This blog post has been a long time coming...I've been corresponding with the girls at The Drapery for months about sharing their store and beautiful fabrics on my blog, but things seemed to keep popping up (how long can I use Harvey as an excuse for my email slackness?!) and we didn't seem to get it together. I think that it was one of those "meant to be" moments though because as soon as I designed my Essential Shorts pattern, I knew that The Drapery would have a great selection of linens for me to try out with the pattern, and I wasn't wrong!
The Drapery is a real, bricks-and-mortar store in Adelaide, South Australia. I haven't been there before, but don't you think it looks lovely?
If you live in Adelaide, make sure you go and visit the shop for me. For the rest of us, The Drapery also has an online store so that we don't have to miss out!
The Drapery was opened in 2013 by two very talented sewers, Fiona and Jane. Check out their blogs, they sew some A-mazing things! I love the selection of fabrics that Fiona and Jane stock. They have an eye for sophisticated style and specialise in natural fabrics, particularly linen, hemp, wool and organic cotton. As well as stocking a big selection of designer sewing patterns and high-quality notions.
For my shorts sewing, the girls sent me a couple of different linens to try out.
The pea green linen at the top is a linen/cotton blend - found here.
And the blue is 100% linen, found here. Both are made in Lithuania.
The thing you need to remember when buying linen is that they soften with washing and wearing. These two fabrics were quite stiff and a little starchy feeling when they first arrived so I overlocked the raw edges and threw them in the washing machine and dryer and they came out super soft and drapey.These shorts are soooooo comfortable. Usually by the end of the day I'm hanging out to change into pyjamas or a pair of trackies, but I'm in no hurry to take these shorts off. The linen is so lightweight, but not at all see-through and it isn't itchy like some linens seem to be. They are a bit wrinkly in these photos after a morning of wear, but that's what linen does and I quite like the crushed look that is characteristic of linen fabric.
Make sure you pop back tomorrow...I've got some goodies to give away from The Drapery!
Make It Perfect, Essential Shorts Pattern
Blue 100% linen from The Drapery