21 June 2013

Elk Grove Knits




Ooooooooohhhhhhhh my goodness, have you SEEN the beautiful fabric collection that is Elk Grove Knits? Not only do they feature super cute designs - chevron, poppies, deer - in droolsome colourways, but these are KNITS, people! As a dressmaker, I do find it frustrating that the vast majority of gorgeous printed fabrics are medium weight cotton designed for quilting and other homewares. While I do sew some clothing in these fabrics (see my tips on sewing clothing with quilting cotton), it's soooo much nicer to have a choice of fabric types so you can get the drape, texture, stretch etc that you envisage for your project. And this fabric is super soft and snuggly. What's more, these are organic! Part of the reason I sew is out of consciousness of the impact of fast fashion on the environment, but I'm all too well aware that a lot of the processes involve in fabric production can have a detrimental effect too, as discussed here. So here's to more organic knits and other types of fabric.

The designer/manufacturer, Birch Fabrics, sent me some of the green elk fabric (slightly grassier colour than it looks in the images). While the sensible part of my brain is telling me to use it for pyjamas, I don't think I can resist making a dress. Something simple that will show off the print and that can be worn with a red necklace (yes). I'm thinking a batwing elasticated waist dress. Or possibly revisiting my 1970s Simplicity 7341 pattern. Any other ideas? What would you make with this fabric?

[Soundtrack: 'When My Baby Comes' by Grinderman]

53 comments:

  1. I agree about the fabric! SOOOOO CUTE! You should totally make a dress, not a pyjama.

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  2. Ohhhh its lovely! Is there anywhere in the UK that stocks it?

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  3. Yes, but where can we get it? I'm loving me some of those prints but your link is directly to the wholesaler....

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    1. Hi Pin Queen!
      You can enter you email address under the items to be notified when the come in stock. They'll be at Fabricworm.com in a matter of weeks! http://www.fabricworm.com/jadeforbiorf32.html
      Cheers!
      -Andrea

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    2. The wholesaler lists their retailers here: http://www.birchfabrics.com/where_to_buy_birch_fabrics_s/1839.htm

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  4. So so cute! Don't make pajamas, that would be a shame! You want people to see the print. So yes to the dress!

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  5. Ahhhh, this deer fabric is beautiful!! I think you should make it into a simple tee, perfect to team with a pair of jeans. I recently read that us sewers make too much frosting and not enough cake....would make such a lovely everyday top that would be special! Built By Wendy Sew you Home Stretch patterns are calling your name... :)

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  6. I've just been to M&S (shame!) and they had a really nice tee in there with a panther in jade green on a plain ground, so similar in a way to this print. It looked great as a simple shape like that.

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  7. I wish this was an english brand, the £16 shipping is frightening me off!
    x

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  8. That is exciting! I find it maddening that there aren't more manufacturers making things in dress weights (I'm currently obsessing over Craft Violet's Waterfront Park, which would be perfect for clothing, but only comes in quilt weight). I think I'd make a Miz Mozelle from that fabric.

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  9. These are soooo lovely! But I cant seem to find any one selling the strech collection?... am I blind?

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  10. Batwing elasticated dress? Sounds like a Staple Dress to me!

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  11. Gorgeous fabric. How about the Staple Dress by April Rhodes - it's a downloadable pattern, I reckon you could have it printed and made by tonight, ready to wear tomorrow...... ;) x

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  12. Gorg dress! Might need to pick up some of this fabric too... :)

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  13. Wow, those are gorgeous! I agree, you don't need to make pajamas... the entire world needs to be exposed to that loveliness :)

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  14. oh wow pretty knit fabric... and it's organic!! :)

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  15. originally these fabrics weren't shipping until july/august. The fabric is now on backorder until October. I should be getting these in stock though. I have some other organic knit fabrics that I would love for you to have a look at! www.stitchorganics.co.uk I also blog about sewing with organic and repurposed fabric at www.thecraftykitty.co.uk.

    Tilly I am soooo jealous that you got some of this fabric to play around with!! I would probably make a circle skirt, but I have my head in skirt mode at the moment!!

