A big shout out of thanks to all who participated in our recent e-mail Newsletter promotion featuring a special collection of Japanese cotton. We gave first dibs to this 'Secret Japanese' collection to members of our mailing list and the the fabrics nearly sold out in a few days. After the dust settled we got an accurate inventory count and there are still some of these contemporary textile treasures left. See here...
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What is so special about these Japanese cottons? The designs are exquisite, created by a textile artist who develops a new collection each year, and they just keep getting better and better. The base fabrics and weights vary; cotton double gauze, a 'rustic' brushed cotton double gauze, linen, and linen cotton blends. Double gauze is the lightest, while the linen and linen cotton blends are heavier. The same print may be used in different color ways on different types of fabric and the weights are right for clothing, quilting and home dec. The colors are not designed to be 'matchy' though when this collection arrived we found some of the patterns and colors worked together, see my tunic below.
I made this tunic using Vogue 9081 using 2 of the fabrics from the Japanese cotton collection but ran out of time to post it. Simply eliminating the lower band makes it right for a tunic. It took about 2 yards of each fabric to get the placement of the design on the garment. The tiny pocket IS tucked in there and is the most fussy sewing bit...have to mark and line up the square corners. The neck band is cut on the bias and pieced (as is shown/used on the original pattern.).
Shown as a dress on the pattern envelope.
If you make something with these Japanese cottons and/or my patterns, the ArtBarn team and I would love to see some photos. Post pics of what you made on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #marcytiltonpattern so we can find it.