Monthly Archives: July 2015

Your Makes Vol. 2

How goes it, sweet sewing friends? Lately I’ve really enjoyed soaking up the sunshine in Vancouver; this summer has been one of the hottest I’ve experienced after living here for almost five years. But now I’m hunkering down to try to finish up some projects before I spend a couple of weeks in Montreal for my sister’s wedding! I can’t wait to show you what I’m working on. In the meantime, let’s admire some of your makes, shall we? I’ll include links for the fabrics that are still available.


Love this eyelet dress & these sheep pajamas from Amanda. (Spot the black sheep! What an awesome touch.) Sadly the adorable sheep fabric is sold out, but the eyelet is still available in the shop in a few colours, including black.

Erin Sewbon

This one just missed the last round up, so I’m a bit late, but I just have to share this tulip top from Erin of Sewbon. She used our diamond quilted knit – a perfect pair for this pattern! At the moment all of our quilted knits are sold out, but I have some new ones coming in August!

Morgan 1 Morgan 2

How good are these makes from Morgan at Thread Theory? Morgan’s photos always make me want to run away to Vancouver island and never come back. The Brumby skirt is our tencel denim, and the dress is in one of our rayon voile prints (both now sold out – sad face!). You can find other denims options here, and rayon voile prints here.

As Bianca illustrates, the By Hand London Anna dress and our ever popular rayon satin print are a match made in heaven. Devastatingly, this fabric is sold out. Believe it or not, I restocked this fabric about a zillion times (okay, maybe just 4 or 5). But hundreds of meters were sold and at one point I just had to pull the plug. You guys went crazy for this fabric! What can I say, when we love a fabric, we love it hard in the sewing community.

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Another fabric that got some serious love this year was this floral viscose twill. I love these pants modelled by Ava – just look at that pompom trim! Ava is basically my style icon (not even kidding).

Mandy Katt

Check out Itsa in this adorable dress! These cute kiddos are killing me. Thanks Mandy for sharing this sweet make.


Jess (instagram @jess_made_this) e-mailed me photos of this amazing Leotie Dress. She used our linen-viscose blend in jade green (sold out), and paired it with the hawaiian floral viscose poplin. Love this combo!

Of course, I have to give some love to instagram. I pulled these from our instagram tag #blackbirdfabrics. If you’re an instagram junkie like I am, the be sure to tag your makes so I can see them!

Instagram Love

top left @springatet
top right @naomihiller
center left @jenndumon (viscose poplin still available)
center right @ohhellorabbit (linen stripe in different colourways available here)
bottom left @wethesewing
bottom right @sewmsboncha (black cotton eyelet still available)

Want to make it into my next maker round-up? If you sew something with a fabric from the shop, just e-mail, instagram, facebook, or tweet me a link!

Shelley Bra + Blackbird Lace Bra Kit

I sewed up a Shelley bra with one of our lace kits from the shop, and I thought you might like to see the result! The Pin-up Girls Shelley Bra is my favourite bra pattern du moment. Here’s my bra in all it’s squishy cup glory (I have been pining for a dress form in my size for ages, not just for fitting, but also for photos!).

Shelley + Bra Kit 5Shelley + Bra Kit 6For this pattern, I cut all pieces out of lace, including the back band. The kit comes with 1.5 meters (59″) of 20cm (8″) wide lace, so I had some extra to spare. If the lace were narrower, say 15cm (6″) wide, I would have provided 2 meters in the kit.

I cut a second layer for the back band out of power mesh; this will give the lace extra support. You could simply cut the band out of the mesh, but I like the look of lace.

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I cut out the cradle and lower cup pieces out of sheer cup lining (this is the non-stretch lightweight fabric that comes in the kit). Sometimes cup lining is also called “tricot” – this type of lining usually has tiny a bit of give going one way. I’ve also seen tulle or organza used in the place of a cup lining, since it can be hard to find!

Here’s what it looks like all cut out.

Shelley + Bra Kit 4

I like to lay out my bra like this before I start sewing, this way I know I’m not forgetting anything. You’ll notice the upper cup is not lined – this is how the pattern is designed. I did stabilize the scalloped edge of the lace with the clear elastic from the kit. This is very important so that the lace edge doesn’t stretch out.

Shelley + Bra Kit 7

Shelley + Bra Kit 8

These shots in front of the window really give me emoji heart eyes. The lace just looks so delicate and lovely. I really like this colour combination, it’s neutral without being too boring. Since the cup lining is sheer it’s a pretty sassy bra, yet still very supportive.

I think I need to whip one up in black too!