A huge Thank You goes to everyone who watched my first Facebook live video and helped me choose the fabric for my Maple Skirt. It was unanimous: I’m using a gorgeous dark purple wool blend. I picked out some quilting cotton from my stash for the waistband and pocket lining. It’s a great way to add something special that only the wearer can see!
Today I’d like you to give a warm welcome to Michelle from L’Oiseau Fabrics. She’s here to share her top picks for the Maple Skirt and the fabric trends for fall. Take a look and leave me a comment with your favourite!
If you haven’t yet, you can still pick up your copy of the Maple Skirt for 25% off with the code MAPLESEWALONG. Don’t forgot that one sewalong participant will win a $40 gift certificate to L’Oiseau Fabrics and a Gracious Theads pattern prize pack.
Also, be sure to join us in the Gracious Threads Sewing Group on Facebook for more video instruction from me and to share your in progress pictures!
Me and my husband Colin – or Mr. l’oiseau as he’s being called – share the delightful pleasure of running an online fabric shop from our home. Our shop, called l’oiseau (pronounced ‘lwah-zoh and being French for ‘bird’), was inspired by a love for European fabrics: their quality and their playfulness. We started 4 years ago with a teeny tiny selection of knits and as we grow and venture into new types of fabrics, we remain constantly impressed with Euro quality.
When the opportunity arose to go ‘shopping’ for fabrics from our shop for the beautiful Maple Skirt by Gracious Threads, I very much wanted to get on board! In the world of online, I rarely get to wander around, pulling fabrics, putting outfits together. This was a really wonderful experience for me. So, what follows below are options from our store of fabric picks for the Maple Skirt. We hope you enjoy our selections and feel inspired!
The Maple Skirt offers a versatility of fabric choices and with the sweet pockets and sash, there are a lot of options for embellishment and fun! So…let’s talk fabric selection!
The first choice of fabric that came to my mind was a poplin. Poplin is a word we don’t often hear in North America and it simply means a woven fabric. This is a term that encompasses many fabric types, many of which would be great choices for the Maple Skirt. So let’s break it down further.
The fineness and lightness of Euro poplins are quite a contrast to the quilting cottons we are used to. They are made with finer, more tightly spun fibers so the fabric is stronger (tho’ lighter), patterns are crisp and clean, and the fabric has a silky hand. All Euro Poplins would be an ideal fabric for the Maple Skirt.
Digital prints offer a truly unique experience and have the advantage of using the highest quality fabric so the clarity of the image stays true. With digitals, you can have a skirt that looks like it is made from pebbles or out of the sky itself! That’s pretty amazing.
Panel prints will involve a little fussy cutting and placement but the end result is super adorable! This would be a fun print to upcycle some old felt to use as pockets or as a sash and keep with the cozy, bear feeling.
Lawn cotton is soft and airy and would make a beautiful, summery version of the Maple Skirt. The Monaluna Organics offer a great combination of feature and complimentary fabrics so the sash and pockets would be easy to coordinate.
Because the fabric is light, button holes might need a little stabilizing but the end result would be a skirt any girl would feel special in.
Japanese fabrics are often a wonderful combination of whimsy and nature. The linen/cotton blends of the KOKKA collection have a very suitable weight for the Maple Skirt, being both sturdy and soft. Linen has a wonderful tendency to soften as it ages while still keeping its shape and integrity. Japanese fabrics commonly use linen which adds a beautiful textured look.
For nature lovin’ kids, these KOKKA prints would be beautiful!
And then there is the playful side of Japanese prints. This KOKKA 100% cotton print is my youngest daughter’s ‘perfect choice’ for the Maple skirt.
It’s a lively print and yet the colours remain subtle. Here my daughter has paired the print with a lime green stretch poplin from Stenzo. She intends the skirt to have a green ruffle around the bottom hem and an extra looooong sash…not sure why but I imagine it has something to do with fairy wings…
Euro knits are well known for their quality and softness but let me just say that the same should be said of Euro Corduroy an, as yet, largely undiscovered but heavenly fabric. Soft, velvety, rich with colour…this is my favourite pick for the Maple Skirt.
Being a lover of all things Autumnal, here’s some picks for the fall.
Denim is another natural choice for the Maple Skirt. Euro denims are a wonderful fabric being both soft and light…as far as denim goes, and with sweet little patterns that make the denim interesting but simple enough to still be fully versatile.
And now, some…Interesting Options
There are a few other options for this skirt which are worth mentioning.
Double Gauze is an interesting choice of fabric and one that would work wonderfully for a breezy summer take on the Maple Skirt. Double Gauze is widely used in Japan because it is so breathable and comfortable to wear. Here, I have the Monaluna organic double gauze from the Wanderlust Collection.
Double gauze is exactly what it sounds like. Two pieces of gauze tacked together by tiny stitches. If you look closely, you can see the pricks in the image above. It’s a very soft, special fabric for a special skirt!
Interlock is a very viable option for the Maple Skirt. The thickness and smooth underside would make one cozy, comfy skirt! I’ve chosen a leafy print in an array of colours as an interesting option for kids of all ages.
My oldest daughter prefers a relaxed, almost unfinished look to her clothes. She chose the double knits for her skirt and it’s a great choice.
Because the underside is finished, she suggested hemming the skirt over rather than under the bottom of the skirt and then using a honeycomb stitch to hem it in place giving it an almost sweatshirt look. Perfect for her sporty self!
French Terry is one of the easiest fabrics out there! Soft, cuddly and warm for the colder seasons. These French Terry, with their beautiful colours, would be a lovely look on the Maple Skirt!
**For all knit suggestions, it may be advisable to use a non-stretchy lining for the waistband!
So that’s it! I have a whole lot of bolts to put back but I sure had fun pulling them out.
Thank you Jess, for letting us share in your exciting new creation!