My Favorite Things Blog Tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

We all know that Raspberry Creek Fabrics sells awesome cotton Lycra and French terry- but did you know they also stock some great chambrays and linens?!?! Brussels Washer Linen is one of my favorite fabrics to sew with and wear!

There are some fabrics that we sew with that we fall in love with. For me, it’s Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen. A blend of linen and rayon, it has that coolness and crispness we love from linen AND the drape of rayon. This makes it perfect for so many different sewing projects!

As part of the “My Favorite Things” Blog Tour, I was given the opportunity to select ANY fabric RCF sells to create a new garment. Since it was summer, it was a no-brainer for me! I chose the Chambray Blue yarn-dye(currently out of stock- but you can sign up for restock alerts) and the natural. (If you read to the end of my post you’ll find out what my favorite sewing notions are!)

My newest BWL make is actually a repeat of a dress I have made three times already. I guess you could say the Grainline Farrow dress is also a favorite of mine. Linen is THE perfect fabric for this dress. The version below is one from last year. That color-blocked version is also made in BWL- the petal pink is currently in stock in the shop.

 

Linen, sand and saltwater- just make me think of summer by the seashore! I LOVE my newest Farrow dress- and I plan on wearing this all summer, hopefully for many walks on the beach. The pockets in this dress are just perfect for collecting seaglass and shells.

If you have never sewn with BWL I highly recommend it!

A FEW TIPS

Remember to always finish raw edges of BWL before prewashing! I always serge my wovens right before I prewash them. It helps me keep track of what I’ve prewashed and what I haven’t 😊

Make sure you staystitch any curved edges (necklines and armscyes) so they don’t stretch out of shape.

PS: I LOVE this fabric so much! I just ordered the Heliotrope( purple) yarn dye in the July 4th sale! Now to decide what to make with it!

PSS: Two years ago I made a Joy Jacket from Chalk & Notch from the Sage Yarn dye Brussels Washer Linen. I love that jacket so much!

MY FAVORITE NOTIONS

1. Measuring Gauge

I simply love this little measuring gauge! I always have it close by. It is so handy when pressing – helping to keep things even. I also use this at my machine. Since I sew on a Pfaff, the seam line markings are in centimeters and I’m always forgetting where to line my fabric up for 3/8”, 1/2” and 5/8” seams

How many of you have the basic hem gauge that has been around forever, with the little plastic slider thingy that doesn’t stay in place(if it hasn’t fallen out already 😂). I can’t remember where I purchased this one(most likely left over from my days of teaching), but here is a link to the one I have. Click here for a cute gauge I saw on Etsy!

2. HeatNBond Lite- Soft Stretch

This stretchable iron-on adhesive is a miracle worker! I use this whenever I hem knit fabrics. My hems always lay nice and flat- no ripples or waviness ever! It’s available at Walmart, JoAnns and Amazon.

 

I used a decorative stretch stitch for this hem. SoftStretch works great with a double needle as well!

Thanks for reading!

MaryAnne


Fabric was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be sure to check out all the other great bloggers on the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour all week long.

Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

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