Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Indie Pattern Trunk Show and Our Pattern Picks for 2018!

Can you believe that this year is Stonemountain & Daughter's 37th anniversary? We are so excited to be celebrating 37 years in this amazing community of sewists and makers. To commemorate this milestone, of course we had to have a party! And what's better than a pattern party?

We filled a rack with dozens of our personal me-mades and had so much fun showing off our favorite garments and patterns. It was amazing to see how one pattern can look so different depending on the fabric used and the personal style of the sewist!

Out of all these amazing patterns, we picked our top 10 indie patterns for 2018. The patterns we chose are versatile and can be sewn in a wide variety of fabrics – and we know this because that's exactly what we've done! Many of these are TnTs (that's "tried and true") for the Stonemountain crew, which means we've sewn them up in all different fabrics and sometimes hacked them into different garments.

1. Ogden Cami – True Bias


The Ogden Cami by True Bias is a simple blouse that can either be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. It has a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps.

Our favorite fabrics: silk charmeuse (especially prints!), silk noil, cotton lawn, and rayon challis

The Ogden requires a small amount of fabric, so it's great for remnants or pieces of extra-special fabric like silk. This simple pattern is also a great starting points for hacking, like lengthening it to a dress or adding a peplum ruffle. Liz even used the Odgen as a starting point for her gorgeous wedding dress!

2. Linden Sweatshirt – Grainline Studio


The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for layering.

Our favorite fabrics: french terry & sweatshirt fleece, cotton/spandex knit

The Linden is a real wardrobe staple! You can even use a woven fabric for the body of the sweatshirt, just make sure you size up.

3. Ebony Tee – Closet Case Patterns


An elegant basic featuring a fluidly draped silhouette, the Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns is a versatile wardrobe staple you’ll want to wear every day. Make a swingy knit dress, modern cropped top, or a tunic with a cascading hem and short raglan sleeves.
Our favorite fabrics: bamboo rayon, cotton/spandex, double brushed poly, stretch velvet

This pattern is so chic! It looks great on everybody and can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric you use.

4. Tea House Dress – Sew House Seven

Flattering and easy to wear, the Tea House by Sew House Seven is a great pattern with a variety of options for different looks.

Our favorite fabrics: cotton ikat, rayon challis, linen, silk noil

The Tea House is one of Suzan's favorites (especially in an ikat!) because it is such an easy pattern to incorporate into any wardrobe. The pattern comes with a tunic and dress version for ultimate versatility. Check out Suzan's tunic version in this blog post and her dress here!

5. Melilot Shirt – Deer & Doe Patterns


The Melilot Shirt by Deer & Doe Patterns is a casual shirt with drop shoulders. Choose between long sleeves or cuffed short sleeves, a band collar or a rounded collar, and a regular or hidden button placket.

Our favorite fabrics: cotton lawn, chambray, ikat, linen, silk crepe

The not-so-classic styling of the Melilot Shirt make it a great alternative to the standard button shirt. It looks amazing in a print, or make it in a solid to go with everything!

6. Lander Pants – True Bias


With a high waist and button fly, the Lander Pant by True Bias is not only on trend, but also flattering and comfortable for all body types. The pattern includes front and back patch pockets, belt loops, and a straight fit through the legs.

Our favorite fabrics: Ventana twill, denim, corduroy

The Lander Pant has been all over Instagram, and for good reason! They're the ultimate wide-leg trouser with a cool 70s twist. They look great in classic khaki or navy, but we've seen some amazing versions in bright colors (and wild prints!)

7. Safran Pants – Deer & Doe Patterns


The Safran Pants by Deer & Doe Patterns are high waisted skinny jeans and pants with slanted welt pockets at the front and a clean & simple yoke-less back.

Our favorite fabrics: stretch denim and stretch twill

Safran can be your new favorite skinny jeans or your go-to work pants! Keep it simple in a classic black twill or show off your style with fun topstitching (both Lauren and Suzan have Safrans with neon thread!)

8. Scout Tee – Grainline Studio


The Scout Tee by Grainline Studio is a woven t-shirt with capped sleeves and scoop neck. Fitted at the shoulders, this top falls into a loose shape below the bust.

Our favorite fabrics: cotton lawn, quilting cotton, ikat, velvet, silk noil

A Scout Tee made in quilting cotton is the ultimate beginner project – but that doesn't mean more advanced sewers can't make Scouts! The super simple silhouette is perfect for playing with fun prints or as a starting place for hacks. Though the pattern is designed for wovens, go ahead and break the rules! Suzan loves her two Scouts made of stretch velvet.

9. Dress No. 1 – 100 Acts of Sewing


Dress No. 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing is a sleeveless dress that is extremely wearable with a flattering A-line silhouette. The neck and armholes are finished with bias tape facing and top-stitched patch pockets add both flair and utility.

