All of us in the ArtBarn team have been oohing and aaahing over the latest collection of Japanese cottons and linens. In a spur of the moment sew-along, we each chose a cut of a favorite fabric, then over the past week, whipped up a garment to show our customers. Here are the results with sewing/tweaking notes, pattern photos, line drawings and links.
Beth, our resident Alabama Chanin expert, used a combination of fabrics both hand and machine stitching on this double gauze tunic. The pattern is an ArtBarn favorite, Butterick 5881. Out of the envelope, this pattern is a double layered dress that is joined at the neck and armhole. Our team separates the layers. Here, Beth has used the top layer. The under layer used on its own makes a lovely little shift dress, OR, works as a layering tunic, AND, it works in either a knit or a woven.
Carol, our newest ArtBarn team member, (and landscape designer, gardener/farmer) used a double gauze to make a simple shift A-line dress.
Nellie, stellar shipper is a superb sewist who spent 10 seasons in the SF Opera costume shop, keeps amazing us with the garments she sews, especially using remnants and small cuts. Side note: we save end cuts and flawed bits of fabric that are too small or damaged to sell. These get tossed in a box in the bathtub and are up for grabs for anyone who wants them. Nellie works magic with these bibs and bobs, so for this project it was fun to have as much as she needed. PLUS, she sings in a band!
Nellie used Butterick 6283, one of her favorite basic garments which she keeps repeating in both knit and woven fabric, more often as a top or t-shirt. She chose a linen for her tunic.
Katherine used Butterick 6325 mostly straight out of the envelope in an airy polka dot linen
Marcy used a linen, adapting the pant from Vogue 9193. This has become one of my go-to patterns, I keep tweaking it and simplifying it, love the controlled softness and the slightly bell shaped hem.
Love to see what you make with the Japanese cottons & linens!