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Adorn Fabric by Alison Glass is Here!

Posted by Katie Remski on Aug 10, 2017 9:20:36 AM
  

Adorn by Alison Glass

New in the shop this week is Adorn fabrics by Alison Glass! Alison is exploring new substrates with Adorn, including double gauze, tailor's cloth, and lawn, all of which can be used for both quilts and garments.

Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass
Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass

There are seven lawn prints in Adorn, four with a double border print and three with a scattered floral. Lawns make light, smooth quilts and garments with the perfect balance of softeness and structure. Like quilting cotton, it's a 100% cotton woven, making for simple washing and care of lawn quilts and apparel. 

Adorn by Alison Glass Adorn by Alison Glass

The line has two double gauze prints, both the same scattered floral in either charcoal gray or blush pink. Double gauze is soft and light, almost plush and airy from the two very light plys woven together. Double gauze makes garments that are amazingly soft and comfortable in all seasons (cool and absorbent in summer, warm in colder weather) and after snuggling under a double gauze quilt you may have difficultly returning to plain cotton. Double gauze also shows off quilting stitches like no other fabric. 

Adorn by Alison Glass

 The last substrate is tailor's cloth, which is similar to a cotton canvas but lighter and thinner. It's perfect for garments and accessories that need a little structure, like fitted dresses, jackets, and purses, and would also make beautiful home goods like toss pillows and storage bins. "Adorn Symbolic Tailor Cloth" comes in two colorways -- warm and cool-- which is also great for those who like to choose fabric  that best coordinates with their closets and homes. 

 

Adorn by Alison Glass

 

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Topics: garments, Alison Glass, double gauze, canvas, garment fabric, lawn, adorn, adorn fabric, andover

Free Pattern: 1 Yard Liberty Lawn Easy Kimono Top

Posted by Katie Remski on May 23, 2017 9:24:50 AM
  

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"I have nothing to wear!"

Have you ever wished there was a garment you could make that would be fast, simple, and actually wearable in everyday life? Open-front kimono tops are definitely having a moment, with stores and designers at every price point jumping on the trend. This light throw-on layering piece couldn't be more simple to make, and will look just perfect over anything, from a sophisticated sheath dress to your favorite concert tee. With just 1 yard (36" by 54")  2 seams, and a little hemming, you can make this simple kimono-style top with our free apparel pattern! 

What is Tana Lawn fabric? 

I chose Liberty Tana Lawn for our free pattern because it has all the features of good cotton fabric: light and airy to catch those gentle summer breezes, and always cool against your skin. You can machine wash it with a cool, gentle cycle and a little detergent, and the crisp weave will keep looking fresh for years. Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics are perfect for apparel-- a 54" width makes for easy pattern placement and means you get a pretty decent amount of fabric for your money. 

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With the body and sleeves cut as a single piece, the kimono has a gently angled front and flattering drape. One yard works perfectly with the PDF cutting diagram and will fit ladies' sizes small-XL as is (you'll just have more or less ease depending on body type.) If a longer length or larger size is desired, more than one yard can be used-- simply fold the fabric lengthwise instead of widthwise to accomodate cutting proportions.   We are so excited to see the tops you make with our free kimono pattern!

Free Easy Kimono Top Pattern

Materials:

Notes:

  • This pattern works best on non-directional prints (a print like the one featured that looks the same up, down, and across.) If your Liberty lawn is a directional print (such as brids or animals that you don't want to be upside down,) use 1.5 yards to get the 54" needed length. 
  • 5/8" seam allowances are used for side/underarm seams. 
  • Use a zizag stitch or overlocking stitch on a regular sewing machine to finish seams. A serger's blade may cut underarm corners too deeply as you pivot. If you would like to use a serger to finish seams, practice turning corners on a piece of scrap fabric first. 
  • A narrow rolled hem works best on the neck/front opening. Clip the 2 neckline corners as needed for ease. Alternatively, you can also bind the opening with premade or homemade bias tape.
  • For the sleeves and bottom of kimono top, I used a 1" hem. If you have a coverstitch machine, that would also make very nicely finished hems. 

