A Look Back at 2017

Time to take a look at all the amazing things that happened at Style Maker Fabrics in 2017! After five new fabric collections, two style tours and all the incredible memories we made a long the way, it was a pretty amazing year! Our small business continues to grow with all the love and support of the sewing community. We can’t thank you all enough and look forward to what 2018 will bring. Now let’s take a look at a few of the highlights from the year!

Sewing and Stitchery Expo

We started the year off with a bang diving right into planning our spring collection and prepping for our first ever show! In March, we took Style Maker Fabrics on the road and set up shop at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington! During the show we taught four classes, met loads of amazing makers and got to share a bit of Style Maker Fabrics in person rather than only online. It was an incredible experience and we can’t wait to do it all again March 2018 with an even bigger booth!

Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

Spring & Fall Style Tours

For us, the highlight of launching a new season is the Style Blog Tour that comes with it! After months of planning behind the scenes we anxiously wait, along with all of you, to see what each seamstress creates for their leg of the tour. We have made so many amazing friends thru this process over the last two years, both bloggers and customers, and we love seeing all of your styles shine with each of your makes! Spring 2018 is already on our minds…any special requests?

Fall Style Tour Recap 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

Click on the links to find full a recap of our Spring Style Tour 2017 and Fall Style Tour 2017.

Meeting Sewing Friends

After getting to know people from this amazing sewing community online, it is always a treat when you get to meet them IRL. During our travels this year we got to catch up with some amazing seamstresses!

Visit to Named Clothing | Style Maker Fabrics

First, in plotting out family heritage trip to Scandinavia, we added a stop in Helsinki, Finland to check out the city and of course visit the Named Studio. It was lovely to talk with Laura and Saara and get a sneak peak at a few things they were working on. Helsiniki ended up being one of our favorite cities on the whole trip, so we will definitely be back!

Sewing shows gave us the opportunity to meet a few more sewing friends! In May we made our way to St. Louis for the annual Spring Quilt Market. Lori, Girls in the Garden, joined us for lunch and to check out the show for a bit. After almost two years of messaging and emailing we had a great visit and can’t wait to do it again! A few month later we hopped across the pond for a week in London and met up with Rachel, House of Pinheiro, and the girls from the Fold Line (Rachel and Kate) at British Sewing Live! The UK sewing community  is truly amazing and wonderful to experience everything it has to offer when you visit.

Favorite Makes

This year we definitely didn’t get to sew as much as we wanted too—price of running your own small business. But the makes we did get done are well loved and worn often! Here are a few of our favorites.

Favorite Makes 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

  1. Athleisure Gemma Sweater — Our Fall Style Tour make in cozy velour.
  2. Watercolor Ebony Tunic — One of our most worn garments.
  3. Boiled Wool Sapporo Coat — Equally stunning and cozy
  4. Anthro-Inspired Jill Coatigan – Money saving comfort and style.

Top Patterns

Last but not least, our top selling indie patterns from 2017. Some of our personal favorites made the list and three from one of our favorite designers, Closet Case Patterns. You might even find one of the Top 5 featured four times earlier in this post… we may be addicted.

Top Patterns 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

  1. Kelly Anorak Jacket | Closet Case Patterns — Crowd favorite at Sew Expo.
  2. Sapporo Coat | Papercut Patterns — Cocoon chic.
  3. Talvikki Sweater | Named — Winter style and warmth.
  4. Ebony Tee & Dress | Closet Case Patterns — Versatile fit and flair.
  5. Charlie Caftan | Closet Case Patterns — Warm weather escape.

Thank you all again in sharing with an amazing 2017 with us! We are looking forward to an even better 2018—more incredible designer fabrics, new favorite patterns and lots of stylish makes! Happy New Year!

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Thank You for Shopping Small

We are coming up on our one year anniversary and I find myself looking back on what a great first year it has been. Our first order was placed on the site on December 3rd, 2014- I am marking that the official launch of Style Maker Fabrics– and since then we have made some amazing friends, sewn up some incredible garments and had a lot of fun “playing” with fabrics on a daily basis.

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I founded Style Maker Fabrics with the idea of providing seamstresses a different way to shop for garment fabrics- a way with a little bit more creativity and inspiration while also providing the best in quality and service. Over the past year, we have worked very hard to do just that! Not only do we sell only the best quality fashion fabrics but also fabrics in the trends and colors that we all love. The fabrics we see as finished garments in those “drool-worthy” fashion magazines but know we could make something just as amazing ourselves for a fraction of the price! We then merchandised those fabrics so that customers can shop the way that suits them the best- by trend, fabric type, garment/project or even color.

