A traditional choice for nobility, velvet for fashion is more accessible than ever. Woven or knitted, this luxurious and super-soft fabric is the go-to fabric for party season, but is showing up in more casual outfits as well; with smoking jackets, tops and pants! And with it’s warm and cozy feel is perfect for any winter event.
Stretch velvets are particularly rewarding to sew and, although a little tricky to cut and sew without the pile shifting, are a little more forgiving than classic woven velvet.
While you’re planning your party dress, why not get a head start on gift making for the holidays? This DIY Fringe Scarf, using an assortment of stretch velvet, is an easy, elegant project that all will love.
Trends from the 80’s are back with a 2019 twist. The old rules of bright colours in the summer and dark colours in the winter no longer apply.
We are seeing a refreshing return to brighter colours used as accents to the deeper more typical shades of autumn.
Bright yellow, fuchsia, sapphire blue, kelly green, orange, red, purple and peacock teal are showing up in over-sized coats and sweaters. These brighter colours are also appearing in prints as accented pops of colour, working with rich autumn shades and earthy browns.
Faux leather & fur are making a comeback; looking more realistic than ever before.
Typical autumn colours in handcrafted looks with a western edge. Mustard, orange, olive, rust, cognac, brick, plum, chocolate, teal and camel.
Top designers are showing soft leather dresses in vibrant colours. Porcelain blue, butterscotch, cognac, deep red, mustard, olive, purple and black. The leather trench coat also headed down the runways.
Fur is equally important for the season. Colourful sherpa, shearling and long hair fur in jackets and coats, as well as accents for collars and cuffs. Vinyl & plasticized trench coats are also trending this Fall.
What to watch for: Clear vinyl for rain wear. Printed vinyl. Shiny Vinyl in bold colours. Sherpa. Shearling. Leather dresses. Printed leather. Bonded leather to fur. Printed fur. Camouflage. Trench coats. Vests. Patchwork suede and sherpa. Faux fur.
Head back to the future with silver metallic!
Special Occasion dressing is looking icy cool with: Chunky sequin dresses. Sweater knits with silver lurex. Chiffon prints and solids with silver lurex stripes. Stretch faux leather knit activewear in silver grey. Silver grey lace. Silver satin. Silver lame. Sequined striped suiting. Silver on black brocade prints. Iridescent hologram. Ruffles in silver grey knit. Crinkled silver texture. Silver embroidered florals. Silver faux leather.
Autumn/Winter 2019/20 is all about vibrant colour! There is a definite shift in colour coming our way, bringing a ray of sunshine to the often dreary days of autumn.
Introduce touches of WINTER BRIGHTS to your wardrobe and mix with rich HARVEST SHADES, COOL MIDTONES or even better, WARM BROWNS and your season will be filled with COLOUR!
Fabrics look new again with so many interesting textured knits and wovens in vibrant colour! Layering is a must and possibilities are endless for putting together a unique fashion look.
Words to describe autumn fabric for 2019: Cuddly, super soft, brushed, furry, ribbed, corded, suede, double faced, jacquard, waffle, basket weave, boucle, boiled, tweed, chenille, cable, printed, sequined, fringe, textured leathers, flocked, burnout, bubbly, distressed, pleated, clear coated, quilted, puffer, shiny, matte, melange, glitter and colourful.
Animal prints are back and one of the top trends for Autumn / Winter 2019.
Leopard, snakeskin, tiger, cheetah and zebra on every type of fabric such as wovens, knits, jacquards, glossy leatherette, faux fur and burnout velvets.
Colour is what makes these prints look new again. Leopard skins in vivid brights such as electric blue, snakeskins in vibrant red, tiger prints in mustard yellow. Of course, the traditional classic neutral shades are still very popular.
Plaids are back for Autumn 2019; traditional patterns in non-traditional colours.
Take a Royal Stewart pattern and make it modern in bright violet and acid yellow or any check pattern in contrasting colour combinations.
What to watch for: Menswear Glencheck plaids take on a warmer casual look in camel, burnt orange and chocolate brown. Menswear in fuchsia and black. Combine plaids for a unique look. Colourful houndstooth. Printed checks in vivid colour. Blue check coating and checks in autumn shades.
