|Border Print ideas! Fabrics from left to right, top row - all available at my store, Stonemountain & Daughter in Berkeley: Alison Glass batik, Cotton + Steel Hatbox lawn, Alexander Henry Stockholm cotton, Alexander Henry Frida cotton. From left to right, bottom row: Cotton + Steel Mustang cotton, Alexander Henry Djada Border cotton, Cotton + Steel Mochi cotton lawn, Alexander Henry Big City Print.|
I also found a great way to use a border print on my new drapey top, New Look #6268. What a perfect use for that soft, beautiful rayon! I love this top so much and want to make it again and again! It looks great belted or loose and flowing.
Laurel found our minty Cotton + Steel border print, designed by Rashida Coleman Hale. This sporty fabric is like a cross between denim and linen. It's still soft after a washing and yet it remains "weighty." Being the Leo that she is, she loved the touches of metallic gold.
Since the fabric is 44" wide, turning a pants pattern piece to fit on the width of the fabric works well - unless of course you have a 36" inseam.
We should mention that Laurel makes a lot of her own patterns, and her own go-to pants pattern is used over and over again, usually just modifying the leg length or width. She wanted a jeans look to her Cotton + Steel pants, but didn't want the traditional jeans styling. Her idea was to use something like New Look's 6163 pattern style, as she wanted a zipper and darts at the waist, rather than her favorite elastic waist.
|Lining the pocket with a lightweight cotton.|
|And here's the fabric designer's name!|
Her only regret is that she got the idea to incorporate a patch pocket using the selvage edges after she had already cut out the pants - so the legs would have been too long by leaving the raw edge at the hemline. Would have been cute, though! But that's the best part of sewing - using your creativity to change up your design as you go along. You learn by trial and error. So now that you know how you might incorporate the selvage edge into your pants design, you're already ahead of the game. Let your imagination by your guide!
One of our students, Kathleen, used the fuchsia version of Cotton + Steel's linen/cotton blend in a Sandra Betzina Vogue vest pattern, #1453. She made clever use of the gold borders as well!
Have you used a border print before? Show us your pictures or better yet, stop by the store to show us all!