Online Fabric Shopping
Have you heard of Style Maker Fabrics yet? They are a fairly new online fabric shop featuring a large selection of fabrics carefully curated by current trends, garment type, color and fabric type. There is also a nice selection of trims in the shop (including jersey bias tape!) and a few excellent sewing tools. The fabric enthusiast behind this new shop is Michelle who I have found to be very friendly and helpful - when I placed a recent order of fabrics for my own sewing projects she included a selection of fabric samples that would be excellent matches for some of our Thread Theory patterns! I decided to do a post about Michelle's shop after receiving my fabrics and finding myself pleased with the entire order (that's a rare thing for me not to find one dud in an online purchase!). This post isn't sponsored in any way, I just thought you might be happy to find a new source for quality fabric (with lots of menswear options!). And it's always nice to justify my fabric purchases as 'research for the blog'. :D I asked Michelle to send along a few 'behind the scenes' shots so you could get to know her shop a little: [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5684,5685,5687"] Click on the photos to see full size versions of each - you can see her fabric storage is chock full of gorgeous Breton stripes, the Robert Kaufman line, and beautiful whimsical border prints. Here is what arrived at my door last week (happy mail!): I pared my big wishlist down to four fabrics that work with the largely blue color scheme I have been using for my wardrobe update. My first choice was this gorgeous plaid shirting to make a spring Archer button up. This shirting is densely woven and crisp. I most commonly see plaid designs that I like offered only as brushed cottons and flannels so this smooth shirting is a nice fresh way to wear a plaid like this in the spring and summer. My next choice is a soft rayon jersey featuring a Breton stripe. It is a really nice thickness for a Coco or maybe a Hemlock Tee. It has great recovery so it could even make a Nettie (I really can't decide what to make with it, there are too many possibilities!). Michelle includes the stripe widths on her site which I found really helpful. The width of these stripes are: Blue - 1/2" and White - 1/4". There are also a few other breton stripe choices including a cute black and white version with 3/4" black stripes and thin white stripes. Maybe I'll get that next time! Next up I chose a really beautifully handcrafted double borderprint cotton. The main background colour is really rich and full of depth because it is slightly mottled. I think it's going to make an excellent By Hand London dress! I'm thinking it would be nice for the Kim Dress but I might still change my mind and go for the Flora. The last fabric I chose ended up being my favorite. It is a double gauze cotton featuring a greyish blue background and metallic gold print. I've often read about how nice double gauze is on blogs but I hadn't really looked at this type of fabric closely in person until now. Before washing this fabric it was pretty crisp and the two layers were not immediately apparent. After washing and drying, the top layer has remained crisp and quite sophisticated looking but the wrong side of the fabric is really soft and feels very slightly like light flannel. It's going to make the most comfortable dress! As a nice gesture along with the fabrics I purchased, Michelle sent a whole envelope of swatches featuring some of her bottom weight fabrics. There are a number which will perfectly suit our upcoming Lazo Trousers (I will feature these fabrics at a later point) and many of them would also be excellent matches for the Jedediah and Jutland Pants. Imagine the Jedediah Pants in a snazzy Glen Plaid or Shepherd's Check?! They would be so dapper! My favorite bottom weight fabric that Michelle included was a new brushed twill that she will be carrying in seven colorways perfectly suited for spring and summer. I see lots of twills at various local fabric shops but I often find them to be too heavy for Matt's preferences when it comes to pants that he would like to wear daily. And it isn't often that I come across a brushed twill. I love brushed twill for pants because it maintains the crisp and very slightly dressy appearance that twill provides while being extremely soft, cozy and comfortable. Brushed twill creates pants that feel as though they have already been lovingly worn in! * Update 11/05/15: The twills have been added to the Style Maker website! Here is a link to my favorite colorway. The colors available at Style Maker are quite unique - I especially like the green which I think I've managed to photograph fairly accurately. The brown is really interesting too - it's more muted than Carhartt orange but more unusual than just a regular brown pant. I think it would be a good choice for a conservative dresser who wants something a little different than his regular black, grey, navy and dark brown color scheme. Well, thanks for listening to me wax on about fabric shopping :P. And to reiterate - this post wasn't sponsored by Michelle/Style Maker - I was just really pleased with the quality of the fabrics I bought and with how accurately they were portrayed on the Style Maker website. For the first time in quite a while, I didn't have any online fabric purchase surprises!