Garment sewists (and future garment sewists!), I couldn’t be more excited to share with you a project that I’ve been working on for a long, long time.
Let me introduce to you Workroom Social Fabrics and our first collection Miramar!
I love prints, but I have the hardest time finding prints in fabrics that I like and that feel like something I would actually wear as a grown-up. Workroom Social Fabrics is our new line of fashion fabrics created specifically with your handmade garments in mind. All of our fabrics are printed with our original art, designed for the clothes you want to sew now. Sophisticated and fun! On-trend with an aesthetic that will stay on-trend over time, our 100% rayon line features a chic, matte finish that reminds us of washed silk, making it the perfect gateway fabric for sewists who are ready to graduate from cotton.
OK! Let me tell you all about the fabric line and Miramar…
About our fashion fabrics
Because I love making dresses (I hate coordinating separates!), I wanted a fabric that was soft and drapey but not too slippery or difficult to work with. I have always loved rayon, and I find nice rayons in prints I like difficult to find. For these reasons, I decided to use 100% rayon for our first fabric collection. After manhandling dozens of different rayons, I found one that drapes like a dream, is so, so soft, and has body to it so it’s not too thin. It moves beautifully, floating away from the body. It’s not super slippery to work with, making it easier to cut, sew, and press when compared to slippery silks. It also takes color well in the printing process, which means our bold color palette transferred beautifully to each print. And since our rayon is fashion width 54-56”—not the standard 44” produced by many quilting companies (even so-called fashion-fabrics!)—you get 25% more fabric with every yard. Not only will you need to buy less fabric for certain silhouette styles, wider fabric also gives you more options when choosing the sewing pattern styles you want to sew. (Because who doesn’t like to cut on the crossgrain every now and then?!)
Stay tuned for a full blog post covering tips for working with and caring for rayon.
About the designs
As I started the collaboration process with the Miramar collection designer (and Camp Workroom Social counselor!) Whitney Crutchfield, I noted to her how important it was that this be a collection of prints that would work well for sewing clothes, that would flatter a variety of adult bodies, and that would last for years to come. I think in our first collection we created fashion-forward prints that are sophisticated AND fun. Not too naive or cutesy, our focus was to create designs that adult women will feel confident wearing whether to work, to a party, or just out grocery shopping.
The collection features darker colors than you may find from quilting companies. We find darker colors are easier to wear compared to bright, bright crazy colors. Even though the collection features a heavy dose of black, navy, plum, and teal, we break it up with colorful pops placed in just the right spots. Miramar’s palette integrates some eye-catching colors like coral and chartreuse with darker hues. Think of flowers at sunset or a cheerful lounge chair casting shadows on concrete. Miramar makes us think of old Florida at dusk.
In addition to some beautiful florals, we also have an urban take on classic stripes, polka dots with a surprising twist, an abstract splatter, and some fun novelty prints in the collection. It’s everything I hoped it’d be! Miramar is trend-based but still classic. Sophisticated but still fun. Conversational and not cutesy. In short, the Miramar collection is composed of prints for grown-ups, designed exclusively with fashion sewing in mind.
All of our designs were hand-painted by Whitney and have a unique, organic quality about them. I absolutely love that these prints were created by hand and not by a computer program (but stay tuned for a future collection that features that vectorized look!). For our first collection, the hand-painted quality of the designs and colors in Miramar set us apart from other fabric designs currently available.
As a garment sewist myself, it was very important to me that our prints be non-directional. In class, I use the example of a carrot print. When cutting a dress out of a fabric printed with carrots, it’s important to make sure that you cut each piece with the carrot tops pointing to your head and the carrot bottoms pointing to your feet (or I mean, you could do them all upside down if you want too!). With our fabrics, there is no up or down. They are non-directional, which should make cutting a garment easier and should help you save on fabric waste.
Finally, a note about the scale of our designs. We created larger-scale images, wahoo! I love larger-scale prints, and I just cannot find them. I find a larger-scale fabric print looks awesome on womenswear. While several of our designs will work for children’s clothes, others will not because of the scale of the image. Women, we are making these fabrics for you! I hope you will find the scale of our designs flattering, fun, and different. To highlight the scale of each print, we thoughtfully photographed every fabric in several different ways.
Be sure to check back in the next few days for our Q&A with Miramar designer Whitney Crutchfield.
About the pre-sale
Miramar is now available for pre-sale. We have very limited quantities of each design, and we will be pre-selling them now through Friday, December 23 (or until they sell out). All orders are expected to ship on February 15, 2017.
Between now and February, we encourage you to think about and plan what you’ll do with your new rayon! Don’t just buy our fabric to add to your stash. We want you to use it! Take the next month to decide on a pattern, make a muslin for fitting, and master any construction techniques you’ll need to create your Miramar garment. We’ve even provided a few suggestions on each fabric’s product page. Just a little something to get your imagination started.
Final words about Miramar and Workroom Social Fabrics rayon line
As a major sewing community lover, I know the patterns you are working on now (yes, I Insta-stalk ALL your projects!). For many of you, I think rayon is a perfect fabric choice for the fashion-forward styles I know you love to sew and wear. For kimono tees, casual tanks, button-up shirts, dresses long and short—for cake and for frosting—our dress-weight, printed rayons sew up lovely tops, dresses, skirts, drapey pants (think woven Hudson pants!) and jumpsuits. For softly-structured garments, our rayon line also works well when underlined.
I hope you’ll take a look at our collection, and I am excited to begin work on the next!
Workroom Social’s Miramar collection is available now for pre-sale. Limited quantities of our 100% rayon fabrics are available until December 23, 2016. Pre-sale expect to ship February 15, 2017.