California lives up to the hype of its Mediterranean climate, along with its temperate forests in the North, arid deserts in the interior, and snowy alpine regions in the mountains. We boast beautiful beaches, spectacular cityscapes, and millions of acres of the richest farm land in the world. We call ourselves the Golden State, famous for our golden sunsets, beautiful poppies, and of course, our dry wild grasses that take over the landscape in the summer.
We rarely see a savage winter and for the most part, we don't need heavy wool or down clothing for everyday wear. Unless we are enjoying the ski season in the mountains, our outerwear tends to be lighter in weight. For those of us who call the Bay Area home, we are even more blessed with mild weather for much of the year. We can wear sweaters and jackets all year round instead of the heavy coats so necessary in the Northeast.
I love picking out fabrics that will work in all seasons and with layering. Linen is one of our favorite fabrics for clothing, and with the variety of weights and textures that have become available at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, there are many choices for jackets. Linen is one of the oldest fabrics and is great layered over other fabrics such as ikat, silk, rayon, and more.
Be sure to use the tried and true linen prep recommended by Sandra Betzina before cutting out your pattern.
Tip for Pre-treating Linen
If you want your linen to wrinkle a lot less, do the following:
- Before you preshrink, iron the linen with the hottest dry iron possible to set a wrinkle-less finish.
- Next, throw in a little detergent and wash and dry in the hottest water and hottest dryer you have.
- Take out of the dryer when close to bone dry.
- You will notice that smaller softer wrinkles have replaced the hard crease sometimes associated with linen.
Before ironing and washing...
After...fabric has soft "wrinkles" so attractive in
natural fibers and ready for ironing.
natural fibers and ready for ironing.
|So gorgeous in a denim novelty - this pattern can be dressed up or down and is perfect for layering!|
The Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns is among our favorite lightweight jackets when made unlined. We love its simple lines...and of course the pockets!
And if you need just a little more warmth for the colder days, why not try a Pilvi coat by Lotta Jansdotter? We've made this coat several times in 100% boiled wool (really warm if it's lined) as well as unlined versions in boiled wool blends.
Transition pieces in the Spring and Fall can be as simple as a sweater knit cardigan. The Cocoon Jacket by Jalie Patterns is easy to make and super cuddly, for work or play — it just keeps the chill off.
In the end, it's all abut finding patterns that work for you and the weather outside. Many of the indie patterns that we feature in our blogs are versatile and can be made with fabrics that are lightweight, as well as heavier for added warmth. And if you are a more intermediate sewist, many of them can be lined as well.
|Laurel's Kochi Kimono|
|Laurel and I love our handmade wardrobes and each other!|
There have been a lot of changes this year. Through the ups and downs and challenges of life, I am so grateful for the people in my life that support me and my store. Lauren and I just got back from a fabulous buying trip to Quilt Market up in Portland where we got to buy all the pretty fabrics and deepen our relationships with all the fun folks in our industry. It's such a profound joy to share this with her and the other members on our team. Through this next generation of fabric lovers, I am finding great hope for the art of sewing garments and for Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.
|At Quilt Market in Portland with |
Lauren and Mr. Domestic!
|Our amazing management team at STM&D from left to right:|
Catherine, Lauren, Liz, Me (Suzan), and Olivia
All working on social media, website, and all
the orders coming through daily!
A big shout out to my father and founder of Stonemountain & Daughter as we get closer to Father's Day. I love you Dad and it's been an amazing journey with you. Looking forward to many more years of love and fabric.
Celebrating with you!
In Berkeley California
I would love to hear from you!