Lou and Gabrielle: February’s Citronille Pattern of the Month

This month, for our Citronille Pattern of the Month Series, Katy and Abby tried out two pairs of women’s pants: Gabrielle and Lou.

PhotoGrid_1486707365161Gabrielle is fitted at the top, with wide, loose legs. Lou is a more modern style, and is fitted through the hips and upper leg, then flaring out a bit towards the bottom.


Katy, on the left, made the Lou pants out of a stretch denim from Robert Kaufman. She wants to point out that this is definitely a high waisted pants pattern. This can be seen a bit in Citronille’s drawing, but as you can see in the photo, they fit right up around the waist.


She was pleased with the fit, and would make them again. The Lou pants have no front or back pockets, and Katy would definitely want to add them in her next pair. She has made pants from a variety of other patterns, and is familiar with how pockets would be added on. She would use the pockets from another pants pattern, and combine them into this one.


Abby made her Gabrielle pants out of a navy wool flannel. She made a size 42, which is a size larger than she usually makes with other Citronille patterns. While she was concerned about doing this, there was definitely no extra room in the waist, and she was really glad that she went with the measurements on the pattern and not the size that had worked for her before.


At first the fit for the pants wasn’t going so well, but Abby was able to make some adjustments to them and was pretty happy at the end (although she wishes she had hemmed them about an inch longer.)

While the waist fit, the hips were definitely too loose, and after sewing them up and trying them on, the hip curves were sticking out off her body, so Abby took them in a bit. She was also unhappy with how low and baggy the front crotch of the pants was, so she took the inseam in starting about six inches below the crotch of the pants, and going back down the same distance on the other side. She brought the inseam in a good inch right at the top, and after that and taking in the hips, was much more pleased with the fit.

We hope you will enjoy making your own Lou and Gabrielle pants, and that you will send us photos that we can share! Please use the coupon codes: “CitronilleGabrielle” and “CitronilleLou” to receive 20% off the patterns through the end of March 2017.

When sharing photos from this pattern, please email photos to info@fiddleheadartisansupply.com. If posting on instagram, use the hashtags #CitronilleGabrielle, #CitronilleLou and #citronilleofthemonth–and, tag us too! #fiddleheadartisansupply

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Henriette: January’s Citronille Pattern of the Month

We are starting a new monthly event at the shop and online! Every month one Citronille pattern will be featured. Katy and Abby will each make a garment from the featured pattern, which will be on display, there will be a blog post about the patterns and ideas and advice they have after working on the patterns. There will be a class for making the pattern, and the featured pattern will be on sale at 20% off for the whole month. We are hoping hoping hoping that you will all send us your photos of any garments you have sewn from the featured pattern, and part way into the following month we will post a round up of the sample photos you all send into us.

Citronille Henriette DrawingsKaty and Abby Chose the Henriette dress for January. It is a sweet long sleeve dress with a gathered back yoke that can be worn over leggings and a shirt if you are in the colder northern states like we are, and it will be a great stand alone dress too for warmer climates. Another fun thing about this pattern is that, like many of the patterns from Citronille, it is designed for both children and adults. This pattern runs from a child’s size two all the way to an adult European size 46 (39″ chest, 33″ waist, 42″ hips).



Katy made her Henriette dress for her daughter, who is four. She made it in a size 6 so that there would be room to grow. But, as we have found with Citronille’s patterns, they are not designed for tall people, and the size 6 length will work well for her daughter already. Katy and Abby are both pretty tall and always need to add a little bit onto the length of the patterns they make themselves and their children. Katy used a 21 wale corduroy in amethyst.


Abby made her version in a size 38 (US 6/8) and lengthened the body and sleeves a bit, she also left off the front pocket. Abby used a bluish green chambray for her dress. Abby writes:

There are no darts in the adult pattern, and I was quite a bit worried about how it would hang on me. But, when I put it on, I was really pleased by how it fit. The top was fitted much more than I was expecting it to be, and was even a bit too tight as you can see in the pull through my chest. the lower part hung well too. I had thought that I would want to add on a belt, and that worked too, but I think I would rather just wear it loose.



Katy’s piece of advice for this pattern (as well as many other of their patterns is that there aren’t notches on the sleeves saying which is the front and which is the back. The pattern pieces themselves have the correct sides labeled on them (Devant for front and Dos for back) but when you cut the pieces out, you will need to come up with your own system to label which side is which.

Abby and Katy were both a bit confused by the directions for the placket and found it helpful to read the directions and look at the diagrams. As you can see in the pictures, their plackets came out to very different widths, but they both work with the dresses! The directions ask you to baste 1cm from the edge when first applying the placket to the opening. You will need to stitch this with a 1cm (3/8″) seam allowance as well.


Katy used snaps for her placket. This works well in a dress for a child where it would be worn closed all the way up. She used SnapSetter snaps. We love this snap system – they are are hammered in with an easy-to-use applicator that works well. The snaps are set into the fabric really firmly, and don’t fall out or become loose as has been our experience with sewn-in snaps. Abby wanted to be able to have the placket open a bit, so she chose to put in buttons.


We hope you will enjoy making your own Henriette, and will send us photos that we can share! Please use the coupon code: CitronilleHenriette to receive 20% off any of the three Henriette patterns.

