Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fabrics for every Generation at Stonemountain!


From kids to adults, we have been having a great time sewing at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics! 

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Here are some pics from our new Kids Hand Sewing class.

This class is for kids 6 and over.

It is taught by Barbara Beccio and kids learn to sew a small bag by hand!

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Sewing skills build confidence as kids learn to make things for themselves and design what they want!



              301D - August 25, Sat, 3 - 6pm
301E - Sept 2, Sun, 11am - 2pm

One of our customers made this receiving blanket and dolls for her grandchild. Can you imagine - What a treat to grow up with soft luxurious flannels! Just right for a precious baby. Below please enjoy her letter to Suzan, the co-owner and tireless director of Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics!

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Hi Suzan,
My friend Wendy who works with you introduced me to Stonemountain Fabrics and helped me select some gorgeous flannel to make receiving blankets for my first grandchild. The fabric had to be nothing but the best, which you have in abundance. I fell in love with artful, fun patterns you carry.

When I had some remnants of the fabric left after making the two blankets I couldn't bear not using them for part of my gift. Thus were born the two dolls. They were the hit of the baby shower and my daughter-in-law was especially crazy about the yellow blanket with the little lambs frolicking all around.
Thanks so much for the inspiring fabric which brought about a fun and lasting memory for our family.
Sincerely, Carole

This eye-catching vintage pattern from the mid-century is named for the diamond shaped inserts at the waistline.
This is a housedress - with an invisible zipper at center front.

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The original pattern suggests cotton, linen, rayon or wool. These cotton fabrics from our Asian Collection would be great for this dress. They are just charming!

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Here is a picture of the whole dress. Gorgeous!

Do you recognize Decades of Style's elegantly stylish model?

Continue reading to find out!

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Victoria Jarvis, our buyer at Stonemmountain & Daughter made this adorably cute and sassy dress from Colette patterns.
It rocks!

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She has a knack for using really usual prints in stunning ways.

Very bold and daring and works amazingly well.
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Here is the cotton she used and another she recommends trying!
Are you bold enough?

        In this class learn when to use different seam finishes to add a   professional look to your garments. Begin with a basic plain seam and   advance to Flat-felled, French and Welt seams.

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        Hand stitching is important to creating quality sewing details.  Basting stitch, backstitch, slipstitch, fell stitch and attaching buttons, hooks, and eyes, are among techniques taught.
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Here's a new quilt for students of ALL levels.
It's fun, fast,  and always unique! You  take 5 minutes, select 5 fabrics, and create a quilt top in about 5   hours.

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This pattern is addictive and makes wonderful gifts.
And, it's a  Stash Buster!

Stonemountain  & Daughter Fabrics is owned by Bob and Suzan  Steinberg. This father  and daughter team are the third and fourth  generations in the fabric  industry in the state of California!  Their history extends from 1919 Los Angeles to the Psychedelic  60s to their much beloved  Berkeley store.

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 Many Thanks and Well Wishes From Our Family To Yours. 

Celebrating Fabric and Sewing throughout the Generations!   


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stonemountain Summer Dresses!

      One of the greatest reasons we all love to sew is that you can create something that you can't find in a store.  At Stonemountain & Daughter you have so many choices for great fabric that just SCREAMS "I'm a Dress!".  With your unique choice of fabric, pattern style and your own sewing techniques, you have something that fits and looks great!  If you want support in your sewing, come take a class here with us!

Whenever it gets warm, don't you just long for a cute sundress?
Read on! From Collette to Sewaholic - have we got some great sundresses for you!
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Sewaholic - # 1201 - Cambie
This dress can be made with a full skirt as above or in a slimmer profile as below. The sleeves are gathered and basted before sewn to the bodice - that is how you get that cute shape!
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The full skirt version can be made in lightweight wovens such as cotton voile, Swiss dot, rayon challis or silk dupioni.
This green leaf print cotton voile is really cute. The pink print is a bit sassier. These are so lightweight you may want to line with a Bamberg rayon lining or possibly a silk habotai.
Here are two other fun cotton voile prints to try.
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Here is the same Cambie Dress made up in a slimmer profile.
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Sewaholic Cambie Dress
Sewaholic recommends a linen, cotton sateen or wool for the slimmer profile. Cotton sateen is perfect for summer.
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This dress would be gorgeous in one of our cotton sateen solids
or even in an exquisite cotton sateen print.
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Getting It Done Right: Sewaholic pattern instructions are very clear, easy to read and understand!

