OSF Hooded Fleece Cape

IMG_0682Thanks to all of you who came out to our recent sale—it’s always such a pleasure so see y’all and hear about all the amazing projects you are working on. A number of you asked about the Hooded Fleece Cape sample that was made for display on the fleece table. I’m including here images of the pattern I used and hope you find it helpful.

pic_fleece backed knit for hooded capeThe fabric is a knit-backed fleece which had good stability but nice and soft to the touch. The fleece layer is a medium/dark gray and the knit side is a dark warm green.

I chose to put the fleece on the outside of the cape but it would look lovely with the green knit on the outside—with cozy fleece next to your skin.

IMG_0701The pattern was one that I picked up in the OSF Shop, See & Sew #B4266. I hadn’t used this brand of pattern before but I IMG_0703found it easy to work with and instructions were clear.  The pattern says to open the fabric out and cut multiples of the front and back on single thickness but, with a slight adjustment to the width of the pattern pieces, I was able to cut the pieces on the double.  It also helped that the fabric was super-wide.

For the hood lining, I used a piece of light weight red wool (from my remnant basket) which added body and colour to the hood. I chose to hand stitch the lining to the neck edge as I find I have more control with my trusty needle and end up with fewer crooked edges.

The little button tab was a last minute add on as I wanted little pop of red to compliment the hood lining. Sewed two small rectangles together, stitched in the shape of an arrow, trimmed close to the stitching, turned out and added a button hole. The tab was slip-stitched in place at the neck edge.

For the hem, I simply serged the edge—my serger had just been serviced and the stitch width and tension were just right to give a clean finish to the bottom.

This pattern went together very quickly and the cape was fun to make. I’ll use it again, for sure—hmmm, maybe a witches cape is in the future…

Cheers, and happy sewing,

Carol, Our Social Fabric

 

OSF Sale Thursday, Sept 13 2pm-8pm

Hi everyone—It’s time for another amazing sale at Our Social Fabric.—this coming Thursday, September 13 from 2 to 8pm.

We still have some of those sumptuous silk chiffons, silk and silk blend fabrics in case you couldn’t make our last sale. And, we just received a donation of linen knit, wool knit and a few merino wool knits—all on the centre table in the OSF Shop. We’ve shuffled the natural fabrics around so that they are now all down the centre aisle for your shopping convenience :)

Since it’s starting to get a  little chilly out, we thought we’d bring our stock of fleece so you can get going on those seasonal gifts and cozy wraps, fashionable capes (see photo) and hoodies. Lots of different colours, textures and weights to choose from together with a few kiddie prints.

Attention all moms of  little Hallowe’en monsters! We’ve got Fake Fur for your goblins and beasties! Check out the selection of soft fuzzies in the woven fabrics section. And if you need some stuffing for your chubby monster costume (or a cushion or two), we’ve got more bags of polyester fiber fill for $3 each.

Quilting books are always so inspiring to browse through, check out the donation we received this week—all spread out on the tables in the back. Maybe a nice Christmas gift for a budding sewer or quilter?

Hope to see you this coming Thursday, September 13th from 2pm-8pm at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive)

 Other Essential Notions:
– buttons galore $1 and $2 bags
– zippers in all shapes and sizes 10 for $1
– Regular, uncut patterns $1 and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2
– Large bogs of polyester fiber fill stuffing $3
– lots of beautiful laces, fringe, trim, bridal and fancy fabrics for those special events.

New donations are arriving every week so come and see!
If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can now process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100


We are located at: #270—1275 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2C9
Cash and credit cards accepted, Tap debit to max of $100
More info: oursocialfabric.ca

OSF Sale Thurs Aug 16 2-8pm

Hi Everyone,

Yes, it’s that time of year when we start to think about going back to school or work— BUT, OMG what are we going to wear? Before heading off to the mall, come and visit OSF—we have everything you need to look and feel amazing this September.

Quality SuitingIMG_0641
This classic viscose blend is great for trousers, skirts, jumpers and blazers (comes in grey and navy)—durable, lovely drape and holds a press well—see the photo of the ladies jumper and adorable kids overall in grey and pink. We also have navy “Hopsack” , a weave that is known for breath-ability and wrinkle-resistance.

IMG_0638Tartan
(a traditional Black Watch pattern and a custom tartan design on navy background) both imported by a local designer from a textile mill in the UK. See here, Scottish Dancer costume, skirt made from the Black Watch tartan and jacket from the navy Hopsack. You can also find the white braid trim and buttons in the Notions section.

