we have a very special guest post today from meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted. we asked our very talented (and very liberty obsessed) friend to work her magic with atelier brunette fabric.  we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Hi there! I’m Meredith from Olivia Jane Handcrafted. J&V invited me to do a guest post here at the Cabinet for the Curious with some brand new Atelier Brunette fabric, and I wanted to tell you a bit about it.

I made the Georgina Dress by Republique du Chiffon. The fabric suits the pattern wonderfully. I will just note, however, that I prefer the fabric to the pattern. I just don’t think the fit of the dress is great on my post-partum physique.   Atelier Brunette’s fabric is something called cambric, which is very similar to lawn. It’s lightweight and finely woven, so use a fine cotton thread (I chose 40wt Aurifil), and a 70/10 needle for best results.

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My favorite thing about this fabric is its simplicity. Even with its minimalist designs, the fabric’s coloring makes such a bold statement. You can see that pairing a dark print with a light print creates a really fantastic contrast on a garment.

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Working with this fabric was a great experience. The only change I had to make when working with this fabric is that the Frixion pen I generally use to mark pleats disappeared immediately on the cambric, so I had to use a pencil on the wrong side to make my marks. That’s not a big deal at all!

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Atelier Brunette’s fabrics are wonderful when used alone, but they are so beautiful together. She’s created a cohesive group that would work well for any sort of patchwork.

If you haven’t ever used her fabrics before, I highly recommend giving them a try. If you feel apprehensive about cutting into your Liberty, starting out with this cambric (which happens to be at a lower price point) is a great way to wet your feet. Jones and Vandermeer is the only US stockist of Atelier Brunette’s fabric, so be sure to browse their selection! I think my next investment will be this bowtie print to make some lightweight tops! And the paper birds- are they cute or what?

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sometime last year we took on a not so tiny home decor project for a friend.  it started out being just one room and then it became the entire house!  getting to the knitted object in the photo above, we wanted something that was neutral but with a lot of luxurious texture and heft.  not being able to find such thing at the time, we commissioned ourselves to knit it!

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knit collage’s sister yarn is a wonderful thick and thin yarn that comes in whopping 215g skeins.   made up of 5 skeins, this throw knits up pretty fast on US19 needles.  it took us just a few days — quite possibly faster than the time it takes to arrive from a store!

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we wanted to emphasize its loopy doopy texture by knitting a wavy rib stitch.  it’s got a modern organic sensibility.

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goes great with traditional furnishings or juxtaposes nicely with something mid-century modern…like our white wired harry bertoia chairs.  we were feeling really good about our throw. . . and then another friend of ours sent us this link for a similar throw. . .and suddenly we felt like $1,295 great!

to make your own undulate throw . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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we like to think of ourselves as peripatetic crafters!  sometime last year or was it the year before, we came across atelier brunette while wandering the streets of paris!  a new and delightful fabric line started by annabelle k. that is both designed in-house and by the very talented fifi mandirac.

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these fabrics are designed in paris and then manufactured in india according to very high european standards.  the fabric themselves are similar to those of liberty tana lawn in size and weight.  they are a very generous 140 cm (approximately 54″) in width with a soft hand and lovely drape.

atelier brunette fabrics whisper of french chic with a lighthearted touch of whimsy.  they don’t look like much at first glance, but look at them again and they’ll look “oh so right” all the time!   we want to make an entire wardrobe out of these lust worthy fabrics that are so versatile for every occasion!

find them on our shelves here.  ps.  we’re the first american stockist of these c’est si bon fabrics.

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remember the michele wang’s exeter project that we started back in july? after quite a bit of procrastination, we finally have a back panel!  finished about a week and a half ago . . .

the photo really doesn’t do justice to michele’s gorgeous cable and lace pattern . . . the panel hasn’t been blocked yet, and as such, the pretty yarn over portion of the pattern doesn’t quite pop yet . . . but it’s oh so mesmerizing to look at up close in person.

find the exeter pattern here.  now onto the front panel !

