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Moda, Alexander Henry, Apparel Weights, and Laminated Cottons



We are receiving some great lines these days-- We have bolts from Oh My! by Sanae (top) and 19 pieces from Max and Whiskers (both from Moda). We just shelved prints from Alexander Henry (bottom) and we filled out the stacks of flannel with some great, new prints perfect for quilt backing or receiving blankets.

Have you checked out our laminated cottons recently? Erica put together two super cute messenger bags down at MD. There are also some great tips for working with laminated cottons on the Michael Miller blog.

The super popular hemp blend duck cloth is back. I used it for both the Proper Attire skirt and my Rooibos Dress.

Pattern Review: Oliver + S Sailboat Top, Skirt + Pants

Sailboat Top Sailboat Pants


I cannot resist the lure of the boat neck, so I was more than happy to give the Sailboat Top and Pants a go. The shirt pattern can be made up in either knit or woven and since I wanted an excuse to use some of this super soft french terry, I chose knit. I used lightweight denim for the pants-- but how cute would those be in seersucker? Very. I would like a top like that in my size, please.

Considering the number of pattern pieces and facings, both items went together pretty quickly. The one and only modification I made was to forgo button holes on the shirt. I only did this after checking that the knit neck hole would go over a 4 year-old head. If I were to make this in a woven, I would most certainly add the button holes. The pants have an elastic waist band in the back and the top buttons down as well. It's adorable, but in future I'll probably close the underside of the button flaps from the inside to create pockets.

Sailboat Top Buttons

This outfit has the potential for 8 button holes. It's a good idea to test your machine's button hole function on scraps before you start sewing them in. You could sub in snaps in a pinch, or if you're local, you could bring your project down to Modern Domestic and sign up for an hour of machine time. The button hole functions (that's right-- functions!) on the Bernina classroom machines are fantastic.

This is a unisex pattern that also includes a pattern pieces and instruction for a skirt/culotte. Sewing for small people is so satisfying. The fit is flexible, you don't need that much fabric, and the seams are so much shorter! We carry organic and non organic french terry options and we just received a tube of lightweight hemp denim that would be beautiful for pants.

Susan Beal, Lizzy House and the Super Sale


Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects (Potter Craft) hits our shelves this Tuesday, March 22nd! We got a peak at the book when she came to choose fabric for Limited Edition fat quarter bundles (they will go on sale the same day) and we think you're really going to love it. Susan will be over at MD on Saturday, April 2nd from 5-6pm to meet you and sign some books. There will also be a little demo and snacks. You may want to plan to stay and sew-- the work stations will be available for use from 6-9 for only 10 dollars.

Textile designer and author, Lizzy House, is in town next week as a part of of the Summer of Making at PNCA. She is planning to stop by Modern Domestic for a free Q & A and a sweet Zap Embroidery demo to kick things off! Come by next Friday, March 25th to chat with Lizzy and stay to sew for the always hoppin' Friday Night Sewcial. More details to follow here and over at MD.

Our semi-annual sale is coming and it's going to be BIG. As usual, nearly everything in the store is offered at a discount and this year we're able to offer some special deals in conjunction with Modern Domestic. In addition, MD is going to have their own events running on the same weekend! We'll share more details as it gets closer, so make sure to clear your calendar for either April 15th, 16th and 17th. You will not be sorry.