A few years ago, there was a fashion-makeove televisionserie in which a candidate was given a completely new wardrobe if she agreed to get rid of her existing clothes. (shoes, bags, accessories). The clothes were destroyed in a shredder. The candidate was almost crying, but she liked the idea of getting a new wardrobe and style. The TV viewers watched in disgus: all her clothes were pulverized....
Zero waste, please
The candidate didn't exactly have a sophisticated style, but maybe someone else would have been happy with the clothes. Or it could have been a small effort to bring the clothes to a thrift store. Or maybe a lot of clothes could have been given a second life through creative upcycling by seamstresses like us and you.
Nowadays, most people bring their clothes to thrift stores or Humanitas containers. But a lot of clothing are still thrown away, which is a real pity and a waste of materials.
At H&M, a different kind of shredder has been born for recycling instead of destruction!
Hip hip hooray for LOOOP!
Since October 2020, H&M has a new recycling device named: LOOOP.
LOOOP is made to clean the clothes, shred them into fibers. The fibers are used to spun threads, which can be used to create new sweaters, jackets, bags, scarves, etc. The system does not use chemicals and water and is therefore very environmentally friendly.
H&M and sustainable fashion
H&M is innovative and shows a lot of respect for the concept of sustainability. They have been collecting clothes for a few years. And now LOOOP has been developed. The aim is to recycle all materials by 2030 and to purchase them sustainably.
We think this is a great news and that is why we give LOOOP extra attention on our website.
For more information about how Looop works: https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/life/culture/inside-h-m/meet-the-machine-turning-old-into-new.html.
Breaking the pattern; 'A modern way to sew' is a book written by the Finnish sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. They founded the Finnish sewing pattern label "Named" and are successful. Named delivers two collections per year and encourages people to sew their own clothes. The sisters are very convincing and have a great taste of (Scandinavian) style.
"The aim of the collections is to bring a new perspective to making one’s own clothes and to support ethical and ecological consuming in contrast to a clothing industry focused on fast fashion."
For the beginner
The book is written for the novice seamstress. The book is divided into an introduction, projects and additional information. The introduction contains twenty pages of basic information you need to know before getting started. Everything is clearly explained and substantiated with excellent drawings and beautiful photos.
Next are the projects: ten sewing patterns explained in detail with instructions and photos. In the extra information you can read how to adjust a sewing pattern, there is a glossary and extra information about suppliers and web shops.
Beautiful sewing patterns
The sewing patterns are printed on loose pattern sheets added in an envelope in the book. The pattern sheets are reasonably clear but will be a puzzle for the absolute beginner. If you follow the instructions step-by-step, you can do it. We think it is a pity the pattern sheets are not numbered and that the sewing patterns in the book are not described with a number referring the pattern sheets. You have to unfold all the pattern sheets to find the right sewing pattern. Fortunately the pattern sheets are chronological. For example, pattern 1 is not on the same sheet as pattern 9.
A true workshop!
The book is a great tool to learn about sewing techniques. The sewing patterns start with a simple bag. You do not need a lot of sewing skills to get the jb done. The book finish with a walkloden coat which really a lot of sewing experience. The sewing techniques are explained per sewing pattern and are building up your skills.
The instructions are worked out in approximately 10-15 pages per pattern and also offer variations for the pattern.
Scandinavian style is stylish
The strength of this book and the sewing patterns lies in the beautiful simplicity that is visually presented very appealing. Most sewing magazines often pop to a lot of sewing patterns, styles and often the clothes don't seem very easy to create. This book radiates tranquility, simplicity and minimalism. The style of Scandinavia. When you see the sewing patterns, you immediately think: Yes I can! You can also adjust the clothing to your own taste by, for example, choosing a printed fabric instead of a plain fabric, or by applying variations in decoration and style.
To try out the sewing patterns we made the bag "Nummi" in two variations and the dress "Utu". The bag has a lovely pattern and is really easy to make. Goodbye big plastic shopping bag from the supermarkets, hello! home-made spacious shopping bag from Scandinavia.
With the bag you can vary as much as you want: add sturdy fabric as a bottom, make inner pockets for mobile and wallet or embellish the bag with passe-partouts like we did with a textile print from Mindfuldrawing.
The dress is a fun pattern for a beginner. We did discover a mistake: the side of the front piece is the number of centimeters shorter that the pleat takes up. Fortunately, this error can be solved by shortening the bottom of the back piece by two centimeters. The dress has a tight fit. Note this if you prefer a comfortable dress instead of a tight-fitting dress.
Also note: the seam allowances are 1 centimeter. This is stated in the introduction to the book. Not the 1.5 centimeters as usual with Burda patterns or seam allowances included as with Vogue, New Look, Simplicity, Butterick and most other brands.
The book is an absolute must-have for a friend who likes to be creative. Bur including all those beautiful sewing patterns, the book is very valuable. The sewing patterns are timeless and very stylish.
We have already written a lot about sustainability and saving money. There are many tips & tricks and 'best buys' on this website. Sewing is a wonderful hobby, but sometimes it is not easy to buy all the things you need. If you want to make clothes for yourself, interior items or Cosplay costumes for your children, you need at least fabrics, threads, linings, buttons etc. etc. and a sewingmachine....
We love to 'spot' cheap stuff, we love to discover useful tips and we love to keep our ears and eyes wide open. Therefore, especially for you, our the best tips & tricks!
All about buying beautiful (and cheap) fabrics:
Seamstresses are always looking for beautiful and affordable fabrics. Some seamstresses are more than confident enough to buy exactly the rigth amount of fabric needed for their sewing project. They really look for the most beautiful fabrics and linings for their 'Chanel-style' jacket and the costs are not important. Their argument: the selfmade jacket will be a fraction of the price of a Haute couture jacket anyway.
Other seamstresses prefer to buy a little more fabric, in case something goes wrong while cutting and sewing, and do look at the price tag or what the jacket may cost in total. The lining material, the buttons, a possible zipper and even the interfacing are carefully budgeted and collected as cheaply as possible.
And other seamstresses buy fabrics to build up supplies, for several sewing projects at the same time. Or they buy a fabrics because they are beautiful (or cheap). They might be usefull later in time when you want to create a jacket or a dress. A stack of fabrics and haberdashery in stock, is a wise investment.
The best tips:
1. Guest blog written by Elena Tran, Baudekin Studio: How to find great items in a thrift store.
2. Take a look at 'Sale' on online fabric stores. These stores may have 'Deadstock' which are worth buying.
3. Buy without thing about the seasons. Buy Bouclé fabrics in summer and summer fabrics in winter. You are guaranteed to run into the best offers and build up a nice stash of fabrics, which are seasonal but also 'timeless classics'.
4. Patchwork, patchwork, patchwork! Look especially in store and on websites of fabric stores for the coupon. Buy coupons in stock and once you've found beautifully 'matching' fabrics together, you can make whatever you want. Patchwork is trendy and cheap & sustainable!
