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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. 
23Mar

Spring Trend Alert: The Cold Shoulder

Getting the cold shoulder can be a good thing!
 
It’s rare to find a trend from the red carpet that can so easily be adapted for everyday dressing.  Most of us would find it difficult to move through life in long trains, plunging necklines and opulent beading.  The “cold shoulder”, the popular name for the current shoulder-baring trend, is one trend that works for the red carpet AND everyday dressing.  It’s also available at your local fabric store!
 
21Mar

Interfacing 101: Fusible vs. Sew-In The Epic Battle!

At the fabric store, when someone asks for interfacing, the usual first question is, “Fusible or sew-in?”  To help answer this question for yourself, keep reading.
 
To wash or not to wash?
15Mar

D.I.Y Durable, Reusable, Tote Shopping Bag

This durable tote bag is easy to make and there is no serger required!
 
Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Thread to match fabric 
  • Thread to match webbing (if a different colour than your fabric)
  • Iron & Ironing board
28Feb

Lumberjack Chic: More than just Buffalo Plaid

Even if you’re not a fan of a man in a plaid shirt with a bushy beard carrying an axe, you may still appreciate some of the elements of the Lumberjack Chic trend.  It’s crept into men’s and women’s fashion, home décor and made a strong impact on fashion and décor for children (who could resist the “Burly Beavers” print by Robert Kaufman featured above?)

17Feb

3 Great Places to Look for Project Ideas Online

Are you ever inspired to sew something but you're just not quite sure what? Here's 3 great places to look for project ideas online. 
 
Pinterest
17Feb

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

Get energized with “Greenery”, Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017
The first thing that I thought of when I saw that Greenery was announced as Pantone’s Colour of the Year was SPRING!  For me the shade evokes images of the stems of spring blossoms; crocuses, daffodils and tulips, clear signs that it’s a time for renewal and growth.  It’s such a fresh shade - a green that leans a little toward yellow, but not so much that those of us who cannot wear yellow should shy away.
14Feb

7 Awesome Categories of Novelty Prints found in our Cotton Department

Bulldogs and Bagels and Buttons!  OH MY!

Here are 7 awesome categories of novelty prints found in our cotton department. We've got a print for everyone! 

07Feb

Inspiration on a "Small" Scale - Designer Inspiration: Nigel Chia

Thanks to the wonders of social media, in particular Facebook and Youtube, I was recently introduced to Nigel Chia.  According to the bio on his website, Nigel is a veterinarian and fashion designer, which may seem like a strange combination, but both require much dedication and attention to detail.  He is currently pursuing his love of fashion design.