It's been a while since our last newsletter but we want you all to know that our staff and volunteers have been working hard to keep our on-line store stocked with tons of beautiful textiles and sewing supplies. Our in-person shop will re-open when infection rates are on the decline and our team feels that it is safe to welcome you back. Until then, we want to thank you all for your continued support through donations and by purchasing fabrics and products in our online store.
We received a wonderful collection of rayon sweater knits that are light weight and flow beautifully and come in a rainbow of colours. The knit pattern is a 3 X 1 which is a similar look to rib knit except there are 3 rows of pearl stitches and one row of plain stitches. The three rows of pearl are flat so the fabric lays smooth without any bumps or ridges. It also has a smooth silky feel when you run your hand over the fabric.
Some of the OSF "gals" were so excited about this knit that we got together and created a "collection" so you could see how versatile this fabric can be. This knit can be worn year-round and made into cardigans, tank tops, sweater tops and even leggings. We'd like to share some of our creations with you:
First up is my favourite outfit, the classic French Blue wrap dress with white accessories. The top of the dress hugs the body just enough and the skirt was cut with a generous width at the hem creating lovely rolling curves. The dress pattern is McCall's 5974.
The little white bag in the photo was made from white cotton canvas
and decorated with a hand-painted floral design. In the smaller photo, we paired the dress with a Blackwood Cardigan (from Helen's Closet)
- perfect for those cooler summer nights - this would make a lovely ensemble for a wedding or special dinner.
Next up we created a French Blue
cardigan and paired it with a Black
knit cropped tank top and leggings. The sweater is the Blackwood Cardigan without pockets and the tank top was self-drafted but inspired by Helen's Luna top. The straps are narrower adding a touch of elegance, but we kept the crop and flared hem. This is a classic yet casual look for work, shopping or just hanging out with friends.
Black and grey are staples in most of our closets these days so we wanted to show off the really pretty Metal Grey knit
in an unexpected way.
Here is a sweet and playful dress that was inspired by McCall's pattern #4768, a Laura Ashley design. Even if you don't have the pattern, you can still create the soft flounce by: drawing a circle on the fabric (the radius of the circle is equal to half the width of the hem) Cut two circles to the desired depth of the flounce - you will end up with two donut shapes. Cut through the two donuts on one side, join together to form a larger donut and stitch the narrower length to the dress hem. These are just general guidelines - check out your favourite YouTube sewing video for more precise instructions. This little knit number would also look great with a white cardigan.
Folks around me know that I love black and white. I seem to gravitate towards anything black and white whether they are patterns and solids.
Check out this really pretty BellaVista cowl-neck top
from Itch to Stitch
made with the White
sweater knit. I love the little flared sleeves and the length is perfect for wearing with jeans or black leggings.
Another great look is pairing the white cardigan with the black tank top and leggings. Can't go wrong with black and white!
So, that's our little collection - we had lots of fun assembling ideas and designs and showcasing this very special knit fabric. Be sure to check out all the colours
on our website.
Bye for now, hope to see you all again when we are able to open up for in-person Sale Events.
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