Meg from MadebyMeg here! Today I have some inspiration for sewing up your precious pieces of fabric. You know, the ones where you could only buy a yard, or have hoarded the leftovers from your favorite project, or just caught the bolt end at Britex. Why not try out some color-blocking and mix it in with another piece of fabric?This jacket is made from Britex's Italian Black Stretch Wool Twill and a thick red wool knit remnant I had leftover from an estate sale. Together, these two amazing fabrics teamed up to make my new favorite jacket!
The design is a color-blocked motorcycle-inspired jacket with red sleeves and collar that contrast with the black stretch wool. The two are accented with beautiful metal rose gold zippers and topstitching details.
When mixing fabrics, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- 1. Consider the weight of the fabrics that you use together. Ideally, they should be a similar weight and type. Both of my fabrics were wools of similar weights, meaning they had similar care instructions and made for nicely-balanced seams. They also kept me warm all over in my new jacket!
- 2. Use fabrics with similar stretch. This will ensure your garment fits properly and that the two fabrics work well together. Although one of my fabrics was a knit and the other was a woven, they both had low to moderate stretch percentages.
- 3. For easy print mixing, select a pattern that lends itself well to fabric-mixing. This could include a t-shirt with a seam down the front, or a raglan shirt where the sleeve can easily be cut from one fabric and the body from another. In most patterns, you can find little ways to incorporate a contrasting fabric or two. My jacket is made from Kwik Sew 3764.
Have you done any fabric mixing lately? Let us know in the comments!
We love Meg's jacket!! And we love that she used a remnant. If you're wondering if we still have remnants in the new store (we moved! To 117 Post Street, right next door to Gumps), the answer is yes. Remnants are now located on both floors--silks, wools and French laces on the Main Floor, and cottons, linens, rayons, polys and furnishing fabrics upstairs.