogger below has her mind set on an outfit by Etro as her inspiration.
Where do you get your inspiration? How do you keep your pictures?
October: mixing up my plaids
We have these companion wools from a noted designer house. After some contemplation (and if we have any left by the time our orders are filled) I decided to use the heavier tweed just as a trim. I'm a big fan of Lagerfeld and I think he would have used these in a more innovative way than just "plaid skirt, boucle 'iconic French jacket' ".
I have a favorite "jeans jacket" pattern that I have fiddled with for a perfect fit, and I think this will be just the new variation I need! Buttons later!
Big Blue Sale
The color BLUE for you at 50% off through 9/30/19.
Wrap up National Sewing Month with a blue binge!
Use the code NSM50 for 50% off our blue fabrics,
including beautiful silk chiffons, a modal knit, woolens, and more!
More about the color blue here.
National Sewing Month topic: Coral as Pantone Color of the Year 2019, now on sale!
Update: Suki is enjoying her well deserved retirement!
This is our store cat, Suki. She is in charge of patrolling the perimeter of the warehouse.
She is a rescue, and she's actually 11 years old!
She doesn't sit on the fabric, is not even interested in fabric, but she patrols and peers into corners where occasional "outsiders" might stray. She is good at her job!
Sometimes she sits on the shipping table, because that's where the action is and she doesn't like to miss out.
(Of course when I tried to get a picture she would not cooperate).
Store cats and warehouse cats have always been a thing, especially in cities.
See this article about the "Beloved store cats of San Francisco."
And now there's a crowdsourced map!
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