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Launch Day: Wallet sewing patterns!

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The wallet is an essential item for most men (and women) so it was only a matter of time before we added our take on the wallet to the growing collection of Thread Theory menswear sewing patterns!  Meet our 3 new mini PDF patterns: The Elastic Wallet, The Card Wallet, and The Bifold Wallet.

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The goal for these wallet designs was to produce a minimalist cash and card storage solution that carries all of the necessities while remaining very slim.

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An equally important goal while designing these patterns was to create the most storage options with the fewest pattern pieces possible.  This way, each wallet is a true beginner-friendly project and the project is compatible with all home-sewing machines regardless of the material that you choose to use (even leather).

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An added advantage of their minimalist design is that these wallets are shockingly quick to sew – making them ideal for gift-giving!  Sew any of these wallets in well under an hour (seriously, some of these take mere minutes to sew) and fill them with a gift card to create a great Christmas or birthday gift!

Now you know our motives, all that remains is to decide which wallet suits you best.  Let’s get to know them:

The Elastic Wallet

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The Elastic Wallet is the simplest of our three new patterns.  It features a length of cleverly folded 2″ elastic and a top stitched cash pocket.  Instructions are included to add an optional tag that can be attached to a lanyard or key ring.

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This tiny wallet can carry a surprising amount of cards and cash!  The strong elastic expands to hold 6 cards easily (more can fit in snugly if you really want to take the whole stack with you).

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If you prefer to carry less or to use this wallet as a single gift card holder, it still keeps a small load very secure.

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It slips in a front or back pocket or can fit in even the smallest clutch or purse.

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Unlike many elastic wallet designs, this wallet looks attractive and can easily be personalised by mixing and matching printed elastics with a contrast cash pocket.

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I think the contrast pocket paired with a ribbon, leather or grosgrain tag really elevates this wallet from pure functionality to a lovely combination of function and fashion!

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We’ve added a great selection of printed and solid 2″ elastics to our shop so that you can get creative with your design choices…isn’t this embroidered elastic stunning?

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Here are a few of the new elastics – aside from being perfect for the Elastic Wallet pattern, many of them are also great choices for our Comox Trunks:

The Card Wallet

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Our second new wallet pattern is a versatile Card Wallet.  It can be sewn up in everything from quilting cotton to industrial felt!

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I’ve created two separate patterns and two sets of instructions depending on the material type you choose.  This way there is no guess work about how to pre-treat your material or where to top stitch, no matter the material you select from the wide range of possibilities.

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One of my favourite features on this wallet is an optional leather storage pocket which is the perfect size to hold a house key or, if you are inclined, a guitar pick.

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The angled design of the wallet holds cards very securely while also allowing them to be accessed with a quick swipe of your thumb.

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Depending on your material choice, this tiny wallet can hold a lot!  Stiff materials (such as Kraft-tex or leather) will hold fewer cards than materials such as cotton canvas or felt.

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Like the elastic wallet, the card wallet makes a lovely sewn gift because it takes mere minutes to make (the Felt & Specialized Materials variation only features several inches of actual sewing!) and holds a gift card very attractively.

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If you are looking for a gift for a musician, how about filling it with a gift card to the local music/record shop and a fresh guitar pick?

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Once the gift has been given, the gift card holder will become the recipient’s only wallet for years to come (Matt can attest to that…in fact, his felt Card Wallet is tucked in his jeans pocket right now!)

If you would like to create an industrial felt card wallet like the wallet pictured above, you don’t have to look far to find wool felt – I’ve just added it to the shop where you can purchase it by the square foot.  This way, you can buy only the small amount that you need for your tiny wallet project.

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The Bifold Wallet

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Our final wallet design is a classic Bifold Wallet with a twist!  This wallet contains all of the card holders and cash dividers that you would expect of a bifold.  It is a standard size and functions in the standard way you would require a bifold wallet to function…but it consists of only two pattern pieces!

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Instead of a whole stack of card slot pattern pieces and tricky seams, this wallet pattern allows you to construct a bifold with a few quick origami folds and some simple top stitching.

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Just as I did for the card wallet, I’ve included separate pattern pieces and instruction booklets to guide you through the construction process based on your material choice.

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You can sew this wallet in cotton, canvas, felt, Kraft-tex, Tyvek, leather or any other material you feel inclined to try!

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The contrast cash pocket is an excellent way to discreetly personalise your bifold by using printed cottons or elegant lining materials.

