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Sew all the Georgette Crepe
May 17, 2017

Sew all the Georgette Crepe

I have a few favorite Georges.  Prince George (I'm guilty of eating up those celebrity articles on the royal family every chance I get).  George Clooney (I love me some Oceans Eleven movies!).  Curious George (if only for the reprieve he gives me from my toddler).  But my new favorite George is Georgette Crepe.  If you've shied away from this fabric, let me tell you, you are missing out! 

When I was getting ready to sew for this blog post, I messaged Darcey to ask about the Georgette Crepe.  I had never sewn with it before and didn't quite understand what it was. She sent me a video showing off Gemma and I knew I had to have it.  I even threw in two yards of Sadie while I was at it.  In the video, it loved how it handled-- it looked so fluid and airy.  It's a stretch woven-- a deceptive title, because stretch wovens are not actually stretchy.  Stretch wovens do have some spandex in them, but the stretch is minimal (primarily in the diagonal), and really only for ease of wear.  When my package arrived, it did not disappoint. The Georgette Crepe is perfect-- light, fantastic drape, and awesome texture. Oh, and gorgeous designs too! 

Gemma (purple) is sold out, but as of right now, Sadie (the mustard) is still in the shop, along with a host of other beautiful Georgette Crepes!  

For Miss Sadie, I decided to use the Mama Daphne pattern from Made for Mermaids.  Daphne is one of my favorite woven patterns.  There are top and dress options, and multiple sleeves options, including a flutter sleeve or a full ruffle sleeve.  And in true Made for Mermaids style, the pattern is also available in a girls' version

I added about 2 inches to the length of the top version.  I like my tops to be a little longer since I'm usually wearing leggings, ha! 

See the texture in the close-up shots? I love sewing fabric with some texture to it.  I like how the fabric kind of grips to itself, and I like the extra aesthetic to the whole sewing experience. Is that weird?! 

Now, the dress versions of this pattern have elastic in the waist.  The top version is pretty free-flowing. If you want a little definition to the waist, it's easy to add a little tie like this.  And it's totally on par with the peasant top look!

I have to admit, I think I've only ever done the full ruffle option for Mama Daphne. I just love it!  But, if I'm going to get real here, I'll say that though the pattern is intended to be off the shoulder, you'll more likely see me wearing it up on the shoulder.  It's a little more user friendly for this toddler mom of two!

In keeping with the boho look, I decided to use the Amuse Top and Dress for my cut of Gemma.  The Amuse is from Winter Wear Designs and it's newly available on their website (previously, you could only get it through One Thimble digital sewing magazine). I was recently a part of their Amuse Homecoming Tour, and I blogged about making a knit version of this boho chic design.  I LOVE my knit version, so I thought this was a good opportunity to try the pattern out in it's intended woven fabric. 

And the result is a giant yes in my book! This is probably my new favorite top. I think I wore it out three times in a row when I was done with it. 

This is the mini dress version of the pattern, with 3/4 sleeves. There are multiple lengths to choose from, from top to tunic to three dress lengths.  The pattern also comes with short sleeves.  The pattern calls for elastic at the hems, but I skipped that. 

The dress lengths all have a straight hem option, or a shirt tail option.  You can see I went with the shirt tail option for that little swoooop! 

I love the front yoke, and it really does come together easily.  

The back yoke is optional,  but once I tried it, I'm convinced it's absolutely necessary to take this pattern from great to perfection.

I was almost hoping for a windy day when I took these photos, just so I could show you the movement in this fabric! 

Thanks for hanging out and letting me share two of my favorite woven patterns with you! I hope I convinced you on the Georgette Crepe (check out the shop for all the gorgeous options available right now)! I love how Darcey keeps my on my toes with new fabrics that I've never tried before <3  

Sincerely,
Molly

Molly is a coffee-obsessed, fabric hoarding Wisconsin girl. When she's not sewing, she's crafting, reading, blogging, and chasing toddlers.  You can find her at Middle River Studio

 

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Go to fabrics for summer!
March 29, 2017

Go to fabrics for summer!

Welp.... Its getting close to that time of year! Summer is near!! If you are so fortunate to live in any other state besides Florida that means lake trips, concerts, camping. You know, things that don't subject you to heat stroke like us Floridians deal with. Its the few months when less is best and breezy keeps us peachy! 
With that said its time to step away from the double brushed poly! Put down the French terry! Hide the raglans and pack up the sweaters! Its summertime ladies!!
For this blog I'd love to open the doors and educate those of you who are new to things such as  ITY, 100% RAYON, 100% RAYON with a crepe finish, GEORGETTES, CHIFFONS! So many things to be made from these fabrics but yet I have seen an abundance of worry behind them. Please don't be scared to try something new! I promise you your summer body will thank you! ;)
Lets start off with my favorite summer KNIT fabric (before diving into the non-stretch :O)
ITY stands for interlock twisted yarn. It is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. Its silky and slippery. When worn ITY is cool against your skin making this one of my FAVORITE summer fabrics. Its great for blouses, dresses, and skirts!
Below are a few patterns by George & Ginger that I would recommend for ITY:
I've carried a bit of ITY over the years and its always such a hit! Below you will find some customers with past ITY from SR:
Lets move along now to the non-stretch items!

 

CHIFFON is a lightweight woven fabric with a mesh like weave that gives it a transparent appearance. It is primarily made from cotton, silk or synthetic fibers like rayon, polyester and nylon. Chiffon can be used for dresses, scarves and blouses!

100% RAYON is a lightweight woven fabric with a smooth surface. It is soft to the touch and very drapey. Rayon is a man-made fiber but is comprised of natural fibers. Thus making rayon the perfect fabric for warm weather clothing!

CREPE is a silk, wool or synthetic fiber fabric with a distinctively crisp, crimped appearance.

GEORGETTE is a sheer, lightweight, dull-finished crepe fabric. It is similar to chiffon but feels as if it has an extra layer on it. Originally made from silk.

 

Below are a few patterns from George & Ginger that work great with woven garment fabrics:

 Below are some creations from customers in many of the woven fabrics SR has had:

 

Well I think that about sums up my summer sewing essentials! However, there are a few other fabrics great for year round! To find a complete list of all the different fabrics we offer head on over to the "Knit Fabric Description" link on the left hand side of this page! Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

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