Where to find cheap haberdashery?
Most people always think of the market when it comes to buying haberdashery. But they are often not as cheap as you wished for. They do have a lot of stock and sometimes nice offers.
Our golden tips:
Start your own haberdashery collection!
In addition, we would like to note an attentive reader pointed out the following:
"Also look in furniture stores and do-it-yourself stores in the departments where textiles and curtains are sold. Here you often find coupons and haberdashery which are reasonably priced."
Good and affordable sewing machines:
You have probably bought a very cheap sewing machine in the supermarket. The box was located in the aisle with a large orange sticker on it. A real bargain for less than hundred euros. Yess! At home the sewing machine seemed fine at first. Until you started to fiddle with the thread tension or with the cheap overlocker: you became completely horrified by the threading schedule which did not work...
Eventually the sewing machine disappeared into the closet or ended up on a marketplace. Too bad, too bad, too bad.
You may be lucky with very cheap sewing machines but in general they are very cheap because they are not made for 'quality sewing'.. Do you want to make face masks and you have no further sewing plans. The sewing machine might be right for the job. But if sewing is your hobby, save yourself a lot of trouble and buy a sewing machine that will make you enjoy it better and longer.
In our product reviews we have tested a few sewing machines for you. From cheap sewing machines to the real luxury 'workhorses'.
This Brother 60 Innov sewing machine is now an offer at Matri sewing machines. Free gift: a sewing trolley bag. The sewing machine is a modern sewing machine with LCD display and has many accessoiries. A sewing machine of quality for a reasonable price.
We would also like to point out: De Matri Bernette. A sewing machine made by Bernina. Ideal for the novice seamstress!
Always keep an eye on the offers from sewing machine shops. Sometimes it saves you fifty - hundred fifty euros.
Sewing is a wonderful hobby and does not have to be expensive. Get creative with your purchases and you will enjoy it even more.
Keep an eye on our tips & tricks blogs because we are informing you about super deals. We just love bargains, sustainability, deadstock and the latest trends.
Some years ago, I got bitten by the Sashiko bug. It was during an international move and my drawing tools were stored in boxes. I had a small sketchbook and a book on Sashiko in my handbag.
Sashiko & Japanese history
Sashiko has an interesting, Japanese history. Shortly put, during Japanese years of isolation resources became scarce and artisans set out to combine fortifying stitching with ancient and traditional patterns. I loved the ancient patterns instantly as much as I like Aboriginal, African and West-European Prehistoric geometric signs. In Japan, these patterns often have lovely poetic names. Like 'Wind Blown in Grasses'.
I often pick up my Sashiko books again just to admire the clever combination of frugality, patterns, and fabric design. What helps too is that I love indigo blue, a much preferred and traditional Sashiko colour.
I designed this postcard ‘Sashiko with Love' with pleasure. A little ode to Japanese textile crafts.
Sashiko is a great creative trend!
Sashiko has spread to Europe and America through sewing communities. At Amazon.jp (Japan) and Etsy you will be able to find saskio towels (white or indigo blue fabrics with pre printed designs). There are special long Sashiko needles that help to use the running stitch for a long stretch.
Real artisant might learn the patterns by starting with pre-printed patterns, but once learned it is more fun to draw the pattern yourself and apply them on re-using fabric, like jeans or old tea towels. Exhibiting sashiko towels in still life settings, for instance a towel neatly made and ironed semi-casually hanging over a Japanese woven basket, is a trend on Instagram.
Paula Kuitenbrouwer, Artwork at Etsy & IG
This week, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA, opens a new exhibition about fashion "Over time: fashion and duration". It shows fashion trends from 1870 until now. It is amazing to notice how fashion has developed and yet the past and present are looking very similar.
The performance presents itself in a timeline of two galleries. A clock indicates 60 minutes and works symbolically. Every minute represents a fashion trend over the past 150 years. The present is placed next to the past and indicates 'Duration' (the duration). The garments are very similar in structure, shapes and concept. The present and the past have been perfectly matched.
The clothing is black so that the emphasis stays on the silhouette and you are not distracted by color and fabric design.
At the end a white dress from Viktor & Rolf, 2020, made of patchwork and upcycled materials appears. This symbolizes the future: sustainability as a concept.
Enjoying the exhibition at home
Due to the corona restrictions it is impossible for most of us, to visit this exhibition in New York. Nevertheless, we think it is worth mentioning and offer an alternative by enjoying the above video for a few minutes.
And do you want to continue to support art? Then you can always order the accompanying book in the museum shop. Not a bargain, but a unique book for the real fashion lover and book collector.
'In the Bubble: Fashion's Cocooning Shapes Stage a Spring 2021 Comeback '. We are a bit shocked by the new trend spotted by Vogue. Vogue has an article about the new spring fashion. The trends of the catwalk are discussed which are often translated in the mass market fashion for the general public a few weeks later. The bubble is becoming a trend.
Living in a bubble
We hear more and more about this term. People are feeling like the live in a bubble. This means: the social contacts are limited by the quarantine or other measures to contain the spread of the corona virus. We all keep our distance and avoid birthdays, parties and events for a while. This feels like you are living in a bubble.
Fortunately, we can all maintain contacts from our study- or living room and have the feeling we are not alone. Many of us are also lucky enough to be able to continue working digitally from home. Nevertheless, what may be a relief for some (a lot of the social pressure has disappeared and traffic jams are a problem of the past), is a complete disaster for others.
Feeling isolated is a bad feeling... But what does this have to do with fashion?
Home clothing is not Haute couture
We stay at home and why would we dress neatly when our colleagues or friends only see you, on your screen behind the pc. up to your waist? Most people have barely made any effort to dress themselves for eight months now. Why should you? In comfortable clothing you feel better and you work without any 'clothing' stress. Sweatpants under your neat blouse? Nobody will even notice.
But according to Vogue, fashion designers have gone a step further. We live in 'a bubble', well then we will also dress like a bubble. Beautiful photos of Haute couture are shown from the fifties. Grotesque shapes and the puff sleeves seems to be a new trend. And the variations on this theme for the spring of 2021.
But would it work? Aren't we taking up a bit too much space on our small screen with Zoom when we start wearing inflated clothes? You will get noticed for sure... >)
Maybe in time the crinoline, the Victorian crinoline, will be back on the streets again. If you do go out while wearing a crinoline, it will be sure people will keeping distance.
After all, the crinoline was also intended to keep social distance in the past, but the motifs were based on other considerations. Not for fear of a virus infection....
A new sustainable future
We are curious what fashion will bring us next spring. We encourage every initiative with regard to sustainability, zero waste materials, recycling and upcycling.
We are already seeing 'Bubble' and 'comfy' clothing in the fall of 2020 and we have 'spotted' in new sewing patterns and magazines. They look great and wearable for everyone.
