Adventures in Sewing 

Sheer silks for elegant blouses or nightwear

One of the fun things about sewing is experimenting with new fabrics! 

There's a trend for sheer fabrics this fall, for evening blouses or coverups, or just a glamorous scarf.

This weekend, pick up one of these French silk chiffons and have a fun time learning how to sew with sheers. These are 65% off while supplies last.


Here are a few tips for sewing with sheers: (Scroll down to the middle of the page).



                    MADE TO SEW TIPS


Here's a self-drafted pattern idea. 

                 SELF DRAFTED PATTERN


Finally, here are the silks we've specially priced for this weekend for your new sewing adventure!







Posted by ExqFab Admin Saturday, August 25, 2018 9:23:00 AM

Let's have a sale 

Printed pure silk chiffons


Maybe you've always wanted to practice your sewing skills on a silk chiffon fabric, for a scarf with a hand rolled hem, or a luxurious evening blouse or floaty skirt. 

Here's another method for a hand rolled hem.


Now's your chance!

silk chiffon sale

Posted by ExqFab Admin Monday, August 20, 2018 8:38:00 AM Categories: fabric sewing education silk

Messy workspaces 

Can you or can't you?

This is genuis at work. Yes, that's Karl Lagerfeld in his Paris Studio, as pictured in the September issue of Vogue magazine.

How you feel about this mess? Do you think maybe it was staged? He has this beautiful workspace and there he is, sketching away on about a square foot of surface.

I admit, in school and grad school days, my research would pile up. Most of my writing would be on a computer in recent years, so I didn't need much of a writing space. But at times the clutter would give me the heeby jeebies and it would just have to go!

At the fabric shop, too, sometimes the deliveries outpaced our ability to do our paperwork and "priority" #1 was getting the delivery put away, so the office desks held more than desks should hold. Then add in the merchandise samples, orders, things we were pondering...well, that's why we spent Sundays working behind the scenes!

Those of us who sew have to have a space large enough to lay out patterns and directions, along with our fabric. It could be the dining table, a counter, the floor, or even a bed. Then that can be scooped up and put away, but what about all the "inspiration" we collect along the way? How does that accumulate and does it interfere with our actual workflow?

Let us know what you think? The inspirational clutter, or no clutter? 


Posted by ExqFab Admin Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:27:00 AM Categories: design inspiration Fall 2018 Lagerfeld Vogue magazine

Learning more about sewing! 

Craftsy's monthly subscription

Craftsy now has a monthly subscription service called "Bluprint." 

I subscribed, and I think it's totally worthwhile to have this at my fingertips whenever I have a little time. I'm trying not to accumulate "stuff" like more books, music, and videos, so I try to limit myself to media that I can access online. (Note to self: it's not always working).

Learn about dressmaking, couture techniques, fitting, and more. Some, of course, are specific to one sewing pattern, kind of a step by step tutorial. Others might be tied to specific products. But I think there's enough worthwhile to be seen just from watching.


Attention beginners! This looks good for you...a basic startup tutorial. 


Posted by ExqFab Admin Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:43:00 AM Categories: sewing education summer break

The Animals have it! 

Fall favorite fabrics

Nothing says "fall is here" quite as much as some lightweight woolen in a cozy animal print! Take this wool sweaterknit first! It's wool and angora, imported from France, from Ungaro.  


Posted by ExqFab Admin Thursday, August 9, 2018 12:06:00 PM Categories: designer couture fabric fabric Fall 2018 Ungaro wool

The Animals have it, part 2. 

Fall favorite fabrics

This is a beautiful silk and cotton blend textured clocque, imported from Italy. Perfect for a topper for your other animal prints, or to enliven a plain black outfit! The squares and houndstooth offset the wildness! 



Posted by ExqFab Admin Thursday, August 9, 2018 12:04:00 PM Categories: designer couture fabric fabric Fall 2018 Italy silk

Get ready for Fall with special order fabrics! 

Order now for September delivery

Coordinates galore for your Fall/Winter 2018/19 delight!  

We sewing enthusiasts are often all about the fabrics. I know I am. Half the fun of sewing is dreaming up the statement outfit of the season (with or without inspiration from the latest runway collections). 

Eyeing the fabrics and how designers use unexpected combinations, how the textures play off each other, how the right garment in the right fabric is just a big accomplishment!

Here's a coordinated grouping from a leading European designer that features silks and woolens. Classic black and cream with a touch of fall-ish red is just right!

haute couture fabrics

Posted by ExqFab Admin Wednesday, August 8, 2018 10:10:00 AM Categories: fabric Fall 2018 Italy silk special order wool

Summer vacation time 

Textile world on vacation

It's tradition for Europeans to have a long summer break, and the world of textiles is no exception. It may be to protect the equipment from overheating, don't you think?


We received our last "just in time" shipment today, and no others will be shipped until late this month (maybe even September). 

Dark burgundy satin face silk shantung for a mom of the groom this fall! 


We don't mind though. It gives us more time to ponder the offerings for Fall/Winter 2018/19 and just how they are going to turn into creations to add to our wardrobe.



Posted by ExqFab Admin Monday, August 6, 2018 2:46:00 PM Categories: fabric Fall 2018 Italy shantung silk special order summer break