Cotton Knits
As part of the above donation, we received green and navy 100% cotton Lacoste pique knit and a coordinating cotton/poly/spandex knit which you can use for cuffs and collars, but would make a lovely weight t-shirt or hoodie—see sample garments in the shop. Also great for kids active wear and sports activities—the cotton is soft and will keep them cool and comfy!

Bamboo & Cotton KnitsIMG_0640
We know you love that Bamboo cotton knit, ‘cause it’s just so amazing against your skin (and we love to fondle it too!) Comes in periwinkle blue, black and red—find them in the “Natural Knits” section.

Other Essentials:
– buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes
– Regular uncut patterns $1 and vogue patterns $2 each
– Cone thread $2 (and cone thread packaged bundles $2-$3)
– lots of beautiful laces, fringe, trim, bridal and fancy fabrics for those special events.
– RIT fabric dye, $1/pack
– ask us about purchasing fabric by the bolt (bridal, brocade/jacquard, satin, MEC textile fleece, drapery sheers, blue and pink felt etc.)

New donations are arriving every week so come and see!
If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can now process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100—see you Thursday, 2:00 pm—8:00 pm

 

OSF Sale Sun, July 29, 10am-1pm

Hi everyone,
Hope you are enjoying this amazing sunshine and warm temperatures in beautiful Vancouver! We are so excited to tell you about our latest gift – we have received a huge donation of high quality, brand name zippers in a rainbow of colours and we want to share them with you. We have so many zippers that we’ve created a FREE Zone at the front of the shop, just for you.home page image for July 29 2018 sale

OSF’s goal, as a non-profit group, is to divert and recycle textiles and keep them out of the landfill  – when we an abundance, we want give back and share with our community so, come and fill your bags with as many zippers as you can carry!

pic_power mesh beigePower Mesh 
Ever wonder what the pros use in undergarments to add breathable stretch and comfort – it’s Power Mesh, and we have some! Power Mesh has a “tulle like” appearance and is soft, has 4 way stretch, great drape and excellent shape retention. This lightweight power shaper mesh is perfect for shape-wear, bra-making, lingerie, and lining garments for added support. Comes in Black, White and Nude colours.

Italian Stretch Lycra
We have a few more bolts of that lovely stretch active wear from Italy. Check it out on the centre table in the Shop.

Extra-Wide Elastic
Comes in nude and black – this interesting donation came from a company that makes  bras, undergarments and postpartum wear. The elastic is strong and soft and looks similar to tensor bandage elastic – priced to sell!

September Sewing Classes
Now that we are well established in our new location and have a bright, spacious workshop space, we are delighted to offer four sewing classes starting September 4th.
Classes will include “Begin to Sew” (x2), “Cushions Galore” and our latest addition, “Eco-Sew”.
Check out our September Sewing Classes flyer.
Click here to register!

Other Essential Notions:
– buttons galore and (of course FREE) zippers in all shapes and sizes
– Regular, uncut patterns $1 and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Cone thread $2
– lots of beautiful laces, fringe, trim, bridal and fancy fabrics for those special events.

New donations are arriving every week so come and see!
If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can now process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100—see you Sunday, 10am—2:00 pm

 

OSF Sale Thurs., July 12, 2-8pm

OSF SALE—THURSDAY, July 12, 2018
#270—1275 Venables Street, Vancouver

Hi everyone, looking forward to seeing you all at our next Our Social Fabric Sale this Thursday, July 12th from 2-8pm

Hi Everyone,
Quite a few of you guessed what our mystery fabrics were on our Instagram collage post a few days ago. Yes, it’s swimsuit and active wear lycra—what a score! We will have bins and bins of soft, beautiful stretch lycra for leggings, tank tops, summer dresses, shorts, active wear—so many awesome patterns to choose from, mix and match and let your imagination run wild!
Here are a few more highlights:


Bag Making  Supplies
We’ve received some interesting textiles lately that look like they could be used for bag making and /or automotive upholstering. The fabric is a bit spongy and it would make great side linings for bags and stiffening for the bottom part of your bags. Also, makes a great cover for your worn-out ironing board cover and a non-slip mat for your sewing machine foot pedal. Comes in navy, maroon and charcoal. 

Quilt Batting and Stuffing
We have a healthy supply of Cording, quilt batting, feather-weight pillow stuffing and sheets of thick fiber fill for upholstering or for making seat cushions.

