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25May

Colour Trend Spring 2017: BLUSH

Shhhhhhh!  Blush is the colour trend that is whispering its way into our lives

The blush trend may be the lingering result of the forecast of Rose Quartz (and Serenity Blue) as the Pantone colour(s) of the year for 2016, but this shade of pink is even softer and more muted.  It’s showing up in home décor, fashion and even in our crafts.

 

Living in a Dream

23May

Make a Bikini Bathing Suit, No Serger Required Pt. 2: The Top

For this video we used Kwik Sew pattern number 3239.
 
1) To keep the lining from showing on the outside of the bikini top it’s a good idea to trim the lining piece slightly smaller than the outside piece. Here’s how to do that: overlay the outside piece on top of your lining piece (right-sides together) offsetting the piece by about 1/4” or 6mm from the bottom. Pin in place along this bottom edge and trim off the excess lining. 
 
16May

New Spring Arrivals May 2017

Just wanted to do a quick post about our new Spring arrivals. 

We've got some lovely polyester crepe de chine prints, linen and silk prints. 

Here are just some of these new arrivals:

We love this dress Barbara made with one of our new linen prints. This dress was made with McCall's 7535 and is perfect for our upcoming warm weather!

05May

Make a Bikini Bathing Suit, No Serger Required Pt. 1: The Bottoms

For this video we used Kwik Sew pattern number 3239.
 
04May

Happy Star Wars Day

Happy Star Wars Day and May the Fourth be with You!

To celebrate Star Wars Day we've decided to repost our pillowcase tutorial. While some of the prints used in our tutorial are no longer available we have a selection of newer ones available in the store. 

03May

Spring Knitting Inspiration

This happy knitter can't wait for some warm spring weather to debut this casual denim-coloured tee!  In the meantime it can serve as inspiration for other keen makers.  The yarn is the new Modern Cotton DK from Berocco yarns with a beautiful soft hand and subtle sheen and it comes in many beautiful pastels, neutrals and jewel tones, but the pattern is strictly secret (or the knitter failed to write anything down as he was making it!  Sorry!)

25Apr

Tips for Selecting and Preparing Knit Fabrics

In this video Myles talks about how to identify different types of knit fabrics as well as how to get your knit fabric on-grain (untwisted) before cutting our your project. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming series on making a bikini swimsuit on a regular sewing machine. Part one will be a pair of bikini bottoms.

18Apr

4 Tips for Creating your Own Knitting Pattern

If you’re like me, you can spend hours scouring through websites such as Ravelry or YouTube.  These resources provide endless inspiration for beautiful stitch patterns and scrumptious yarns in wonderful colours.  You may find yourself wanting to experiment with a new stitch pattern but can’t find a project that you like.  It may be time to create your own pattern!
 
1. Choose your yarn and stitch pattern
06Apr

Knitting How-to: Purl Stitch

In this video Myles shows you how to purl by showing the technique of the stocking stitch which is made by alternating rows of knitting and purling.

1. Cast on the required amount of stitches for your project and then knit your first row. 

  For a reminder of how to cast on: http://fabricana.com/blog-item/casting-on

04Apr

5 Tips for Creating a High Quality Garment

One of the main advantages of sewing a garment from scratch is the ability to customize every aspect of it, including fit and comfort. If a garment feels good, you will feel better wearing it and the effort it took to make it will be worthwhile. Here are five tips for how to create a high quality garment
 
Choose the Right Fabric
30Mar

4 Reasons to Wear Wool This Summer

With Summer just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about Summer fashion. Here are four reasons why you should consider incorporating (lightweight) wool pieces into your Summer wardrobe.
 
  1. Wool is a great thermal insulator. While wool will help you stay warm in the cooler months it also helps keep the heat out in the summertime. 

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