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New fabrics and fall class offerings August 20 2014

As many of you know, we'll be moving a little further west on Somerset Street in the fall.  We've been busy there 24/7 getting our new digs ready.  So excited for the big reveal and we can't wait to share the new space with everyone!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, life goes on and we've got a lot going on! 

Over the past few weeks, loads of new fabrics came through the door, including Nani Iro and EchinoArt Gallery (flowy voiles!), The Long Thread, April Rhodes Arizona collection and Japanese cotton sateens

Like to see more?  Come by the store (some of the new fabrics aren't on line just yet!).  Or, let your fingers wander on over to our Instagram (fabricationsott) to lose an hour of your day imagining what you'll be making from these beauties!

Fall Classes

To go with all these new fabrics, we've got a batch of great evening classes in late August and throughout September -- a great time of year to get a few sewing projects started! 

For absolute beginners, start here:

  • Sewing Machine Basics: Simple Fabric Bunting Banner - a one-night class that gives you all the basics and you leave with a great finished project.  It runs four times in the next few weeks - Aug 27th, Sept 2nd, 8th and 26th.
  • Express Beginner Class: Infinity Scarf (1 night - Sept 24) - learn the basics of using a sewing machine, and walk away with a great accessory for the fall.
    • Once you've got the basics down, the world is your oyster!

    For beginners or those getting back into sewing after an extended 'vacation', looking for simple but interesting project, try these:

    • Sewing 101: Easy Lined Tote (1 night - Sept 12th) - learn the basics and start making different sizes on your own.
    • Sewing 102: Easy Zippered Pillow (1 night - Aug 22, Sept 5th and 15th) - a little zipper therapy goes a long way. Enough said.
    • Sewing 103: Baker's Apron (1 night - Sept 9th) - we use a unisex pattern, so you can make a manly-man BBQ apron, or something a little more feminine.
    • Sewing 104: Japanese Hip Wrap (1 night - Aug 29th) - have you seen these things?  Great over leggings or skinny jeans, and so easy to make. And... did we mention we like having a few drinks at this class and make it a bit of a social night?  What more can you ask for in a sewing class? 

    For intermediate sewists, looking to tick off a few boxes in the 'new skills' department?  Learn how to hem pants, install an elastic waist band, sew some curves and start using some of your beloved stash!

    • Sewing 201: Pyjama Pants (2 nights - Sept 18th and 25th) - basic pant pattern, elastic waist band, hems
    • Sewing 202: Zippered Pouch (1 night - Aug 29th and Sept 22nd) - zippers, curves and using different weight woven fabrics
    • Beginner Garment Making: Rae Skirt (2 nights - Sept 16th & 23th) - sewing with a pattern, vertical seams, elastic casing
    • Crib Sheet (1 night - Sept 11th) super quick and makes a great gift for friends with wee folk!

    For advanced sewists, this is where the rubber hits the road!  Our advanced classes take on more complex sewing patterns and techniques.  Usually 3-4 nights over a few weeks, giving you the chance to soak up all that you can from our skilled teachers.  Learn tricks for fitting garments to flatter your own body, different hem lengths, shirring and sewing with woven and kit fabrics. 

    •  Sewing 302: Dressmaking / Washi Dress (3 nights - Sept 3, 10 & 17) - one of the most fun and versatile independent dress patterns to hit the market in years. Look no further than the Rae Made Me Do It flickr group for a little inspiration.

    We also offer a 3-night dressmaking class using the April Rhodes Staple Dress pattern and a 4-night class on knits using the Colette Moneta pattern.  Check back here for dates!

    Look forward to seeing you at the shop!

     


      Kids Clothes Week - Day 7! July 27 2014

      Sarah here for the final day of Kids Clothes Week at Fabrications!  We're finishing the week off with a little more love for Japanese double gauze and a repeat of the simple Gathered Top I made earlier in the week.

      For all my talk about double gauze perhaps, for the unititiated, I should explain what it is.  You've seen cotton gauze in the first aid aisle at the pharmacy?  Similar, but imagine something softer.  It's a 100% cotton open weave fabric, made of two layers, loosely woven together.  Double gauze has an almost ephemeral feel to it (particularly after its been washed) and gives extra depth and saturation to colours printed on it.  Very few textile companies produce it - Kokka, out of Japan, is the only one I know of. 

      The Nani Iro line of fabrics, designed by Naomi Ito, usually include quite a few double gauze prints each season.  This dress here (made by a fellow Canadian sewist no less!) from Gertie's Book for Better Sewing shows how it can be used in quite a structured dress.  We sell a whole load of Nani Iro fabrics in the shop (some of which are in our online shop) and a few other non-patterned double gauzes (which we showed you on Friday).

      When NY-based fabric designer, Heather Ross, was with Kokka a few years ago, her Far Far Away line printed on double gauze was a massive hit.  I bought a few yards of this lime green unicorn fabric and it's remained untouched in my stash ever since.  For the tunic-length Gathered Top I'm sharing today, I used not only the lime unicorn fabric, but also a remnant piece of an out of print Nani Iro double gauze.  I used French Seams to set the Nani Iro panel in, and then followed the rest of the tutorial as drafted.

      I'm curious to see how it looks after its been washed.  One thing to remember about working with double gauze - the fabric stays more stable and is much easier to sew if you have not washed it prior to cutting and sewing. 

      If you're interested in joining us for a future season of KCW and sharing any pieces that you're making, please get in touch with us.  We love seeing what people create out of our fabrics!

       


      Kids Clothes Week - Day 5! July 25 2014

      Day 5 and we're on the home stretch with Kids Clothes Week.  Sarah here (again!) and today's post is going to be a shorty. 

      Before we get to KCW, we're going to pause for a little double-gauze love.  This arrived in the shop today.  Oh my!  (will have it up online shortly!)

      Ok, back to our regular programming re: KCW.  Feeling quite chuffed that I've managed to wedge at least an hour of sewing in each evening despite a somewhat hectic week.  Sure, there's a giant pile of laundry waiting for me, but I'm good with that.

      I make a few of these reversable pinafores each spring for my eldest daughter, as they are a go-to top here all summer and they work with a long-sleeve shirt in the fall/winter.  I wish the pattern came in adult size, but no such luck.  This 'red birds' version was almost finished over a month ago and has been worn and washed a few times since.  However, the two side seams on the inside (pink floral) layer remained unfinished.  So, that's what took up my KCW hour today!

      The pattern is the Sweet Pocket Pinafore by Heidi and Finn. It's only 6 pattern pieces and sews up in an hour or so, minus the final side seams which need to be hand-stitched.  I've made a stack of these pinafores for my two girls and as birthday presents for others.  It's a loose and comfortable fit, so sizes are quite flexible.  French pattern-maker, Citronille, does a very similar pattern with button flaps at the shoulders.  And while it makes it easier to get it onto a small wiggly person, the straps never sat well, so I returned to using the H&F version.

      In the version above, the fabrics are both quilting weight cottons.  The bird fabric is an Alexander Henry print from this year.  Carrie had a stack of bunting made of it sitting on the coutner at Fabrications one afternoon and I walked out of the shop with the remaining yardage.  The cerise floral fabric peeking out from the inside is a few years old. I'm thinking Anna Maria Horner or Amy Butler? 

      Ok, that's it for today.  Johanna's back tomorrow with some more goodies for her boys!