L' Etoffe Fabrics: Eugene, Oregon

My choices for Fall/Holiday Sewing Wrap - Up

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Next Level Sewing

Wool Petersham Fold Over Binders in colors!

Wool binders are an easy way to finish edges when you don’t want to fold and turn raw edges especially when working with thicker fabric. Below is the Kyoto Vest suitable for beginning to advanced sewers and it’s is one pattern piece! By Tessuti Patterns - download or order the pattern online here

No More Tent Dresses!!!

Susan Khalje: The Boatneck Top

sized 4 to 24, go smaller not bigger


I have some beautiful Italian woolens in stock that are blouse weight, some soft enough to forgo lining, other slightly heavier for dresses as well. I love working with wool because I love tracing all my lines with basting, fitting, and steaming accordingly.

DP Studio Le 001 Hoodie Project Finished!

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Includes kangaroo pockets, with or without hood, sleeves are extra long cut accordingly.

Sew Expo Puyallup: Center for Pattern Design CB Topcoat Pattern

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Hello everyone, many of you inquired about the muslin coat I had hanging on the rack at Sew Expo. They are back in stock and can be purchased here:



seam allowances are 5/8

the collar is self drafted, the sample has a 3.5" finished height

only one size is included

finished width across bust without overlapping is 58"


Balenciaga was known for his sculptural skills while draping a design since he molds fitting tools, such as darts, directly into the design lines of the garment and this coat is an example of that technique.  The front of the coat appears to be a simple rectangle but the dart fullness has been eased into the dropped yoke sleeve seam which is cut-in-one with the back. The back is fuller with a deep pli de souplesse (fold at the armscye) which allows it to be easily worn over other garments.  The coat has two main pattern pieces and does not require a lining or closures.  Sizing is 'medium' but the size range is from 8 to 16.  The Egg hat is not included. The coat can be laid out as shown in the pattern diagram included, without nap, on 4 yards of 45" fabric folded crosswise to 2 yards. You may be able to do it for less on 58" or 60" depending on your own adjustments for length.  

Early in his career, Balenciaga worked with Madeleine Vionnet to learn many of her draping techniques in crepe fabrics and then went on to practice them in the more firm and moldable fabrics popular in his day.  He learned how to make a design, like this coat, appear simple, when, in fact, it was quite complex.  This coat is reminiscent of Vionnet, reminding us of her unusual seaming and shaping.  After Balenciaga closed his house, Salvador, his tailoring assistant, taught his methods and this pattern was an example from those classes.


Sewing Club Spotlight

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Sue made a great linen knit t-shirt from Dp Studio Le 506 Asymmetric Sweatshirt. She has posted a review here. What is cool about this pattern is that you can make it in a stable knit or woven. All sizes included from 36 to 48 or bust 83cm to 111cm but could easily go larger.

Sew House Seven: Sequined Toaster Sweater #1

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Pattern: Toaster Sweater version 1 from Sew House Seven

Fabric: 1 1/3 yard sequined jersey = 37.80, 3/4 yard black rayon ponte 12.40

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Cost: $50

Notes: Debera who made this - likes to double the height (length) of the neck band so it can fold over allowing for a more stable neckband. Yes, working with sequins is easy. Just use your serger, assemble like you usually would but a 4 thread stitch is preferred and wear glasses just in case a sequin gets thrown.

Working on posting a kit for this....but the fabric may not stay in stock. contact the shop for a custom order