But we still love our beautiful Chanel-style jacket. Bet you will also stand out on Zoom or if you are skyping with your employer, friends or family. We will not talk about those sweatpants underneath, nobody sees them anyway;>)
If you are sitting in your sewing studio and you are working on a wonderful garment, you simply cannot do without good lighting. Most seamstresses have their sewing machine on a table in front of the window. And they have a large extra lamp on the desk or a fluorescent tube above the sewing machine. Fortunately, the sewing machine itself also has a built-in light. You can hardly have enough light!
But how do we sew as economically as possible?
Economical is not a dirty word
For years frugal was a bit of a dirty word. Most people immediately thought of 'misers' who, did not want to spend a penny, walked around in old worn out clothes and had the strangest ideas. The 'miser newspaper' was a trade magazine for people in The Netherlands who liked a sober and simple lifestyle. The word 'consume less' quickly became a household name. The miserable newspaper was not only about frugal living, but also about using money and raw materials wisely.
There was (is) nothing wrong with that.
Sustainable and conscious
Nowadays it is a trendy again to live sustainably and consciously. The luxurious times are over and, in addition to the corona crisis, two more immense global problems are getting a giant problem as well. Climate change and social inequality. Taking a step back is no longer a luxury but a necessity for many.
We already wrote about the return of sewing in the blog: the revival of the sewing machine!
Sewing as a hobby is no longer an old-fashioned activity. It is quite the opposite: sustainable, conscious, modern and above all very creative.
How do you sew economically?
Sewing is therefore already an 'economical' activity. After all, you make something yourself and the garment is not made in low-wage countries, has been transported many times, wrapped in plastic and eventually ended up in a store. It might be thrown away if it is even not sold at the end of the season ...
Your garment is tailor-made, you have chosen the beautiful fabric yourself and the result is something personal and unique. And often much cheaper!
A few ideas and tips:
It's good to think about energy-saying measurements. Sometimes simple actions can make a difference.
But above all think of energy-efficient lighting: choose LED. Replacing incandescent and halogen lamps with LED lamps is a smart move, even if the lamps are still working properly. An LED lamp is 90% more efficient than an incandescent lamp and consumes 85% less power than a halogen lamp. There are LED lamps in almost all shapes, sizes and shades.
Sewing Chanel-Style hasn’t been immune for creative vibes, especially not for those of female entrepreneurs owing small, artisan businesses. The idea to promote these businesses was always there but we are taking it to the next level. We can all do with some extra promotion, can’t we?
This week: The crafts of Sybille Kramer
My name is Sybille Kramer and I live in the beautiful mountains of South Tyrol in Italy. My daily walks through mountains, woodlands and valleys, inspire me to draw my local natural environment. I am a colour pencil artist and learning coach. In both of my jobs colours and illustrations play a vital role. I have illustrated educational books, products, and recently I have moved into designing fabric prints. At Spoonflower (Berlin) my drawings and designs are printed on many types of fabric. With the help of an online fabric design studio, my drawings have transformed into dresses, tablecloths, face masks, skirts, and pillows.
I am also attracted to artistically exploring fabric design by using fortifying stitches, such as the running stitch, and using coloured, cotton yarn. Using embroidery on printed fabric creates interesting haptic effects (the feeling of a fabric caused by touch). My fabric designs are mainly used as wall hangings and table covers. Hopefully this short insight into my work interests you and will encourage readers to embark on similar needle craft adventures.
Working with thread is similar to drawing with coloured pencils. Line by line you add an idea, by creating shapes, highlighting colours, and emphasizing certain areas. Embroidering on printed fabric gives me the opportunity to add more details and texture to my drawings. When I work on several copies of the same fabric, each time a unique piece is created.
This photo shows one of my projects. I drew Black Fairy as a collage. Its small parts were drawn, cut out, and added together. I had Black Fairy printed on fabric, after which I set out to add stitches. I scanned this piece of fabric again and used its design as a postcard. This is how I worked my way from paper to fabric and back to paper again enriching it with embroidered embellishments.
Printing one image on fabric or designing a repetitive pattern demands a different approach. I prefer to work with individual images, which each tell a story, express a mood, or carry a message. For about two years I have been working on a series of embroidered pictures that I would like to present at an art exhibition.
I might have to wait a long while due to Italian Covid restrictions. As an artist, I focus on better times by staying creative!
The little black dress is written by Simon Henry. The beautiful, large book is about the little black dress and offers sewing patterns and many instructions. It is informative and a nice coffee table book.
The versatile little black dress
No woman in the world should be without a little black dress! And that's an understatement...
The little black dress is always chic, always classy and ideal for styling for different occasions: an evening party, a formal business-meeting or just a nice casual day. Add some accessories, handbags, a coat, shoes or boots or combine it with sneakers. Everything is possible and timeless beautiful.
But where to find a little black dress that really fits?
Here you have the answer: make one yourself! A tailor-made Little Black Dress ('LBD') could be yours.
The back page of the book promises it is possible even though you do not have any experience with sewing. Expert dressmaker Simon Henry will guide you through the process of making the perfect little black dress.
Do you need any sewing experience?
Unfortunately we do not agree with the book about the required sewing-level. It takes some knowledge of sewing and some experience in cutting the pattern, shaping it on a dressform and sewing your own tailor-made little black dress.
But we agree everything about the great guide the book offers. The pictures of the instructions are loud and clear. The drawings are perfect and the back ground information is really very nice.
All the other photographs of the book are stunning and the layout of the whole book is really worth every penny.
We definitely recommend this book. But make sure it will not be your first project, otherwise it probably won't work. Unless you are really very talented.
A little less good:
Good luck! We are sure wyou will create a perfect-fitting LBD and would like to see the results. Feel free to send photos of your creation!
Butterick B6378 is a blouse that fits comfortably, has something extra and is also beautiful to wear under a Chanel-Style jacket or with the jacket draped over your shoulders. The Butterick B6378 is a great blouse, with or without a nice bow and quite easy to make.
The Butterick B6378 is not that different from the Butterick 6710. The only difference is a yoke at the shoulders and the opening at the front. The Butterick B6378 sewing pattern is a pattern for a blouse in four variations. The variation is in the length of the sleeves and in the bow.
The bow in Model B is long and wide.
With Model A, the bow is not around the neck but is located at the tunic opening.
In Model D it is just a string and Model C has quite different collar.
Due to these variations, the blouses look completely different.
Which fabric is this sewing pattern suitable for? The recommended fabrics are: Georgette, Challis, Crepe, Rayon. We made the blouse in dark blue viscose/cotton and light pink silk. The dark blue blouse (see below) we have added 'Chanel trims' to the tunic-like opening of the neck and at the bottom of the sleeves. This gives the blouse a real chic look.
