Before we delve into the jeans sew-along (and have our baby, who is due next Wednesday!), I’ve done a little behind-the-scenes work to bring Dintex and merino fabrics back to the shop!
Instead of launching these fabrics as a seasonal collection (as we used to do), we are making them available as a pre-sale. This means you don’t have to worry that the color you want is sold out! All you need to do is place your fabric order before Nov. 1st. I’ll send the order to our supplier that day and will ship your fabric to you as soon as it arrives at our studio. You can peruse the pre-sale now, or read on to find out more about these fabrics.
Dintex fabric (pictured above) is a waterproof and windproof fabric (which is awesome) but, even better, it is also a breathable fabric. When it is sewn into a jacket it will protect you from the elements and will not cause you to sweat! Being from Vancouver Island, where hiking and ski jackets are our every day outerwear, I was thrilled when I found this high tech fabric to add to our shop a couple of winters ago! And you were too! We sold out quickly every time I re-stocked and received rave reviews about how it sewed up. Here is the jacket I made for Matt using this material.
He wears it as a 4-season jacket layered over a down jacket in the winter and over t-shirts in the summer. He finds it very comfortable and loves the breath-ability. He has had rain soak through the shoulders when wearing it on multi hour hikes but only in torrential rain situations…similar to how he would expect most rain jackets to behave. I didn’t seal the seams on this jacket but you can learn how to do so by reading this informative blog post featuring Dintex and the Kelly Anorak pattern!
Our merino fabric comes in two different weights – superfine 100% merino (pictured above and below) which is perfect as a base layer:
And a merino blend featuring 8% merino wool, 48% polyester and 4% nylon which is a hard-wearing combo perfect for sweaters!
Matt wears the Finlayson Sweater that I sewed for him frequently and, despite the fact that we wash and dry it with the rest of our laundry, it has retained a lovely amount of warmth and still looks quite sharp. If you want the merino to keep it’s natural moisture wicking properties (provided by the lanolin) refrain from machine washing and drying but if you are not concerned about this, know that both the superfine and sweater weight materials machine and wash and dry very well.
In order to secure your fabric, please place your order before Nov. 1st. You will receive an email when your fabric ships to you! Head to the fabric section of our shop to see the many colors of Dintex and merino available.