Comfortable easy-fit clothing for Lycra blend knit and woven fabrics with instructions for professional results

Fabrics

 

Holiday Fabric Collection

Elegant Comfort

I am happy to present this beautiful holiday fabric collection for you create your own magic in the coming holiday season. Elegant comfort is what comes to mind when I look at these fine Belgian fabrics. Each one is perfect in its own way. The feel, the color and the drape are beyond gorgeous. They work together to create an amazing story, your story for a perfect holiday.

 

Elegance
This deep black matte jersey does not wrinkle and offers perfect drape and movement. It sews beautifully and keeps its shape. Let the fabric show off by making dresses, wide leg pants, a full skirt or drape front jacket. Keep the design simple and let the fabric move.

Comfort
Sweater knits are among my favorite fabrics to sew with and to wear. I am very careful to choose a knit that is easy to handle while cutting and sewing. This mid-weight sweater knit has perfect stretch and recovery. It will not stretch out of shape while you are sewing with it or wearing it. Great for many designs including close fitting tops, wraps with drape/ruffles, cowl necks, and I would even consider a pair of leggings! Keep shoulder lines short and armholes small-ish to allow the knit to stretch for the perfect fit.

Cobblestone & Sunset on the Pond
The combination of a wonderful print on a perfect fabric is dreamy. That is what I found in this fabric. This print is a stable, LYCRA blend knit that is easy to handle while cutting and sewing. A print fabric of this quality is very figure flattering. It offers a lightweight hand which is perfect for using a double layer of fabric. This option is slimming because it allows you to use negative ease fitting in areas where it will enhance your shape. This sophisticated and happy print is marvelous camouflage for a few too many holiday treats! In addition to these qualities, the color palette of both fabrics cannot be improved upon. The black is very deep black; the red is a coveted perfect shade of red and the taupe is actually a real taupe hue. Perfect for a wrap dress, top or tunic of any style.

Night Snow
A photo just cannot do justice this faux fur. Soft does not begin to tell the story...no matter which way your hand moves across the silky, plush face of Night Snow, you can’t stop touching it. Seriously! But the real surprise is how lightweight and fine it is. How is it possible that anything this lightweight can have such depth? Perfect for a caplet, shrug, jacket, hat, purse, or a wrap of any kind. It will ruffle, drape and hang beautifully.

Coachman
This is perfect faux shearling leather. The leather side is refined and thin with the texture and grain of fine leather, while the fur side is compact, dense and cozy. Sewing with this fabric is super easy and you don’t need a special sewing machine.  Replace traditional 5/8” seam allowances with an overlapped seam. Simply trim the seam allowance from one side and lay it over the other side and topstitch in place. Hems can be turned up and topstitched to show the fur on the leather side or vise versa. Buttonholes can be a sewn rectangle that is cut open or reinforced with a fun shape cut out of the leather! A simple jacket or coat can be made by using only a few pattern pieces; front, back, sleeve, collar and pockets. Purses, hats and mittens are super fun too!

 

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Essentials Collection

OK! This is it... simply quintessential! The most amazing collection of stretch knits fabrics I have ever collected!

I have been working on sourcing a consistent collection of 4-way stretch LYCRA blend knits for a long time, but the availability has not been there. Finally, here it is! And, the vast majority of the collection is from an  American company while the others are sourced in Canada.  The fabrics were chosen based on quality, cost, width, color, texture, consistent 4-way stretch and recovery, and compatibility with CJ pattern designs and ready-to-wear favorites and trends. It is my intention to stock this collection of fabric for a long time!  You can feel confident that I will be re-ordering these fabrics as they sell out.

I chose eight styles of fabrics and each one is the best it can be in my opinion. The colors and shades are everyday classics mixed with beautiful jewel tones. The weights of the fabrics run the gamut from a lightweight hand with soft recovery to a heavyweight hand with snappy recovery and everything in-between.

Without question, using quality fabric is the beginning of a beautiful garment and these fabrics deliver! These are the fabrics found in fine ready-to-wear collections and sold in the best stores. They cut and sew beautifully, are forgiving to fit, look gorgeous and feel amazing. All the fabrics are at least 51” wide with the vast majority being 58-60” wide. The fabric width is important to consider when purchasing these fabrics. Most garments can be made with 1-2 yards. The average price for the collection fabrics is $18.00 a yard.

Fabric Care: Machine wash or hand wash using cool/warm water with fabric folded inside out. Baste/serge around uncut yardage or turn finished garment inside out. Lay flat to dry or turn inside out, and place in dryer on medium setting.  Expect zero to 2" shrinkage in length and less than 1" in width. Cut two 4" squares...wash/dry one and do nothing to the other. Compare and note. 

 

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Fabric Information Page: All fabrics in the Essentials Collection are listed on this sheet with the information for each in chart form. Includes fabric care, codes, names, content, type, weight, width, crosswise stretch, recovery and pricing.

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Rayon Jersey Cotton/LYCRA Performance Wear
Viscose Crepe Double Jersey Linings
Interlock Twist Yarn (ITY) Ponte Double Knit  
     

 

Fabric/Pattern Pairing

Many of these fabrics can easily crossover these suggested pairings depending on the personality of the garment you are creating. Oftentimes using a heavyweight knit for a typically lightweight fabric garment (or visa versa!) can create a whole new look.

Ponte Double Knits
Cotton/LYCRA 15oz.
Interlock Twist Yarn (ITY) 13oz

 

 

 

Yoga Pants, Leggings, Bodysuits
Pull-on Pants, Pencil Skirts
Fitted Jackets
Body Shapers
Fitted Tee Shirts

Rayon Jersey
Viscose Crepe
Interlock Twist Yarn (ITY) 11oz
Cotton/LYCRA (8.5 oz & Organic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pants with Drape
Flippy, A-Line, and Full Skirts
Draped and Ruched Skirts
Sleepwear
Drapey Tops (ie. cowl neck)
Tops, Jackets and Pull-overs with ruching, gathers, flounces or ruffles

Performance Wear

 

Body Shapers
Exercise Wear

 

 

A Note About Recovery

Imagine holding the fabric with two hands, stretching it, then letting go.

- Snappy fabric will snap back to its shape quickly and not show any indication that it was stretched.

- Good recovery fabric will recover but not snap when released.

- Soft recovery fabrics will slowly recover its original shape with no snap at all.

The snappier the fabric the less wearing ease it will offer. So, if you are using a snappy fabric, your pattern needs to be a bit larger (around) to give more room. If the fabric has soft recovery, a garment will fit larger.
The best way to get the fit you want using knit fabrics is to:

a) Use the Perfect Sizing Worksheet to figure out the ease in the pattern, fabric and take your measurements into consideration.

b) Make a sample garment using a knit with similar recovery.

c) Choose the pattern size using your upper bust measurement and add to the side seams and pin fit the garment side seams.

 

Due to the limitations of the Internet, the color samples are approximate only.
To obtain swatches, please order the current Swatch Packet.
(Swatches dependent on availability)