Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Coat Sewing in Wool, Linen & Cotton!

Are you sewing a coat this winter? Not only are there so many beautiful coat patterns, but there are so many fabric possibilities too! Take a look at the fabric we'd love to transform into outerwear and the patterns we would pair it with. If only we all had the time to sew a dozen coats, right?

Boiled Wool


100% boiled wool in Kelly Green, Sapphire, and Fuchsia

Boiled wool is washed and dried at a high heat during production, which results in a pre-shrunk fabric that won't fray. It's a durable fabric that is resistant to dirt and naturally repels water—perfect for rainy or snowy weather.

When sewing with boiled wool it's a good idea to stabilize shoulder seams and other stress points to keep them from stretching out. The wool can also stretch and become misshapen with pressing, so only press lightly and at low heat if necessary.

Though we have the standard black and camel, we also have boiled wool in a rainbow of colors. Our favorites for this season are Autumn and Lavender!

Our pattern picks:

Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns

 Pilvi Coat from Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter.
Check out Fabric Lady and Laurel's versions!

Clare Coat by Closetcase

Linen



Yes, linen can be a year-round fabric! It's the perfect choice for adding light warmth and can be paired with a flannel lining to make a cozy layer. Try a pattern that's designed to be slightly oversized so you can bundle up with a sweater underneath (like the Toaster from Sew House Seven or the Linden from Grainline Studio).

Linen is a natural fiber that's prone to wrinkles, but if you aren't ready to embrace the rumpled look you have a couple of options. This tutorial from Fabric Lady shows you how to pre-treat linen to be wrinkle resistant. You could also use a linen blend, like Robert Kaufman Essex, which is less wrinkly due to the 55% linen/45% cotton fiber content.

Our pattern picks:

Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio

The Strand by Merchant and Mills

Fabric Lady and Laurel's beautiful metallic linen Sapporos

Cotton

Cotton might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of outerwear, but it can make an excellent coat. And if you are concerned about the origins of wool fabric, then cotton is a great vegan-friendly option. There's also the benefit of cotton being one of the easiest fabrics to sew with!

Cotton comes in many forms, but here are the fabric/pattern pairings we love:

Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio and kantha cloth

The Foreman by Merchant and Mills and corduroy

Gaia Coat by Named Clothing and Indian cotton jacquard

Don't forget about linings!

Linings are a practical component of coats and jackets, but they're also an opportunity for more beautiful fabric! Use a bright color for a pop of contrast or go with a fun print. Rayon bemberg, silk habotai, and cotton lawn all make excellent lining fabrics.

Rayon bemberg lining in Mango
Silk habotai in royal purple
Cotton lawn by Cotton + Steel
You may also consider underlining your coat. Underlining is a good option for adding warmth to an unlined coat pattern—just cut out the pattern pieces in both main and underlining fabrics, baste together, and treat the pieces as if they are one fabric. Try this with the Strand and a snuggly flannel!


If you haven't tried coat sewing yet, what are you waiting for? It's a great way to learn new skills and use some fabric you might not sew with otherwise. Plus, nobody will bat an eye if you wear your new favorite make every day of the week, unlike other garments! If you need some more inspiration before you dive into a coat project, check out all our outerwear patterns here.

Which coat pattern are you most excited about?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Indie Pattern Halloween Inspiration

Halloween is one of the best times of the year at Stonemountain—we love helping our customers get creative with their costumes and it’s the perfect excuse to use the extra fun fabrics like fur and sequins. And in case you’re not one of those people who immediately start planning next year’s costume on November 1st, we’ve got you covered with inspiration too!


Though we no longer carry the standard costume patterns from McCall’s and the other big pattern companies, we have plenty of patterns that can be adapted for Halloween. And even better, you can use the pattern again for year-round garment making. Below are some patterns that can be transformed into amazing costumes with just a little thinking outside the box (or the pattern envelope!). Many of these are quick to sew, perfect for those procrastinators out there.



A bodysuit and tights is the base for many a Halloween costume—just add ears, a tail, and some simple face paint and you can be practically any animal you can think of. But if wearing a bodysuit in public isn’t your thing, this pattern also comes with a bodycon-style dress that’s a perfect blank slate for customization.

Need an idea? Be "out of this world" with our Galaxy Print cotton spandex!









