Tablet Case with Fusible Flex Foam

by Cameron

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We're carrying a new interfacing in the store - Peltex Fusible Flex Foam. Usually new interfacing options don't make for riveting front page news, but this interfacing is pretty special. It's a one-side fusible that adds some structure and lots of padding. It's perfect for making electronics cases. It would also be really interesting in a bag or zipper pouches. Most importantly, it looks like a sheet of marshmallow fluff wrapped around a bolt and it's excellent for squeezing.

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I made up a tablet case as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend. I started with an old pair of heavy duty work pants, cut them up into the largest rectangles I could get out of their width. To get them to the size I needed I added scraps of my favorite railroad denim - which makes it into almost everything I make. I fused the flex foam to the outside, used a soft old t-shirt as a lining, and finished it with a heavy duty snap. The flex foam was easy to work with, and so pleasantly squishy. It fuses just like a lighter weight interfacing. I did get some bubbling, but I think that was due to my less than methodical approach to pressing the two layers together.

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It's so satisfying to work with repurposed materials. I really enjoy incorporating original seams and pockets into my new object, especially when they represent so much work like these triple top stitched flat felled seams.

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Long story short - flex foam is great way to protect those indispensable - and expensive - electronics. Ask about it next time you're in so you can give it a squeeze yourself. We can't wait to hear about what you're going to make!

Don't fear the Chupa

By Sarah

This is my second time sewing a Folkwear pattern and I have to say, I’m an official fan, for sure!  If you haven’t ever peeked through our great selection, you MUST next time you're in the shop. Many of them are of traditional garb (like this chupa) which span many cultures and are versatile enough for modern wear.  Others are of vintage garment designs such as the 'Hollywood Pants' pattern (my first encounter with Folkwear).   Their instructions are well written,  descriptive and very thorough. Another wonderful thing about these patterns is that they often have more than one variation included, so you get more bang (options) for your buck!   

  

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The chupa, pronounced “chooba”, is a traditional Himalayan gown worn for centuries by Tibetan women.  The dress is popular in the Himalayan region of Nepal and India and is usually worn while attending special events or ceremonies.  It is unlike our modern idea of a wrap dress in that one climbs into it and then wraps it around the waist.  This means there is no opening or split in the skirt part of the dress, so for those of you who aren’t into accidental, risqué flashing of your thighs, this version of a wrap dress might be for you.  

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Traditionally, chupas are made out of satin, silk and brightly colored brocade fabrics.  Being the practical and American gal that I am with no ties to Tibetan culture, I did not choose these fabrics (to each her own though).  I went with a tiny railroad stripe in cotton and I am very happy with how it looks and wears.  However, there are a multitude of fabrics that would work well for the chupa including, our ‘washer linen’ by Robert Kaufman, cotton chino or pick a double gauze from our huge selection of solids and prints for a cool and supple summer dress.   

Wearing this dress is like being hugged all day long.  That may be good or bad depending on how much you like to be hugged, I guess.  I made the short version of the the chupa dress (there is a skirt only option too) and the hem falls mid to upper calf.  I wore it with wedges but should have worn it with boots because it was freezing all day long (the sun's presence tricked me again!)  

Isn't the crisscross back pretty?!

It is rare that I follow a pattern's directions to a T and this particular pattern was no exception.  There are lengthy instructions on fastenings and ties put here and there.  All I did as far as that goes, was sew a snap to fasten the front outer flap (seen above) and sew two hook and eyes to the front under flap's edge and inner dart's excess fabric.  It suffices well. 

The above photo looks quite odd and contrived, I admit.  However, as intimidating as all these hanging and flappy pieces may seam, once you make your first one, your mind will be set for the construction and your heart will yearn for another variation in a different fabric.  So, go for it and never, ever fear the chupa!   

Urban Tunic by Indygo Junction

by Cameron

I'm alway looking for simple tunic length tops that I can wear over jeans, so when Gina spotted the Urban Tunic pattern from Indygo Junction, she knew it would be right up my alley. I really like the a-line shape and the option to make a cowl or boatneck.

I did make a few changes to the style and construction. I made this up while we were away at the coast for our staff retreat, so I had a real brain trust to help me perfect this tunic.

  • I used bias tape to finish the armholes rather than the facing pieces provided in the pattern. We talked this over and decided that not only are facings fiddly to sew, they don't wear well. They're always flopping around or peeking out where they shouldn't be.
  • Pockets are included in the pattern, but I left them off. I thought that I wouldn't like the look of them, but I think will eventually add them back in. You could have a lot of fun playing with different pockets - in-seam, patch, Hannah suggested kangaroo/sweatshirt pocket which would be really cute.
  • I lengthened the cowl by about 10" to make a collar with more volume and drape.

The suggested yardage was generous - even with my lengthened cowl piece, I was able to get the whole dress out of a quarter yard less than the recommend cut.

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The fabric is 1" gingham from Robert Kaufman. We have it in a few different colors and scales. It's a perfect weight for all sorts of garments. A customer came in the other day with this same pattern made up in flannel for a cozy winter layering piece. It would be beautiful in one of the light-weight wool we've been getting in.

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If you've been looking for a versatile, all season pattern, the Urban Tunic just might be what you need. We'd love to help you think through your modifications next time you're in the store!