Category Archives: Fabrics

tutorial: bit of liberty rainbow zipper pouch

while doing a bit of housekeeping in the studio, i rediscovered a YKK rainbow zipper that i had received as a sample and meant to do something with but somehow misplaced in the process.  to make a long story short, i finally got around to doing something with the zipper last week.  i know i know, people usually buy zippers with a certain existing project in mind.  this zipper (look at its cheerful rainbow teeth) demanded that a project be adapted to fit it! i…

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lottie in nani iro brushed flannel

i got bit by the christine haynes lottie pattern bug earlier this summer. . . whipping up a blouse version in double gauze. it was such a comfortable fit that i decided to make a dress version for autumn winter, using nani iro’s fuwari fuwari print in brushed cotton (it’s like a flannel). the lottie pattern is a simple design, very well suited for displaying asymmetrical, railroaded border prints like the one i chose.  to best show off the print, the cutting layout should be…

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a liberty jinbei

when the Kid was first born, he received a beautiful jinbei and a pair of traditional japanese zori sandals (pictured above).  the jinbei, he eventually grew out of, but the zori sandals still fit (sort of).  i’ve been meaning to replace his now too small jinbei for a while now, and when i stumbled upon dans la lune’s jinbei pattern,  i decided it was a must do summer project! a jinbei can be thought of as traditional japanese loungewear.  it’s worn by both adults and…

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flamingo boy

every so often the Kid makes it known what fabrics he thinks we should be stocking . . . and he happens to be a huge fan of flamingos!  so when he came across this lovely hokkoh heavy weight gauze featuring a flamingo print, he demanded that we carry it! oddly enough, flamingo themed apparel for preschool sized boys is near impossible to find.  i’ve searched with very little success.  it seems that preschool girls have the monopoly on the motif. when meredith very generously…

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l’indispensable in sevenberry

after a short hiatus, we’re back to bloggin’!  [if you must know what happened . . . first, we discovered instagram, then it became time to get our books over to our accountants, and then . . .  well you get the turn of events . . . onto more interesting endeavours!] sometime back in december, we came across delphine et morissette’s charming patterns.  delphine has a simple but whimsical style — filled with these delightful little details that make stitching her patterns so much…

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ihme chamber, charlie tunic + the kid

made by rae‘s ever versatile charlie tunic sew in IHME Chamber double gauze and worn by the kid.  to put it mildly, i’ve been obsessed with this particular IHME Chamber’s print since i first laid eyes on it a few months back.  if you look really really closely, you can spot all these mischievous mystical woodland creatures that seem to resonate so well with the mischievous personality of the kid (don’t let those plump rosy cheeks and tiny hands fool ya. . . he’s MISCHIEF…

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isoceles shell: prototype #2 (sue)

 so here it is! version 2 of the isoceles shell from before sewn up in two contrasting fabrics.  this version is sort of a “reverse mullet” — it’s a party up front and business in the back!the fabric in the front panel is liberty sue b, which we just got in for AW15.  the fabric in the back is robert kaufman’s chambray union slubby dot. still haven’t acquired a tripod or selfie stick . . . but here it is on me (yikes!)  hopefully you’ll…

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a doubly curious camellia oil gauze

we ordered these wonderful aqua bloom double gauzes from yuwa six months ago and they finally arrived! while we swoon over the delicate and lyrical watercolour florals, the magic is really in the cloth itself! The base cloth of these double gauzes features a camellia flower that has been woven into the cloth.   What’s more the fabric has been treated with a proprietary “SmoothSkin” process, where camellia oil (also known as  camellia japonica oil or tsubaki) is adhered to the fabric, giving it a soft…

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munchkin’s harem pants

for some time now, we’ve been dreaming about dressing munchkin boy in harem pants (is that odd?).  finding ourselves with a few spare moments in the studio, we decided to whip up a pattern and make a prototype! the ones here are stitched out of cotton + steel’s bespoke ephemera double gauze print.  we used just 3/4 yard of the fabric, and fortunately little munchkin’s legs are still short enough that we could cut the fabric along its width so as to achieve a vertical…

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guest post: olivia jane handcrafted sews atelier brunette

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! 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. click to read…

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