Welcome to my stop on the New Horizons Valentines Day Blog Tour.
Keep reading until the end for details about the sale and a chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors.
I’m excited to share my Valentine’s Valencia (affiliate link), in rayon spandex from Mily Mae Fabrics. I sewed my first Valencia about a year ago. It was during testing for the Marbella (see my version here), a tank and excellent companion pattern for layering under the Valencia.
I tried out the solid front and back, curved hem, and 3/4 sleeves. True to New Horizon form, amazing options, terrific fit, instructions that don’t leave you hanging.
Cotton Lycra: My First Love
When I started sewing knits, I was confused by all the different types of fabrics and their content. I quickly learned stretchy fabrics were not all created equal. I’ve always loved more natural fibers (breathability!) and was immediately drawn to cotton lycra. It is a fairly stable knit so easier to sew than something slinkier like ITY. It also has excellent stretch and recovery so can technically be used for nearly everything – – – dresses, skirts, leggings, tops, bands, etc. I used it here, here, and here.
The one downside is that cotton lycra doesn’t drape the best. I don’t hesitate to use it for tops for my kids but unless its a fairly structured garment, I prefer something with a little more flow to it for myself.
Enter: Rayon Spandex
Rayon is soft like cotton (more slippery) and will breathe like cotton but had the advantage of draping beautifully. Typically, rayon spandex may have great stretch but it is not renowned for its recovery. So, unless there is a decently large neck opening, you don’t want to use rayon spandex for bands.
I saw this Kammy fabric recently at Mily Mae and *HAD* to have it. It was pink, it was floral, it was RS. This is pretty much my fabric holy grail. Better yet, I have enough left over to make something pink and fabulous for my daughter who loves rayon spandex as much as I do. (Evidence here, here, and here.)
I wish I had scooped up these yellow dots too, they make me feel so happy!
Secret tip: Watch the Mily Mae website tomorrow at 3PM PT for an amazing stocking!
Other Fab Bases
Another of my favorite sewing bases is french terry. There are tons of different compositions but the two I see most often are:
- Cotton-based French Terry such as the geometric print fabric I used here and here.
- Rayon-Poly blend French Terry such as what I used for my first Valencia (below) as well as other projects here and here. This is the drapey softer sort of French Terry, perfect for the cross over back Valencia!
I do sew non-natural fibers too. I’m a huge fan of double-brushed polyester, especially in the cooler months. See this post for how I wore DBP in the summer.
And I could not live without my drapey cozy sweater knits in the winter (see here, here, and here). Bonus points in my book if its a brushed sweater knit like this one I used for this Tawsha dress (full blog post here). I have a grey sweater knit planned for my next Valencia, it will be a cross over back version.
Wanna See More Gorgeous Garments?
This is a week-long adventure! Each day, you can check out more Valencia and Marbella inspiration. Check out those stops:
Without Further Ado – – – PRIZES!
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- Marbella Tank and Valencia Top Bundle from New Horizons Designs
- $40 gift card to Mily Mae Fabrics
- $35 gift card to So Sew English Fabrics
- Bundle of choice from Surge Fabric Shop
- Both the Valencia and Marbella Tank are on sale for $7/ea through Sunday, Feb 10
- Surge Fabric Shop is offering bigflynotions readers 15% off with code NHBUNDLES15 on the exclusive bundles here. I’m especially swooning over that mustard bundle.
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