As promised here is the next instalment of our fabulous spring/summer fabric range. This week the John Kaldor range will have you weak at the knees!
This week I'm really excited to share more of our new fabrics with you. This instalment covers our new John Kaldor summer range and there are some absolute beauties! I must point out that John Kaldor fabrics are the most outstanding quality and never fail to disappoint. I speak from experience and have worked with a lot of these fabrics myself. Angela is also a big fan of Kaldor fabrics and has made countless garments with them over the years.
People said they liked my suggestions for patterns to pair with the fabrics in the last vlog so I've done it again in this video. It's difficult to cater for everyone's tastes so if the pattern I've chosen doesn't do it for you have a look on the website. We have some really excellent filters on our website, for example, dress type to help you narrow things down.
Without further ado the first fabric is a Hermione fabric. It's 100% polyester, is lovely and lightweight and has a great drape. It comes in the blue and white and also a lovely green and white. Last year I made a Simplicity 1114 jumpsuit in Hermione fabric in a different design and I think this lovely watercolour design would look great as a jumpsuit too. If you're not a jumpsuit person this pretty design would look great as a blouse or a dress.
Next up is the Santa Cruz stretch satin. This comes in two colourways and I'm sure you'll agree this design is perfect for summer. It is so pretty and feminine and also comes in a pink colourway. I picked Burda 6503 for this fabric. There is an option for a loose fitting top or dress and it is cut on the bias so perfect for this type of fabric.
We also have some gorgeous linen/viscose fabrics called Salso. I love this purple tropical print, it makes me instantly think of summer holidays. We also have a monochrome option in the Salso with a small cream print on a black background. These are lovely breathable fabrics made with natural fibres and will keep you nice and cool in the summer. I chose a New Look sundress 6263 for this fabric. I've always wanted to make this dress, it is a loose fitting A line with a nice keyhole feature at the neckline. I also think these fabrics would look great as a sleeveless shirt dress because they can hold a bit of structure.
Here are the Peaseblossom fabrics, which are 100% polyester so nice and lightweight with a great drape. I absolutely love this one and think it would be perfect for a kimono jacket worn with a simple white top and jeans. Kimonos are a great cover up for spring/summer and we have a number of kimono patterns on the website. I chose Kwik Sew 4208, but we have a filter in the 'jackets and coats' section of the website if you would like to choose an alternative.
This is another beautiful Peaseblossom design. It is quite neutral thanks to the cream background, but has nice little splashes of colour. This would look lovely as a blouse or a loose fitting shift dress.
We also have an abstract squares Peaseblossom design, which we previously had in navy blue and cream. We were unable to source more of the navy/cream colourway so we've got the purple/lilac version instead.
Onto the Ohio fabrics, which are 100% cotton with a satin finish and a slight stretch. They are 3% elastane so there is a bit of stretch in there. This yellow and black version is gorgeous for summer and fits in with the vibrant colours trends on the High Street now. We also have a gorgeous navy and lime version (coming to the website soon) and a fuschia and black version.
I recently made a pencil skirt in one of the previous fuschia and black Ohio fabrics, which you can see here. I've also recently made the McCalls 3830 pencil skirt, which is a great pattern and pretty much fitted straight out of the packet. I made a small alteration at the hips, which is normal for me, but it was a very good fit. It doesn't have a waistband and is finished with facings, but you could always add a waistband if you wanted to. It also comes in five different lengths so you choose whichever one you like best.
If pencil skirts aren't your thing the Ohios would look great as a 50s inspired circle skirt such as this Simplicity pattern 1200.
We have some really beautiful Lizzano fabrics this summer. They are 100% cotton and also have a satin finish, but are lighter weight than the Ohios. The colours are stunning, this is the blue and red version and we also have a blue and green version. They remind me of the African wax prints that are very popular at the moment. They have a great drape and would look fabulous as a sundress. I think this New Look 6491 maxi dress would be a great way to show off the large print. Alternatively they would look great as a playsuit.
I hope you've enjoyed the beautiful fabrics today, please like and subscribe if you like what you see and I'll see you next time.
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