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Colourswe have a new yarn in the works! yay!  of course, it’s sort of naked at the moment . .  and we’re working on breathing some colour into it.  spent the afternoon giving it some color attitude!  this is what we’re envisioning . . . er well, so far at least.

UPDATE: decided to throw in a dark brown colour pantone 4715!

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the other day . . . we took ‘lil munchkin over to our local barnes & nobles, picked up a copy of the latest vogue knitting (fall 2014), and there they were . . .  our pretty little scissors on page 12.

hooray ! ! !

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it’s no small secret that we’re a little bit obsessed with liberty.  we love how smooth and silky the fabrics are.  we love the detail and thoughtfulness that goes into the designs. and we love to sew with liberty.  the fabrics sew beautifully (especially when you’ve outfitted your machine with a microtex needle!)   often times, when we place our liberty fabric orders, we have a million ideas about how brilliant a given fabric would look if fashioned into a dress, a tank, or whatever silhouette we’re taken with at the moment. but most of the time, we dream of liberty fabrics in the form of dresses!   
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oddly enough, (in new york city, at least) it’s easier to find a liberty dress fashioned for a little girl than it is to find one made for an adult.  so . . . with our favorite ‘lil munchkin back in nursery school this week, we actually found some time to whip up a liberty dress for an adult!

the dress we made is based on madebyrae‘s washi dress pattern, which has a lovely baby doll silhouette.  it can be purchased here.  the fabric is liberty’s AW14 pattern . . . Kevin B, which we carry in the shop.

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we followed most of rae’s instructions to the T with a few modifications . . . we made a double casing to accommodate 2 parallel bands of 3/4″ elastic, rather than the elastic shirring in her instructions.  we also edge stitched the pocket against the body of the skirt so that the pocket wouldn’t float around so much.

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a few more views of the fluttery armholes finished with bias tape and one of the back!

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totally comfortable!  ps.  we made the size M, which based on a fit test seems to be accommodate a street size 4 – 8.

 

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pearce did a very bad thing a few weeks ago.  yup . . . he managed to scratch a very large hole on both sides of his dog bed cover.   his new bed took about 10 days to arrive . . .  and, well in between the wait, we got so sick and tired of hearing him pace back and forth in the middle of the night (for want of proper bedding, of course), that we decided to make him a new dog bed cover.

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he’s been eyeing alexia abegg’s all the states cotton-linen print for some time now . . . so it seemed only appropriate to fashion his new dog bed out of this peripatetic print!  we converted this charming polka dot bias tape into piping for a bit of whimsy.  (ps.  you’re not seeing things . . . the blue background on this print isn’t uniform…instead it is the slightest bit splotchy which gives it great deals of character and nuance).

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he hasn’t budged since he got on . . . hey pearce! what do you think of the hidden zipper?

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tutorial coming soon!

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. . . is michele wang‘s exeter sweater!  we decided to take a short break from designing and take up some selfish knitting.   michele’s sweater is one of those patterns that’s been on the top of our “knitting bucket list” for a while now.   and, we finally decided to do something about it!

so far, we’ve completed 9 inches . . . and there’s a whole lot more to go!   will me make it in time for xmas?  we hope so!   but until then, indulge us as we post on our inchworm-like progress every few days. it’s really just a means to motivate us along!

ps. this version is knit with our clever camel yarn in neat navy.

 

 

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and before we forget . . . the folks at cotton + steel included a lovely fabric care note with each bolt. in case the photo isn’t clear, it reads:

 

Fabric Washing Instructions

The dyes used in these fabrics are reactive dyes; therefore, colors are stable and will not release any excess dye.  Pre-washing fabric is not necessary.

If you choose to prewash, wash in cold water and damp dry.  Complete the drying process by air drying.  This washing and drying method will retain the finish of the fabric and will meet the standard of quilters who do not want to prewash fabrics, and those who do.

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