We made the light pink silk blouse according to Model B. However, we left the sleeves loose in the seam instead of elastic sleeve openings. This gives the blouse a different look. The 'Silky satin' was bought at Driessenstoffen.nl
Sewing level: 'easy'
The sewing pattern is suitable for the novice seamstress. Indeed, we think that the blouse pattern is 'easy to sew'. The sewing pattern has no pitfalls or difficulties.
But the bow from Model B. is not thàt easy to sew. Follow the instructions carefully so that you sew it by hand on the inside and not on the right side of the fabric.
Butterick B6378 is just like the Butterick 6710 is an easy pattern to make a classic blouse.
This blouse looks great under a 'Chanel-style' jacket because the bow makes the - often collarless - Chanel-Style jacket even more beautiful and classic.
The blouse can also be worn casually with jeans or pleated trousers, for example.
The instructions are very comprehensive and clear.
You can also vary enough with the pattern. For us, this tunic-like blouse falls under "The classics" because the design is timeless and a real must-have for someone who likes basic ánd classic style.
Whether you are an absolute beginner, a hobby seamstress with little experience, or an experienced seamstress, the success of a project often depends on choosing a good pattern. Which sewing pattern is the best if you want to create a DIY-Chanel jacket?
How to choose YOUR sewing pattern
A great sewing pattern is the most important start if you want to create a Chanel-Style jacket. It is not only about WHAT you want to make but also how you will make it. Which fabric do you need?
Which size do you have? How much time does it take to finish the project ? (Last one is important if you are creating some garment for a planned date, party or event...)
We assume you are looking around on our website because you are going to make a Chanel inspired jacket, skirt or other couture classic. But you are not sure yet which sewing pattern is the best option for your sewing project.
We will help with a step-by-step guide.
It happens to everyone; halfway a project, you realize the project is not what you had in mind, too little fabrics or lining, wrong size, your expectations were too high or you just do not have enough sewing skills yet to finish the project. No shame. Just continue with your goal and try to plan and oversee the next project a little better.
Now let's rock and roll:
1. First, think for a moment what you want
Do you want a shaped and formal Chanel-Style jacket? Or casual and comfortable? Very important! Take a look at the reviews or the backside of the sewing pattern-envelop. If you look for a tight, shaped and slim jacket, then choose a sewing pattern which is "fitted". If you want your Chanel Inspired jacket to be more comfortable, maybe with front-sides open-hanging and a casual appearance; look out for the "semi-fitted" jackets.
Loose fitting is a more comfortable shape, belly freedom and not following the contours of the body closely.
Fitted jackets: Vogue V7975, Burda 6705, Simplicity 1421, McCalls M7058.
Semi-fitted jackets: Vogue V8804, Vogue V8991, Vogue V9095, Butterick B6382, Burda 6465, Burda 8949 and Neue Mode M23079
Loose fitting jacket: Vogue 9250, New Look 6496.
2. What about underlining?
The classic French Chanel jacket is famous mostly because of it's quilted lining, which offers an exclusive sense of movement, freedom and luxury. The "invention" of this jacket was innovative in the time that came after the corsets and the tight clothing code. The jacket gave the wearer a sense of freedom and made sure that it was still chic and exclusive enough to continue as a couture. Anyway, if you want to go for the classic and most exclusive version choose a pattern of Claire Shaeffer which offers the possibility and the instructions to quilt the lining.
Examples: Vogue V8804 en Vogue V8991.
The other Chanel Inspired jackets offer the normal standard way of linings. In advanced options, we will talk about quilting linings in other sewing patterns, but as said; it is only an extra option. The sewing pattern is not focused on this process, as above mentioned sewing patterns specific do.
If you prefer a jacket which is not underlined at all: New Look 6496, Burda 8949 and Simplicity 1421.
These unlined jackets are a great options for hot summers or a way to practice and to get to know your most beloved or desired Chanel Inspired Jacket.
3. Your skills or sewing level
Know your skills about sewing techniques. It might be a challenge to create a perfect, complicated and advanced Chanel jacket, but realize that it is also very, very frustrating if you need to stop your project because of problems or a lack of sewing experience.
Sewing Pattern give codes or names for the desired levels in different languages. Easy/Beginners/Basic/Facile/Very easy, Average/Mittel/Moins Facile or Advanced/Difficult/Plus Difficile.
This is based on classical training and is sometimes based on principles that seems logical but are not logical at all.
If you want to be sure; read our reviews. 'Average' is sometimes more difficult as it looks and even Easy or Beginners may require sewing techniques that you may not have mastered. The instructions on the Sewing Pattern are sometimes loud and clear. But sometimes they are not loud and clear at all.
If you want to be sure about your skills, you need to finish the project from the start till the day you will wear it with glory.... have a helping hand nearby or do not start with a sewing pattern which requires too much dedication, knowledge and advanced couture sewing skills.
4. Know your size
Needless to say... But do realize that size DOES matter. You can try on different sizes if you buy a jacket in a store. It is more common sizes are living their own lives these days because of mass-production and non-global standards.
If you start to sew (and cut the fabric) there is no way back. So be sure about your size, or even better: first create an example-size like they do at the big couture houses. Molton or mousseline fabric is ideal, or just a cheap fabric you do not use.....
5. The Fabrics
Read the Sewing Patterns requirements about the fabric and our reviews. The quantity you need is important ( do not forget to order or buy some extra fabric to create more pockets or self-made fringes), but also the kind of fabric. How a pattern or final result falls depends largely on the type of fabric used. Some patterns are great for tweeds or bouclé. Others are more suitable for wool or wool-blends.
If you want to try a fabric which is not mentioned on the sewing pattern; read our reviews. Sometimes it is a good idea to use a different type of fabric. But more often it is not such a good idea to ignore the advises.
On almost every sewing pattern a warning is noted: "Unsuitable for obvious diagonals". Meaning: it will be a hell of a job to work with fabrics with squares, dots, stripes, shapes, patterns, corners, triangles, lines, diagonals on the pattern etc, to make it visually attractive. It might be work but you need a lot of extra fabrics and have advanced skills to construct the pattern-pieces to match the pattern on the fabric. It is really Haute Couture when a checkered or striped jacket looks perfectly visual symmetrical and perfect. Unless it is a big challenge; stick to choosing a fabric which will not be a burden.
On Claire Shaeffer's sewing pattern a warning is noted: "Unsuitable for obvious diagonals or uneven plaids. Allow extra fabric to match even plaids or stripes. Use nap yardages/layouts for pile, shaded or one-way design fabrics."
Meaning: A yardage is a distance or length measured in yards. A fabric with nap is one what usually has a pile and will look different color shades from different angles. Velvet, velours, panne de velours ... Fabric with a one way design will also use the with nap cutting layout, so that the design on the fabric all runs in the same direction on the finished item.
What about buttons, fringes or adding pockets? Do you want a sewing pattern with a lot of pockets, fringes and trims? Or do you want a Chanel-style jacket which is plain...
7. It's the time of the season...
Last but not least: Think about the seasons. Are you going to sew a Chanel-Style SUMMER jacket or a warmth WINTER jacket?
