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Fabric makes a difference

My next blouse will be a very basic one without any embellishments in a pale blue color. Just one of those blouses I like to have in my closet. Normally a bit boring to make but this fabric makes it a real pleasure.

I have been looking for good cotton shirt fabric for a very long time. It’s difficult to get here, often it is more a quality you would use for sheets, not blouses. Somewhere in December I googled for it and found a fabric supplier in the UK that was apparently known for its shirt fabric, which is the only fabric it sells: Acorn fabrics. I made an enquiry for white fabric suitable for women’s blouses and they advised me the malham quality and sent some samples. The quality is wonderful, think Liberty fabric but than in plain colors, beautifully woven stripes in it etc.

I ordered a white and sky blue fabric and started the blouse tonight. Like I said: a pleasure to work with.

The fabric comes with a label with the details of the order. I’m a happy customer!

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  1. Fine fabric is such a pleasure to wear. Good quality basics make dressing easier!

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  2. I am glad you liked the fabric - I'll have to get some too

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  3. It does look like lovely quality fabric and your collar point is perfection :)

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  4. Another fabric place to check-out! This fabric will make up into a beautiful shirt for you - love the softness of the colour...J

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  5. We always like to hear of new sources. The shirting does look very nice.

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  6. Thanks for the fabric shopping tip! I live in the UK, but I didn't know this supplier.

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  7. That shirting really looks nice. You'll notice the difference wearing it, I'm sure.

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  9. The shirting looks beautiful. I agree that it is a pleasure to sew with fine fabrics. Looking forward to seeing your blouse!

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  10. Thanks for the link...I'm ashamed I didn't know about them...they are based about 30 minutes from my home!

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  11. I adore working with Liberty fabrics, and one of the reasons that I don't have a lot of shirts (actually, only one!) in my closet is because of the difficulty in getting great quality shirting fabrics. I'm going to check out Acorn right now! Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Thanks very much for the tip about Acorn. I also live in the UK, but have never heard of them. Same as you, I have tried in vain to buy good fabric for shirts and never seen any. I requested samples from them and they came very quickly. Quality seems excellent ( no - I don't work for them!), just now need to decide what to buy. I have an old shirt from H & M that has a perfect fit, so I am going to unpick it and use it as a pattern.

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  13. Good fabric makes a HUGE difference! Your fabric choices help make for a gorgeous shirt!

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  14. The printing process manufacturers use can be quite complicated. Your collection look very nice because the Fabric designers work about a year in advance to come up with the concepts which are then converted into colorized designs. Most of the quilt fabric we use today has been printed in Korea or Japan. Classic Cottons is the only company that prints in the United States. But you chose the best ones.read more

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