Today, here in New York City, it is 91 degrees so you would expect this blog post to include a nice beautiful cotton or chiffon dress that catches the wind and drapes beautifully. But instead today's post will be featuring wool.
And here is another sewing project shared with us by Crystal Rice. This project shows that simplicity can absolutely stand for elegance and style. Crystal used our French cotton shirting with satin finish to create this chic sleeveless top with back keyhole closure.
This pattern is so simple that you'd need to work on two French darts, narrow hem and hook and eye closing. As Crystal says she loves to wear this top and is happy with the fit.
You can wear it with skirts, jeans and shorts. We think this beautiful pullover top is also very universal and that's what matters most in fashion, when you can match your top with any bottom and vice versa.
Find more details on how to make this chic sleeveless top on Vogue Patterns
We are happy to announce our Annual Online Celebration! It's a celebration of our online fashion fabric boutique. It's been 8 years since we launched our website and during this time we've made friends with so many of you and certainly have grown bigger!
We want to thank you all for being with us, enjoying sewing with our fabrics,
trying your chances in our Fabriclove Giveaway and just sharing great spirit with us.
As usual, to show our appreciation we are announcing ANNUAL GRAND SALE
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We are happy to present another sewing project. And this time it is by Heather Dawson, who was lucky to win
Italian Wool with Floral Mohair Embroidery in our Fabriclove Giveaway on our Facebook page.
This sewing project is not only about how to make a color blocked jacket, it is more about creativity and savvy.
As the Italian wool was not enough to make the entire jacket or coat,
Heather decided to combine it with her other favorite wool to make a Fancy Original Winter Jacket!
Your can read about Heather's sewing project and all sewing tips she shares on her blog Rainy Day Sewing
It is not a secret that four or five times a year big sewing groups, organized by Peggy Sagers (Silhouette Patterns), Marsha McClintock (Saf-T-Pockets) and Mimi Jackson (Shop the Garment District) visit Elliott Berman Textiles to see our fabrics and meet all of us in person. When these passionate sewing fans step into our showroom, we give them a tour and tell a story of how our Italian and French beauties travel across the Atlantic Ocean all the way from Europe. Inspired and excited, our guests begin a journey within our ''candy store'' to find their own treasure.
In one of such trips one of these sewers Joan Stoicheff found her favorite fabrics. And now she'd like to share the garments she made of our fabrics. To say she is talented is to say nothing! Look at each outfit and see how elaborated it is. We love and adore each of them.
So get inspired! And, maybe, some time in one of such trips you'll find your favorite print and fabric at your favorite shop!
Last week we all witnessed another Annual Gala by Metropolitan Museum in New York. Celebrities demonstrated as always the last fashion trends according to the theme of the Gala “Chinese Whispers”. The invited guests had a chance to be the first to preview the Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 “China: Through the Looking Glass” to focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion.
Being excited by the gowns and tuxedos the celebrities wore that night, I had not a single reason to think twice but to dedicate entirely my last week Saturday to the new exhibition at the Met.
The Metropolitan Museum entrance was calling me from a far, and as soon as I entered, the unusual than ever number of people made me realize that I would not be the only one to see the masterpieces by famous fashion designers.
I followed the exhibition display to the second floor and found Myself in a different world. Met by the mannequins hiding in illuminated glass bamboo forest, I immediately felt the spirit of the exhibition, accompanied by traditional Chinese music and drums.
I took a deep breath to take a step inside the hall as I knew that I would be devoured by 140 showcased costumes. I could not believe my eyes as well as I did not know what to begin with and what to look at. Each presented dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent, Jeanne Lanvin, Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Lauren, etc had at its feet an inspiration object. What a magical duo they both created!
I had to spend much longer than 5 minutes with each garment, observing details and exquisite hand work embroidery and beading.
One of the culminating moments for me was a dress made of china. Yes, made of bits of china! That’s how Roberto Cavalli implemented pun into fashion. One of his collections was inspired by blue-and-white china and this dress had to make an appearance in the exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass”
The world of creativity and inspiration, fantasy and imagination - that’s how I can describe it all!
There is so much to tell, but I will let photographs to continue the story, though they would not give justice. I just hope you will visit this magnificent exhibition at the Met in New York, as it will be open for public till August 16, 2015.
With Fabriclove, Eugenia
As some of you might have heard, on April 30, 2015 Fashion Institute of Technology had its annual event Future of Fashion 2015, presented by Calvin Klein. Elliott Berman Textiles, having long and established relations with FIT, was among invited guests. The entire EBT team was thrilled by this event as attending it always becomes an exciting and breath-taking experience.
Red carpet and cameras were inpaitiently waiting for fashion celebrities. And as soon as we stepped inside, runway music beat, smiles and sparkles in guests' eyes could assure anyone that something sensational was about to happen.
Having taken our seats, we were fully ready for the fashion show to begin. The lights were dimmed and FIT President Dr. Joyce F. Brown opened the ceremony, giving a wonderful speech, followed by videos establishing magnificent talent of FIT students. In a few minutes later Nicole Richie, a hostess of that night, welcomed all of the guests to enjoy the show of 77 garments of women, kids and lingerie wear.
