Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Announcing the Stonemountain Summer of Love Sew-In!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and to commemorate the opening of Bob Steinberg's Fabric Emporium (also 50 years ago!), we are hosting a community sewing challenge! This summer, we invite you to channel your inner hippie and create something inspired by the Summer of Love.

How to Participate:

1.  Sew something inspired by the Summer of Love.  This could be a garment, a quilt, a bag, anything!  And it doesn't have to be anything explicitly 60's, just inspired by the Summer of Love and whatever means to you.

2.  Share it!  Use the hashtag #sewingsummeroflove, email info@stonemountainfabric.com, or come by the store.

3.  Optional:  Join us for our wrap party at the end of the summer if you're local or in town on Labor Day!  More information on this will be announced later.


Throughout the summer, there will be three giveaway days.  To enter, just follow steps 1 & 2 above! The giveaway days are as follows:

  • July 5th
  • August 1st
  • September 5th

On these days, we will randomly select three winners, who will each receive one pattern of their choice! Anyone who has made something during the challenge dates (June 14—September 5) is eligible.  That means that the July 5th giveaway will have the least amount of entries, and thus the best chances of winning.  Multiple entries and international makers are welcome!

Why is it called a Sew-In?

On a surface level, the 1967 Summer of Love started some fashion trends that we're still loving: flared jeans, mini A-line dresses, dramatic maxi skirts, big floppy hats...we could go on.  The 1960's and 1970's are some of our favorite times for fashion, and we love to reimagine them in more contemporary ways.  But the Summer of Love was about more than just flower crowns and fringed jackets.  It was a celebration of the counterculture and an expression of peaceful rebellion.

Most people trace the beginnings of the Summer of Love to the Human Be-In, which was a huge gathering in Golden Gate Park in January 1967, signaling the start of a new "hippie" movement.  A few months later, Bob Steinberg took his daughter Suzan to the Love-In, another hippie happening in Los Angeles. (Spoiler Alert:  This father/daughter team went on to open our Berkeley store!  Read more about that here on the FabricLady blog.)

All these "-Ins" play off of the notion of a "sit-in," and we believe that concept still resonates with a lot of people today.  There is so much going on in the world that is frustrating, depressing, and scary, but we are encouraged when we see people come together and make their voices heard.  For example, we loved being a pink fabric source for the Women's March this last January!  We found it so inspiring to see how many were taking action.  We want to carry on that energy into this summer, like the Human Be-In led into the Summer of Love.

Fabric really brings us together, and sewing gives us a chance to slow down, take a breath, and create something with our own two hands.  With social media, we now have the opportunity to connect with other sewists around the world.  We may not all be converging on Haight and Ashbury, but we can come together this summer to celebrate creativity, community, and of course, love!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Me Made May 2017 Roundup

Me Made May is one of our favorite times of year.  It's so inspiring to see what our customers create with our fabrics and patterns!  We thought we'd gather together some of the garments we've seen on Instagram this past month, and we hope it inspires you too!

It's no secret that ikat is one of our favorite fabrics.  The ease and breathability of cotton together with the gorgeous woven designs...it's a winning combination!

Clockwise from top left:  Washi Dress in Dakota Ikat by Meg from Sew Liberated, self drafted dress by Junebug and Darlin, Scout Tee in another Dakota Ikat by Rita, and Bridgetown Dress by Mary.

While we're on the subject of cotton, we always love to see people garment sewing with quilting weight cottons.  Such a good way to show off all those fun prints!

Clockwise from top left:  Emery Dress in Libs Eliot print by Lauren (with a Seamwork Elmira sweater), Cotton + Steel button down by Bernard, Elizabeth's lipstick print dress (print by Bouffants & Broken Hearts), and Willow Tank in an Erin Michael print by Ally.

We've had a lot of stunning prints in rayon lately, and our customers make them look even more fabulous!

Clockwise from top left:  Simplicity 8124 by Montoya Mayo, Trina Dress by Yavanna, Sway Dress in rayon batik by Jeanne, and shirtdress in rayon challis by Alisa.

If bold cotton and rayon prints aren't your thing, try sewing with some other fibers.  Yarn-dyed cottons, slubby silk noil, lightweight linens, and linen-rayon blends often have some texture to add visual interest to an otherwise plain fabric.

Clockwise from top left:  Kielo Wrap Dress in Sorrento Linen by Alex, Talia Woven Pants in textured cotton by Katie, Ethel Top in Caramel silk noil by Vanessa, and Farrow Dress in linen/rayon by Catherine.

We couldn't forget about knits!  For quick, easy projects, you can't beat the simplicity of knits.

Clockwise from top left:  Agnes Tee in Art Gallery cotton/spandex knit by Kendra, Fraser Sweatshirt in quilted knit by Lauryn, poly/rayon gothic print leggings by Stephanie, and Plantain Tee in shibori bamboo knit by threadassembly.