Our favorite fabrics: ikat, quilting cotton, linen, cotton lawn, double gauze

Who wouldn't love a wardrobe full of colorful, easy to wear dresses? The Dress No. 1 is a great layering piece or the perfect summer dress. Suzan has a whole batch of them in linen, double gauze, and ikat!

10. Sapporo Coat – Papercut Patterns

Go bold with the dramatic cocoon silhouette and angled seaming of the Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns. Choose lightweight fabric for a spring/summer version or cosy wool for cooler weather. This is a pattern for every season. 

Our favorite fabrics: boiled wool, wool coating, linen, ikat

The Sapporo makes a gorgeous winter coat when made in wool, but it also works as a light jacket or topper in linen or ikat. Suzan loves her unlined Sapporo in metallic Essex linen – it's just the perfect mix of dressy and casual.


We made a handy little worksheet with all these patterns along with our fabric recommendations. It's like a sewing shopping list that you can bring with you on your next Stonemountain trip!

Our favorite part of our anniversary celebration was hearing from all you amazing sewists! We feel fortunate to still be here after 37 years and we know it's because of you and your love of fabric. So thank you! Here's to another 30+ years of supporting this incredible community!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Our Newest Indie Pattern Company - Bonjour Teaspoon!

You know by now how much we love stocking independent pattern companies.  We especially get excited about companies that fill a specific need or cater to a more niche audience than just women's clothing.  We found that tween girls were a hard category to find patterns for — girls looking for something more mature than little kid clothes, but who may not fit in the size range for adult women yet.  Luckily, there is a pattern company just for this, and even better, she's local!  But before I go too far, I'll let her introduce herself!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Otter Wax — An In-Depth Look

Waxed canvas is a really interesting fabric that we're loving these days.  It is not only functional and water resistant, but it also gives your fabric a cool, distressed, leather-like look as it ages.

Range Backpack and Wool + Wax Tote, both by Noodlehead
We currently stock two beautiful colors of waxed canvas, but we also just started carrying Otter Wax so you can wax your own!  Waxing your own canvas takes a little bit of time and effort, but it opens up so many possibilities.  Factory waxed canvas only comes in so many colors and weights, and the industrial waxing process definitely bumps the price tag up.  With Otter Wax, you can get the waxed look on any canvas you want, or maybe even some fun different fabrics!

But first, let's go over exactly how this process works. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sponsoring #SewMyStyle and the Sunny Dress

Have you heard of #sewmystyle? It's a year-long sewing community challenge in which each month features a new pattern. Participants sew the pattern, adding their own spin on it if they wish, and share their creations on Instagram and Facebook. By the end of the year, participants will have made a complete handmade wardrobe while connecting with other sewists and learning some new skills along the way!

We sponsored the first month of #sewmystyle2018, which means participants received a discount on their fabric and one winner gets a $100 Stonemountain gift card! The first pattern of the year was the Sunny Dress by Friday Pattern Company, a simple t-shirt style dress or top with a scoop neck and scalloped hem. Perfect for our wide selection of bamboo rayon, stretch velvet, or soft cotton knits! We had a lot of fun sponsoring this month and seeing what everyone made.

#sewmystyle2018 Creations

Let's take a look at some of our favorites from the #sewmystyle community!

@tomkatstitcherycarmel used our Ponte Leggero in Dusty Violet (and how perfectly does it match that beautiful necklace?)
@petitepassions used Ponte Leggero too, but in the Plum color

@jessicalorraine01 kept busy this month with two Sunnies! The dress is in our St. James Stripe and the top is a bamboo rayon print.

@luverinpaige made her Sunny from Catalina cotton/spandex knit
A beautiful Sunny from @charlottewhincup in one of our favorite Art Gallery knits

This floral rayon knit is perfect on @desi_sews's Sunny

Love the cotton/lycra print that @sierraburrell picked!

@pinsandpinot used a Cotton + Steel knit – so fun! (this color is sold out, but we have it in Orchid)
And of course our own Stonemountain ladies made Sunnies too! Catherine used a striped ponte and bound the edges in bamboo rib knit and Lauren used a bamboo rayon.

To top off our sponsorship month, we invited the designer behind Friday Pattern Company to stop by the store for a meet-and-greet! Chelsea showed off her patterns and it was a great way to get to know a talented up-and-coming indie pattern designer. 

We love introducing new pattern companies to sewists, especially those who are unsure of or intimidated by indie patterns. Indie companies are run by women just like us, who want something more than what's offered by the Big 4 companies. They want to support people in their sewing journey and make sewing accessible and fun for everyone – a mission that Stonemountain can definitely get behind!

How do you like to get involved in the sewing community? Do you join social media challenges like #sewmystyle or do you prefer in-person connections? 

