spring samples

I thought you might like to see a trunk show we’ve just put together for one of our distributors, Brewer Quilting and Sewing Supplies. Retail stores who carry our patterns sometimes order through distributors, and Brewer wanted to highlight their wide selection of silk dupioni fabrics as well as the quilting cottons of Benartex, who they also represent. Together, we selected the fabrics for these samples that Brewer will display in their showroom, at trade shows, and at some of their retail customers.

The varying stripes of the Sailboat Top remind me of what is often called an “awning stripe” in the fashion industry.

The pants are a sort of variation on a gingham check, with circles in the center of the squares.

I like the combination of silk dupioni with printed cotton on the Tea Party Sundress. And the flat piping in the skirt is also silk, which dresses it up and adds a little texture and variety to the skirt.

You might notice that for the Birthday Party Dress, we widened the ties by an inch to give them a softer, dressier appearance. I think this dress looks ready for a summer wedding. Flower girl, perhaps? Junior bridesmaid? The pleats on the skirt are left unpressed for a softer appearance that suits the big bow and the hand of the silk, I think.

Printed cotton fabrics are as follows:

Sailboat Top: Benartex “City Girl” by Kitty Yoshida, Bar Code Stripe Blue/Green, Style 2318, Color 55
Tea Party Sundress: skirt is Bentartex “City Blooms” by Kitty Yoshida, Yellow/Graphite, Style 2319, Color 12
Sailboat Pants: Benartex “City Girl” by Kitty Yoshida, Squared Bolts, Steel Blue, Style 2317, Color 50


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  1. The dresses in silk are just stunning.

  2. Aaaaaand I’m squealing again. They look so good together!

  3. The photos look grand! I’m so glad you provided links to the fabric – I was really eyeing that stripe!

  4. I’ve been loving the tab version of that dress so much, I didn’t pay much attention to the bow version.. but this.. this is so lovely!

  5. just beautiful.

  6. ali

    Absolutely Beautiful. I love the birthday party dress in Dupioni, it looks fantastic!

  7. I love the way the Tea Dress looks in those fabrics and the boys outfit is just too cute!
    I am thinking my next pattern will have to be te Birthday Dress!

  8. You’ve done it again! That all white version is stunning.

  9. How about the cream silk dress in adult sizes?! It is absolutely beautiful.

  10. It’s so wonderful to get to come into work each day and see these here…live and in the “flesh”! I’ll be so sad once they’re off at a shop…but then again, that’s motivation to make my own!! Thank you Liesl!

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