If you can't decide what you want to sew with, try our upstairs for a little bit of everything!  There are some real treasures up there, and everything is half-off.  Check out what these customers found!

Clockwise from top left:  Nancy's Pilvi Coat, Seamwork Mesa dress by Sarah, Mimosa Culottes by Chuleenan, and a Limoncello Cardigan Chuleenan made for her mom.

If you want to participate in Me Made May, there's still time!  Just tag your pictures on social media with #memademay or #mmmay17.  And as always, no matter what time of year, tag us with #stonemountainfabric if you post something with our fabric, patterns, or notions!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lauren Makes Lingerie: Upcycling Old Clothes into Undies!

I'm in the process of moving (again...), and after doing this seven times in as many years, I've picked up a few tricks.  One of which is getting rid of as much as possible before you pack.  Because what's the point of packing and moving things you don't actually want or use??

So as I was cleaning out my closet this past weekend, I came across some RTW garments that I never wear anymore:  some Target t-shirts that don't fit quite the way I want them to and an ancient American Apparel skirt I haven't worn since high school.  I try to donate as much as I can (either to Women's Empowerment or Out of the Closet), but these pieces were just a little too old and ratty to give away.  No one really wants my old stained and pilly tee.

And then I got the bright idea to reuse these knits and make underwear!  This may have been my excuse for abandoning the cleaning to go sew...but let's not think too hard on that, shall we?

After sewing every night this week and binge watching Girlboss, I now have less unworn clothing cluttering up my closet and FIVE brand new pairs of undies!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bralette Complete!

If you've been following the Stonemountain blog lately, you know that making bras and undies is my new 2017 sewing goal!  You also may know that I recently had great success dyeing fabric and notions to make a bralette.  Well, she's finished!

Before I get into it, I need to tell you that this dress form looks a little ridiculous because we had to seriously pad the girls! My boobs are way bigger than hers 😂

But anyway.  I used our Bralette Kit and the Sweet Sixteen Bralette pattern from Pin-up Girls.  The kit and the pattern are available online and in store.  You could also pick out your own materials and come up with something all your own. We've got everything you need at the Mountain!

This pattern has a ton of sizes and variations.  You can make it longline, you can do a foam cup, and you can mix lace and fabric in a number of ways.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dyeing Bra Making Fabrics and Notions

One of the trickier parts of bra making is collecting all your supplies and findings.  There's a lot of different little pieces!  And even if you have all the components you need, getting them all to match is a whole other beast.

This is not to say that everything has to be exactly the same color when making lingerie.  Sometimes contrasting colors can be really fun!  For example, I love love love this Watson bra set by Cloth Habit:

But if you do want your project to be one color, there's another way, rather than scouring the internet and ordering tons of swatches.

You can dye it!

I recently had such success with dyeing lingerie fabrics and notions, and I just had to share how easy it was!

First things first, here are some quick rules to ensure success.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Sewing Plans and a New Pattern Company!

Among other things, 2016 was a big year for my sewing.  In April, I made my first pair of jeans! Handmade jeans had been a personal sewing goal for some time, and it felt awesome to accomplish that.  So much so, that I made three more pairs of jeans last year!

I'll still continue to make jeans (I have some classic indigo high waisted Gingers planned in my head...), but I wanted to expand my skills further this year while also adding to my me-made wardrobe.  So to follow up my jean-making extravaganza of 2016, I thought I'd turn to something equally intimidating in 2017:


I've spent so much time drooling over handmade lingerie on Instagram, and it's time I make those lacy dreams a reality! Especially once I saw Miss Make's Rifle Rayon bra...if that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what will.

I mean, COME ON.

But before I dive headfirst into making a full on underwire bra, I thought I should ease in with a bralette.  I've been eyeing the Watson Bra pattern for quite awhile, but I wanted to find some printed pattern options that we could offer here at Stonemountain.  I also wanted to find a variety of underwear patterns for us, especially indie ones since we're discontinuing our Big 4 patterns.

This was a big part of why we decided to start carrying Jalie patterns!  Not only do they have underwear patterns, they've got lots of stuff for men and kids, too.  Plus the size ranges are HUGE on these things!  This underwear pattern is literally for the whole family.  So many styles, all in one pattern!

Jalie #3242

I'm really interested in using some of our wide stretch laces for this boyshorts pattern from Jalie.  You only need a little over a yard, which makes this a quick and inexpensive sew!

Jalie #2568

Jalie also has options for nursing and maternity wear, which is very hard to find.

From left to right:  Jalie #3131, #2788, and #3132
In addition to Jalie, we have ordered and are eagerly awaiting some bra patterns...but for now, here's a sneak peak!

Keep an eye out for some more blogs on the subject of bra making and lingerie this year!