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Just in: Tula Pink, Cotton+Steel, Heather Bailey rayon and voile!

by Gina

Yesterday was a day of deliveries! Not only did we receive just shy of 30 bolts from the Cotton and Steel collection, but also apparel goods from Westminster and Kaufman, part of Tula Pink’s new “Moonshine” group, a sweet trio of Japanese imports, and we’re fully restocked with Otter Wax. Phew! There were a whole lot of boxes to be broken down.

Let’s get the photos rolling, shall we?

First up, Tula Pink’s “Moonshine.”

Printed cotton voile and rayon from Heather Bailey’s “Momentum.”

These sweet pieces are Japanese imports, from top to bottom: linen blend, double gauze (so cute!), and seer sucker-like cotton.

And, Cotton and Steel: a powerhouse group of designers including Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, Melody Miller, Sarah Watts and Rashida Coleman-Hale. You can certainly see their individual styles, within a group that was designed to all work together. Fun!

Medium weight cottons:Cotton voile:

And linen blend prints:

So many choices, I think my project list just doubled.

See you soon!

Read a good book lately?

by Gina

We just opened a box of some wonderful books!  Some are new to the store, some are ol’ favs.  Either way, there’s something you’re bound to fall for and want on your holiday list.  Here’s a run-down:

Melody Miller’s  and Allison Tannery’s new book, Ruby Star Wrapping has all sorts of clever decorative ideas for wrapping goodies, making gift giving a whole lot nicer for the recipient and the Earth.  We will be participating in a “wrap-a-long” along with a collection of other great folks out there.  Here are more details on that.  Like what you see?  Swing by and pick up a book and wrap-a-long with us!  It’s getting started this week!  The other fun book on the right is The Cuter Book, by Aranzi Aronzo.  This is an adorable and terribly amusing little creature book.  This would be a perfect book for the younger sewist in your world to either do on their own or with a helping hand.

These two titles we’ve carried in the past and have really enjoyed them. The Party Dress is a delight for the eyes and imagination.  There are stunning designs in it, sure to get your ready for holiday parties!  The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is choke full of great ideas on alterations.  They start with a few select designs of a top, a dress, a coat and a skirt.  But, it definitely doesn’t end there.  There are loads of variations presented from members of the BurdaStyle community. 

Want to create your own look entirely?  We currently have two titles on pattern making and custom clothing design.  Many of you have voiced your desire to learn to draft patterns, your woe of not finding clothing that fits just right, or knowing exactly how to alter a pattern to get it the way you want it.  Here’s a good place to start.  If you’re one to learn better in a class check out the class lists at Modern Domestic and Portland Sewing.  They both offer great pattern drafting courses.

These final two titles include a variety of projects.  A lot of times when customers ask for advice on a good book, part of my suggestion includes the idea that the style of the projects should speak to them so they’re motivated to do the projects.  Simple Sewing with a French Twist is one of those books for me.  I love the romantic, somewhat urban, European style of the designs and the way they’re presented.  Not all of the projects are sewing ones, for example, one is a button covered chair back.  For the novice out there, Simple Sewing in a Straight Line is a great book with a variety of projects, including apparel and accessories.  Again, if you find you’re one to do better with a class—Modern Domestic has been using this book for some of their beginner oriented courses.

Our shelves are stocked with a slew of titles to help you in whatever way you want—instruction, inspiration, reference.  And, when you spend $30 or more on books, you receive 30 Supportland points from us!  How fantastic is that?!  Happy Sewing!

Just in: Kokka, Liberty and Cloud 9, oh my!

by Gina

Another exciting week around here.  We have welcomed in some of Heather Ross’s newest group, Nursery Versery for Kokka, as well as new Echino designs and the start of our Melody Miller, Ruby Star Spring 2012, order.  Ready for some pics?

Yep, you really are seeing little piggies going to the market, eating toast and jam, and crying all the way home…and the itsy bitsy spider.  Heather’s brand of cuteness is pretty darn hard to resist.

Not the best pic, I’ll surely admit that.  But you get a glimpse at Etsuko Furuya’s latest group: animal portraits with ornate frames, and deer in glasses.  There are even a couple little less whimsical prints with elegant flowers and birds.

Sometimes seeing new fabric in the store makes my heart beat a little bit faster, other times it causes me to sigh a relaxed sigh from the beauty in front of me.  Liberty causes the latter.  I think we currently have more Liberty prints right now than we’ve ever had at one time.  That means a really great selection!  Here are the latest additions.

I was already so excited about today’s post before the Cloud 9 box even arrived.  Then I opened the box and saw this.  I am so excited about this collection.  Let me tell you why.  The first reason, you can plainly see—the designs are bold, modern, great colors.  The second reason is that they’re printed on 100% organic cotton, 7 oz. canvas.  The third reason is that somehow the kind folks at Cloud 9 were able to keep the price extremely reasonable, so these pieces are no more (in fact, less) than their non-organic counterparts.  Wow.  Above is shown the Geocentric collection.  We also filled some shelves with part of the Simpatico collection, also organic cotton, but a lighter, medium weight, perfect for baby bedding!

One of the ripple effects of all these things showing up all the time is that our remnant bins are over flowing and we are moving things into the sale section all the time.  Be sure to stop by often, not just to soak in the new sites, but to take advantage of our space-making efforts!

Reminder: We will be CLOSED for a rest on Labor Day.  Enjoy the holiday everyone!