Yesterday, we reviewed cotton, linen, and twill as choices for your Macaron. Today, we delve into warmer weights with wool, corduroy, velveteen, and jersey. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is beginning to draw to a close and we are starting to think about making cozier garments for the upcoming fall and winter. Macaron is a beautiful dress and lends itself easily to warmer textiles. I am making a cool weather version of Macaron and will be happily franken-patterning to get the look I want.
Wool is a lovely natural fibre used in garment making for centuries. It can be tricky, though, as mishandling wool can result in felting. It is very important to pre-treat wool carefully and I highly recommend following Sarai's pre-treating recommendations.
The ideal wool for Macaron is a lightweight wool blend, such as wool/rayon, wool/cotton, or wool/poly. These blends will keep the wool from being too warm and will give the fabric the drape it needs. Handmade by Freya stitched up a beautiful wool blend Macaron with a lace yoke. Isn't it beautiful? One of the lovely things about wool is that it is so versatile. Freya's Macaron can easily be sported to the office, to an event, or running errands about town.
Oh, corduroy! How I love thee! Everything from trousers to dresses to skirts to jackets can be made from corduroy! It is versatile, easy to maintain, and comes in a variety of weights. It is important to remember; however, when pressing corduroy during sewing to lay another piece of corduroy face down on top of it in order to preserve the nap. Ironing corduroy without this will result in flattened and shiny spots that cannot be repaired. Please see Sarai's post for working with nap and pile for more information.
Sarai's beautiful Parfait shows how easily a traditional warm weather garment can easily be adapted to cool weather fibres. Wouldn't Macaron look so pretty in a fine wale corduroy dress paired with a soft cotton yoke and sleeves? It would be quite simple to draft long sleeves for the ultimate cozy dress or make a sleeveless version for a unique layering piece. A lightweight, fine wale corduroy is a must for Macaron, as anything heavier will be far too stiff.
Velveteen / Peachskin
Luxury! Who doesn't love the softness of velveteen and peachskin? Nothing will send me into textile fever faster, I swear! Like corduroy, velveteen/peachskin can be tricky and you must be extra careful when cutting and pressing. The nap must all be in the same direction or the dress will have an odd sheen. Be sure to review Sarai's tips on nap and pile prior to cutting or sewing. Also, be sure to pre-treat your velveteen appropriately. Click here to read how to sew with velveteen/peachskin.
A lightweight and drapey velveteen is the best for Macaron. Peachskin is very similar to velveteen with the only difference being its nap is less raised. Meg, of Made by Meg, made this decadent version of Macaron using deep blue polyester peachskin and gold tulle for her graduation. It certainly has a wow factor, doesn't it? Click here to learn how to care for velveteen/peachskin clothing.
Let's face it, jersey knits can be terrifying to work with. It stretches like mad and its edges tend to annoyingly curl. You need a ball point needle and either a zig zag or stretch stitch to sew it. Using an overlocker can be intimidating, too, although jersey can definitely be made with a standard sewing machine. I was firmly in the Terrified of Jersey Club until January of this year. While I had experimented with knits before and had one successful project, it was Sewaholic's Renfew that pushed me firmly into the I Love Jersey camp.
Alessa, of Farbenfreude, is the Queen of Macaron and has made several wonderful versions of this pattern. In fact, Alessa will be one of our guest bloggers for this project and I cannot wait to read her post! Below is one of my favourite versions of her Macaron dresses: a plaid woven dress combined with a long sleeve knit yoke. This is a great example of how to tailor a pattern to your personal wardrobe needs.
If making a knit version of Macaron is in your plans , I would recommend using a lighter (i.e. t-shirt weight) to medium weight jersey, such as interlock. Anything heavier will make the dress too bulky You will definitely need to wash and dry this fabric prior to sewing as jersey is known to shrink up to 1/2"!
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With all these fabric types to chose from, what one will your Macaron be?