    Steph

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  16. Such a lovely colour. For me it would be a Renfrew but that's because it one of my 12 makes for the year. Look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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  17. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS FABRIC!!!! I bought some Camp Sur cotton to make an Archer, and it has these cute bears on it! I AM IN LOVE WITH THE ELK!! I've noticed too I wear my knit garments more than my woven ones, though I love the idea of wearing fitted dresses with sweeping skirts everyday, I've found I just rock casual too hard for it to be a reality.

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  18. I'm totally a proponent of pajama-making. It's so fun to have beautiful pajamas! The elks would make such a cute Jane set.

    http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/jane

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  19. The poppies would make a pretty wrap dress.
    I have never sewn in knits before, is it much harder than med weight cottons or denims?

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  20. I have experimented a bit with sewing knits but I have not been very successful. I've tried zig-zag and a walking foot but the seam still didn't look right. I'm still learning how to use my serger, but the seam wasn't tight at all when I tied it on the knit I have. Have you ever done a post about sewing knits or have any advise? Thanks.

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  21. There are ELK! On your FABRIC!! OMGosh, so much cuteness!! You must make a dress from this fab fabric! It needs to be a dress!

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  22. Love this!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. Here is a link to lovely patterns made for this type of fabric: http://www.onion.dk/

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  24. Here is more: http://www.ottobredesign.com/lehdet_js/2013_2/all_designs.pdf

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  25. I'm addicted to pencil skirts :), and also Butterick 6582 is one of my favorite.
    Whatever you make I'm sure it will be lovely.
    Happy sewing :).

    Vesna.

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  26. Lovely! View A of New Look workroom 6181 would work and has a lovely drapey back too. :-)

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  27. beautiful prints!! what about a crepe dress from Colette? I made mine in knit fabric and the drape is absolutely gorgeous, I am wearing it right now :)

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    1. That's the pattern I was thinking of! Thanks so much for the offer but I ordered the pattern off Ebay after I read your blog post about it xx

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  29. Wonderful fabric Tilly. I think a dress would be lovely, or a wrap top. Look forward to seeing what you come up with. And how wonderful that it's organic too.

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  30. Ooooooh, so pretty!! It is so hard to find nice prints in knit fabric, and definitely hard to find them organic as well! I would make a Miz Mozelle dress with this, I love that pattern!

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  31. Simplicity 7341 with a red collar please! x

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  32. what fun!

    I can see it as either, the current McCalls 5610 view A or B with the cute crossed pleat detail http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/47216

    OR
    a full on 70s style polo shirt or shirtwaister dress with a white collar/buttonband eg http://www.etsy.com/listing/102846641/vintage-1970s-polo-shirt-dress-skirt

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  33. Wow! I love ALL the colours in those fabrics! Thanks for sharing such a fab range with us! Off to have a look (sorry, purse).....
    Carly
    x

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  34. I've had my eye on this fabric collection for a while now and can't wait to see what you make with it! I LOVE that particular print. So cute.

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  35. Amanda over at kitschy koo has a grown up skater dress pattern for knits and that would look great with this fabric! It reminds me of the moda charm lack that had deer in it! Can't wait to see what you do with it x

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  36. Amanda over at kitschy koo has a grown up skater dress pattern for knits and that would look great with this fabric! It reminds me of the moda charm lack that had deer in it! Can't wait to see what you do with it x

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  37. This would be incredibly cute as kid wear too... tiny baby pants or a shirt!

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  38. Knits in cute patterns?!? Wondrous!
    I've just made Maria Denmark's Audrey dress.....it's AWESOME. Although I made it with 3/4 sleeves it could be summerified with short sleeves I reckon....

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  39. I have just made Vogue V1337 and it's gorgeous -batwing, elasticated with a fabulous drapey belt. It would look amazing in your fabric

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  40. I have just made Vogue V1337 and it's gorgeous -batwing, elasticated with a fabulous drapey belt. It would look amazing in your fabric

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  41. AAAAHH I want it so much!! Just beautiful.

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  42. Twist front dress!! http://www.sewbox.co.uk/sewing-patterns/hot-patterns/hot-patterns-1138-metropolitan-verano-dress-tops.html

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    1. Although on second thoughts I don't think the fabric is drapey enough :(

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  43. GORGEOUS - I need these!!!

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  44. Love it. I would make some high waisted shorts with that material.

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  45. I spotted this on another website and can't stop thinking how lovely it would be for a long sleeved top for my 3 year old son. Animals will always win him over and I'll get lots of enjoyment making it!!

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