The New Colorado Fabrics Is Here!

I was fortunate to get a peek at the new Colorado Fabrics Aurora location on Wednesday night. It is everything and more.  Laurel the Marketing Manager said it is an additional 8000 more square feet than the old space. Plus, it has a meeting/conference room, a lovely and spacious classroom and a dedicated space for scissor sharpening. Here are a few pics of the new space. I hope you enjoy visiting, shopping and learning at the new space.
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Here’s the space before the move. Click on the image to enlarge
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And, now here’s a quick tour.

Long arm quilting room
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Brand new cutting tables with cushy mats for the employees to stand on.

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I really liked the new classrooms. There’s a space at the head of the class for the instructor
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Sewing room front

With ironing boards and lots of outlets. Plus the ironing boards fold up and close with a mirror on the front of the door.

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Of course plenty of space for all kinds of fabric.
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Click on the image to enlarge and look around.
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The new dedicated space for scissor sharpening.

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They are finishing up on the dedicated conference/meeting room. Stay tuned for more!

This space is amazing and wonderful. I’m sure that we’ll all have many hours of fun fabric shopping.

Visit the store and let me know what you think!

 

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My Sewing Week

Last week I was involved in three great sewing related activities through the Denver Sewing Collective.

Thursday was great to see new and familiar faces, we didn’t have anything planned this month for the Denver Sewing Collective but the weather was nice and spring was in the air. I actually can’t even remember what project I brought or what I did. Hmm.

First off I went with Marni to Colorado Fabrics for no better reason than it was a Saturday and on the way to the ASG Denver meeting. Bought these gems. The white is a crepe rayon. No idea yet what I’ll do but it’s going to be good.

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Vintage Sewing Challenge – Jill’s Vogue 9428 Skirt Pattern

I love vintage sewing patterns! I was way too excited for this challenge. I had planned on finishing my vintage cape, but I’m a bit off on that one. I found this pattern at the ASG Denver Fabric sale back in September. I love the loose styles of the 70’s and that whole Studio 54 vibe that I never did experience but it sure did look fun!
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Secondly, I’m totally into elastic waist free flowing skirts and really had an itch in the dead of winter to make one. This skirt is not wearable right now with 30 degree temps.

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The Details

  • It is made from a rayon from Colorado Fabrics, will look cute in spring and summer.
  • All the seams are French seams
  • The skirt is not as voluminous as the drawing depicts but still cute.
  • I sewed one pocket in I decided to forgo pockets. They’re way to shallow for actual use, so why have them? I didn’t feel like drafting deeper pockets, but will next time.
  • I also liked the elastic casing which is just pre-made bias tape. I’ve never done a casing like that, but I sure do like it.
  • Didn’t feel like taking a photo of me in it. Sorry!

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All in all I will make this skirt again. But, with deeper pockets.

New York Designer Fabrics at Colorado Fabrics

Designer Fabrics - Silks

Thursday night Colorado Fabrics had an exclusive after-hours event to debut the fabrics they acquired from designer workrooms on a recent trip to New York. I couldn’t believe how much fabric they added to the store! There were new racks up front full of bolts, bolts piled up on tables, and half the cutting tables were sacrificed for more bolts of fabrics. SO MUCH FABRIC. And all of it from the workrooms of big name designers (whose names I don’t think I’m supposed to mention). My favorite were the two racks of silks, shown above. There were lots of gorgeous prints and weaves. Everywhere in the store I found rare fabrics that you just don’t see much of. To the right is a “silk gaberdine” – I’ve heard of wool gaberdine, but never silk! Some of the fabrics had lots of yardage on the bolt, and some only had a few yards. They said if it was fabulous they bought it, regardless of the yardage. Continue reading