Here's a cute dress from Colette.
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This cute princess seam sundress from Colette has a curve skimming fit. The neckline and  pockets are adorned with a flap detail that can be made to contrast. The skirt is slightly  tapered and includes a back kick-pleat for ease of  movement.  

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Silk Dupioni at Stonemountain & Daughter
This pattern would be good in crisp light to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton pique or light suiting.
Fancy it up for evening with an elegant silk twill or dupioni.

Here's another cute sundress pattern from Sewaholic.

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Sewaholic Lonsdale - #1102
This halter-style dress dress secures with either a half or full knot in the front and ties in the back at a cute low bow.
This dress would be great in poplin or lawn.
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What about these cotton lawns?
Do you think you could rock these out?

Want to make these dresses with some help? You can make them in Beginning and Beyond 101 where you would have four or five sessions to complete it! If you have less time, you could make part or all of a dress project in our Mini Beginning and Beyond 102 which is nine hours of sewing in two or three sessions.
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If you need help fitting your dress, we recommend Pattern Adjustment with Barbara Beccio or the Fit Lab with Lynda Maynard. For fitting or construction assistance you can also take one of our popular Sew Labs! Our Sew Labs are created to assist you on any phase of your project, so you get the help you need!

This flirty dress is from Kwik Sew. Be forewarned, this dress has sixteen panels. It isn't difficult, but it will be take some time to sew. The panels or gores act as fitting devises and work well on any body type. Your efforts should pay off and it will fit like a dream. 
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Kwik Sew 3520          
This dress is an opportunity to have fun with different fabrics.
 I think this would work well with our "retro" historical cottons and create a very contemporary and wearable look!

"Pin post-it notes to your pattern pieces or keep them pinned to paper pattern pieces until you are ready to sew. This can save you time and from mixing up multiple pieces on a complex pattern."  
Stonemountain & Daughter Marketing and Web Coordinator.  


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This dress can be made from two or four different fabrics.  
Of course there are sixteen panels -  
so you no one will stop you if you do more!

Anna Maria Horner's Socialite Dress also has some nice gathering details. The neckline at front and back are slightly gathered before adding the yoke. This creates subtle gathers at the neckline in the front and back of the dress. Very now!


This dress boasts all of the sophisticated swank but none of the suffocating seams.
This pattern makes nice use of those big print fabrics, which we all love but can be challenging to make into a garment! 

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This big print fabric by Tina Givens is full of summer fun!
It even has seahorses! Here are a few others from Dena Designs of the Kumari garden and Taza collections.
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Welcome to Summer Fun in the Sun!

We have so many patterns for sale here at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics which are hard to find!  Check them out on our website - we will ship all over the United States!

Thanks so much for reading my blog.  I love hearing from our customers, so if you have any questions, feel free to email me at fabriclady3@gmail.com


Monday, July 9, 2012

Where can I take sewing and quilting classes? Stonemountain & Daughter in Berkeley has been teaching for 17 years!

17 years ago, I sat down in a hotel room up in Portland and put together the plan for our sewing school at my store in Berkeley.  My husband was traveling a lot at the time, so it seemed like a great getaway to create something that had not been done before.  The school and our classes were an instant success as our community really needed it - for all ages, levels and interests.  I consider these classes one of my greatest gifts and accomplishments and truly appreciate the huge collective focus by our teachers and the staff at Stonemountain & Daughter for their commitment to the finest learning experience we can provide.      
Summer is a great time to improve your sewing. The slower pace, relaxed atmosphere, and longer days are especially conducive for taking a class after work. Or perhaps you find yourself in between projects; sewing or otherwise! Either way, summer is often a great time to develop your skills or pick up a few new techniques. So what classes are available this summer? Read on to find out!
Want to learn to sew with knits? Sewing knits can be trouble-free when you know the right techniques and newest notions that tame even the most challenging knit fabrics. 
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We offer two classic knit classes:
Sewing on Knit Fabric with Terry McClintock
This class is project based and the next below is technique based.
Crash Course - How to Sew Knits with Nicole Vasbinder 
 Just have a few hours? Consider picking up specific construction techniques in a one-session class. All of your future projects will benefit!

