Today, I’m very excited to announce the launch of Sew DIY’s first fabric collection. The collection includes nine fabrics that were specially selected to pair with the Lou Box Top and Dress patterns. One of the most challenging parts of sewing can be selecting the right fabric for a pattern so I’m happy to be able to ease that struggle a bit. I truly love all of these fabrics and I hope that you do it. Read on for more details on the collection.
The fabrics are all deadstock fabrics sourced locally in Los Angeles and are available in very limited quantities. If you’re not familiar, deadstock (or overstock) fabrics are fabrics that were created for fashion designers, fabric mills and even movie productions. When those fabrics are no longer needed for their original purpose, they get sold to jobbers who then sell them to fabric stores or fashion designers. There is often a very limited quantity of each kind of fabric. So, when these fabrics sell out, I may or may not be able to order more.
Sustainability and reducing waste is really important to me so I’ve also been working hard to ensure that our packaging and shipping materials are as plastic-free and earth friendly as possible. Don’t be surprised if you receive a box or packing material that has been repurposed. We hope that you’ll reuse your box and packing materials as well.
The collection has three floral printed rayons, three sand-washed crinkled rayons and three cotton sweater knits. All of these fabrics would work very well for a Lou Box Top. For the Lou Box Dress 1, I recommend the crinkle rayons or the sweater knit. Personally, I like to have some structure in the LBD1, so I think the floral prints are a little too lightweight to provide that. For the Lou Box Dress 2, I recommend any of the rayons (the sweater knit is a little too heavy for the LBD2). The sweater knit would also work well for the Ali Sweatshirt, which also provides some fun color blocking opportunities. In addition, the floral and crinkled rayon fabrics would work really well for the Lela Skirt pattern.
There are so many great possibilities for these fabrics when paired with Sew DIY patterns. These fabrics also go together really nicely. They’re perfect for building a transitional wardrobe with a mix of textures, colors and prints. There are limited quantities of these fabrics, so I recommend heading over to the store right away.
Today, I’m also releasing the updated Lou Box Dress 1 and Lou Box Dress 2 patterns. These patterns have been updated to match the sizing of the Lou Box Top, for bust/hip measurements 32-58 inches (81-147cm). The pattern pieces between the LBT and LBD patterns can be mixed and matched for lots and lots of variations. I’ve also updated these patterns to be drafted for a height of 5’10”. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting more info about those patterns and their features. Meanwhile, you can check them out in the shop.
Thank you so much for your support of this small business. My goal is help create happier, more joyful sewing experiences for everyone and I can’t wait to see what you create with this fabric. Tag me on Instagram and use the hashtags #sewdiyfabric and #sewdiypatterns to share. Much love and happy sewing!