I've been thinking a lot about summer dressmaking recently. There's something very satisfying about wearing beautiful, lightweight fabrics when the weather's warm (you may have to suspend your disbelief for that bit if you live in the UK!) With that in mind, I've teamed up with one of my sponsors - Dragonfly Fabrics - to talk you through their summer fabrics and offer suggestions on which patterns to pair them with. There's also a giveaway and discount code on offer - wahay! - so read on….
Dragonfly offer a very carefully curated selection, with an interesting range of colours and patterns. It's obvious that a great deal of thought goes into selecting the fabrics, but what really appeals to me is the fact that there are so many different types of dressmaking fabric available. How on earth do they decide which ones to stock?! My nosiness got the better of me, so I decided to ask Dorte (the fabric buying half of the Dragonfly Fabrics team) a few questions on the subject.
I love the fact that your fabric collection is so carefully chosen for dressmakers. How did you develop such a discerning eye?
I started dressmaking when I was 10 years old. Over the years I have developed a love and feel for quality fabrics. This was enhanced by my time studying in Hamburg, where my studies included Fashion Design and Textile Technology, and by working with several Couture designers. With these designers I worked with quality fabrics where garments were finished to a very high standard.
What's your criteria for deciding which specific fabrics to stock? Do you follow fashion trends or is it just personal taste?
I am interested in colour, textiles and natural fibres, so yes I do start with personal taste. I then widen the range of colours and types of fabric we stock, I have developed a feel for what people like as I also teach sewing classes. The fabric producers we use, especially in Germany, are in touch with fashion trends, so these trends influence my choices, but I don't choose anything too extreme as I keep what my customers like in mind.
Do you have any personal fabric and pattern recommendations for summer dressmaking?
|Brussels Washer in Mist|
|Amy Butler rayon: Honeysuckle Bloom in Sky|
Great recommendations, thanks Dorte!
And there's more…. readers of my blog can also claim a 15% discount on all purchases from Dragonfly Fabrics. Just enter the code handmadejane when checking out of the site. The 15% discount is valid until the end of June.
I hope this sparks off some ideas for summer dressmaking. Thank you to Dorte and Simon from Dragonfly Fabrics for offering this awesome giveaway, and good luck everybody! x