It's that time of year again for a fresh new window display in our gorgeous big bay window in the shop! Jo has been busy again pulling everything together into a lovely new display featuring a flock of origami birds and sophisticated navy blue colour palette.
Check out my latest Youtube video for a full tour and read on for links to the patterns and fabrics featured in the outfits.
Inspiring this window display was our collection of new Sevenberry Japanese cotton fabrics on a lovely dark indigo cotton base cloth with geometric and graphic patterns and designs.
I loved making the sample of this jacket pattern! It's View B of this popular pattern and is surprisingly simple to make. I went off piste with the instructions and quilted a whole length of fabric before cutting the pieces out. The sample made for the mannequin is a Size 0 but it does come up pretty oversized so if you prefer a sung fit then size down. I used 1.9m of the Sevenberry fabric for that size and quilted it with cotton wadding and plain navy poplin using a walking foot and following the grid lines on the print of the fabric.
I then used another print from the collection to make continuous bias binding to finish the pockets, cuffs and whole outer edge. Learn how to make it in this tutorial. I used half a meter for this. I overlocked the raw edges on the inside but by using another print from the collection for the inside and binding the edges on the inside as well you could easily make this a reversible garment!
We paired it with a classic True Bias Rio Ringer t-shirt made using out optic while cotton jersey and some contrast binding for the neckline and sleeve hems. The trousers are the True Bias Emersons made in the Indigo colour-way of our Ramie range of fabrics.
This simple top pattern is a great design for beginner or those looking for a quick make. It's raglan sleeve construction makes it nice and easy and with different sleeve variations you can easily change thing up for a different style using the same pattern.
For this version we made the longer length sleeve with gathers. To make more economical use of the fabric we narrowed the sleeve a little to make it less gathered.
This popular pattern featured in one of our g&g Sewing Society kits last year. It makes a great light weight jacket made up in our range of Sevenberry Cotton twills and can be customised to have different styles of pocket along with two sleeve options.
We paired the Ilford jacket with another simple design - the strata top. This is a lovely little woven t-shirt/top pattern that is a great way to show off a stunning fabric print.
It has grown on sleeves and a curved dipped hem for added interest.
Another super versatile pattern that can be made in lots of different fabrics and with top and dress styles to choose from as well and sleeve options, it's a great pattern to have in your collection. This version of the Cielo dress was made a few years ago using a bamboo twill fabric. We don't have the exact fabric anymore but for something similar I'd suggest the Smooth Drape Tencel twill or the plain viscose linen fabrics. The top version would also work will with double gauze, linens and cotton lawn.
Jo always does such a wonderful job of pulling together all the details of our window display. This time the flock of delicate origami paper birds fills the big space of our bay window so effectively.
Our oversized haberdashery props fit in really well to and hopefully remind passers by the the shop is all about having fun making your own clothes!
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