Read all about the right fabric for a Chanel-Style SUMMER jacket.
Read more: Sewing patterns step by step
Vogue V8959 is a sewingpattern of a cape. Last Saturday we read in the Volkskrant magazine (Dutch) that capes are very trendy and there were capes all over on the latest catwalks. Time to start to sew a cape! And of course we created the cape in 'Chanel style'!
Vogue V8959 Sewing pattern
Vogue V8959 is a timeless classic. The sewing pattern is a pattern for a lined, wide cape in three different lengths, with a round collar and side seams and a back seam. The sides have openings as armholes. The cape has a front closure, which is closed with buttons or one button at the top. Recommended fabrics: wool, wool mixes, tweeds, brocade and tafetta.
Bouclé can be added to this list as well. This fabric is very suitable for a cape. The fabric is nice and warm and often very suitable for a cape. The cape then appears less massive (if the cape is made from uni colored fabric) due to the different shades of bouclé yarns.
Sewing level: VERY EASY is recommended. We do not think the cape is a great project for absolute beginners. But with a little help from someone else, a beginner can make this cape. However, don't underestimate it, because cutting the fabric, sewing the collar and sleeve openings and making the finishing touches requires a little sewing experience.
Quilting the lining
We quilted the cape in Chanel style. This means that we have sewn the silk lining on the inside of bouclé fabric. A very time-consuming job, but the cape is now truely Haute couture according to the vision of Claire Shaeffer. She explains this nicely in all her books about Couture techniques and specifically in the book "The couture cardgan jacket".
We made the cape from black / gray / white bouclé fabric and a light gray silk lining fabric. There is a trespa wool trims around the entire cape that gives the cape a beautiful finish.
Vogue V8959 is a great sewing pattern to make a cape in 'Chanel-Style' jacket according to the vision of Coco Chanel and explained by Claire Shaeffer. (in the instructions for this pattern and in all of her books).
Capes are also very trendy this season again and great outerwear for autumn and winter. If you make the cape of a neutral color, it will also match ány outfit.
Vogue V8991 is a Claire Shaeffer designed pattern, published by Vogue. We know Claire Shaeffer from the books: The Couture Cardigan Jacket, Making Designers Trims and The Couture Skirt. In her books she describes how Coco Chanel designed her famous Chanel jacket, the faux-wrap skirt and other classics. The sewing pattern V8991 is an example of a classic Chanel jacket and completely focused on the couture sewing techniques.
The vogue pattern: Semi-fitted, lined jacket has stand-up collar, side-front seams, side panels, no side seams, patch pockets, and two-piece, button sleeves with shaped lower edge. Note: Fabric is quilted to lining to provide added body.
The fabrics for this jacket: Lightweight Tweed, Wool Crepe, Boiled Wool. It is advisable to stick to the fabric recommendation.
Notions: Buttons, chain, triming, interfacing and Silk lining fabrics.
Sewing level: advanced
The pattern has been titled "Vogue ADVANCED". We agree with this. Claire Shaeffer provides great detailed instructions, but you must have sewing experience to understand them. The quilting work is a very difficult job if youdo not have sewing-experience.
Sewing-by-hand or 'Hand-sewing'
As mentioned, a lot is work for this project is sewing by hand. You gotta love this. You can find the stitches you need in most books and on the Internet. Claire Shaeffer also explains it nicely, but first learn more about it. Sewing by hand is more than just basting, the stitches have to be really strong and above all demonstrable.
The sleeves consist of two parts and we think the sleeves are quite narrow at the top. Make the pattern out of muslin first, to make sure it fits properly. Sleeves that are too narrow is really a pity. As a result, you cannot move comfortable in the jacket and there is even a chance that you will tear out, especially if you use delicate fabrics such as tweed and Bouclé.
The round sleeve-edges of the sleeves are very diffiuclt to make. If you do not want it make them: 'normal' sleeve edges are perfectly for this jacket as well.
Claire Shaeffer's extra 'couture instructions' are very nice. This allows you to really learn to sew with couture techniques that you will enjoy later on. The instructions are "the secrets of the master". This way you can make a real couture jacket from an affordable pattern and fabric of your choice.
We made the jacket from light grey cotton bouclé. The Bouclé fabric was light and not too loose. This Bouclé offers the possibility to easily make the fringes and finishings with a contrast color: fuchia.
Note: make the fringes from a double row of fabric. This gives a nicer effect and thus the fringes are easier to see. Use an overlocker to make a nice flat edge that you can easily sew onto the jacket. Or rather: between the different pattern pieces.
The Chanel-style jacket has a classic look and is easy to combine with any kind of outfit.
Vogue V8991 is a special sewing pattern to make the Chanel-Style jacket according to the vision of Coco Chanel and explained by Claire Shaeffer. (in the instructions for this pattern and in all of her books). The instructions are very comprehensive and clear. Yet this jacket remains a challenge for every seamstress.
Keep this in mind if you don't have much experience with 'couture sewing techniques' yet. The sewing pattern is a Chanel-style jacket par excellence. Good luck !
Maybe you recently started sewing face masks, or you used to sew. Cushion covers, baby clothes or maybe a skirt. You think about yourself as an absolute beginner. You would like to make all those beautiful clothes in sewing magazines, but you are hesitating....
Do not hesitate but buy a sewing pattern of a garment piece that you would like to make, and we will help you step-by-step to realize your sewing project.
Superb sewing patterns
An other situation: Sewing patterns always look beautiful. Usually the model on the front of the envelope, looks super slim, she is a great model and the clothes seem easy to make. If the sewing pattern is indicated as 'Easy', or it is exactly what you want, you buy it!
But you have not started yet this sewing project "I will never be able to make it", you think and you regret the impulse purchase. But it will work and we help with step-by-step information.
1. Read the back of the pattern first
Most sewing patterns have all the important information on the back of the envelope, which contains the pattern. The recommended fabric is indicated and the quantity you need. Stick to this advice, because if you choose a different type of fabric, it is more likely that the sewing project will fail.
Tip: always buy half a meter of extra fabric. This allows you to correct mistakes such as incorrectly cut pattern parts or frayed edges that you cut or sewed too narrow. Moreover, it is useful to always keep a piece of extra fabric in any case in case your jacket breaks or a cup of coffee goes over it while wearing it.
Furthermore, the desired sewing level is often indicated on the envelop. Keep this in mind because as a beginner it is really not advisable to make a garment that requires a lot more sewing experience. If you are in a sewing class or you follow a workshop, you have a helping hand. But if this is not the case: stick to your sewing level and do not overestimate your experience.
Notions are also mentioned on the back of the envelope. You may need a zipper, buttons, an eye-hook closure and extra interfacings to reinforce collars and front panels.
2. The instructions of a sewing pattern
The envelope contains the sewing pattern itself and the work description/instructions. The work description usually consists of 2 to 3 large sheets. Take a look at the instructions before you start cutting.
