Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sewing Outerwear: Pattern Ideas + a Discount!

It’s coat sewing season! Well, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere. I’ve been dreaming of finally making myself a coat this season. Last year I planned and muslin-ed a tailored coat, and then never had the time to actually sew it up! (Story of my life.) Since Heather just released her gorgeous Clare coat pattern, I figure it’s a great time to round up some pattern options if you’re looking for a little coat inspiration.


This, of course, is the new Closet Case Files pattern, Clare. I love the 60s vibe of this design.

Cascade Duffle Coat

I didn’t know I needed a duffle coat in my life until I started seeing Jen’s Cascade Duffle Coat popping up all over the place. It looks cool on everyone!


The Camden Cape from this month’s issue Seamwork magazine is beautiful. Plus it’s a quick project if you’re looking for something not too involved.


How about something a little bit different? I’m loving the Harriet Lumberjacket from Named Clothing. It’s dressed up in the photo above, but I could totally see this jacket paired with jeans, boots, and a flannel shirt for the perfect weekend at the cabin outfit.


Another quick and chic option: the Tessuti Sydney Jacket. Perfect to throw over layers on a chilly fall day.


The Gerard Coat from Republique du Chiffon has the coolest relaxed fit.


How about Pauline Alice’s Quart Coat? I’m loving the pleat detail and zippers.

Did I miss any coat patterns that you love? Please do share.

P.S. We have some pretty awesome coatings in the shop right now. Plus, good news! They’re all on sale until Friday! Use the code ‘coatlove’ to get 15% off all coatings in the shop, until Friday November 27th at midnight PST. Happy shopping!


Your Makes Vol. 3

It’s that time again! We get to admire all the lovely things you guys make with our fabrics. Here are some of my favourite makes from the past few months:

Fabricate 2

Bianca from Fabricate made a lovely shirtdress from our slubby tencel denim. You also don’t want to miss this Roscoe blouse!

Pudge and Nico

It’s been a linen palooza over at Pudge & Nico. Nicole used our linens for an Alder shirtdress (pictured above), a Southport tank, and a Sway dress.

Helen's Closet

This perfect quilted knit Linden is from Helen’s Closet. Would you look at that fall scene? Swoon.


Here’s a beautiful Laurel dress from Heather at the Pug & Needle (the fabric is still available). Also, sleeveless linen Granville shirt.  Also, stripey bamboo knit tee. Also, jeans and buffalo plaid Granville shirt. Heather, your sewing output is crazy and I love it!

More link love:

A stunning Xerea dress in our most popular fabric ever over on Design by Lindsey.

Amanda made a beautiful maxi skirt from one of our viscose poplin prints.

Some unselfish sewing over on Anna Zoe: a striped linen shirtdress for her lucky mama!

Jen from Grainline Studio made a lovely Watson bra with one of our findings kits.

This bicycle print Alder shirtdress by Carolanne is perfection.

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

Fabric Inspiration: Quilted Fashion

With the recent release of Grainline Studio’s Tamarack Jacket, I’ve had quilted fashion on my mind. I’m really loving this look! But if you’re looking to achieve the quilted look without all any actual quilting involved, we have some pretty awesome pre-quilted knits in the shop. What we have is stretchy with a backing, so it’s fairly stable with good recovery. Back when I was working for a textile wholesale company (before Blackbird), I remember seeing quilted knit fabrics and loving them but wondering what the heck to make with them. Here’s some cool inspiration from our pinterest to get you excited about this trend!

Quilted Fashion Inspiration

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There really is a lot you can do with this type of fabric. I love the idea of a skirt or a jacket. A sweater is of course the obvious choice but still so perfectly simple and chic.

Indie Pattern Ideas

If you decide to go the sweater route, the Briar or Linden would be great choices. You could achieve the flared skirt look with the Hollyburn skirt pattern (Tasia did and it’s beautiful!). Colette’s Mabel skirt would be perfect for a simple pencil skirt (or just draft your own!).  For a jacket, I love the idea of a Rigel Bomber. I’ve even seen our quilted knit used for a Tamarack jacket and it totally works!

Do you have any other pattern ideas for quilted knits? I’d love to hear.

P.S. Shop our current knit selection here. 🙂