Walking into a fabric store with a new project in mind can be exciting yet daunting. Cut your anxiety by turning to page 7 of your design guide with swatches you can touch and feel. Under each swatch you'll find the name of the fabric along with the FashionKit styles it is suited for. And don't worry if you can't find the exact fabric. Use this as a starting point and purchase the best match. Below we break down the details of the fabrics featured in our Spring '17 Kit. You'll find the same helpful swatch page in all of our kits.
Maverick Shirt Style #12016 - Woven
(a) Printed Twill & (h) Treated Denim - This medium-weight fabric will give more of an over-shirt feel. It will turn your shirt into a lightweight jacket.
(b) Stretch Linen - Most linen and shirting fabrics are a great choice for this style. They have a nice drape and are straight forward to sew.
(g) Printed Cotton - Head to the quilting fabrics aisle and pick a fun novelty print because why not! Just be aware of the fabric width as they tend to run narrow.
(l) Hounds-tooth Suiting - Light-weight fabrics similar to this one (including georgette, voile, crepe and eyelet) will transform this shirt into a blouse. It gives this androgynous style a more feminine feel.
Freedom Pants Style#12017 - Woven
(b) Stretch Linen - The weight and feel of this fabric is great to use as a comparison. Your pants will feel so nice to wear and you can find flannels and other cottons of a similar drape.
(g) Printed Cotton - Bold printed pants are on trend, so look for fabrics that aren't too heavy and have a cool graphic print.
(i) Penne Velvet - This style is a bit forgiving in terms of choosing between a woven and a knit. If you fall in love with a knit and it has a nice drape and great integrity, go for it! They will take your pants to the next level of comfort. Consider making a smaller size if the knit stretches quite a bit.
(l) Hounds-tooth Suiting - A light-weight suiting fabric is ideal for a spring weight pant. Protect from the sun without having to wear a heavy denim.
(f) 2x2 Rib Knit - It is important to chose a rib knit that has a similar weight to your fabric. Test the rib knit to make sure it's stretch retention performs well.
Luna Sweater Style #11015 - Knit
(d) Ponte di Roma - Ponte and most double knit fabrics will have great integrity and will really show the shape of the funnel neckline.
(e) Lycra Spandex Knit - This weight and feel of fabric is great for this sweater. Look for knits that have a similar thickness. French Terry, sweater knits and interlock are great options to look for with a similar weight as this swatch.
Cami Top Style #11002 - Knit
(c) Baby Rib - A delicate light-weight knit is such a lovely choice for this style.
(d) Ponte di Roma - Using a medium-weight knit to make your cami less of a lingerie piece.
Lycra Spandex Knit - This is a great option if you want a more sporty approach.
Panne Velvet - Finding a unique fabric like a stretch velvet or lace can elevate your cami to a feature piece of your outfit. Choose an opaque fabric for the front and put lace or a sheer on the back.
Mini Backpack Style #22009 - Woven
(a) Printed Twill - This style is a great opportunity for those afraid to use prints. Make your backpack a statement item and use a bold print for the self.
(k) Fused Basketweave - A heavy-weight fabric similar to this one is great to create a durable mini backpack. Denim, canvas, faux suede and leathers with a similar weight are also great options.
(g) Printed Cotton - For the lining, you want something light-weight that will easily take the shape of your self fabric. Go for a fun print or color that greets you each time you open the flap.