You may feel like cutting out the pattern parts immediately, but it really pays off if you look at the work description first. If the sewing pattern is a multi-pattern, for example a jacket consisting of two models, or a skirt, pants and blouse as a total outfit, then each model has a letter. For example, if you only want to make jacket A, you can see below the drawing which pattern parts you need.
Please check carefully, on the 'body measurements' which size suits you best.
Below this chapter, there is an explanation of the symbols on the sewing pattern and the work description sheets. Read this also carefully. For example, how is the right side (outside) and wrong side (= inside) of the fabric indicated? And how can you see the grainline? This is indicated on the sewing pattern part with an arrow. Always align the arrow with the thread direction of the fabric.
Examples of how to place the cut out sewing pattern parts on the fabric are also important. This is also handy to check if youdid not missed any pattern parts and especially how to do this most conveniently. . Do not forget that 'cutting' is a specialty and at the Haute couture fashion houses the couturiers put their scissors in very expensive fabrics. They don't just do this. The pattern parts are carefully placed on the fabric and cut out.
The cutting schemes on sewing patterns for the consumer market are usually devised by a computer with a calculation program. Sometimes it may seem very unfavorable, but the thread direction is ALWAYS dominating and it is always correct.
Apart from the descriptions of terms and extra sewing instructions, the sewing instructions now follow each pattern part. When in doubt, take a look back at the definitions and always keep the paper at hand.
You have already cut out the pattern parts from the paper and onto the fabric. You have already copied all the important points, stars and arrows on the fabric by means of pins or chalk. But it could still be that you missed a symbol ...
Tip: Wait a while before neatly folding the pattern up again and putting it back in the envelope, but keep it handy.
Your review: The garment is ready and your sewing project is complete. If you have taken it all step-by-step, you have probably succeeded in making a beautiful, fitting piece of clothing!
Tip: Process your notes and any comments and remarks on an A4 piece and put them in the sewing pattern. You can also make notes with pencil on the sewing pattern.
Either way, should you ever use the sewing pattern again, you will have notes that you might have forgotten otherwise. For example: the sleeves are a bit too tinarrow. Or: the fabric turned out to be too 'loose' and the jacket therefore looked a bit sloppy.
Now you know that next time you will have to adjust the sleeves slightly and go for a slightly stiffer fabric.
A Chanel-style jacket made from fabric leftovers? Yes, that's possible. Even though the remnants are really very small. With a little more than a meter of fabric (in total!) you can create the small jacket. Read our instructions and tips in this blog.
Fabric leftovers and sustainability
We do not like waste fabrics. We have often come up with ideas to do something with fabric leftovers. We have also already talked about patchwork. Sewing pieces of fabric together to finally make something beautiful out of the 'patchwork blanket' is a great trend! Above all, it shows that you are carefull with raw materials (and the environment), you do not like to waste fabrics and are very creative! And now you atre creating a really chic 'Chanel-Style' jacket from fabric leftovers. Like this jacket!
Sewing pattern with princess lines
We have opted for a sewing pattern with princess lines. We had found a sewing pattern ourselves in the old 'Thuismode' workshops. This jacket is short, has princess lines and requires none lining. Ideal for our project.
Make sure the sewing pattern contains these elements:
This allows you to work with small pieces of fabric to create the chic little jacket.
Our Chanel-style 'remnants' jacket
We used Bouclé fabric leftovers which all match in terms of color and consistency. The fabric should not be too firm, neither too loose.
We made the back pieces of gray bouclé fabric and the fabric we liked the most: the large pattern parts of the sleeves and the middle back part.
We made the front panels from the fabric that we liked the most and we had two remnants left for the smaller parts of the sleeves.
The fringes are made of the front panel fabric and we have made long thin fringes.
Because the jacket is not lined, we finished the bottom, sleeves and front panel with a bias band (on the inside) and the fringes on the outside.
If you have less fabric, you can also choose to leave the front panels open. This always goes well with a Chanel-style jackets and makes the fringes look even better.
We did not use facings or interfacings. Because we did not use a lining, the jacket is extra warm but also vulnerable. Pay close attention to this when wearing the jacket and especially what you wear underneath. A t-shirt prevents damage; a blouse can sometimes pull threads of the bouclé fabric through the buttons and cuffs.
You can do a lot with fabric leftovers. Mix the fabrics and feel free to make something unique. It's nice when the colors match well, in our case: blue, gray, red and pink, but feel free to go bold(er).
Keep this rule in mind: make sure that the fabrics match together in terms of structure and composition. (A pied-de-poule fabric or a checkered fabric would be too much of a good thing ...)
If you 'style' the jacket with plain pants, skirt and a simple white shirt underneath; then a 'color shock' is very chique and modern.
Do you still have some fabric leftovers? Create a clutch (see our green clutch) or make some extra fringes. The thicker and longer the fringes, the more beautiful and the more 'Chanel style'!
Do you have a few centimeters of beautiful tweeds or silk fabrics left from your project? In this blog we present a few examples of how to use small pieces of fabric to make beautiful and fun accessories. we do not like the idea of throwing away fabrics... even if they are little pieces. Do you agree?
Of course we know that the entire internet already contains a lot of blogs from creative people with fantastic ideas, with step-by-step guidelines, to help you to make some lovely gifts for yourself or your beloved friends or family. We are not pretending to show on this website some unique projects which has not been around already. But our ideas are unique as they are just small objects which you are able to create in order to match the jackets or the skirt. When the jacket or the skirt is made for a client or a friend, it is a nice present as a personal "extra" and a very personal touch. The jacket or skirt IS already something very personal, but a small gift extra, makes it even more luxurious and personal.
A little (extra) personal gift
Apart from the fun of gratefulness when you give the little extra away, we are also very sensible for the idea of being sustainable and not just throwing away expensive beautiful materials.
Tweeds, Bouclé fabrics and Silk or other lining-fabrics are not always very useful to save for quilts or patchwork-projects. They are too thick, too much loose threads or silk; too delicate and difficult to match with other fabrics.
So we stick to some useful ideas to make wonderful accessories from our left-overs. If you have some ideas yourself or if you want to show your project; your wonderful bag, your beautiful laptop-cover or whatever; just send it to use and we will publish it.
It is possible to make lovely patchwork from fabrics as tweed and wool. Use some interfacing on the wrong side when the threads are very loose. If you iron it, it will stay together and it will work out much better. We have created some patchwork-blankets out of tweed fabrics. The blanket will be very heavy for sure, but choosing a light-weight woolen fabric as back-fabric would be a good idea. No inside extra fiber needed for sure....
Bouclé fabrics and silks are nice to save for small bags, make-up bags, eye glasses cases, scarfs, just some beautiful tablecloths or small cloths to use in in the wardrobe closet. It is nice to work with bindings or to create the fringes.