While starting your own small business is no easy task, the experience has been better than anything I could have imagined. There is nothing better than taking your ideas and dreams and making them a reality. Sure there have been plans that didn’t exactly turn out or ideas that still need time to grow, but the journey has been and continues to be a lot of fun! Last month, we were thrilled to find out that Vogue Patterns Magazine chose us as one of their “Staff Pick” online fabric stores. That is such a huge honor for us and has made us want to work to do and be even better for all of you! Be sure to check out this latest issue, on newsstands now.

Vogue Patterns Magazine Dec15/Jan16 Issue

Vogue Patterns Magazine Dec15/Jan16 Issue

As our small business continues to grow, we have plans to do the same- more sewing projects, more tutorials and tips, more of our favorite tools and plans to continue to expand our selection of incredible fabrics. Please let us know if you have any suggestions, requests or comments that can help us make the Style Maker experience even better! We couldn’t do this without any of you- our customers, friends and inspiration. Thank you so much for your support and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

Sincerely,

Michelle & the Style Maker Fabrics Team

P.S. Mark your Calendars! Starting December 1st we will have special deals, holiday gift ideas and tutorials posted each day for twelve days. We are calling them the 12 Days of Sewing and we would love to have you follow along with us!

 

Launching Style Maker Fabrics

I am so excited to announce the launch of a new venture, Style Maker Fabrics.

This year has been quite the roller coaster for me both personally and professionally. Just after the first of the year my life got turned upside down and since then I have been working on finding a new path filled with creativity and passion. These changes forced me to take a leap of faith and turn some of my dreams into reality. And with that… Style Maker Fabrics was born.

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First, here is a bit more about me…
I have been sewing, crafting and being all-around creative my whole life. I have worked in and around the fabric industry most of my life and even design quilting fabrics and patterns, in partnership with my mom, under the name Firetrail Designs. I love fashion and trying to adapt the latest trends into my own style. As a third generation seamstress, I often push the boundaries of my skills and tackle new projects I may not be ready for, but I say, “Why not?” While I have mostly been sewing quilts, handbag and things for around the house, this has gradually been shifting towards sewing more and more clothing or garments.

As I have become interested in designing and creating my own garments, I have had a hard time finding the high-quality, on-trend fabrics that I was looking for. With limited selection in my area, I began searching online only to be overwhelmed and still not finding what I was looking for.

This year I set out to create a unique, online fabric retailer that specializes in on-trend fashion fabrics at affordable prices. With the help of my mother and the support of family and friends, I created Style Maker Fabrics to fill that unique void in the online fabric marketplace.

So, What is Style Maker Fabrics?
After studying the fashion trends and shopping the garment districts in New York and Los Angeles we put together an amazing selection of unique, high-quality garment fabrics for Style Maker Fabrics that we know you will love. Our goal is to provide our customers with the fabrics, supplies and inspiration so that they can become their own Style Makers.

Each season, customers will find a wide variety of fabric types selected based on the current trends and the classic styles that will always be in fashion. We pride ourselves in selecting only the highest quality fabrics and consider how each one will ideally be used, how easy it is to work with, as well as its overall performance.

At Style Maker Fabrics you will not only be able to shop by latest trend, but also by fabric type and garment type. That way you can find just the right fabric whether you know exactly what you are looking for or are just in the mood to sew or create and need some inspiration.

Fall Fashion Trend: Rich Reds

Fall Fashion Trend: Rich Reds

Join us on this exciting journey!
Over the next few months I will be share some of the exciting new things we have going on at Style Maker Fabrics. I’ll highlight some of our favorite new trends, share some of my latest projects and give you a sneak peak at a few of our special finds.

Be sure to follow along with us here on our blog and also on Instagram or Facebook. We will also keep you up to date on what is trending in the high-fashion world and give you lots of great garment ideas and sewing tips along the way.

We also would love to hear from you- If you have found an amazing new pattern or made a favorite new garment out of one of our fabrics, PLEASE SHARE! Post it on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@Stylemakerfabrics, #stylemaker). You never know when your uniqueness will inspire another Style Maker.

We will continue to add new features to the website and blog in the next couple of months, so be sure to check back often. We can’t wait to share! Until then, have a fabulous time sewing and don’t be afraid to create your own style.

Sincerely,

Michelle Stoffel
Official Style Maker