Monday, April 9, 2018

Sewing for Spring!

Isn't spring just the best season for sewing? There's something about getting a full dose of sunshine every day that makes us feel creatively refreshed and ready to start on new projects. Check out some of our favorite patterns for spring and our top fabric recommendations for them!

Montrose Top – Cashmerette


This classic woven top is perfect for showing off your favorite prints or special lace fabrics. The beauty of a woven tee like this is that it's comfy for daytime wear, but can easily be dressed up for date night!

Fabric Recommendations
Rayon is so easy to wear and it comes in the best prints and colors!
L to R: Rayon Batik – Geo Classics – ArrowsAmalfi – Lively Floral – Mint, Sandwashed Rayon Challis – Rose

Embroidered tulle is a great way to dress up this simple silhouette!
From L to R: Dainty Floral Lace - Golden, Embroidered Chiffon - Flower ClusterEmbroidered Tulle - Rose Petal

Roscose Dress & Blouse – True Bias


The Roscoe Dress and Blouse by True Bias is boho-inspired garment with raglan sleeves and a gathered neckline that can be worn tied or open. This oversized silhouette is perfect for when you want to feel put together but still be totally comfortable.

If you're feeling fancy then silk is the way to go!
L to R: Sueded Silk Charmeuse – Copper, Silk Noil – Teal Green, Printed Silk Charmeuse – Painted Floral
Linen is the right choice for staying cool and comfortable during warmer days.
From L to R: 100% Linen – Mini GinghamSorrento Linen – Brick, Romsey Stripe Linen – Royal

Rita Blouse – Charm Patterns by Gertie


This perfectly vintage peasant blouse is also perfectly on-trend for spring! The flattering elasticized neckline can be worn on or off the shoulder and the pattern also has the option of flutter cap sleeves.

Who doesn't love a happy cotton lawn print?
L to R: London Calling Lawn – Cherries – IvoryLawn Quilt – Wildflower – NavyAmalfi – Happy Stripes – Cream

Roberts Collection – Marilla Walker


This powerhouse pattern collection will carry you through the whole season! The pattern includes a jumpsuit, dungarees, a dungaree dress or a simple top – practically a mini capsule wardrobe.

For the jumpsuit and dungarees you want an opaque bottomweight that still has some softness. L to R: Brussels Washer Linen/Rayon – Redrock, Arroyo Essex Linen/Cotton – Chevron – Denim, Ventana Twill – Bordeaux
The Roberts Top works well in all types of woven cotton. Use a solid to let the seam lines shine, or get clever with print placement. L to R: Indian Block Print Voile – Kaleidoscope, Lines and Dashes Ikat – Black on Grey, Neon Neppy – Blue

Fumeterre Skirt – Deer & Doe Patterns


Yes, a high waisted maxi skirt is a bit dramatic, but it can also be so easy to wear! Pair it with your favorite tee shirt or cropped tank for a casual look, or tuck in a drapey blouse to dress it up a bit.

Rayon and tencel are perfect for the Fumeterre because of their weight and drape.
 L to R: 4.5oz Tencel Denim – Black, Rayon Crepe – Merlot, Cupro/Rayon Twill – Navy

Maisa Denim Jacket – Named Clothing


A denim jacket is the ultimate spring layer! Make yours in classic indigo denim, or mix it up with some color and a fun back panel.

Bottomweights don't have to be boring!
L to R: 10oz Denim – Indigo, Cloud 9 Organic Tinted Denim – Flamingo, Japanese Printed Cotton Twill – Plum

What are your spring sewing plans? Do you like to make an organized list, or do you prefer to just let the fabric and pattern inspire you? This time of year is perfect for thinking about your Destiny Wardrobe and planning a wardrobe full of clothes that matter to you!

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.


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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! And if you're thinking about your Destiny Wardrobe, then this is a great place to start.

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.