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Perfect Seams for any Garment

We also have some fun hand sewing classes. Hand sewing is a nice complement to your machine sewing. Hand sewing allows for great control and precision in your sewing.
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Essential Hand Stitches
Stonemountain has a new youth class -
Beginner Hand Sewing for Kids ages 6+.
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This is a great class for kids who just can't wait to get sewing as well as a springboard to construction techniques in later classes. 
            A favorite of our 9 - 15 year old sewers for summer is Youth Summer Sewing Camp. Camp is already in full swing, yet there are many sections to join!
Colette has come out with a new dress pattern, just right for summer fun! Their Hazel dress features a flattering V-seamed bodice with side panels cut on the bias.

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Since the side panels are on the bias you can have fun playing with patterns such as stripes, dots, and plaids, and altering them for fun effect! This fun Robert Henry polka dot cotton would be fun for this. Subtle because of the dots - but it does activate the pattern! TIP: Experiment with the angle of your bias layout to change it. 
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        This cherry fabric is less subtle on the bias then the polka dots -

 you can really see the effect here!
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Colette Dress 1021 - Hazel
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Stonemountain & Daughter Sewing Gallery          
Here is the Collette Hazel pattern made up by our very own customer service representative, Janet Sandberg for her daughter. What a beautiful fit!

Collette rates this dress at beginner level, we might say advanced beginner to intermediate, because you need to know how layout on the bias and put in an invisible zipper.   If you don't know how - dive right into our one session zipper class this summer with Terry McClintock!
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101 Beginning and Beyond is our most popular class! It offers fifteen hours of sewing on a project of your choice. It is for beginning students and for continuing students who wish to work on a project to full completion.
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We are also offering a new class; a Mini Beginning and Beyond, which offers 9 hours of sewing in two or three sessions.
Have you ever seen a pattern you liked but wanted to tweak it just a little bit? Barbara Beccio will lead you through the steps of altering a pattern.
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 Pattern Adjustment with Barbara Beccio
Working with your choice of Kwik Sew patterns 3829, 3717, and 3838  (skirt, vest, or jacket) patterns will be adjusted and time allowing the  fabric cut out and sewing begun. If you need more time with Barbara on your project after this one session class jump into one of her Sew Lab sessions and she is there to help you!
Pattern making allows you greater control over your garments, as you are no longer limited to the confines of existing patterns. Want to get started?
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  Intro to Draping and Pattern Drafting

There  are two main components to pattern making - flat pattern and draping.  In flat pattern you can create a master pattern (block / sloper) off of  measurements where as draping uses a dress form to create or adjust a  pattern in three-dimensions. There are different advantages to both and they can be used together or separately.
Want to learn more about flat pattern development? Take one of Annette Juilly's classes. In Annette's Create a Block / Sloper class you learn to create a master pattern to alter or help you fit existing patterns for a custom look and feel. Your created sloper can also be used to draft new original designs of your own!

In Annette's Copy Ready to Wear class you learn to recreate your existing favorite top, skirt, or pant without taking it apart.
Want to learn to quilt? Angie Woolman takes you through a structured process of designing your own patchwork sections on paper and growing your quilt on a design board.
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Freeform Doorways
Don't miss out on Ann Tarabini's Beginning Quilting Series!
Rotary Cutting Rectangles
Rectangles are the most common shapes in quilts!
Rotary Cutting Strips to Make a Nine Patch Block
Learn the very versatile nine patch block.
Learn to make a pattern/template for any quilt block you would like to piece.
Rotary Cutting Half Square Triangles.
If you haven't seen our class brochure, come by 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!