Sunday, October 16, 2011

Edgy Urban Graphic Print Knit Wow!

I love this print. As soon as I saw it, I had to have it. Even though it has skulls; it doesn't scream "skulls" it just has them here and there. The white, black, grey and taupe are neutral but the pattern creates lots of interest and texture. I made myself a big shirt from this drapey rayon spandex knit and it's the most comfortable top to wear.

But the bonus is that this edgy funky knit also comes in fuchsia, grey and black. That was a hard one to get but I kept asking. Now I have it and it's a stunner. Not for the faint of heart. But it's your choice, go subtle or go bold. Myself, I'll have some of each.

Get it at the Creativ Festival, Booth #830, Oct 21-23, in Toronto.

So Many Shoes!

I love this print. I love it so much I got in in this wonderful navy background, a brown background and black background. It's drapey, has spandex and will make fabulous tops such a the Hudson Top, MixIt Tank, Urban T, Trio T, Tuscany T or the new Stella and Luna Tops. It's 60" wide and a steal at $11.99 per metre.

Visit our Booth #830 at the Creativ Festival in Toronto Oct 21 to 23 and get yours before they are all gone!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Last Sneak Peak for Today - Ginkgo Jacquards

Available in Pewter/Black and Rust/Black, this jacquard is perfect for coats and jackets. It is reversible making it perfect for garments where the "wrong" side of fabric shows such as the Soho Coat, or the Haiku Two from The Sewing Workshop pattern collection.

The Ginko Jacquard will be on sale at our Booth #830 at the Creativ Festival (Oct 21-23) in Toronto. It is 56" wide and $16/metre. See our sample Soho Coat in the Pewter/Black Ginkgo Jacquard and Haiku Two in the Rust/Black Ginkgo Jacquard in the booth and on the Fashion Runway during one of the daily Fashion Shows (Friday and Saturday 2:00 p.m.; Sunday at 12:00 noon).

More Sneaks - Drapey Graphic Print Knits

The dominant colour for this fall and winter, according to the trend reports, is black and grey.

Here are two wonderful print knits with a touch of Lycra. At 60" wide and $16.99/metre they are big value with big impact. Try it with the Olive Top from The Sewing Workshop collection combining the two prints for the insets, collar and sleeves.

These fabrics, plus a host of others will be available for sale at our Booth #830 at the upcoming Creativ Festival in Toronto (Oct 21-23).

Friday, October 14, 2011

More Sneak Previews - Stella & Luna Tops

The Sewing Workshop has just released a new pattern: Stella and Luna Tops. They are two fantastic tops that you can sew in wovens or knits. And they are on their way to Canada right now and will be here for the Creativ Festival in Toronto on Oct. 21-23.

Distinctive Sewing Supplies is hosting guest celebrity Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop at the Creativ Festival. Catch Linda at the daily fashion show, in a celebrity theatre seminar and come to our Booth #830 to see the fabulous selection of fashion fabrics and sample garments.

Visit for information on show dates, times and tickets!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More Sneak Preview - Japanese Prints!

We have fabulous KOKKA and Echino Japanese prints in cotton, dobby cotton and cotton/linen. These fabrics are perfect for shirts and jackets when you want to wear something stylish and unique.

Drop by our Booth #830 at the Creativ Festival in Toronto and check out the Ikina Jacket, Liberty Shirt and Zona Jacket from The Sewing Workshop pattern collection in these fabrics. We have a large selection with solid coordinates so you are sure to find something to your liking.

Sneak Preview - Gorgeous, Drapey Printed Knit

I am furiously sewing sample garments for the upcoming Creativ Festival in Toronto ( And one garment on the cutting table is the MixIt Tank from The Sewing Workshop pattern collection. Although it can be made in woven fabric, it is also suitable for knits. I decided on a brand new designer knit fabric with a touch of Lycra. What I love about this print is that it is organic looking; not the harsh houndstooth that can be so hard on the eyes. The colours are perfect for fall/winter and the red adds a nice kick that will play well for the Christmas season.

The fabric pictured here is sure to be a hit at the Creativ Festival. It is 60" wide and priced at $11.99 per metre. And one metre is all you need to make the MixIt Tank in a knit, if you cut the neck and armhole bands on the crosswise grain. For a woven fabric you will need the full amount of recommended fabric as these bands will have to be cut on the bias.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fantastic Jacket Tip - Interline with Silk Organza

Japanese Twill Cotton Print - More Cats!
Many of today's jackets are unstructured so they don't come with the traditional interfacings and linings of a tailored garment. While the softer look of an unstructured jacket is often desirable, there can be drawbacks. If you are using a natural fabric such as raw silk, linen or cotton, the garment may not slip on and off easily. The fabric may catch on undergarments, ride up and wrinkle excessively.

There is a simple, fast and cost effective way to take care of any of these challenges. Underline the garment with silk organza. Silk is natural and breathes so it won't make the garment uncomfortable to wear the way a synthetic interfacing would. It is light so it doesn't add weight to the garment. And it has body, so it helps the garment keep its shape and wrinkle less. And silk organza is smooth, so your jacket slips on and off easily.

Prewash your fashion fabric and the silk organza. Lay your fashion fabric out wrong side up. Lightly spray with a temporary adhesive, then use a metre stick or yard stick to smooth it out. Lay out your pattern pieces and cut the fashion fabric and organza as one. (This is a tip I received from Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems.)

Choose a colour of silk organza that is the closest match to your fashion fabric. An exact match is not necessary. Silk organza is more readily available in black, white and cream from your local or online independent retailer. Other colours may be more difficult to come by. However, you can easily dye your organza to match your fashion fabric using an all-purpose dye or dyes made specifically for protein fibres.

With silk organza interlining you can confidently sew your favourite unstructured or unlined jackets in wonderful natural fabrics and prints. Distinctive Sewing Supplies has a new shipment of Japanese cotton linen prints, Asian dobby cotton prints and silk fabrics, as well as silk organza. All will be featured at the Fall Creativ Festival in Toronto Oct 21-23, 2011. Visit our Booth No. 830 to see them plus a host of other great new woven and knit fashion fabrics.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Canada's CEO wages recession-proof: study - Business - CBC News

Canada's CEO wages recession-proof: study - Business - CBC News

I posted this article back in January 2011 when it first came out. I said "The world can not continue like this." And it looks like I could be right.

If anyone is watching the news these days, the backlash is here. Groups occupying Wall Street and Bay Street say it all. The bail-outs, the hand-outs, the high salaries with no results cannot continue with millions of highly skilled people out of work.
If you are still working in the big corporate world look to the change leaders who are in tune with the current realities. There is no going back.