Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cotton + Steel + Hanami + Pleating

When Kim Kight announced nine months ago that she would shut down her fabulous fabric blog TrueUp, I was really shocked and sad. It was such a great source of information on fabric, sneak peeks of upcoming collections, and tips about sales and promotions...

I was really excited, though, when two months later she announced that she stopped the blog because she was starting a new fabric brand together with, among others, two of my favorite designers: Rashida Coleman-Hale and Melody Miller.

Many many people, including myself, were eagerly awaiting the upcoming launch of Cotton + Steel, not in the least because of the promising video teaser they posted online. Finally, in May, they showed off their designs at Quilt Market (where they were the sensation, judging by all the excitement on Instagram).

One fabric which immediately caught me eye was Rashida Coleman-Hale's fabric Gnome Pants (how awesome a name for a fabric is that!?) It reminded me a lot of one of my all time favorite fabrics: her It's a Plus fabric for Cloud 9. And it was lawn. Lawn!

You can imagine my excitement when I found an envelope with this fabric in my mailbox a few days ago, from the formidable Frances. It's such great quality: fine, soft, and the colors are incredibly bright and sharp.

I made another Hanami with some pleating in the front. My sincere apologies for being predictable and uncreative, but low waist dresses simply look so good on Norah.

I did use a different pleating technique this time, though. I followed all the steps of the Origami Path tutorial, except for steps 3 and 4. Instead of improvisational pleats, I made little pintucks at every 1 cm (3/8"), yet skipping some according to a 3-2-1-2-3-2-1 etcetera pattern. Super simple!

No need to say that Norah loves this dress. The colors are just perfect for her. 

If you like Gnome Pants, make sure to check out the entire Cotton + Steel collection. Miss Matatabi is not only the only shop on the planet to offer the brand at this moment (as far as I know of) - she also carries every single fabric from the brand. These are some of my other favorites:

By the way, there is also a fantastic Cotton + Steel video on how these fabrics are made, from the cotton fibers right up to the printed fabrics. I was really surprised about how many steps it takes to produce fabrics!

Made in Japan: The C+S Manufacturing Process from Gregory Miller Pictures on Vimeo.


  1. WAUW!!! Héél mooi!
    Laat dat stofje hier maar snel leveren!!!

  2. Love it!!! Those fabrics are a temptation! Thanks for the link to the video, allways nice to learn some more things about fabrics! :)

  3. Very exciting. Love these fabrics, and the dress!

  4. Lovely! I also have my eye on the horse fabrics!

  5. Fijn jurkje en heerlijk filmpje!

  6. Mooi!! Staat haar prachtig die kleuren! Kan al niet wachten om ook met dit stofje aan de slag te gaan, mijn pre-order is geplaatst.

  7. I pre ordered lots of Cotton&Steel and can't wait to recieve them! this print is part of them!! love your dress. I will try the pleats next time. and there will be a new hanami dress on my blog today!

  8. Seriously love these fabrics too!! That print is one of my favs :) I'll have to grab some soon before they're all gone now for sure ;)