  

Step 1: Fabric layout 

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The folded edge is at the top, furthest away from you. The selvedge is at the bottom, closest to you. 

 

Step 2: Mark lines and cut fabric 

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Using a fabric marking tool and ruler, mark all lines from diagram onto fabric exactly as shown. 

 

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For cutting the front "V" shape, remember to cut ONLY the top layer! cut off top of "V" at the folded edge. 

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Step 3: Sew!

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Sewing diagram 

Flip your piece over so right sides are together. Pin in place, then use a 5/8" seam allowance to stitch up the side seam, pivot, then sew down the sleeve. Repeat on other side. 

Hint: now is a good time to try your kimono top on and see how deep you want your sleeve and bottom hem to be-- I choose a 1" hem, with a 1/4" edge turned under first so there would be no raw edges. 

Hem front opening/neckline using a narrow rolled hem, clipping back neckline as needed for easing in seam. Don't worry if you have to clip corners in order to turn hem-- just backstitch over the a few times to prevent fraying. 

Turn sleeve hems under 1/4"  and press, then turn them under 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch around. Repeat for second sleeve. 

Turn bottom hem up 1/4" and press, then turn hem up 1" and press. Pin in place, then stitch. 

Give your kimono top a final press, and you're all done!

Make sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram!

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Want to see all the Liberty of London fabric we have in store for you? Check out this post to get some great quilt pattern ideas with Liberty!

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Topics: Liberty of London, Liberty Lawn, Liberty Tana Lawn, apparel, garments, Free Pattern, Tutorial

Apparel Sewing: Get up and Go Skirt

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 16, 2014 4:33:00 PM
  

Get up and Go skirt
You might have heard that Deborah of Whipstitch is introducing a new series of sewing patterns. The 'Learn As You Go' patterns are great, whether you're a beginner or a more experienced sewist.
I had the opportunity to test out the Get Up and Go Skirt last week, with wonderful results!

Let me start by saying, this is really more than an apparel pattern. Deborah provides videos for each step of the way, which can help you through any difficulties. You can ignore them, but if you are sewing your very first thing ever, the videos will guide you on your journey! I consider my self an intermediate garment sewer, but I watched most of the videos, and learned a few new things.

Deborah also provides a checklist as part of the pattern. For list-loving people (like myself), I enjoyed checking off each step as I went. Oh, and Deborah gives you an option to print ONLY your size. It is so much cleaner than multi-size patterns, and helps to prevent cutting (or tracing) the wrong size.
The skirt came together pretty quickly. I always recommend cutting/prepping fabric one day, and start sewing after a break. I tend to rush through the sewing if I'm tired from the prep!
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For my first version, I chose a voile fabric, and I just cut out a second skirt from this fun Jeni Baker Geometric Bliss print.

I see myself making many more Get Up and Go skirts in the near future!

I really recommend that you check out the Get Up and Go skirt, and keep an eye out for future Learn as You Go patterns from Whipstitch!
Get up and Go skirt

Topics: garments, skirt, Whipstitch

Apparel Sewing: Craving Dresses

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Apr 30, 2014 11:23:00 AM
  

In Houston, we experienced (or maybe endured is the better term) our first ninety-degree day this week. Perhaps that's what has me thinking about some new dresses. Or maybe Imagine Gnats' selfish sewing week is the culprit. I'm sure I'm not alone in a desire for dresses, whatever the reason! After seeing a rayon dress in person this weekend at a sewing retreat, I'm anxious to try it myself! I've also heard good things about double gauze, so maybe that's a good choice for apparel! And of course, voile would be nice and breezy for the Houston climate.
Cappucino Dress
Cappuccino Dress in AMH Rayon in Cyprus. This combination seems fun!
Date Night Dress
The Date Night Dress by April Rhodes in Koi Scalloped Edge in Plum.
Are you craving a new dress?

Topics: April Rhodes, dress, garments, rayon, double gauze

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