Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fabric Friday: all the shiny things

Our feature fabrics this Friday are all the shiny, pretty metallic prints! Over the last year we've been tempted by quite a few fabrics with subtle sparkle and once we started hunting around the shop, we realised just how many we had. There are even a few more not featured here.

You can get your shiny fix at The Drapery on cotton double gauze, linen/cotton blends and pure linens. Just lovely for special garments and homewares with a touch of bling.

 Cotton + Steel 'Sparkle Canvas' linen/cotton
Clockwise from top:  Tsumiki 100% linen, gold stars on natural, Ellen Luckett Baker 'Charms' Posies on cotton double gauze, Cotton + Steel 'Sparkle Canvas' linen/cottonEllen Luckett Baker 'Charms' half-round, gold on natural
 Charms Posies (again), Nani Iro Jewel Song Pocho pink with gold dots on cotton double gauze, Nani Iro Clear Heart cotton double gauze in silvers and grey/blues.
 Nani Iro 'En Garden' cotton Double Gauze, with subtle sparkly purple birds.
Top to bottom: Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka of Japan, 'Charms Plusdots' and 'Charms Bamboo' cotton double gauze.
Top to bottom: Charms Bamboo (again), Tsumiki linen gold stars on black, Tsumiki silver geometric on navy, Nani Iro Poppy Trip on cotton double gauze with subtle gold highlights.

Add some sparkle to your wardrobe and home... it'll make you smile!

- Jane & Fiona xx

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fabric Friday: Tweedy Bird hemp, organic cotton and wool

Hello friends, it's Fabric Friday again and today our feature fabric is one we call 'Tweedy Bird'.

COMPOSITION: 55% hemp, 32% organic cotton, 13% wool
WIDTH: 145cm
WEIGHT: mid, with a lovely soft hand and good drape
PRICE: $37.50/m

We have had many discussions here about whether the dark threads are black or a very deep 'ink' navy. They're probably black, but it depends on the light. In any case we believe you can wear this fabric with navy or black!

 The pinkish cast that may be appearing on your screen in the photo below is yet another trick of the light on this chameleon fabric. Isn't the selvedge pretty?
 What can you make with Tweedy Bird?
Well, we can certainly recommend it for Merchant & Mills patterns the Dress Shirt and Factory Dress, both seen below.

It would also make an excellent M&M Top 64, Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt, Colette Juniper Trousers and more. It's a great transitional-season-weight, with the warmth and softness of wool, the strength of hemp and the easy-care of cotton. It holds up well to regular machine washing and does not require a large amount of ironing.

Tweedy Bird is available now in store and online.

- Jane & Fiona xx

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fabric Friday: Hemp and Organic Cotton Denim

 Hello and welcome to the first in a series of regular posts where we feature a fabric, every Friday!

Today's feature fabric is our Hemp and Organic Cotton Denim

COMPOSITION: 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton
WIDTH: 150cm wide
WEIGHT: 350gsm 
PRICE: $48.80/m

This denim is a real favourite at The Drapery and one that we hope to always be able to keep in stock. It's a lovely substantial weight, with none of the stiffness that you sometimes find in heavier weight denims. It is remarkably soft and drapey, and quite easy to cut and sew with regular tools, needles and thread. Yet it retains the incredible strength and durability of hemp.

I have made three garments for myself with this fabric and they have been items I've reached for over and over. (Because of this they're not going to look like pristine brand new garments but you can get an idea of how well the fabric has stood the test of time.)

Dress A from Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, made in 2013:

Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio, made in February 2014 and worn incessantly in all seasons since:

 Chataigne Shorts by Deer and Doe, being worn right now:

And here's a secret: this fabric almost magically repels dirt so you don't need to wash it very often at all. Infrequent washing is often recommended for denim garments to keep them looking their best for longer. The softness of the fabric means creases hang out quite well, so it's a great fabric to travel with.

One of our customers used this denim to make a sleeveless Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress and we can report that it was an inspired choice, swingy and fabulous for all seasons. Another customer used it to cover a dog bed (lucky dog!) because of its hard-wearing and dirt-repelling properties.

Other patterns we suggest for Hemp & Organic Cotton Denim are: Pauline Alice Ninot Jacket and Turia DungareesSurface Art Wrap Skirt, Colette Ginger Skirt, Merchant & Mills Strand Coat, Dress D (Box Dress) and Dress G (Apron Dress) from Stylish Dress Book 2.

It's also a great choice for kids' clothes like summer shorts, if you have kids who are tough on their garments. The hemp makes this fabric (almost) completely kid-proof!

Come on in and get your hands on our Hemp & Organic Cotton Denim - or if you're not local, feel free to order a sample from our website.

- Jane & Fiona xx

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Upcoming Workshop: Make a Linen Circle Scarf @ Brick & Mortar Creative


Thursday 3rd September
7pm - 9pm
Brick + Mortar Creative
49 George Street, Norwood
(rear of Norwood Town Hall) 

We are thrilled to announce our latest workshop to be held at the new Brick + Mortar Creative Hub in Norwood. 

Learn to make your own simple hand-stitched linen scarf in a one-evening workshop of relaxing hand stitching. Come alone or with a friend! 

Beautiful washed linen from Lithuania makes a soft and light scarf or cowl that’s cosy in winter and breathable and provides sun protection in warmer weather. This project is beginner friendly: anyone can master this extremely simple hand-stitching project with beautiful results. Finish your scarf with simple hand stitching, or embellish with felt balls or trimmings - the choice is yours. 

All materials and tools are included, and you'll leave with your own 100% linen scarf.
Session costs $40. 

Places are limited! To reserve your spot, please call us during opening hours on 7324 5883 or book here via our online shop.

Please note: places are limited so once payment is made bookings are considered final. We are unable to refund for any cancellations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

- Fiona & Jane xx

Monday, August 3, 2015

Another pair of Deer and Doe Chataigne shorts

I've been pretty much living in my first pair of Deer and Doe Chataigne shorts, in denim, worn with leggings or tights. So while I was on a roll I made another pair: the fancy-pants version!
 In red cotton velvet with scalloped legs and Liberty for the facings. Fancy!

Where does one wear scalloped red velvet shorts? I don't know... to work at the fabric shop? That'll do me.

A few too many colours going on in this ensemble I'm afraid. But the jacket is a vintage 50s one I treated myself to at the Clarence Park Bazaar. Because you can't always sew all the things, right?

This velvet sewed up beautifully and takes topstitching well. The pattern does not suggest top-stitching the scallops but I thought this was the best way of ensuring they keep their shape.
When sewing velvet-to-velvet, there were no issues. When sewing Liberty lawn to velvet, the Liberty would slide across the pile, so a lot of pinning and slow sewing was required. I hand-sewed down the waistband facing for the neatest possible finish.
Look, signs of spring!

(As previously mentioned, The Drapery stocks most of the Deer and Doe patterns and you can find them in store or by emailing us on or calling during business hours on 08 7324 5883, W-F 10am-4pm, Sat12-4 ACST.)

- Jane & Fiona xx