Hello!! I am Katie Skoog, owner of Simple Life Pattern Company and I design girls sewing patterns. I am very excited to be here today, sharing my creations FINALLY. For those of you that sew for your little ones, you usually go towards a knit or quilting woven but I am here to show you how gorgeous Shannon Fabrics Embrace™ double gauze is when used for clothing. One of the funnest parts of designing is sewing samples up in all sorts of different fabrics to achieve different looks.
When I was at Quilt Market this past spring, I saw the Shannon Fabrics booth and it had all these amazing double gauze prints hanging up, every time I walked by I would snuggle it. It really is so soft and cuddly. The selection of prints they have in the Embrace collection is amazing too, making it a great choice for any project. I remember one print in particular, the Plumage in teal. These gorgeous feathers are so stunning. When Ellen asked me to pick some fabrics, I new that was at the top of my list. And of course I had to do a maxi dress with the double gauze. It draped and flowed so nicely! I used the "Emma's" maxi dress with the Plumage in teal and I used the "Molly" pattern for the Herringbone in royal. These dresses are perfect play dresses and my girls loved how soft and comfortable they are.
I love so many of the Embrace double gauze prints, it was hard to decide what to use. Some of the prints I used in the dresses include: Les Papillons Embrace® Royal and Queen Anne's Lace Embrace® Coral. I also used a few coordinating Embrace Cotton Solids such Solid Embrace Cobalt and Solid Embrace Aruba.
So, lets get to the sewing with double gauze part. I will share some tips and tricks to make everything sew up like a dream. First, you need to prewash since we are making garments and don't want it to shrink. Next, I found that running my iron over the gauze to flatten it a bit made cutting the bodice pieces easier. I used a quilting weight woven fabric for my lining. The gauze can be a bit sheer so I needed a solid white to go behind it and the woven helps stabilize the bodice.
The Embrace gauze really is a fantastic fabric and I can not wait to use it more often. So next time you want to sew up a dress for someone special, grab some double gauze and she will be one happy (and comfy) little girl.
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