Monday, June 25, 2012

For the love of Linen!

Linen is a great fabric for warm weather. It is light and comfortable. Linen is a classic fabric; a great wardrobe staple that fits many occasions and is always welcome at work.
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V8813 - Misses' Dress - Marcy Tilton 
This pullover dress is semi-fitted through bust and has a gathered front and draped lower side front with  pockets. This gorgeous Vogue dress from Marcy Tilton was designed for a lightweight linen, lightweight crepe or jersey knit. Make sure to choose a lightweight handkerchief linen as a heavy linen will be too chunky and will not drape correctly for this dress!  
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Assorted Linens
Did  you know that linen has a lighter and more playful side? Look at these  fun prints! We also have some linens with embroidery and metallic  threads. What a surprising and updated versions of a favorite classic  fabric.   
Fred Bloebaum was one of the first teachers at Stonemountain & Daughter. She was highly loved and taught many of us to sew well. Fred Bloebaum was highly skilled and an inspiring teacher with a wealth of free flowing knowledge which she shared with great generosity. She loved fabric and shared her love with many of us.
We miss her and continue to celebrate and share her wonderful patterns in her memory.
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Fred Bloebaum's La Fred Line embodies her skill, focus and appreciation of designer  techniques, tailoring, and figure flattery. She created patterns designed to fit and flatter the female figure.

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La Fred - Europa Blouse
This well tailored blouse is elegant and classic with a contemporary twist. It features a square neck, princess seams, and front buttons. You can choose to do double buttons for a fun fashion statement. The short sleeve is cut on the bias for a flattering fit, the long sleeve has a center tuck at the hem. These fun linens would add an updated fun look to this classic blouse that we think Fred would appreciate.
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Daughter's Pix!

"I love the Six Sense Skirt from Shapes and the Urban T-shirt & Pant from Sewing Workshop for linen."
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"I love both of these patterns as they are easy to wear and highlight the linen fabric. Great for stripes and top stitching too! The partial elastic waistband makes them easy to wear all day!  Both the skirt and the pants look great with comfy shoes for long days on my feet." Suzan Steinberg
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Urban T-Shirt and Pants - The Sewing Workshop
Also shown here is the Titus Summer Blouse in silk charmeuse!
The Athena Two Blouse is a variation of Fred's popular Athena Blouse pattern. It features a wing collar and a unique square armhole. This shirt features a westkit bottom in front and is meant to be worn as an overblouse rather than tucked in.
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This pattern includes instructions for enlarging through the bust and and for sizes larger than XXL.

Linen Tips from Sandra Betzina:
1) To cut down on wrinkling, press linen  with a dry hot iron, followed by prewashing in a hot machine wash and  hot dryer. This will soften the fibers, making it drape better and less  likely to wrinkle excessively. Linen does still wrinkle a bit but  perhaps that is part of its charm.
2) Linen is not needle-particular; an  80 universal is a good choice.

3) Linen is a great choice for bias garments since it drapes well on the bias while being stable to sew. 
These linens are elegant and make great, classic trousers.
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La Fred's classic Daphne pant fits the bill perfectly.
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This elegant well fitting classic will go with you to work and beyond.
Classes that you might enjoy if you want to make a linen garment are our Sew Lab classes where you can get individual help on personal projects. Also consider our Beginning and Beyond 101 Series which is great as you get to work on a project of your choice for four our five sessions totaling fifteen hours of sewing!  Another choice is our new Mini Beginning and Beyond - class 102 - which is a nine hour version of our very popular Beginning and Beyond class. Wary of making linen pants? Try out Making the "Well-Fitted" Pants Pattern with Barbara Beccio and get a pants pattern that fits you beautifully!

Please come the store to pick your own copy, or review classes on our website. As we have added so many new classes, we no longer send out the brochure in the mail, but if you need us to mail you a copy: email us!

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