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Introducing Art Gallery Fabrics!

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! 

 

Inspiration images from here and here
 

Inspiration images from here and here

 

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!

From left to right: Sewaholic's Rae skirt, McCall's 6706, Named's Leotie skirt

 

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.

Inspiration images from here, here, here and here

 

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!

 

Other good choices for tops to wear with Zinnia include Vogue's 8536 knit tops, Sewaholic's Belcarra blouse, Burda's 7079 blouse, and Sewaholic's Granville shirt:

Clockwise from top left: Vogue 8536; Sewaholic Belcarra; Burda 7079; Sewaholic Granville

 

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.

July 23, 2015 by Amy Lloyd
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Comments

Anneli

Anneli said:

I’d love to see the Art Gallery knit fabrics but £18 a metre is too expensive for me, I’m afraid. I do find knits generally to be pricier than wovens, especially nicely printed ones, which is a shame. Perhaps it is because it costs more to produce this style of fabric?

Amy

Amy said:

Hi Anneli! Thanks so much for your feedback – really helpful! £18 a metre seems a little too pricey to me as well, but I recently received an email from a customer who says that she regularly pays that much for jerseys. So, I’ve decided that I’ll bring in a few of these jerseys and then see how popular they are. As for why they’re so expensive, I’m not so sure: it just seems to be the case that good-quality cotton knits are rather expensive right now. I’ve bought some cheaper ones that I’ve ended up putting in our clearance section. I’m on the hunt for a nice line of cotton jerseys in solid colours, but can’t find any that are reasonably priced… Very frustrating!

Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan said:

My search for Art Gallery knit fabrics brought me to your site. I absolutely LOVE these fabrics, far superior,the colours and designs are fantastic. I especially like the designs of Katerina Roccella. I shop around for what I want and have paid between £15 – £18 for a design I really like. I’m worth it!

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