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Slippery Sewing - Tips for our New Lady McElroy Viscose Prints!

Slippery Sewing - Tips for our New Lady McElroy Viscose Prints!

In the fabric world Lady McElroy is synonymous with elegance, and this new collection of viscose prints certainly delivers! With a mix of modern florals, bold abstract shapes, as well as graceful birds and lucky cats, this collection really has something for everyone! These luxurious fabrics are super light weight, with a soft and billowy drape, making them perfect for summery garments like the Calvin Wrap Dress or Pendrell Blouse. If you’ve never sewn with viscose before, it may seem a little intimidating. But with just a few easy techniques, you’ll be sewing viscose garments like a pro! The trickiest part...

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Unbe-weave-able: Warp & Weft is here!

Unbe-weave-able: Warp & Weft is here!

The long anticipated Warp and Weft collection from Ruby Star Society has arrived!  Warp & Weft is an entirely woven collection, meaning that rather than printing colours onto the fabric, the yarn is dyed prior to the weaving process. The warp yarns run vertically in the fabric, while the weft yarns run width-wise, so when different colours are woven together they can create these gorgeous textured designs. It’s also fun to see how this technique creates the inverse design on the back side of the fabric. We are so excited to have all 28 bolts of fabric in this collection....

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All About that Drape: Summery Garment Prints!

All About that Drape: Summery Garment Prints!

If you’ve been searching for a fun print for your next me-made garment, you’re in luck! We have just added a range of lightweight rayon prints to our fabric selection. With a variety of styles and textures, we hope to inspire your next summer make. First up is the vintage shapes collection. These bold prints are available in a smooth two-toned design, as well as a colourful design with a beautiful crepe texture. We think these prints would look great on some wide leg pants, like the The 101 Trouser, or a fun and flowy Fiore Skirt. If you’re a...

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3 Clues for Choosing the Right Linen

3 Clues for Choosing the Right Linen

You may have noticed that we have recently added a number of new linen collections to our line-up. But all this choice may have you wondering, how do I pick the right linen for my next sewing project?? So we thought we could play detective, and provide you with three clues to help you find your perfect linen match. Clue No. 1 The first clue to look for when choosing a linen for your project is its weight. Fabric weights are usually divided into light, medium, and heavy (relating to its GSM, or grams per square meter). For linen fabrics,...

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Floating on Air - Introducing Leta Double Gauze

Floating on Air - Introducing Leta Double Gauze

Our newest fabric collection floated onto our shelves this week! The Leta Double Gauze collection is soft, lightweight, and airy, making it an ideal fabric for cool and comfy summer garments. As its name suggests, double gauze is made from two layers of loosely woven cotton that are basted together, creating a subtle grid texture.  Double gauze is a breeze to sew with, and doesn’t require too much special care. Because of its loose weave it does fray easily, so we suggest enclosing your raw edges with a French or flat-felled seam if you can (or using a serger if you...

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