One of the most popular costumes last year was Eleven from the Netflix show Stranger Things. With the new season coming out just a few days before Halloween, we bet Eleven will be a hit this year too. Make her iconic pink dress with the Emery pattern by Christine Haynes, a simple collared dress with a gathered skirt. Shaving your head is optional!












These patterns don’t need any modifications to be excellent Halloween costumes! Any Decades of Style pattern will give you a great vintage look, but my favorites are 1920s flapper, 1930s movie star, and 1940s rodeo gal. That last one also works great for a Dolly Parton costume—just add some rhinestones and the biggest blonde wig you can find.



Pattern-less Costumes

If following a pattern is more than you want to take on this Halloween, then there are lots of options for costumes that don’t require any instructions. Want to be a butterfly, bird or dragon? Our huge array of felt is waiting to be cut and glued into any kind of wings you can dream of. And our in-store Fur Mountain has what you need to make a quick animal costume—or you can pile them on in layers for a Game of Thrones look.


My personal favorite costume idea is courtesy of this year’s New York Fashion Week. Designer Jeremy Scott’s flower bouquet look for Moschino can be easily replicated with a swath of white tulle, a wide strip of red satin, and a bundle of fake flowers. Glamorous and fun!






What’s your Halloween costume-making style? Do you prefer to use a pattern or do you like to just wing it?

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Stonemountain Summer of Love Sew-In: Final Roundup!

September is here, which means the ending of summer vacations, transitioning into fall, and the culmination of our Summer of Love Sew-In. We had a blast this summer, following along with everyone's sewing adventures! In case you missed it, you can read all about our Stonemountain Summer of Love Sew-In in our introductory blog here and and our half point round up here.

In this final roundup, we wanted to share with you more of the awesome sew-in submissions from YOU, our customers!

Our winners for the final roundup are @janeopper, @loridavis1492, and in-store customer Betty:

Jane, looking stunning in her floral dress with matching clutch.
Longtime customer Betty flashing us some peace for the Summer of Love!

Lori's use of vintage fabric paired with this pattern are perfect!


We had to include some of our other submissions; they are just too good!

Our customer and Instagram friend, @wolfbanditpupbrigade, was on a roll this summer with these adorable dresses. We adore her choices in fabric. What's not to love about tie-dye and a whimsical animal print (below)?!


Our awesome manager and buyer, Liz, takes a twirl in her self-drafted wedding dress. Liz was married this past August. Congratulations Liz!

@nkdesignz in her Style Arc Olivia Dress made up in a fun striped fabric from a Stonemountain designer remnant. These designer remnants are available at a discounted price and are only available in store. There are some treasures in there!
Team Member Isabel looking cute in her Old Mexico Dress by Folkwear.

@emilygutman shows off her Dress No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing. Emily has been a consistent participant all summer and we have LOVED seeing what she's working on.

We love this pop-art inspired quilt block from our team member Kathy
 @dont_stitch_me_in!

Our totally psychedelic customer, Becky, shared her incredible dress with us. We were blown away! 
Team member Wendy looking groovy in her Mex Dress.


A gorgeous elephant block, submitted by Ann Tarabini
Team member Olivia looking elegant in her Charlie Caftan.

To view more submissions, search our hashtag, #sewingsummeroflove on Instagram!

Thank you so much to all of you who participated in our Summer of Love Sew-In. We so enjoy seeing what our customers create with our fabrics and love to see what you're working on at all times of the year. Remember to tag us on Instagram or send us some pictures via email and we'll share your makes, too!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Stonemountain Summer of Love Sew-In: Half Point Round-Up!

How is it already August!? If you've been following along with us you know that we have about one month left of our Summer of Love Sew-in, and if you've just joined, we hope you sew along with us! We've seen some inspiring contributions from our community in store and on social media, so today we have a mid-summer round-up to inspire YOU!

Why is it called a Sew-In?

On a surface level, the 1967 Summer of Love started some fashion trends that we're still loving: flared jeans, mini A-line dresses, dramatic maxi skirts, big floppy hats...we could go on. The 1960's and 1970's are some of our favorite times for fashion, and we love to reimagine them in more contemporary ways. But the Summer of Love was about more than just flower crowns and fringed jackets. It was a celebration of the counterculture and an expression of peaceful rebellion.