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I love how little fabric this project requires!  I attended an indigo dying workshop a few years ago and have had a tiny scrap of dyed cotton kicking around since then.  It almost ended up in the compost once or twice since it was too small to even make a pouch…I’m glad I saved it though since it was enough to make this gorgeous contrast cash insert:

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If you like to carry a bit of change in your wallet, the Fabric Variation of our Bifold Wallet pattern includes instructions to add a zippered pocket to the back of the wallet.  The pocket construction is uncomplicated and beginner-friendly.

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I sewed my favourite version of The Bifold Wallet in washable paper (Kraft-tex).

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It stores Matt’s entire set of essential cards and cash yet still manages to look pretty much empty!

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The Bifold Wallet is quite slim and very light so it is comfortable to wear in the back pocket of jeans.

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If you would like to try constructing a wallet or bag with Kraft-tex (otherwise known as washable paper), this is also a new addition to our shop!

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I’ll be writing a separate blog post about it soon, but in the meantime, check out this link to my bag-making Pinterest board for plenty of washable paper inspiration.  You can also read my very detailed description of Kraft-tex in our shop.


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Now that you’ve had a chance to get to know our three new patterns, it’s time to get sewing!  You can find the PDFs listed individually or you can download the entire Wallet Gift-Giving Set at a discounted price.  The Gift-Giving Set includes each PDF pattern and an extra PDF containing all of the pattern pieces for the three wallets puzzled together so you need only print 6 sheets of paper.  This is a great way of printing your projects if you plan to batch sew them as Christmas gifts!

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3 Mini Patterns Coming Soon!

Three new mini patterns will be released very soon so please sign up for our newsletter to ensure that you receive the launch day discount code!  You can sign up here.

The patterns are a departure from our usual focus on garments and will instead fill a non-apparel related void in the home-sewn menswear wardrobe.  Above you can see a few of the useful materials that will be added to the shop on pattern launch day!  Can you guess what sewing project these things could be used for?


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Bring on winter sweater fabrics!

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Cozy mid-weight merinos and ever-so-soft hemp and recycled polyester fleece have arrived in our shop!  They are absolutely ideal for cold weather Finlayson Sweaters, Newcastle Cardigans.

This summer Matt tested out our mid-weight merino sweater knit in the Yukon and northern British Columbia while on a road trip with his uncle.

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I couldn’t resist sharing a few of his stunning photos to get you in the mood for chilly sweater weather!

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He wore a (sewn by me) wool Strathcona Henley layered over a superfine merino base layer (not sewn by me, but could have been using the superfine merino that we carry in the shop) and topped things off with this (sewn by me) Merino double knit Finlayson Sweater:

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Paired with his (sewn by me) Dintex Hemingway Windcheater and a (knit by me) toque he stayed warm and also mobile during frigid early morning walks.  This merino double knit has a black nylon backing which makes it slip easily over woolly long sleeve layers and prevents one from feeling uncomfortably ‘bundled up’.

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We have three merino double knit colorways in the shop right now: Two gorgeously saturated options and one more sedate charcoal grey.  The newest merino double knit is a stunning Nova Red which contains just a hint of warm orange.  We also have restocked Moroccan and Charcoal in the shop which were in huge demand last winter:

 

In addition to these merino blends, you will also find another option within our growing collection of sustainable and rugged hemp knits!  This time, in keeping with our sweater theme, I’ve added three colorways of hemp and recycled polyester fleece.

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This fleece could not be more ideal for the Finlayson Sweater or a classic zip-up hoodie!  The wrong side features an ultra soft brushed nap while the right side is attractively heathered.

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This hemp fleece is available in Lake blue, elegant dark Charcoal, and a very gentle Forest green.

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I will be cutting in to one of these before the end of the month to sew a birthday Finlayson Sweater for my Dad.  I know he’ll be reading this blog post but don’t worry, I already spoiled the surprise by asking him if he would like a Finlayson Sweater a couple of months ago!  If I sew for someone else, I like to be certain that they actually want or need the finish garment in their wardrobe.  He said he would love Variation 1!

Speaking of being certain and confident in regards to your sewing plans, I’ve added Swatch Kits to our shop so that you can feel our fabrics and perhaps show them to the intended recipient of your hard work before committing to buying yardage!

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The swatch kits cost $5 CAD and come with a coupon to give you $5 off of your next Thread Theory order so that your kit will be fully reimbursed.  You can choose any three fabrics and I will pack them up along with our sewing themed coaster and a little note card.

If you’ve been wanting to sprinkle water on our waterproof Dintex fabric, have wondered how our canvas feels, or been unable to choose between interlock and jersey t-shirt knits, the swatch kit is for you!

I’ll leave you with my favourite shot from Matt’s trip up north:

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Have a good weekend!