Love Sewing? Have a project that would be ideal for a sewing themed fabric? If so, look for the new Sewing Room Tapestry collection in stores now. Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of woven textiles and has proven to be both beautiful and durable. It’s perfect for upholstered chairs & benches, bags and crafts of all kinds. Sew much fun!
The Origami Crossbody Bag is a simple and satisfying project for this tapestry group. Check out the pattern here…
Be inspired by beautiful fall flowers, fruits and vegetables and the changing colours of the season AND use your quilting skills to make this quilted Thanksgiving tablerunner. The autumn theme will not only enhance your table decor, but will also add a welcoming look for the entire season.
What you need:
Fabric A – 40cm
Fabric B – 20cm
Fabric C – 50cm (includes binding)
Fabric D – 30cm
Backing – 1.8m (or 1m if pieced)
Cut pieces as follows: Fabric A cut 4 (4 1/2 x 4 1/2” ) squares Fabric B cut 4 (3 x 4 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 7”) strips Fabric C cut 4 (3 x 7”) and 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) strips Fabric D cut 4 (3 x 9 1/2”) and 4 (3 x 12”) strips
Measure finished block size and add 5/8”. Cut 3 squares Fabric A to that measurement and cut each square in half diagonally point to point. Place as photo and sew allowing the points to extend beyond the block.
Arrange pieces as shown and sew pieces together.
Using basting spray, layer top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired, trim excess and bind edges.
Fall is here so that means Halloween is just around the corner. Get a head start on the fun with easy Halloween crafts using Craft Fun Solids.
With some fun shapes and your imagination, the possibilities are endless. Grab your scissors or rotary cutter for these 3 simple projects to start.
With just a small strip of white craft fun solids, some black twill tape and a little bit of Fabri-Tac glue you can make this super cute ghost banner. Cut out the shapes from the pattern, draw a scary face with a permanent marker and glue to the twill tape. Easy and fun!
Make this easy trick-or-treat bag with 2 rectangles and some appliques. Craft Fun Solids don’t fray so there’s no need to finish any raw edges!
Cut one rectangle 17×40″ for the bag and another 4×36″ for the handle.
Cut out a circle using a large plate as a pattern and some bat motifs from the pattern below. Place in the center of one half of the bag rectangle as shown. Attach either by machine stitching, Fabri-Tac glue or even a spray adhesive.
Fold the bag rectangle in half right sides together and stitch 2 side edges. Turn right side out.
Fold the top edge down 1″ and topstitch in place.
Fold the handle rectangle in 3 and topstitch along the 2 folded edges.
Pin and sew the handle to the inside of each side seam.
Create your own fun and “Dazzling” Fruit Scrubbies in a few simple steps.
This project is perfect for keeping summer alive all year round and brings just the right pop of colour to your kitchen clean ups!
Materials: – 2-4 balls of dishcloth or textured yarn* in colours: White, Yellow, Green, Red and/or Black – 5.5mm (I-9) crochet hook – 6 stitch markers – scissors *Gauge is not important for this project
Abbreviations: ch = chain dc = double crochet st(s) = stitch(es) sl st = slip stitch
Citrus Lemon & Lime Instructions
Round 1: With colour ‘White’, ch 4. Sl st in 1st ch, creating a loop. Work 8dc into the centre of the loop. Sl st in the 1st dc to close round.
* Switch to colour ‘Yellow’ (or ‘Green’ for Lime) Round 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc into same st, 2dc into each st in round. Sl st to top of ch3 to close round.
Round 3: Repeat Round 2.
Round 4: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), 1dc into each st in round. Sl st to top of ch3 to close round.
* Switch to colour ‘White’ Round 5: Repeat Round 2.
* Switch to colour ’Yellow’ (or ‘Green’ for Lime) Round 6: Repeat Round 4.
Finishing: Place 6 stitch markers equally around the edge of Round 5. With colour ‘White’, from the center, use surface slip sts between each round until you hit a marker. Repeat 5 times. Weave in all ends.
Watermelon Fun Instructions
Same pattern as ‘Citrus Lemon & Lime’.
Round 1-4: Use colour ‘Red’
Round 5: Use colour ‘White’
Round 6: Use colour ‘Green’
Finishing: With colour ‘Black’, sl st knots to create the seeds. Weave in all ends.
Download your own printable instructions PDF here.
Featured yarn used in this project is Spindle Yarns Dishcloth Dazzle.