Monthly Archives: March 2017

Big News

Hi, there!  Guess what? This week I signed a lease on a new space for Blackbird Fabrics. That’s right – we’re moving! But first, let me back up a bit…

You may not know this, but for the past 2.5 years, I have been running this small business out of a bedroom in our Vancouver apartment. It’s worked well, but lately, I feel like I’ve outgrown the space, like big time.

So I started looking for the perfect spot a couple of weeks ago, and I really didn’t expect to find something so quickly. But when I walked into this place, it felt meant to be. It’s big and airy with beautiful natural light and high ceilings. I can’t wait to show you guys.

Since the new space is empty now, I was able to sign the lease and get the keys immediately. So now I am holding the keys to a sunny and open studio space in a great area of East Vancouver. I honestly could not be more excited. It’s perfect.

The past few days have been filled with celebration and reflection. I find myself feeling so humbled by the support I’ve received over the years. I’m also incredibly excited for the future, and what this means for my small business. This feels like a success for me personally, but also for the community we’ve built. You guys are passionate about fabric, as am I! I’m proud to be a part of the exciting and ever evolving world of home sewing.

Okay, here’s the fun part! I’m having a sale to clear out some inventory. The less I have to physically move, the better. 🙂 Also because I love you guys and I want to celebrate with you.

Everything in the shop is 20% off now through Friday, March 31st at 11:59 pm PST.
No code is required, the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

Visit the shop and celebrate with me! I couldn’t have done this without you.

xo,

-Caroline

Blackwood Cardigan in Ribbed Sweater Knit

Have you seen the new Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet? Last month I had the chance to test this pattern, and of course I paired it with a sweater knit from the shop. Here are the results…

First thing’s first: the fabric! It’s the Brushed Ribbed Sweater Knit in Bordeaux. This colour is sold out but the fabric itself is available in three other colours right now: Olive, Rust, and Grey. It’s lightweight and soft, perfect for this cardigan.

The Blackwood offers two length options: hip length, and mid thigh. I’ve had longline cardigans on the brain so I went with the mid thigh length. Helen says that the pattern is designed with layering in mind, with it’s fitted shape, extra long sleeves, and open front design. I hate wearing bulky sweaters under my jackets, so for me this is the perfect spring/transitional cardigan. It works so well layered under my Robson Coat. (P.S. If you click that link get ready for a throwback to 2014 when I was contributing on Sewaholic and … my short hair! Remind me not to cut my hair that short ever again. Ok? Thanks.)

Oh yes! I should mention that after feedback from testers, Helen shortened the sleeves by 1″. They are meant to be long and bunched at the wrist, and even with that change, they still will be. I personally love extra long sleeves. When I layer a jacket or coat on top of a sweater, I like to be able to pull my sleeves out a bit to keep my hands warm. If I can’t, I get annoyed, and I’m less likely to wear that sweater!

In the photos above I’m wearing my Blackwood layered over a basic tee and denim overalls from the Gap. Super comfy and relaxed, exactly how I want to dress every day.

Will you be sewing up this pattern? If you’re interested, you can pick up your copy here. And if you’re looking for sweater knits, we have lots in the shop!

Had to share this cuteness. This is our kitty Fraidy. If I ever leave clothing on the bed, he will want to climb on it. He’s sleeping on a pile of laundry as I type this!