fall trunk show

The fall trunk show has left the building. First stop: Quilt Essential Fabrics in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

We showed you the fabrics we selected for the show. Would you like to see how the samples turned out?

I think the fabrics in the 2 + 2 blouse and skirt are so fun together, with all those polka dots in different scales. We used a light-weight quilting cotton for the blouse, since the heavier home dec quality would have been too stiff. But the pleats look terrific in the heavier fabric. I want to wear this one myself!

The playdate dress has the same print as the 2 + 2 skirt, but in a different colorway. And I like how the weight of the fabric helps to maintain a crisp inverted pleat at the front. The patterned piping gives the dress a fun little shot of color and texture, too.

The Sandbox pants look great in corduroy, and the use of a printed fabric at the waistband adds a little interest without overwhelming it.

Flannel Bedtime Story pajamas are cozy for fall, and we used the home dec fabric for the neckband, waistband, and leg trim. Again, I like how just a bit of the busy print doesn’t overwhelm the outfit but gives it a little pop.

And the Sunday Brunch turned out beautifully. I really need to take a photo of the inside of the jacket because our sample maker did such an amazing job with the binding at the seams. It’s as beautiful inside as it is outside, which is really saying something for an un-lined jacket. That little kick pleat at the back skirt looks really nice and crisp in the heavier fabric, too.

I neglected to ask our sample makers whether I can identify them here. Is it ok, everyone? I’m thrilled at what beautiful work they did, and I’m sure they’re pround of it as well.


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  1. R

    Oh, Liesl – these look wonderful… what an amazing debut! Those fabrics are luscious!!!

  2. Everything looks so beautiful!

  3. Congratulations, Miss Liesl…
    You should be very proud; everything looks wonderful. I can’t wait to start a little “sample making” of my own!

  4. It’s all beautiful! Now I need to go buy some Denyse Schmidt.

  5. Kim

    Beautiful patterns and fabric. I especially adore the 2+2 blouse, polka dots are so fun! Just whipped up your lazy days skirt… loved the pattern — thanks for sharing! :)K

  6. Liesl, just got back from the trunk show in Abbotsford, B.C…………just beautiful, and you’re so right about that jacket. The inside is every bit as pretty as the outside – wow, what a good sewer. I love the jammies too – can’t wait to get started.

  7. Everything is gorgeous. I’m dying to know what the fabrics are on the Sunday Brunch outfit–especially the jacket. So pretty!

  8. I am very excited. I just bought the Sunday brunch jacket pattern and a lady bug fabric from Kokka fabrics. I would love to see pictures of the inside of the sample jacket, because I always have trouble finishing the seams. I never know the best way to finish them. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  9. Tonya, you’ll find suggestions and instructions for finishing the seam allowances right in the jacket instructions, too. And I’ll certainly post a photo of the inside of the jacket the next time it’s in the studio. Thanks for asking!

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