I could not believe when, a couple of months ago, I received an email from Lotte Martens asking me if I would like to try their fabrics and participate on their upcoming international blog. Every time I saw the amazing things my Belgium sewing friends have sewn with their exquisite fabrics I felt so overwhelmed… And now I feel really lucky – and flattered! - to be able to try them too!
FABRIC: Grus Crèpe from Lotte Martens. I was so in love with ALL fabrics from Lotte Martensnew collection, it took me ages to pick this fabric. I loved all the plissé so much! And, of course, every single hand printed is utterly special. But I knew this rayon was a lot more “my style” so I went for it. My plan was to make a dress but, when the fabric arrived, my daughter Teresa asked me if I could sew something for her with it too so I thought the right thing to do would be to share the fabric with her. This rayon is super, super soft (that’s one of the main reasons Teresa felt in love with it, I’m sure) but was surprisingly easy to work with! Even making the v-neckline went super smooth. I must admit I wasn’t expecting that at all! The color is a beautiful light aqua green and it is lovely to wear but hard to photograph and the little gold/mustard yellow dots (they are more drops then dots, actually) add the perfect combination! Maybe it is also hard to tell from the photos but while Teresa's dress was cut to the grain, my blouse had to be cut cross grain because that was all the fabric I had left. Never the less, the drape is perfect! Most Lotte Martens fabrics are sold by the panel (because they are hand printed) but this one is sold by the meter.
PATTERN: Both patterns are self-drafted based on ready to wear garments we already owned. One of the best things about sewing our own clouds is the possibility of making the design we want with the fabric we have chosen. It is easy to find nice designs in ready to wear but not that easy to find good quality fabric and nice craftsmanship. Sewing our own clothes gives us the power to do so! I absolutely adore the drape on my blouse. And I like that it can be worn every day because it doesn’t look too fancy it is fancy enough to be worn to a party too. Teresa is also super please with her dress. She says it is so comfortable, she wants to wear it as a nightgown!
And now we finally have matchy machy clothes!
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At the moment you can find Lotte's fabrics at these European shops. But the good news are Lotte Martens is growing internationally so maybe you can ask for their fabrics in your favorite fabric store and they will be the next one caring it...
Thank you so much Lotte Martens for designing such special fabrics!