We’ve been hearing a few reports that my newest Lisette fabric collection has finally arrived in Spotlight stores, so it’s finally time to tell you all about it!
I’ve been having so much fun with watercolor and layers of soft color for these designs. The prints are loose and relaxed in feel, and the watercolor gives them lots of lovely texture. We’re using a new (to us) mill in India for these fabrics, and they really did a great job. The entire collection is printed on a really beautiful jersey. It has a wonderful hand, and the printing is just as I hoped it would be.
Jersey is such a fun fabric to sew. It has plenty of stretch and good recovery, and it’s suitable for a wide variety of garment types. As you probably know by now, knits are really fast and satisfying to sew. This particular quality is substantial enough for leggings but also drapey enough for dresses and T-shirts. I really couldn’t have asked for better. I think you’re going to enjoy working with the fabrics themselves. I’ve been playing with them for a few months now and am so happy with them.
To help introduce the line, we made up a few examples to show what you might want to do with the fabrics. Of course you can make T-shirts with the jersey. For kids, the School Bus T-shirt, Field Trip Raglan T-shirt, and Lunch Box Tee are all designed for knits, so they’re an obvious choice. For this Lunch Box Tee I paired the orange and blue scallop print with a solid from Robert Kaufman’s Laguna jersey collection. The colors are a perfect match!
You might remember that I recently sewed new pajamas for S using the Playtime Tunic and Leggings. These are getting a lot of wear, and not just to bed. They’ve become sort of a lounge outfit for those occasional Saturdays when we just don’t quite manage to get out of our PJs until the afternoon. (I think the leggings have also gone to school a few times, which I suppose is testament to their comfort and softness. She just doesn’t want to take them off, and they make a great cold-weather layer under jeans and long pants.) You could also sew the Hopscotch Top or Dress, which is designed for jersey as well.
I want to wear a lot of these prints, too, and it turns out that the Liesl and Co. Everyday Skirt works beautifully with jersey! Just be sure to use a woven fusible interfacing for the front waistband so it doesn’t stretch when it’s worn.
Of course, the Metro Tee and Bento Tee patterns would also be perfect to use with these knits. I’ve been thinking that the Lisette Attache peplum or dress would also be really cute in jersey, as would the Lisette Diplomat dress, especially the shorter version.
These fabrics are available exclusively in Spotlight stores now, so if you’re in New Zealand, Australia, or Singapore I can’t wait to see what you make!
It seems as though we just announced a bunch of new fabrics for Spotlight, doesn’t it? Well, here are some more!
These are some of the prints I loved most when I was designing the collection, and I was afraid they wouldn’t get picked up because they’re large in scale and are quite bold. But Spotlight has been so supportive of these designs! And I’m just thrilled because these are the prints I’ve been wanting to sew for myself.
The watercolor broken stripe is one of my favorites. It’s printed on our much-loved twill, which is so perfect for dresses, skirts, and jackets. I’m making a dress from it right now and have plans for a skirt. I can’t show you the dress yet because it’s an upcoming Liesl + Co. patterns that isn’t quite ready. Soon, I promise.
We’ve also use that great twill quality for the rows of dots that come in two colorways. I think the navy is really pretty, but the bright pinks and oranges are so vibrant and fun, too.
And that big abstract floral? Sateen! It’s so soft and drapey, and the large scale is perfect for women’s apparel. I think it really wants to be a dress or a tunic. But which colorway: the blue/green colorway or the pink/orange? Tough call. I’m more of a green/blue girl, personally, but everyone who has seen this print seems to gravitate to the orange/pink.
I’m also rather partial to the windowpane in sateen, which is so cute for dresses and tops.
There are several other prints in the collection, including a poplin floral which has a bit of a printed texture that makes it really attractive. And if you liked our popular sailboat print from the last couple of collections you might also like our new umbrella print and the cloud print with hot air balloons and airplanes zipping around in the sky. Oh, and the big dots! Nearly forgot those. I’ll be cutting into that fabric soon, too. Again, tough to choose between the pink colorway or the blue/green dots. It would make darling little girls’ dresses, but I can think of so many other uses, too.
