Fabric Love: Bamboo Spandex from Southern Belle Fabrics

Affiliations, Fabric, Sewing, Sewing Patterns / Monday, November 20th, 2017

Here with a brand new mission! Time to introduce you all to Southern Belle Fabrics. I have recently joined up with Southern Belle Fabrics as a brand ambassador and I’m so excited about the opportunity. This is my very first project made with their fabric and I’m so in love. This post has a lot to offer because I want to talk about the beautiful sewing pattern and adorable headband too! So let’s get started.

First and foremost, I have to rave about this fabric. This fabric is bamboo spandex. It’s silky and smooth and it has excellent drape.  It is available in some beautiful and vibrant jewel tones that are so flattering. I can just imagine all of the tops, dresses, and cardigans I would make with all these colors!

Bamboo Spandex from Southern Belle Fabrics

I used the lovely, vibrant mustard colored one to make a dress for my daughter. I love the drape of this fabric. It’s definitely the perfect choice for a flowing dress. It was pretty dreamy to sew with too. It’s not very thick, but it doesn’t sew like a thin knit. Those of you who have worked with very thin knits know what a nightmare they can be to sew with. What I love about this fabric is that I can get that loose, flowing look that I usually get with thin knits, but it’s a lot easier to work with. I will definitely consider this bamboo spandex every time I am looking for solids. Head over to Southern Belle Fabrics and grab some of this. While you are there check out all the other beautiful fabrics they have to offer.

Now to talk about this pattern. Can I get a “wow”?! This is the Cassie pattern by Made for Mermaids. If you are “in the know”, you already know about Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates, and you know how great all of their patterns are. If you are not “in the know” you really might want to fix that! Now let’s talk about this dress!

I absolutely adore the shoulders on this dress. The “cold shoulder” look is everywhere. You can’t go a day without seeing it somewhere. But there is definitely something special about this dress. Maybe it’s the fact that the top has the look of a tank top with arms attached at the sides. Or maybe it’s the squared off, right angle at the top of the sleeve. I really don’t know what it is about this “cold shoulder” that is so outstanding but it is definitely a unique look. I might do a hack to add these sleeves to a shirt pattern eventually. It does include instructions for a peplum top in the pattern, but I’d love to see it on a sweater. I’ll marinate on it for a while and get back to you.

I won’t lie, and say this pattern is easy, because frankly it’s not the easiest pattern I’ve ever done. However it is by far, not the hardest either. The whole thing is pretty straight forward, but working on those shoulder holes can be a bit tricky. My suggestion is hem tape. The shoulder and the top of the sleeve really don’t need to stretch much so I used some hem tape to get them hemmed and it made it a lot easier. I think it also adds stability which is especially good for thinner knit fabrics. Bottom-line? Give this a try. I promise you won’t be sorry.

Here is some exciting news. I was contacted by one of the lovely and talented designers from Made for Mermaids and was asked to join their testing team. I have a lot of projects on my plate right now but I am hoping that starting in January I will have more free time and I will be able to test some of their new patterns. Definitely looking forward to it. I am honored that they showed interest in me and I can’t wait to get involved with their testing community. Stay tuned for some new testing posts featuring Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates in the months to come.

Of course, I’m willing to bet you also noticed they whimsical deer headband in the photo. Isn’t it the cutest? Well, luckily for you, the instructions for this headband can be purchased from Little Lizard King. The instructions include cutting templates for the flowers and ears. It comes with dear ears, but you can do bunnies, foxes, bears… basically anything you can think of. It’s easy to draw the shape you need for any animal. I made a bunny headband too. Head over to Little Lizard King and take a look (or purchase the Wild Child Collection, and get the headband free).

So there you go! A post full of great information and wonderful suggestions. Aren’t you glad you read all about these great things? You are. Keep checking back for more great fabric from Southern Belle Fabrics and great new patterns from Made for Mermaids.

Thanks for visiting.

It must be said that some of the links here are affiliates and some items were given to me for free. That does not mean that I do not stand by my opinions about these products. I would never promote anything I did not fully believe was a great product. I am a huge fan of these companies… and you should be too.