With appearance of the first garment on the runway, we all stood in awe. If only you were there, you would have been highly impressed by creative details, meticulous and neat work on the outfits. Every single thing was speaking of haute-couture genius, dedication, devotion, passion and definite accomplishment.
That night runway show was perfect pleasure for eyes and soul. What else could one desire? But Elliott Berman Textiles was for a treat that night - seeing on the podium their own fabrics, sewn into the garments, which had received special critics awards!
What a night! What people! What talent!
Every year Elliott Berman Textiles imports thousands of cotton fabric. Mainly, the cotton we import comes from France, and sometimes from Italy. However, no matter what country it is from, this cotton fabric is always high-end, and the variety of prints and colors is always breath-taking and to the latest fashion trends.
Do you know about cotton as much as Elliott Berman Textiles does?
• Cotton is grown in many countries around the world. In 2004, cotton was grown in more than 100 different countries. It is grown from 45 degrees north at Ukraine and 37 degrees south at Australia.
• In 2004/05 China, USA, India, Pakistan and Brazil accounted for nearly 75 per cent of the world’s cotton production. (Source: ICAC, 2005)
• Approximately two-thirds of Australia’s cotton is grown in NSW with the remainder produced in Queensland.
• The major production area in NSW stretches south from the Macintyre River on the Queensland border and covers the Gwydir, Namoi and Macquarie valleys. In NSW cotton is also grown along the Barwon and Darling Rivers in the west and the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers in the south.
• The Aztec civilisation used naturally coloured brown cotton as a principal form of payment.
• The word ‘cotton’ is derived from ‘qutun’ or ‘kutun’, which is an Arabic word used to describe any fine textile.
• Archaeologists found cotton fabric 5,000 years old at Mohenjo Daro, an ancient town in the Indus River Valley of West Pakistan.
• Cotton dates from at least 7,000 years ago making it one of the world’s oldest known fibres.
• Ancient Peruvians made fishing nets and lines from darker shades of cotton to be less visible to fish.
• Cotton was first exported from Australia in 1830 with a shipment of three bags to England.
• The cotton plant is a leafy, green shrub and a member of the Hibiscus family.
• There are 43 species of cotton. 37 of these are from the Old World (Africa, Asia and Australia) and six from the New World (North/South America, Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands).
• The cotton plant briefly has cream and pink flowers. Once pollinated, these flowers are replaced by fruit (cotton bolls).
• Naturally coloured cotton varieties in South America have come in shades of red, yellow, beige, chocolate, pink, purple, green, striped like a tiger and even spotted like a leopard!
• Cotton is primarily grown in dry tropical/sub tropical climates at temperatures between 11-25 degrees.
• There may be 1000 different insects in a cotton crop.
• Cotton is a natural fibre and makes up just under half of all the fibre sold in the world.
• Almost all parts of the cotton plant are used in some way, including the cottonseed, lint (raw cotton fibre), stalk and hull (shell). For example, popular uses for cotton fibre include clothing apparel such as denim jeans, socks, towels, t-shirts, bed sheets and underwear, home furnishings and industrial/medical products such as tents, bandages and cotton swabs
• There is more cotton grown globally than any other non-edible crop.
• Since 1940, world cotton consumption has increased at an average annual growth rate of approximately 2%.
• Cotton fibre can be woven or knitted into fabrics such as velvet, corduroy, chambray, velour, jersey and flannel.
• Linters are the very short fibres that remain on the cottonseed after ginning. Once removed and processed, linters are used to produce goods such as bandages, cotton buds, and x-rays.
• Cottonseed oil can used for cooking or used in a range of industrial products such as soap, margarine, emulsifiers, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, rubber and plastics.
• Cottonseed oil is cholesterol-free, high in poly-unsaturated fats and contains high levels of antioxidants (Vitamin E) that contribute to its long shelf life.
• The stalk of the cotton plant is processed for the development of ethanol in petrol or diesel blends and also used as mulch to improve soil organic matter.
• The fibre from one 227kg cotton bale can produce 215 pairs of jeans, 250 single bed sheets, 750 shirts, 1,200 t-shirts, 2,100 pairs of boxer shorts, 3,000 nappies, 4,300 pairs of socks or 680,000 cotton balls.
• Cotton is hypoallergenic since it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies.
• Cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to dye, making it very popular with fashion and home ware designers.
• Cotton keeps the body cool in summer and warm in winter because it is a good conductor of heat.
And here is another sewing project made by one of our Facebook FABRICLOVE Winners – Stephanie Sabourin. Stephanie was lucky to win a beautiful French reversible matelasse (with urban design border) from us, Elliott Berman Textiles. It didn’t take Stephanie too long to create this stunning dress, using Simplicity 1419 pattern.
Stephanie got quite creative and changed the neckline, the pleating on the skirt and added some decorative seems to the upper bodice.
According to Stephanie she loves the dress, and so do we!
And here is another project from one of our FABRICLOVE GIVEAWAY Winners Deborah Merz. She made a beautiful "European look" shirt with Vogue 9902 pattern and of our Italian wool/cotton fabric.