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Jutland Pants Discount Code

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I received a Facebook message yesterday from Fallon, a prospective Jutland Pants sewist, wondering if we happened to have a discount code going for our Jutland Pants PDF pattern.  We didn’t but we do now!  Thanks for the idea, Fallon!  Good luck with your hunting pant project!

The discount code is FALLJUTLAND.  Enter it upon checkout to receive 20% off the Jutland Pants PDF or Tissue pattern.

To get you inspired to sew some pants for Fall, here is a gallery of some amazing finished and in progress Jutland Pants, all gathered from #jutlandpants on Instagram.  Above you can see a gorgeous pair of Jutland Shorts sewn by @inder_khalsa

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@ingvesmakesandmends embellished her fly topstitching with beautifully precise hand stitches.

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These wool Jutland Pants were sewn by @11400knit for her partner, Dave.

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This photo, also by @ingvesmakesandmends, provides a great view of some of the optional rugged details found within the Jutland Pants pattern: Cargo pockets, knee and hem reinforcements and flat fell side seams.

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There are loads of details included in the pattern (even optional lining pieces to make cozy flannel lined trousers!) but you can always add more!  @kirstyteacat added a small pocket designed to perfectly fit her husband’s torch.

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@uktriggerfish added custom topstitching to the Jutland patch pockets. Do you think the recipient’s name begins with a T?

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The Jutland Pants included a curved pocket reminiscent of jeans while the Jedediah Pants include slash pockets.  As @_ym.sews_ discusses in her Instagram caption, they are fairly straightforward to mix and match so that you can sew the style of pocket you prefer.

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@wouter.vdub always impresses me with his attention to detail.  He created some lovely welt pockets while constructing his colourful Jutland Shorts.

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@silkandtweed.scotland sewed her partner some waxed denim Jutlands.

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While @lisa.poblenz (photo shared by @pintuckandpurl) used the base Jutland pattern to sew herself some summer shorts.  She bought the pattern to sew for her partner but it has served double duty now!  Notice the red bartacks and creative slash pockets.

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Last but not least, here are two examples of modelled Jutlands.  These practical and nicely fitted cargos were sewn by @_stitchesandseams_ for her partner who is apparently already asking for another pair!

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@bustersew shows us that the Jutlands can be dressed up too!  Sew variation one in a twill or suiting to wear with a Fairfield Button-up.

Ready to try your hand at trousers?  Get the PDF or Tissue pattern 20% off until Friday, Sept. 22nd.  Use the code FALLJUTLAND and head to our shop >


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Dintex and Merino – Fabrics and your Projects

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Do you subscribe to our email newsletter?  If so, you will have been notified about the launch of our Fall Fabric Collection last Monday!  We have Dintex (waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric) and superfine Merino fabrics back in stock…and have some bold new colors!

I’ve compiled some inspiration today from my own sewing projects and from some of the amazing projects that have been shared on Instagram and blogs since we launched our Dintex fabric last year.  But first, have a quick look at the new colors!

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You will now find this classic red Dintex in our shop along with a very sporty Green Apple:

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I could imagine both these colors sewn into the bright high-tech ski jackets hanging at my local ski & board shop!  Or, perhaps, they could be paired with a less sporty pattern (a glamorous full skirted trench coat perhaps) and a floral umbrella for an entirely different look.

Since a few of you have been enquiring about the mesh ‘wrong side’ of this fabric, I took a close up shot of the mesh backing so you can see that it doesn’t need to be lined.  The mesh is soft and hard wearing and is similar to what you would see on the inside of high tech sportwear (especially outer ‘shells’)…

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If you wanted to line your Dintex garment though, the possibilities are only limited by the style that you are trying to achieve!  It would pair nicely with microfleece as a warm and sporty outer layer or you could dress it up with acetate lining or tartan flannel.

Aside from these two new colors we have a large range of more sedate choices as well as some gorgeous stormy blues and tropical teals!

The superfine 100% merino wool that you can also find in our Fall Fabric collection is the perfect base layer to wear beneath a Dintex rain jacket.  It is incredibly versatile – it can be used for classic long johns (by lengthening the Comox Trunks pattern) or it can be sewn in to an elegant dress!  We have restocked it in Moroccan blue and charcoal grey but I couldn’t resist adding this third color to the collection – a GORGEOUS Nova Red that features just a hint of orange:

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Isn’t that beautifully rich?  The fabric gleams and it is incredibly soft against the skin.

Now that you’ve seen the new color choices, imagine them paired with these projects that you and I have sewn throughout the last year:

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This superfine merino top in Moroccan blue was sewn by me (for myself) but is modelled here by my sister’s beautiful friend, Sylvia.  We were headed for a beach walk so I couldn’t pass up the perfect opportunity to dress Sylvia up and allow my talented photographer sister to take some shots!