You can see all of the Fall 2014 Lisette fabrics for Spotlight in the fabric section of the website.
We’re happy to introduce our newest Lisette pattern for Simplicity.
The Round Trip Dress & Jacket features a cute, unlined dress with a coordinating jacket for spring and summer.
The dress comes in two views: sleeveless with a Peter Pan collar or short sleeved with no collar. Of course you can mix and match these elements to create the style that’s right for you. The dress is a slightly fitted style with a softly pleated skirt, so it’s flattering for all body types. And because it’s not a fully-fitted style, it’s relatively easy to sew and is appropriate for newer sewists.
The pattern also includes an adorable bolero jacket for covering your shoulders as warm days turn into cooler evenings. The jacket is a cute semi-boxy style with a flattering, feminine shape and a tuxedo collar. You can style the jacket so that it can be worn for either casual or dressy events.
The pattern (Simplicity 1419) is available now wherever Simplicity patterns are sold in the northern hemisphere (it should be available in Australia with the next season release) and on the Oliver + S website.
Here’s some news. This year I’ll be writing a column for Sew News magazine. In every issue I’ll be talking about bridging the gap between Fashion and the real world and what that may mean for your own sewing projects. I’ll be covering the topic of how trends in fashion affect what we wear in everyday life and how to translate what appears on the runway into what to wear when you’re driving the carpool, working a corporate job, or attending school.
The first column for the February/March issue addresses the difference between fashion trends and fads and talks about the continuing popularity of color blocking in fashion. In the column I show some examples from the runway to inspire you and help you to think about how you might translate what you see into something that you would feel comfortable sewing and wearing.
In future columns I’ll be talking about developing a core wardrobe so you won’t stand in front of an over-stuffed closet in the morning with nothing to wear. I’ll also talk about dressing to compliment your body shape and how you can use ease and volume in clothing to your advantage.
If you’re interested in subscribing to the magazine, it looks like you can also get digital subscriptions, for those of you overseas.
Back in November, I announced that our newest Lisette fabric collection was available at Spotlight stores in Australia, New Zealand, and (we found out later) Singapore. At that time I promised those of you in the United States that your turn would be arriving soon. Well, that time has finally come.
The Spring 2014 Lisette collection is now making its way onto shelves at Jo-Ann stores across the country. I hope you’ll feel like it was worth the wait.
This collection features a tight assortment of fun prints for your spring and summer sewing. The base fabrics include some of the ones you’ve loved in the past: poplin, lawn, and sateen, along with twill, voile, and a really great polka-dot printed chambray. In addition, we’ve added a number of textured fabrics to this collection. There are several piques as well as a beautiful eyelet and a jacquard mesh. I bet you’ll come up with all sorts of fun things to do with these new fabrics.
And while the collection focuses mostly on more traditional prints, we have included four fun novelty prints (all on poplin) in the line.
You can see complete details on the collection (including large images of each print) in the fabric section of the website. If you’re planning to rush out to do some shopping, there’s one thing to note. Availability of prints may vary by store, so you might want to call your local store to see what they have in stock before making a trip there. The complete collection is, though, available online at Joann.com.
I get the sense from some of my friends living in Australia that those of you Down Under often feel left out when it comes to fabric availability. Is that correct?
Well, I’m here to tell you that things are changing! We’ve got a really fun collection of Lisette prints that are arriving in Spotlight stores now that’s exclusive to Australia! Many of these prints and colorways will only be available in Australia–particularly the cameo print that’s already getting a lot of attention from those of you who have already seen previews of the collection. It won’t be coming to the U.S., folks, so grab it while you can! Base fabrics include poplin and our much-loved cotton lawn. Our favorite watercolor in sateen may still be available, too, if you can still find it.
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