Speaking about fringes; bouclé fabrics are also very nice to save for fringes-projects. You you can tear the fabric apart and make braids with the threads or or cut them into narrow strips, sew them and unravel them. Beautiful examples are explained in the book: 'Making Designers Trims' by Claire Schaeffer.
Whatever you decide to do..
Beautiful and expensive fabrics are worth to save or to up-use for other projects. Cheap and fabrics you do not like, are perfect to save for projects when you need interfacings to bulk the fabric or just to practise a sewing technique. If you save fabrics; be sure they are be sure that they are well preserved so they will not stink, mold or moths are ruining the fabrics.
If you buy second-hand fabrics; be careful they are stored right. It is not very nice to buy fabrics from people who smoke in their studio's or galleries. The smell will not disappear....
Last but not least:
Trade or give fabrics to others. We have received out-dated and old-fashioned fabrics which were great for vintage projects and accessories. Nobody has the same style and taste. It is also very likely fanrics are beautiful for combinations with other fabrics, which you probably did not see on first sight. Take a look around at patchwork-works. Combinations are often very beautiful, but you would never buy the fabric on its own. Patchwork blankets and accessories are always nice. And even if they are totally out-dated or too ugly to enjoy; the dog will love it in its dog basket....
1. A real tailor's ham
2. Glasses cases
A nice gift from a tiny bit of tweed and fabric which was left over after sewing the Chanel-Style Brown tweed jacket.
This handy pocket is made for your eye-glasses or your phone; although for most phones it might be a bit too small.
You only have to cut out two pieces of fabric sizes: 10 cm (4"inch) x 15 cm (7"inch) and the same from the silk lining. The top of one of the small sides: round as half-circles. Sew the part apart from each other and quilt them as your jackets. Close three sides by hand with the same sewing-technique as sewing the seams of the jacket.
Top-stitch the half circles. Attach a closure or a button.
If you want the glasses case to be soft and protective for your glasses; attach a fiber interfacing before starting the quilting process.
The best tutorial: Sew a Glasses Case
3. Practicing quilting turned into small bag:
When starting to sew a Chanel Style or Inspired jacket, it is a real good advice to practice a bit on a piece of fabric and the lining behind it. This is the quilting part and once you started to quilt the lining for a jacket, you will repeat it over and over. Why ? Simply because it wears wonderful and it is a complete different and slow way of sewing, but much rewarding as well.
Sometimes the "practice-piece-of-fabric" looks good and you do not want to throw it away....
And now you know what works best; hand sewing, sewing the lining silk (inside)-side up or the tweed-side fabric up...
A small bag; made from a "practicing fabric" and the silk lining quilted on the inside. Use: glasses case, handy-case, make-up bag... whatever, it is a nice bag and always handy.
4. Make-up bag from Tweed fabric, silk lining and a metal gold zipper:
5. Glasses case from Silk fabric, lined with fleece:
Silk and lined with fleece Glasses case. We do not want to throw the silk away and it does not work for a quilt or Patchwork piece-of-art.
Make-up bags, mobile bags or glasses cases are always good.
6. Chanel-look hats and tweed-hats
A very simple sewing pattern will be very useful to create hats from fabrics-remnants. You only need a little faric to make these lovely hats. Silk lining will even make them better and sophisticated.
Here are our options.
Sewing pattern: Simplicity 6745
7. Little 'Chanel-Style' lady-vest
A vest does not need so much fabric. You can even decide to make the backside of elastic material or some different fabric. So you just need a very small amount of fabric. Sewing this in the same technique as a Chanel-jacket, makes it look beautiful on the inside too.
Sewingpattern: New Look 6914 works well!
More ideas? Sure!
When you plans your meals, it's often not just about the evening diner or a few days ahead, but you also need the basics. Butter, eggs, sugar, toilet paper and garbage bags.... These are the 'things' you don't want to miss at home. The necessarry basics of the kitchen or a householding. It is quite similarly with sewing; you need the 'basics' as well, as the beautiful fabrics.
Cheap or expensive?
You are working on a sewing project and suddenly you notice that you do not have interfacing in stock. Now you cannot reinforce the front pieces or the collar and you can not go on with your sewing project. Running to the stores (if these are nearby...) or even ordering online quickly often costs more money (and time). If you already bought this interfacing with your previous order, you would not have to stop the sewing project...
Alternatives are not always the solution
Then reinforce the collar with a scrap of fabric? Sometimes it works, but not always. Or use a different color thread that does not match the fabric but seems acceptable? Fine, but you might regret it later and think: "Oh damn, I should have had a thread that is matching the fabric..."
Tips & Tricks
The tip for every seamstress: make sure you always have the basics at home, or better said: in your studio or sewing studio. Check your stock regularly and supplement it if necessary. Or add it when you spot a great offer somewhere. After all, there are enough basic necessities that you almost always need. It is better not to pass an advantageous offer, because we said it already: if you need it, a quick purchase is often twice as expensive.
But what are those basic necessities?
We have made a list for you. Bring it with you when you go to a fabric store, the market or a fabric fair. The same goes of course for online fabric stores, sewing machine stores and haberdashery stores. Also keep an eye on the offers there.
Threads (make sure you always have black, white and beige in stock)
Vlieseline and interfacing (in anthracite and white)
Pattern paper (normal paper doesn't work, neither does toilet paper ...)
Buttons, snaps, eyelets and hooks (really you can't have enough of those!)
Sewing machine needles (the latter always breaks off on a Sunday if you've just planned a 'sewing day'). Also make sure you have a stock of jeans needles, stretch needles and assortment.
Sewing machine lights (always handy to have one in stock!)
Tape measures and scissors! (You can't have enough of that either, because there are often roommates who borrow them 'temporarily' or they disappear without a trace in another dimension ... Clothes hangers (order in the chaos!)
Lining fabrics (elastic and non-elastic. Have a few yards of each in stock in easy basic colors like beige, off-white or a dark color)
Last but not least: buy sewing machine accessories: extra sewing machine feet, bobbins, a sewing machine bag, etc. These always come in handy and you need more often than you think!
Written by Paula Kuitenbrouwer
Ocher and ochre are different spellings of the same word, referring to (1) any of several earthy mineral oxides of iron occurring in brown, yellow, or red and used as pigments, and (2) a moderate orange yellow. The only difference is that ocher is the American spelling while ochre is preferred outside the U.S.
Ochre is a wonderful pigment
What is ochre? Ochre is a natural clay earth pigment which is a mixture of ferric oxide and varying amounts of clay and sand. It ranges in colour from yellow to deep orange or brown and I use it a lot in my studio. It goes by different names: Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Brown Ochre, Naples Ochre or Burnt Ochre, to name a few. In Dutch its yellow colour is named ‘okergeel’.
Ochre is a very important find for archaeologists. In prehistoric times this pigment had a variety of functions: it was used as soap, paint, as grave goods, and for embalming the dead. It may even have been sunblock 50+ for as long as it lasted and did not flake off.