If you're an Instagrammer, we love to see and share what our customers have made! Tag #stonemountainfabric to show off what you've made with our fabric.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Last Minute Gifts for Modern Makers

In case you haven't realized yet, time is running out to finish checking everyone off your gift list. And though we may all have visions of crafting beautiful handmade presents for all our friends and family, it doesn't always work out that way. So we've put together a list of lovely gifts that any sewer or crafter would love, with no DIY effort required on your part.

Tools and Notions

Every sewist needs good cutting tools, and the hardware collection from Tula Pink are the prettiest around. Top of the wish list is the new rotary cutter, which would make cutting tricky fabric or small shapes a dream.

Though these dainty scissors are designed for embroidery, they would also be perfect for any kind of hand sewing or just trimming those pesky thread ends. The little sheath makes them great for traveling too!

From left: Prismatic Stork, Owl Eyes, Prismatic Mirror, and Art Nouveau

Tulip sewing needles are a favorite at Stonemountain. A gift of needles doesn't sound terribly exciting, but the packaging is so lovely that they're a real treat to open. Combine the Sashiko needles with a sampler and thread for charming little kit, or wrap up the hand sewing needles with a tomato pincushion for a classic pair!


We absolutely love Handmade Style by Anna Graham of Noodlehead. It's chock-full of amazing projects that sewists of any skill level would love. And maybe next year you'll be the recipient of a handmade gift made from this book, so it's really a win-win.

Is your favorite sewist a Virgo? If so, then they probably would love a sewing planner. Both the Colette Sewing Planner and the Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook are excellent for planning out dream wardrobes and keeping track of notes and modifications.


A tag adds a personalized touch to handmade garments and accessories. These packs of five woven labels range from sweet to a little cheeky.

The care that goes into the making of a handmade garment should extend to after it's complete. Soak is a gentle and environmentally friendly no-rinse laundry soap that keeps handmade clothes looking and smelling fresh. You can buy a 12 oz bottle or gift a pack of mini Soaks so they can try every scent!

Enamel pins are great stocking stuffers and look so cute on jacket lapels, shirt collars, and bags. And our exclusive Stonemountain pin is even gold and glittery, so who can resist?

Of course, our idea of the perfect gift is a Stonemountain & Daughter gift card! Make things easier on yourself and let your favorite maker choose from our selection of gorgeous fabrics, patterns, and notions.

You can find all these and more in our Gifts section online! And while you're there, maybe you can pick up a little something for yourself? In the season of giving, you can't leave anyone out!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Embroidered Tulle Sewing Inspiration

Shop all our embroidered lace and tulle here!

Embroidered tulle and mesh are having A Moment right now. It's popping up on the runways, in RTW clothing, all over Pinterest and Instagram and, of course, in our store! We have several different styles and colors of this gorgeous fabric and the question we get asked most often is, but what do I sew with it?

The most dramatic choice would be a long, sweeping dress inspired by the Pre-AW17 collection of Alexander McQueen. You could have a show-stopping dress that doesn't require hours and hours of hand-embroidery (the Alexander McQueen pieces were still being finished in the minutes up to the runway show!).

There are other ways to add drama to your wardrobe if a gown doesn't fit the bill. In case you haven't heard yet, it's officially the Year of the Sleeve. I would bet that statement sleeves will still be on-trend next year too, so now is the perfect time to sew up something with the sleeves as the main attraction. 

I love this little bejeweled bee cuff peeking out of a coat from Christian Dior AW16. You could do something similar with our Queen Bee embroidered tulle!

If sweeping gowns and giant sleeves don't fit into your daily life (you're definitely not alone!), then there are still many options for sewing more casual embroidered tulle garments. Use it as a sheer section in a basic tee, sew up a quick kimono or make a simple mini dress a little more special with a sheer overlay.

And if you're sewing for little ones, then Violette Field Threads has the perfect special-occasion dress for girls. She made several of the samples for her new Blithe pattern in our Climbing Vines embroidered tulle and they look simply beautiful. I love the delicate tulip sleeves and that high-low skirt overlay!

This pattern is currently only available in PDF, but you can purchase it from Violette Field Threads here.

Still don't know where to start? 

Here are some patterns that would work well with any of our embroidered tulle fabrics. You could make the full garment from the tulle, like the Scout Tee and Kielo Dress, or use it as a sheer section or overlay in patterns like the Belladone Dress, Ruby Top and the children's patterns.

Deer and Doe Patterns Belladone Dress
Grainline Studio Scout Tee

Named Clothing Kielo Dress

Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono
Papercut Patterns Mito Cami/Dress

Made By Rae Ruby Top and Dress

Oliver + S Pinwheel Tunic and Slip Dress

Violette Field Threads Chloe Dress

What do you think of the embroidered tulle trend? Is it something you would incorporate into your everyday wear or use only for special occasion garments?

Personally, I would love to see someone make some wild pants like these ones designed by Adam Selman! Who's up for the challenge?