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This top was sewn using a BurdaStyle pattern from the magazine but the same pattern can also be found online as a PDF.  I love this rendition of the top because I can wear it as a warm layer while hiking or skiing or I can add a statement necklace and a skirt to dress up (sometimes on the same day!)!  I’ve washed, tumble dried and worn this steadily for a full year now with no signs of wear.  I anticipate that this merino shirt will be in my closet for many years to come.

You might remember one of my other sewing projects from last winter – Matt’s Dintex jacket:

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You can read all about this on the blog.  Matt wore this jacket as a shell over a down mid-layer throughout the last snowy winter.  We’ve machine washed and then hung to dry this jacket mid winter because Matt can often be found doing grubby things like carting fire wood or bush-wacking so the front got a bit muddy.  After washing it we sprayed it with a water repellent finish to freshen up the DWR that the fabric manufacturer applied.  He continued to wear the jacket throughout the spring with a sweater underneath and this summer has been wearing it over a t-shirt since it is breathable and thus comfortable in hot weather.  I really need to make myself a similar jacket since I am quite jealous of how it allows him to be ready for anything!

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And now, the best part…your projects!

Here are two adorable Dintex jackets made by Nicole of The Spool Sewing Studio (@thespoolsewingstudio) for herself and her daughter:

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Nicole always does a great job of using up her fabric scraps by sewing a coordinating outfit for her daughter…so cute and no waste!  Her jacket is the Kelly Anorak by Cloest Case Patterns and her daughter’s is the Oliver and S School Days Jacket.

And another gorgeous Kelly Anorak, this time in Navy Dintex, sewn by @newribina and shared on Instagram:17818549_1248444198610671_3114182173880483840_n

She used the hardware kit that we stock in our shop!  I love how she used the reflective zipper (that we include for pockets or ‘pit zips’) as a chest pocket.  The drawstring at the waist is also reflective so the wearer of this beautiful jacket is safe walking or riding at night.

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Jen (@_jennicholson_) sewed this Hemingway Windcheater for her partner.  The charcoal grey Dintex that she chose pairs very nicely with the gunmetal snaps.

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Lastly, a third Kelly Anorak, this time sewn by Fiona of the blog Stitch and Finish.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Fiona has written some very helpful details about working with Dintex, seam tape (for waterproofing seams) and about a few modifications she made to tailor her jacket to cycling.  Her end result looks SO pro!

I’ve sorted our new Fall fabrics into their own section in our shop so you can see them all at once.  I thought that might make it easier to pair your outerlayer Dintex with a coordinating merino base layer.

I would really love to share some photos of the projects you guys have made with our merino wool over the last year but it isn’t nearly as easy to search as #dintex is!  I know I have seen some great ones but I can’t seem to find them now.  Can you point me in the right direction (to your blog or Instagram posts)?


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Summer 2017 Fabrics (plus re-stocked best sellers!)

Have you checked our fabric selection lately?  It’s grown quite a bit!  I’ve added an earthy new summer collection and some season-less staple fabrics.  I’ve also restocked three all time bestseller fabrics since many of you let me know that you had missed out when they were last in our store.

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Remember this gorgeous saturated Hemp and Organic Cotton Cotton knit in Deep Teal?  It was part of our Spring 2017 capsule collection and sold out within a couple of days.  I made my Dad a Strathcona T-shirt featuring the Brown colorway and I am currently making myself a teal Weekender Breton Top (sorry, I just had to use a couple meters for myself!  Don’t worry, I stocked plenty extra for you to use too.).  Since I love this fabric so much I’ve also added a third color to our collection, but more on that in a moment!

Also freshly restocked are two Hemp and Organic Cotton shirtings from our Summer 2016 collection!

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This was the fabric used for our Fairfield Button-up sample:

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I re-purchased both the striped and solid blue since this was the color that everyone loved most!

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And now let’s have a look at our new Summer 2017 fabrics:  They feature sustainable fibres and earthy colors inspired by the evergreen forest and wind-whipped lake that Matt and I enjoy each summer at our favourite camping spot.

Let’s begin with the deep blue of the lake…I’ve been dying to show you this gorgeous 100% linen in navy!

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It is 5.9 oz/sq yard making it a great medium weight with enough heft and opacity to create a perfect menswear button-up or a gorgeous tunic.

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If you guys love this linen as much as I do I hope to increase our color range since I really enjoy carrying such a sustainable fibre in our shop.  Some of the other intriguing colors available include natural, olive, red, and plum.

