Last month I was contacted by Organic Cotton Plus who asked if I was interested in writing a review for them in exchange for some fabric. After visiting their site, learning more about their company mission, and browsing their beautiful fabrics, I said YES PLEASE!
I picked an organic cotton sateen from their Harmony Arts collection called Fields of Honey. I’m really drawn to big, bold prints so when I saw this one I just couldn’t resist! Organic Cotton Plus kindly sent me 2 yards of it to work with, which I’ve shown above fresh out of the dryer. Now, before you look at the price of this fabric and wince at what two yards might cost you, let me show you what two yards of this 110″ wide print actually looks like…
It flows over my couch!! When you consider just how large two yards of this fabric actually is, the cost is seriously a bargain!
This fabric is every quilter’s/home dec sewer’s dream. That’s easily one whole quilt back in a single piece. Not to mention this is the type of fiber that swanky hotel duvet covers are made out of: gorgeous eco friendly organic cotton twill with that ever so slight satin-y finish that’s just the perfect blend of crisp and soft. I really didn’t think about how big of a piece I was getting in the mail, so after the initial shock of “wow that’s a lot of fabric!!” my immediate thought was “I really should have asked for a solid color so I could make some curtains!” If there’s anything I NEED to be sewing for my home right now, it’s curtains…
But, I picked the fancy party dress fabric so a fancy party dress I made!
I used a pattern that I had made once before but wasn’t happy with the fit initially so I wanted a re-match.
This fabric is an absolute dream to sew with. It has all the benefits of a cotton (which is my favorite material to sew and wear) but with the added little special something of sateen to make it so much more than just a cotton. I love how the satin finish catches the light ever so slightly.
Now, there is a design flaw in the pattern I picked with this particular fabric since there’s a seam in the front of the skirt which cuts off the print a bit awkwardly. If I had thought about that first, I would have cut a seamless full circle for the skirt instead. Next time (because oh yes there will be a next time!) I sew with this fabric I’ll try a seamless skirt version instead. Maybe in a baby blue color with some of their organic cotton lace trim?? Hmmmm…
I added lots of solid black details, including a black crinoline skirt underneath, to off set the large print and I really love the way it turned out! Here you can really see the weave of the twill. It’s the perfect mid weight: sturdy, but still has a nice drape.
We’ve been having some terrible weather in Vermont lately which has made it near impossible for me to venture out and try to get some decent photos of this dress out of the house. So you will definitely see this dress gracing the blog again!
I truly cannot say enough good things about this fabric. I will most certainly be ordering from Organic Cotton Plus in the future, and the only criticism I have for them has nothing to do with their fabric, but with their online photos. They truly don’t do their products justice! That, and I couldn’t find any information on how to wash and care for the fabric (though admittedly I didn’t search very hard so I may have missed it). I washed this fabric in cool water and tumble dried it on low and it turned out just fine, but it’s nice to know how to properly care for quality fabrics. For example, some fabrics that are printed with low impact eco dyes need to be washed in sulfate free detergents, which I use anyway, but you get the idea. I like details!
With that said, I truly and honestly recommend Organic Cotton Plus, and I wish there was a local fabric shop here in Vermont that carried it! The shipping was very fast though so I definitely will be ordering from their website in the future.
Have you sewn with cotton sateen before? Do you love it as much as I do??
Happy Friday, All! Have a great weekend.