Other Essential Notions:
– buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Regular, uncut patterns $1 and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Cone thread $2
– lots of beautiful laces, fringe, trim, bridal and fancy fabrics for those special events.
New donations are arriving every week so come and see!
If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can now process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100—see you Thursday, 2:00 pm—8:00 pm

Questions / to learn more:
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Website
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

russellbuilding.jpg

LOCATION / ENTRANCE

Please use our Venables Street entrance: Enter the GREY door marked 1275 Venables located beside the three grey south facing loading bay doors labelled B C D. Walk through the door, turn right and head up one flight of stairs. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map

WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. There is also 2 hour parking on Clark. On Sundays, there is ample parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

The sale again is:
Thursday, July 12, 2018
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
#270—1275 Venables Street 

Cash, Debit and Credit Cards accepted
including Tap Debit to $100
More info: oursocialfabric.ca

OSF Sale Sunday June 24, 10am-1pm

OSF SALE—SUNDAY, June 24, 2018, 10am-1pm
#270—1275 Venables Street, Vancouver

Hi folks,IMG_0473
Happy (almost) Canada Day to all our friends, colleagues and faithful customers. To celebrate our country’s birthday, why not show off your patriotic style and whip up a red and white t-shirt or a cute little sun dress. Join us on Sunday, June 24th from 10am to 1pm and pick up some bundles of red and white bamboo cotton jersey knit. Maybe matching t-shirts for the whole family?

MEC Technical & Premium Active WearIMG_0475
Lots of designer sample pieces of MEC technical knits and wovens, a wide variety of weights, colours and styles to choose from.

Fringe Fiesta!
As part of the large donation from our Victorian lamp shade designer, we received  boxes and boxes of high quality fringe and trim. Lots of colours to choose from, lengths vary from 3 inches to 10 inches!. All the white and cream trim can be dyed using the OzyPol and OzyCraft dyes—all $1/bottle.IMG_0472

Costume designers will love all these amazing trims for period costumes and set pieces.

Don’t forget, we’re now on the second floor of the Russell building, 1275 Venables. Come and visit us in our big new shop.

See you Sunday!

Other regular stocked items: 
Bemberg lining $3/m
Zippers 10 for $1
Button packages $1-$2-$5
Patterns $1-$2
Thread Cones $1-$2

New donations are arriving every week so come and see! If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.

Note: we can now process your payments with “tap debit” to a maximum of $100.

Questions / to learn more:
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Website
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

russellbuilding.jpg

 

LOCATION / ENTRANCE

Please use our Venables Street entrance: Enter the GREY door marked 1275 Venables located beside the three grey south facing loading bay doors labelled B C D. Walk through the door and turn right and head up one flight of stairs to the second floor. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map

WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. There is also 2 hour parking on Clark. On Sundays, there is ample parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

The sale again is:
Sunday, June 24, 2018
10am – 1:00 pm
#270—1275 Venables Street 

Cash, Debit and Credit Cards accepted
More info: oursocialfabric.ca

OSF Sale June 14, 2pm-8pm

 

OSF SALE—THURSDAY, June 14, 2018
#270—1275 Venables Street, Vancouver

Hi folks,
We listened to what you said and we’re delighted to let you know that we are now open earlier for our Thursday Sales—from 2pm to 8pm! More time for you to browse, and no line ups—Yippee! We hope you will join us this ThursdayJune 14th from 2pm to 8pm in our new location at Suite 270—1275 Venables.

MEC Technical & Premium Active Wear
Two of our favourite local high-end designers donated bags and bags of technical fabrics and knits together with those in-demand premium active wear—great for yoga wear, exercise stretch wicking and technical outerwear.

OzyCraft and OzyPol dyes
One of our customers is downsizing her home-based Victorian Lampshade business and generously donated many bottles of dyes, hand dyed lace, trim, and fringe. OzyPol is a great dye for polyester textile and other products, it will dye stretch lace, synthetic pearls, buttons and beaded fringe. OzyCraft dye is used to dye Rayon or Cotton lace—simple to use—visit the OzyCraft web site (http://www.ozecraft.com) for more information on these amazing and easy to use dyes.

Quilting Bundles
Yes, they’re back—those lovely little treasures that everyone loves! Find them down the centre aisle with baskets of cotton remnants and yardage.

See you this Thursday from 2pm to 8pm

Other regular stocked items: 
Bemberg lining $3/m
Zippers 10 for $1
Button packages $1-$2-$5
Patterns $1-$2
Thread Cones $1-$2

New donations are arriving every week so come and see! If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
Note: we can now process your payments with “tap debit” to a maximum of $100.

Questions / to learn more:
• Instagram
• Facebook
• Website
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

LOCATION / ENTRANCE

Please use our Venables Street entrance: Enter the GREY door marked 1275 Venables located beside the three grey south facing loading bay doors labelled B C D. Walk through the loading bay area towards the freight elevator and up the stairs to the second floor. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map

WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. There is also 2 hour parking on Clark. On Sundays, there is ample parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.