And now, the pebble grey of the gravel beaches:

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One of our fabric suppliers has recently added a new line of 100% cotton jerseys which I am over the moon about…I have looked for heathered 100% cotton jerseys for some time now since this is Matt’s favorite sort of t-shirt fabric.  There is no spandex so it can be dried at high heat without worry of degrading.  I’ve added this beautiful heathered grey to our summer collection and look forward to adding a really nice heathered blue as well as a selection of matching ribbing in the future.

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Next up, we have a new color option (reminiscent of salal bushes and ferns) for our hemp and organic cotton trouser canvas:

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This canteen green looks a tad more saturated in photos than it does in indoor light so I think it would be perfect treated as a neutral and sewn into Jedediah Pants to pair with brightly colored t-shirts (or perhaps a more sedate heather grey t-shirt from the 100% cotton jersey!).

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I wish you could feel this canvas in person but I think the photo above should give you an idea of how gorgeous it is: It is tightly woven with a very slight nubbly texture (due to the hemp).  It will make for excellent hard wearing trousers.

While we are looking at hemp fabrics, here is the new third color option for our Hemp and Organic Cotton Jersey – it is Stone Grey.

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This elegant warm grey would look very smart as a t-shirt paired with extra deep indigo denim.

If you like the idea of hemp and organic cotton blends but prefer a bit more stretch, I’ve added two fabrics featuring a new blend of fibres to the shop: 53% Hemp, 44% Organic Cotton and 3% Spandex! It features a finer texture and more elasticity than the version without any spandex but it does not drape or stretch quite as much as the Bamboo, Organic Cotton and Spandex blend that we also have in our collection.  With the Hemp/Cotton blend on one end of the spectrum (lots of texture, loosely knit, not stretchy) and the Bamboo/Cotton/Spandex blend on the other (smooth, tightly knit, very stretchy), these two new fabrics fall right in the middle.

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This olive has always been my favorite color.  I think it would make a beautiful Camas Blouse with richly embroidered yokes.

This fabric also comes in the same stone grey color as the Hemp/Cotton blend without spandex.  Compare this photo below to the stone grey fabric above and you can see what I mean about the finer texture of the Hemp/Cotton featuring spandex:

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So there you have it, the earthy summer collection!  But there are still more fabrics to show you since I have added a few new color options to the staple fabrics that we stock in our shop (and restock each time they sell out, unlike our seasonal collections):

As I always say, the Bamboo, Organic Cotton and Spandex jersey that we have had in our shop for a number of is hands down my favorite fabric.  We currently carry it in burgundy, charcoal, forest green, almond, olive, navy and white stripe, and navy and grey stripe.  I thought it was time to add some true basics since it is the perfect choice for everything from t-shirts to leggings:

We now have black (a true pure black that is darker than it appears in this photo):

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And classic navy:

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These two will certainly be my only choice for leggings from now on!

And, to finish on a very colorful note, I’ve added two new paisely acetate linings based on a lovely customer’s request!  Here we have a stunning purple:

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And a very elegant navy:

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Both these linings would make a gorgeous addition to the inside of a Goldstream Peacoat or the back of a Belvedere Waistcoat!

As always, I love receiving requests!  If you are looking for a particular fabric or would like to see one of our fabrics in a different colour, please let me know by commenting or emailing me at info@threadtheory.ca

Have a look at our new fabrics in detail >

 


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Sell us your pattern stash! Plus it’s now possible to write reviews.

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I was just sent a fresh selection of vintage boy’s and men’s sewing patterns all the way from Oklahoma!  They are now available in our shop for you to peruse.

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You might remember when I asked you to sell me your vintage menswear patterns last winter.  Since then, Cyndi, from Oklahoma, has been gathering together each gem that she finds at her local thrift shops.  She packaged them up for me and I paid for them to be shipped to our studio.  Cyndi opted to trade her vintage patterns for a few Thread Theory tissue patterns she has had on her wishlist for a while.  We are also happy to pay you for your sewing patterns!

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If you love to shop at thrift stores or if you have menswear sewing patterns languishing in a storage box somewhere, please email me so we can work out a similar deal!  I’m really enjoying sorting through these old patterns and it is heartening to think that these patterns will avoid the trash bin and instead continue their life as useful templates for your unique menswear projects!

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Head to our shop to check out the selection of $3 vintage patterns.  While you are at it, you might notice that we have a new feature on our website – you can now review our patterns, fabrics and tools!

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The first 10 people to leave a review on our website will receive 10% off their next order.  Thanks for sharing your opinions, projects and plans!

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Check out our vintage pattern selection >