Most people trace the beginnings of the Summer of Love to the Human Be-In, which was a huge gathering in Golden Gate Park in January 1967, signaling the start of a new "hippie" movement. A few months later, Bob Steinberg took his daughter Suzan to the Love-In, another hippie happening in Los Angeles. (Spoiler Alert: This father/daughter team went on to open our Berkeley store! Read more about that here on the FabricLady blog.)

All these "-Ins" play off of the notion of a "sit-in," and we believe that concept still resonates with a lot of people today. There is so much going on in the world that is frustrating, depressing, and scary, but we are encouraged when we see people come together and make their voices heard. For example, we loved being a pink fabric source for the Women's March this last January! We found it so inspiring to see how many were taking action. We want to carry on that energy into this summer, like the Human Be-In led into the Summer of Love.

One of our awesome regulars came by in her Cat's Cradle Dress from Decades of Style. She made it up in this beautiful Laurel Canyon cotton print. We LOVE when customers wear in their makes, so inspiring!

Our lovely customer, Emily, shared her awesome jumpsuit with us, made in one of our favorite rayon challis prints, perfect for summer! 


Emily also created this gorgeous dress and gifted it to a friend when the fit wasn't quite right for her. Way to go, sharing the sewing love!

An elegant, loose dress is the perfect uniform for summer. Our customer, Heather, shared her version of Dress No. 3 by 100 Acts of Sewing. She made it in a textured cotton, yum! 

 Our customer, Nancy, is a big lover of indie patterns and fabric from Stonemountain! Here, she shares a gorgeous dress made from one of our designer remnants. This one a rayon Tencel twill. Nothing beats the summer heat like throwing on an easy dress with stylish details. 


 And of course, our awesome staff! Any time you stop by Stonemountain you're sure to be inspired by our staff's outfits. Everyone with their own style and energy...this is our favorite thing about sharing the sewing experience!
 

Join us! Keep reading to learn all you need to know about our Summer of Love Sew-in:

What is the Summer of Love Sew-in?

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and to commemorate the opening of Bob Steinberg's Fabric Emporium (also 50 years ago!), we are hosting a community sewing challenge! This summer, we invite you to channel your inner hippie and create something inspired by the Summer of Love.

How to Participate:

1. Sew something inspired by the Summer of Love. This could be a garment, a quilt, a bag, anything! And it doesn't have to be anything explicitly 60's, just inspired by the Summer of Love and whatever means to you.

2. Share it! Use the hashtag #sewingsummeroflove, email info@stonemountainfabric.com, or come by the store.

3. Optional: Join us for our wrap party at the end of the summer if you're local or in town on Labor Day! More information on this will be announced later.


Giveaways!

Throughout the summer, there will be three giveaway days. To enter, just follow steps 1 & 2 above! The giveaway days are as follows:

July 5th
August 1st
September 5th

On these days, we will randomly select three winners, who will each receive one pattern of their choice! Anyone who has made something during the challenge dates (June 14—September 5) is eligible.  Multiple entries and international makers are welcome!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Announcing the Stonemountain Summer of Love Sew-In!


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and to commemorate the opening of Bob Steinberg's Fabric Emporium (also 50 years ago!), we are hosting a community sewing challenge! This summer, we invite you to channel your inner hippie and create something inspired by the Summer of Love.

How to Participate:

1.  Sew something inspired by the Summer of Love.  This could be a garment, a quilt, a bag, anything!  And it doesn't have to be anything explicitly 60's, just inspired by the Summer of Love and whatever means to you.

2.  Share it!  Use the hashtag #sewingsummeroflove, email info@stonemountainfabric.com, or come by the store.

3.  Optional:  Join us for our wrap party at the end of the summer if you're local or in town on Labor Day!  More information on this will be announced later.

Giveaways!

Throughout the summer, there will be three giveaway days.  To enter, just follow steps 1 & 2 above! The giveaway days are as follows:

  • July 5th
  • August 1st
  • September 5th

On these days, we will randomly select three winners, who will each receive one pattern of their choice! Anyone who has made something during the challenge dates (June 14—September 5) is eligible.  That means that the July 5th giveaway will have the least amount of entries, and thus the best chances of winning.  Multiple entries and international makers are welcome!


