I'm really pleased to announce that we're now carrying fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics! This is a Florida-based company that is well known for producing high-quality cotton fabrics. Their main fabric is a broadcloth which has a high thread count and a very fine weave. Their slogan is 'feel the difference' and you most certainly can: it is a beautiful fabric! They also produce a voile and a jersey. Here's a close-up of one of their broadcloths, so you can see the quality:
(If you're wondering what broadcloth is, it's similar to poplin: it's a lightweight, densely-woven cotton fabric with a crisp hand. Broadcloths and poplins are slightly heavier than cotton lawn and voile: think shirt-weight, rather than light and floaty.)
Art Gallery Fabrics' catalogue contains a huge number of designs - most by independent designers! To start, I've selected four of their broadcloths, which I'm selling at £12.20 per metre (£3.05 per quarter metre). Our selection will expand over time. I'm also planning to get in a few of their voiles and knits eventually. I'm a little unsure about the knits: they're nice, but they would have to retail at around £18 per metre. Would you pay £18 per metre for a cotton jersey? Feedback would definitely be appreciated!
Here are the four broadcloths that we've currently got in stock. To see them, click here.
Two of these fabrics feature in this week's 'Outfit of the Week' - which is Tilly and the Buttons' Agnes knit top paired with Colette Patterns' Zinnia skirt!
As you'll see on my 'Skirts' pinterest board, gathered and pleated full skirts are currently quite popular! Zinnia is a great pattern for this trend: you can make it pleated or gathered, and there's also a view with buttons up the front!
Other similar skirt patterns include Sewaholic's Rae skirt, McCall's 6706, and Named's Leotie skirt. If you're new to sewing, Rae would be a really good choice: it was designed specifically for beginners!
Drawing on the inspiration images, I've recommended some of our new broadcloths and poplins for Zinnia: you can see them here.
A variety of tops can be worn with Zinnia. As you can see in the inspiration images above and below, pleated and gathered skirts look great with shirts, jersey tops, and cute summer blouses.
Unfortunately, I had to choose one top pattern for our 'Outfit of the Week', so I went with Tilly and the Buttons' new Agnes knit top, which I think is such a cute and versatile pattern, with several neckline and sleeve options! If you're new to sewing with jersey, this is also a perfect first pattern: Tilly designed it with beginners in mind. You don't even need an overlocker!
So, lots of options! To find out more about this week's 'Outfit of the Week' - and to see the two featured patterns and all the recommended fabrics - click here.