It's time for some fabric loving folks! This month I've picked out a few of my favourites for summer and, as always, I make suggestions for sewing patterns to pair them with.
John Kaldor Lizzano Fabric
Let's get started with these stunning floral cotton sateens - Lizzano by John Kaldor. We have two new designs and three colourways I want to share with you, each of them delightful in my book!
Firstly we have the fresh white with a vibrant, popping colours floral print. We also have this print in the black colourway with flowers in sumptuous shades of indigo and cerise. Then we have this gorgeous retro print version in a silvery blue, which has been incredibly popular.
My choice of sewing pattern for these fabrics is one I've had my eye on for some time. It is Simplicity 8594 a dress pattern with four different views, so good value for money and an opportunity to try out some different styles.
The view I would go for is view C, which is a halterneck sundress with princess seams, a flared skirt and pockets. There's also an option for a fitted, pencil skirt with this bodice and then two options with short sleeves and a choice of either the fitted or flared skirt.
John Kaldor Salso Fabric
Every year John Kaldor release a Salso fabric and they are super popular. They are a linen viscose mix, roughly half and half, but the exact composition is available on our site.
This is a striking monochrome print and the pattern I chose was McCalls 7872, which is a jumpsuit pattern. I think view C - a sleeveless version with a collar would look great made up in this fabric. There are also other options for a playsuit, long sleeved jumpsuit and collarless, short sleeved jumpsuit.
I think the sleeveless jumpsuit would be a great garment to have in your wardrobe, which could be dressed up or down depending on the shoes you choose.
John Kaldor Portia Fabric
Portia fabric is a jersey with a silky handle and is lovely to wear in the summer. I've made several garments in Portia fabric and they are so lovely to wear.
The sewing pattern I chose for this fabric is Burda 6428, a pattern I haven't spotted before. It's a simple Tshirt with a twist, it is almost like a bardot top, but it isn't off the shoulder, it sits just on the shoulder and has a pretty ruffle round the neckline. I think it would look great paired with jeans or shorts.
Pale Blue Denim
Finally we have this lovely pale blue denim, perfect for summer. It almost has a lilac hue to it.
It is a stretch denim and a medium weight, perfect for skirts, jeans, shorts, jackets and fitted dresses.
My choice of pattern is the Tilly and the Buttons Ness skirt. I made this a few months ago and was thrilled with the end result. It is a great pattern and I would like to make a blue denim and black denim version (my original version was in a lovely floral needlecord).
If you're not into skirts it would also be great for a pair of Ginger jeans, I'm dying to try this hugely popular pattern and must get around to it soon!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these lovely fabrics and hearing my ideas for what you can make with them. The only problem for me is, it adds to my never ending 'to sew' list!
Have fun sewing!
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