Why is it called a Sew-In?

On a surface level, the 1967 Summer of Love started some fashion trends that we're still loving: flared jeans, mini A-line dresses, dramatic maxi skirts, big floppy hats...we could go on.  The 1960's and 1970's are some of our favorite times for fashion, and we love to reimagine them in more contemporary ways.  But the Summer of Love was about more than just flower crowns and fringed jackets.  It was a celebration of the counterculture and an expression of peaceful rebellion.

Most people trace the beginnings of the Summer of Love to the Human Be-In, which was a huge gathering in Golden Gate Park in January 1967, signaling the start of a new "hippie" movement.  A few months later, Bob Steinberg took his daughter Suzan to the Love-In, another hippie happening in Los Angeles. (Spoiler Alert:  This father/daughter team went on to open our Berkeley store!  Read more about that here on the FabricLady blog.)

All these "-Ins" play off of the notion of a "sit-in," and we believe that concept still resonates with a lot of people today.  There is so much going on in the world that is frustrating, depressing, and scary, but we are encouraged when we see people come together and make their voices heard.  For example, we loved being a pink fabric source for the Women's March this last January!  We found it so inspiring to see how many were taking action.  We want to carry on that energy into this summer, like the Human Be-In led into the Summer of Love.

Fabric really brings us together, and sewing gives us a chance to slow down, take a breath, and create something with our own two hands.  With social media, we now have the opportunity to connect with other sewists around the world.  We may not all be converging on Haight and Ashbury, but we can come together this summer to celebrate creativity, community, and of course, love!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Me Made May 2017 Roundup

Me Made May is one of our favorite times of year.  It's so inspiring to see what our customers create with our fabrics and patterns!  We thought we'd gather together some of the garments we've seen on Instagram this past month, and we hope it inspires you too!

It's no secret that ikat is one of our favorite fabrics.  The ease and breathability of cotton together with the gorgeous woven designs...it's a winning combination!

Clockwise from top left:  Washi Dress in Dakota Ikat by Meg from Sew Liberated, self drafted dress by Junebug and Darlin, Scout Tee in another Dakota Ikat by Rita, and Bridgetown Dress by Mary.


While we're on the subject of cotton, we always love to see people garment sewing with quilting weight cottons.  Such a good way to show off all those fun prints!

Clockwise from top left:  Emery Dress in Libs Eliot print by Lauren (with a Seamwork Elmira sweater), Cotton + Steel button down by Bernard, Elizabeth's lipstick print dress (print by Bouffants & Broken Hearts), and Willow Tank in an Erin Michael print by Ally.


We've had a lot of stunning prints in rayon lately, and our customers make them look even more fabulous!

Clockwise from top left:  Simplicity 8124 by Montoya Mayo, Trina Dress by Yavanna, Sway Dress in rayon batik by Jeanne, and shirtdress in rayon challis by Alisa.


If bold cotton and rayon prints aren't your thing, try sewing with some other fibers.  Yarn-dyed cottons, slubby silk noil, lightweight linens, and linen-rayon blends often have some texture to add visual interest to an otherwise plain fabric.

Clockwise from top left:  Kielo Wrap Dress in Sorrento Linen by Alex, Talia Woven Pants in textured cotton by Katie, Ethel Top in Caramel silk noil by Vanessa, and Farrow Dress in linen/rayon by Catherine.


We couldn't forget about knits!  For quick, easy projects, you can't beat the simplicity of knits.

Clockwise from top left:  Agnes Tee in Art Gallery cotton/spandex knit by Kendra, Fraser Sweatshirt in quilted knit by Lauryn, poly/rayon gothic print leggings by Stephanie, and Plantain Tee in shibori bamboo knit by threadassembly.


If you can't decide what you want to sew with, try our upstairs for a little bit of everything!  There are some real treasures up there, and everything is half-off.  Check out what these customers found!

Clockwise from top left:  Nancy's Pilvi Coat, Seamwork Mesa dress by Sarah, Mimosa Culottes by Chuleenan, and a Limoncello Cardigan Chuleenan made for her mom.

If you want to participate in Me Made May, there's still time!  Just tag your pictures on social media with #memademay or #mmmay17.  And as always, no matter what time of year, tag us with #stonemountainfabric if you post something with our fabric, patterns, or notions!