Just In: Linen, knits, canvas, Toyko Milk and Margot Elena

The most beautiful linens have arrived, just in time for spring sewing! I adore these color combos and the one on the far left is one more metallic (just can't get enough of these beauties), the softest shade of pink with a silver metallic overlay.

Super cute, soft and plush cotton knits are here. Circus animals, butterflies, flamingos, bubbles....what's not to love?!

More colors of our favorite solid knit blend (soy, organic cotton, spandex) are here. This blend makes up the silkiest, softest t-shirts, washes and wears beautifully. And, who doesn't love stripes? I'm picturing some boatneck tees in my future!

Another installment of our Lizzy House Print Making order arrived: canvas. Love, love, love these modern designs. Dining room chairs need a little updating?

Margot Elena of Tokyo Milk is responsible for these eclectic, retro and super color-rich designs for Free Spirit Fabrics. Neptune and the Mermaid is also the name of a perfume line by this brand. Check it out here.

More cute quilting cotton prints came in recently from Blend Fabrics: Bwindi Forest.

Pattern Review: Stowe Bag

By Cameron

You may have already heard about the Stowe Bag pattern, a collaboration between Grainline Studios and the knitting taste makers at Fringe Association. I had certainly heard a good deal about it before finally making it. Everything you've heard is true! It's fun and quick and utterly useful and wonderful practice at applying bias tape.

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There are clever pockets on either side perfect for holding knitting patterns, needles, snacks and a phone. You're all set to take your work to the park or the coffee shop.

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I made up the smaller size but wish I had gone ahead with a large. The small size is perfect for small knitting projects like socks or as a lunch bag. The large size would accommodate quite a big sweater or blanket. If you left off the pockets you'd have a perfect shopping bag to tuck into your purse.

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Despite sage advice from the pattern instructions, I went ahead and made my bag up in a very heavy (and beautiful!) printed canvas available in our online store. This made for some bulky seams and my poor sewing machine got a little hung up around the pockets. Oh well. Live and learn and write a blog post all about it so no one else repeats your mistakes, right? I do not regret having a bag with gold polka dots.

Here are some fabrics that you might find to be a better fit for your Stowe Bag: a lighter Japanese canvas with deer, a metallic botanical print from Cotton and Steel, gorillas in the leaves from Dear Stella, or these very sweet donkeys on gold in a cotton/linen blend (not pictured).

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Thanks to our dear friends at Close Knit for lending me some of their needles and yarn for my photos!

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Have you made a Stowe Bag?

Product Spotlight: Lingerie Patterns and Kits from Sophie Hines

by Cameron

We've just started carrying lingerie kits and patterns from Sophie Hines! We have carried lingerie lace and some hardware odds and end for quite awhile, but this is the first time we've offered a complete package for you bra makers out there.

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Sophie's designs are modern - totally different from other bra patterns I've seen.The bra kits contain all of the materials you need to make one Euler bralette - but you will need to buy the pattern separately. The kit above is the beautiful Flora, but we also have some kits in basic black and grey.

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Isn't it pretty?!

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The design lines on the bralette and undies are special. I'm not sure that you could buy anything quite like it (other than Sophie Hines' ready-to-wear line, I suppose). Plus you'll have all the satisfaction of knowing that you made something as essential as your bra and undies! We've heard from customer who make their own bras that it's an empowering set of skills, and once you've made it through constructing and fitting a couple of bras, they come together very quickly. Imagine, never shopping for a bra again. Dreamy.

Come in and take a look!