Do you subscribe to our email newsletter? If so, you will have been notified about the launch of our Fall Fabric Collection last Monday! We have Dintex (waterproof, windproof and breathable fabric) and superfine Merino fabrics back in stock…and have some bold new colors!
I’ve compiled some inspiration today from my own sewing projects and from some of the amazing projects that have been shared on Instagram and blogs since we launched our Dintex fabric last year. But first, have a quick look at the new colors!
I could imagine both these colors sewn into the bright high-tech ski jackets hanging at my local ski & board shop! Or, perhaps, they could be paired with a less sporty pattern (a glamorous full skirted trench coat perhaps) and a floral umbrella for an entirely different look.
Since a few of you have been enquiring about the mesh ‘wrong side’ of this fabric, I took a close up shot of the mesh backing so you can see that it doesn’t need to be lined. The mesh is soft and hard wearing and is similar to what you would see on the inside of high tech sportwear (especially outer ‘shells’)…
If you wanted to line your Dintex garment though, the possibilities are only limited by the style that you are trying to achieve! It would pair nicely with microfleece as a warm and sporty outer layer or you could dress it up with acetate lining or tartan flannel.
The superfine 100% merino wool that you can also find in our Fall Fabric collection is the perfect base layer to wear beneath a Dintex rain jacket. It is incredibly versatile – it can be used for classic long johns (by lengthening the Comox Trunks pattern) or it can be sewn in to an elegant dress! We have restocked it in Moroccan blue and charcoal grey but I couldn’t resist adding this third color to the collection – a GORGEOUS Nova Red that features just a hint of orange:
Isn’t that beautifully rich? The fabric gleams and it is incredibly soft against the skin.
Now that you’ve seen the new color choices, imagine them paired with these projects that you and I have sewn throughout the last year:
This superfine merino top in Moroccan blue was sewn by me (for myself) but is modelled here by my sister’s beautiful friend, Sylvia. We were headed for a beach walk so I couldn’t pass up the perfect opportunity to dress Sylvia up and allow my talented photographer sister to take some shots!
This top was sewn using a BurdaStyle pattern from the magazine but the same pattern can also be found online as a PDF. I love this rendition of the top because I can wear it as a warm layer while hiking or skiing or I can add a statement necklace and a skirt to dress up (sometimes on the same day!)! I’ve washed, tumble dried and worn this steadily for a full year now with no signs of wear. I anticipate that this merino shirt will be in my closet for many years to come.
You might remember one of my other sewing projects from last winter – Matt’s Dintex jacket:
You can read all about this on the blog. Matt wore this jacket as a shell over a down mid-layer throughout the last snowy winter. We’ve machine washed and then hung to dry this jacket mid winter because Matt can often be found doing grubby things like carting fire wood or bush-wacking so the front got a bit muddy. After washing it we sprayed it with a water repellent finish to freshen up the DWR that the fabric manufacturer applied. He continued to wear the jacket throughout the spring with a sweater underneath and this summer has been wearing it over a t-shirt since it is breathable and thus comfortable in hot weather. I really need to make myself a similar jacket since I am quite jealous of how it allows him to be ready for anything!
And now, the best part…your projects!
Nicole always does a great job of using up her fabric scraps by sewing a coordinating outfit for her daughter…so cute and no waste! Her jacket is the Kelly Anorak by Cloest Case Patterns and her daughter’s is the Oliver and S School Days Jacket.
She used the hardware kit that we stock in our shop! I love how she used the reflective zipper (that we include for pockets or ‘pit zips’) as a chest pocket. The drawstring at the waist is also reflective so the wearer of this beautiful jacket is safe walking or riding at night.
Fiona has written some very helpful details about working with Dintex, seam tape (for waterproofing seams) and about a few modifications she made to tailor her jacket to cycling. Her end result looks SO pro!
I’ve sorted our new Fall fabrics into their own section in our shop so you can see them all at once. I thought that might make it easier to pair your outerlayer Dintex with a coordinating merino base layer.
I would really love to share some photos of the projects you guys have made with our merino wool over the last year but it isn’t nearly as easy to search as #dintex is! I know I have seen some great ones but I can’t seem to find them now. Can you point me in the right direction (to your blog or Instagram posts)?