Ochre toolkits used by humans 100,000 years ago for making paints were found in the famous archaeological site of Blombos Cave in South Africa. This is such a long time ago, 100.000 years, we can hardly imagine peoples using colour pigments, but they did.
Otjize is a mixture of butterfat and ochre pigment used by Himba people of Namibia to protect themselves from the harsh desert climate.
For prehistoric people ochre was perhaps what Clorox and make-up is to us now. People perhaps used it as body paint, ideal for hygienic purposes too due to water scarcity. When it flakes off it removes skin and dirt.
A favourite colour!
Yellow Pale Ochre is part of my favourite standard colour palette. It is a much-used pigment in whatever painting I make using aquarelle, gouache, or oils. Ochre is fashionable this season too. When I walk into Dille & Kamille, a Dutch home and kitchen accessories shop, ochre coloured textiles and flower pots catch your eye.
Ochre has many colours, it has many functions. Archaeologists link it to our way of thinking. When prehistoric peoples started colour processing they were showing colour preferences. When one thing represents something else, we are in the business of symbolic thinking.
We can't ask our long dead ancestors. But what we know for sure is that many colours of ochre were important to them.
Ochre & Lifestyle
Ochre is a constant companion in my life because I work with paints all the time. And when I am not painting, I still love ochre colours especially during the autumn season. Ochre resonates deep with many of us. Some of us wear this colour, others prefer plant pots having ochre colours. And others use it for other artistic purposes. Interestingly, the more I use it and the more I learn about it, the more fascinating this pigment becomes.
Ochre & textiles
Regarding ochre coloured textiles one could say that ochre communicates nature to us. All variations of ochre, from brownish to yellow, we associate with nature, with living an organic lifestyle, with being aware of earth’s resources. No wonder that we see more ochre these days when fashion houses and designers foresee customers returning to organic fabrics and soft, natural textures.
Ochre tells a very old story, one of using earth’s pigments.
Neon seems to be over, it communicated something unnatural. Ochre, on the other hand, tells a very old story, one of using earth’s pigments. Now that we are increasingly aware of earth’s precious resources and the way we pollute our oceans with micro plastics that are shed every time we wash polyester fabrics, we prefer to return to natural fabrics, natural textile, and natural pigments too.
Driessenstoffen is an online fabric store with a warehouse in Udenhout, the Netherlands. The online store supplies many types of fabrics at cheap prices and is clearly focused on the lower price range of the market. We have bought a lot of fabrics and we are satisfied with the service and fabrics.
Driessen is a Dutch company but the international costumers have found Driessenstoffen as well. On the right-top-side of the website the customer can choose the flags which are symbols for the language: Dutch, English, French and German. If you have a question: just mail the customer-service.
Website and search terms
The website is loud and clear and well-arranged. An eye-catacher is the menu 'by price': fabrics for 1 euro, 2 euros to 8 euros. Great deals, if you are on a limited budget or you need to buy fabrics in bulk. Or if the price is more important than the quality, characteristics or color of the fabric.
Under the menu bar 'products' the fabrics are classified or, for example, Sale, fashion fabrics, basic fabrics, children's fabrics, jersey fabrics and haberdashery. Here are subdivisions per fabric type. After this you can sort per fabric by name or price. Further filters are not possible. If you are looking for a fabric by color or specific property, you can always do this under the search bar.
For example: search term: green and you get all the green fabrics. Or: stretch: all stretchy fabrics will be shown.
But the search options are limited. However, the online store also has a limited range, so viewing everything fabric available is easy.
Are beautiful fabrics really that cheap? Yes, you might find some beautiful fabrics with a very low price.
For our Chanel-style jackets we regularly bought beautiful wool-mix, bouclé fabrics and for the linings: silky satin or charmeuse tricot.
For bouclé fabrics, take a look at the category: jacquard fabrics and the 8 euro price packs category. You can also enter 'bouclé' in the search bar.
Silk fabrics are unfortunately not available, but Silky satin is a very fine fabric for lining (a bit more difficult to sew) and charmeuse tricot lining fabrics are also a great alternative. Especially if you are looking for a stretchy lining fabric.
Shipping costs: "Your package will be sent using the DPD parcel service. Delivery rates can be found in the "shipping costs" table below. We will start processing your order immediately after you have placed it. We aim to ship your order within 1 to 2 business days. You will receive an email as soon as your order is ready for shipment. Although our prices are low, we will pay the delivery costs if your order is more than €50. This only applies to deliveries within the Netherlands. Shipping costs: The Netherlands € 4.95,
Belgium € 4.95, Germany € 4.95, Luxembourg € 6.95, France € 8.95, UK € 9.95, Austria € 7.95.
Please note: you may monitor your package via the email with the track and trace code that we will send you. Once your package is delivered to a DPD parcel store, you have 7 days to collect it from there. We are required to charge you a return fee if you do not pick up your package on time, as we incur shipping costs if we need to resend the package. We are also unable to refund the purchase amount of your order. This also applies to incorrect address details. Please check all your details so that DPD is able to deliver the package correctly and do not have to return it to us."
The ordered fabrics are packed in a thick sturdy black plastic bag and fortunately this package arrives well ordered. In a bag, however, the substances can be quite mixed up and which is not pleasant. Fortunately, that only happened once. Of course it also depends on the type of fabric. Tulle is easy to fold in meters and stays neat. A smooth fabric such as silky satin or stretch lace is not easy to fold neatly, and transport in an 'orderly' manner is almost impossible.
We are satisfied with the fabrics, the service and the website with limited options and offers, but cheap and great (basic) fabrics.
We recommend this online fabric store especially if you need large quantities of fabric, the (low) price is important or if you are looking for basic fabrics.
Fabrics make you happy. That's a fact. This may not apply to everyone, but it certainly applies to every seamstress. A stash fabrics is a wonderful 'thing' to own. It keeps you sewing or planning the next sewing project!
Where do you buy fabric nowadays?
There used to be fabric stores in every medium-sized city. Sometimes large, deep buildings with lots of tables full of fabrics, or small shops with limited but up-to-date stock. The newest trends and the newest fashion fabrics. It is (or was) always great to look for beautiful fabrics or an affordable coupon.
Unfortunately, there are only a few physical fabric stores in the Netherlands. Mainly in the big cities, which are not accessible to everyone.
Markets and fabric events
But there are still the markets and fabric events. Or sometimes you can but fabrics at pop-up stores. But, since February 2020, because of the corona-crisis, these markets, fabric events and pop-up stores are forbidden because of the large public and the danger of infections spreading around..
We all hope that the fabric events and markets will come back as soon as possible, because nothing is as fun as a fabric event where you can buy the most beautiful fabrics or find just what you have been looking.
The fabric stores are mostly still open, but it is advisable to check their policy about opening hours and corona-rules.
You can buy happiness,