Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Fabric Stash!

  I have a rather large collection of  fabrics that have been languishing in boxes, aching to be made into something wonderful!  Most were purchased in the 1970's and 1980's.
I do not know the fabric content of every piece.  I will describe them to the best of my ability.  They are sold as is - by that I mean I will not cut them into shorter pieces - unless otherwise stated.  All pictures are actual scans of the fabric. It is sometimes difficult to get the exact color for your viewing - keep that in mind if you are trying to match something.

In order to prepare them for sale, I WASHED everything in cold water and dried them in the dryer.  Therefore, every piece has been pre-shrunk for you!  In some cases, this has changed the texture/hand of the fabric, as well as ending up with some unusual widths.  I do my best to describe what the fabric is now like. For instance, I had some raw silks that were very stiff and are now soft with a lovely drape.  I hope you are pleased with your selection and I would love to know what you made - emails and pictures are welcome!

You can find my fabrics, along with vintage Stretch & Sew Patterns, in my Addoway storefront @ http://www.addoway.com/donnasstuffmore/storefront/ or my
Etsy shop @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/DonnasStuffMore.  Check back often for new selections.
If you are unhappy with any fabric purchase, I will refund your purchase price (shipping not included) once I receive the returned, uncut yardage.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stretch & Sew Patterns

In the early 1960's Ann Person had been teaching sewing classes, coordinating fashion shows, and more when she was given a carton of knit remnants as a thank-you for teaching one of her sewing classes.  But when Ann tried to turn those remnants into clothing for her daughters, it wasn't as easy as she first thought.  There were no patterns or guidelines for knit fabrics in the home.  So Ann started experimenting - first by taking apart knit ready-to-wear garments.  From there she developed easy sewing techniques and teaching them all over the area.

Her first patterns were on butcher paper - her students traced the sizes they needed and then got to work.  From there, commercial patterns, and eventually stores evolved. I had the privilege of meeting Ann in 1977 when I completed my first Teacher Training Course.  In my opinion Stretch & Sew Patterns are still the best on the market.  I can make size adjustments on the patterns, and they always run true.

What is different about Stretch & Sew Patterns?  They are multi-sized master patterns.  Most patterns have up to nine sizes in one envelope.  They are met to be traced, not cut.  This gives you the advantage of being able to combine sizes for a perfect fit - for example, in a dress pattern a size 12 bodice and 14 skirt.  Also, patterns can be used for more than one person and you don't need a new one if your size fluctuates.  This is really great for kids patterns - we all know how quickly they can grow!

The basic, classic styles of these patterns make it easy to be creative.  Many times you can easily take parts of different patterns and put them together in a new way to create your own design.

Originally designed just for knit fabrics,  in the mid-eighties Stretch & Sew started making a few patterns for woven fabrics.  They also did extensive research on their knit patterns and found with a few adjustments like tracing up a size, many could be used for woven patterns.  I do have that information available for anyone who may need it.  Just ask about a specific pattern by leaving a comment here.

You can find the Stretch & Sew Patterns I have for sale at Addoway @ http://www.addoway.com/donnasstuffmore/storefront/
 or in my Etsy store @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/DonnasStuffMore.  I will be adding more as I sort through the ones I am willing to give up!  I will also be listing fabrics in my Etsy store in the near future, so check back often.