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 Originally made from silk.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!