When sharing photos from this pattern, please email photos to info@fiddleheadartisansupply.com and use the hashtags #citronillehenriette and #citronilleofthemonth–and, tag us too! #fiddleheadartisansupply

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Just In: Rifle Paper Company’s stunning debut Fabric Collection: Les Fleurs for Cotton & Steel

We’re thrilled to offer Rifle Paper Company’s stunning debut Fabric Collection: Les Fleurs for Cotton & Steel! We carry Les Fleurs in Quilting Cotton, Cotton Lawn, Rayon, and Linen/Cotton Canvas.


Rifle Paper Co. is a stationery and lifestyle brand based in Florida. Anna Bond’s signature hand-painted florals & botanicals are lush and vibrant with a vintage nod.

Les Fleurs – Rayon:



Abby made the sweet Daisy Top by Citronille in a size 36 using the Rifle Paper Co. Rayon fabric in Birch Floral “Enamel.”

Daisy 1


Les Fleurs – Linen/Cotton Canvas:

The Linen/Cotton Canvas by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton & Steel have delightful patterns:


Rifle paper cotton steelPhoto credit: Cotton & Steel


Katy made a lovely tote bag by Noodlehead, The 241 Tote using Rifle Paper Co. Linen/Cotton Canvas: Rosa Floral in Natural, along with two coordinating Essex Linen/Cotton blends. You can make the bag with the option of side pockets or zipper pockets. Check in with us this fall, we’ll be offering three different bag making classes, and the 241 Tote will be one of them!

Rifle Noodle bag

Les Fleurs – Cotton Lawn:

Pink Flamingos, Pyramids, The Sphinx and Palm Trees! Les Fleurs exotic Cotton Lawn!



Les Fleurs – Quilting Cottons:

Les Fleurs Quilting Cottons, pretty florals, tapestries, carousels, and bon voyage!



Enjoy Rifle Paper’s stunning debut fabric collection! Feel free to post photos of what you make to these social media hashtags: #fiddleheadartisansupply  #riflepapercofabric

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All Settled In at 64 Main Street

On April 1st we opened up the new shop at 64 Main Street and we’re feeling settled in and excited about the new space!

Main Streetx There’s so much to see in our colorful fabric side of the shop:


And everyone is equally excited about our expansion into art supplies. We’re now a small art store carrying professional artist quality and student grade lines, researched for the best quality and pricing.



boardsWe look forward to seeing you this summer!

And thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm, great feedback and support during our move!


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Nani IRO 2016 Double Gauze Available Now – Beautiful Japanese Fabric

We carry an extensive collection of Nani IRO Double-Gauze fabric by Japanese artist Naomi Ito. Naomi has been producing textile paintings for Kokka, since 2001.


Naomi Ito’s breathtaking designs are seen as “art on fabric.” Painterly, impressionistic watercolors are translated on double-gauze and linen-cotton blends with bold, colorful brushstrokes inspired by landscapes and nature.


Double-gauze is an extremely soft, beautiful, lightweight, 100% cotton fabric.


Many of the Nani IRO double-gauze patterns portray colorful flowers and birds as well as abstract patterns with unique line detail.


You can use double-gauze everywhere you want a soft touch: pillows, a summer skirt, wraps, tops and dresses, for baby blankets, or for a gorgeous evening bag.


Katy made the Scout Tee Shop Sample by Grainline Studio:


Grainline Studio has tutorials online explaining construction details, options to alter the pattern, and ideas for using different fabrics. Katy made this sample as a size 12, with Nani IRO Fuccra Rakuen Double Gauze, “A Brights / Flowers.”

We have double-gauze from other lines as well. This summery, soft baby blanket is made with Cotton + Steel “Dog Lions” Double Gauze, in Clover, by Alexia Abegg. It is backed in solid Light Green Kobayashi Double Gauze.

DGauzeBaby Blanket

The Nani IRO linen-cotton blends are great for making shift dresses, tunics & kaftans, and are wonderful for bag making and home décor use. Ann made this Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress with the Nani IRO linen-cotton blend “Water Window,” in grey:

Merchant & Mills Nani Iro Linen dress

Enjoy working with Nani IRO double-gauze for sewing airy, summery garments inspired by landscape and watercolor prints! Let us know what you make and feel free to use this hashtag when posting online to social media: #fiddleheadartisansupply







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Shop Sample: Tilly and the Buttons “Fifi” Camisole and Shorts

We have a new Shop Sample:

The Tilly and the Buttons “Fifi” Camisole and Shorts set. This is a lovely, airy set for lounging in or wearing to bed.


The camisole is cut on the bias, has soft pleated cups, a princess seam back and bias binding straps. The shorts have a narrow elastic waistband and pretty curved hems. Skill level: intermediate and for those looking to advance their skills.

Tilly close

Cheryl made this as a size 4 in the pretty Cotton Lawn fabric: Memoire A Paris, by Lecien.

Lawn fabric is an excellent choice for undergarments because it is designed using fine, high count yarns, which results in a soft & silky fabric with a lovely drape:

lawn fabric

Cheryl trimmed the “Fifi” camisole with a plum colored elastic that has a lovely iridescent sheen.


Here in the shop we have several patterns and solids of Lawn fabric as well as a collection of beautiful Liberty Lawn:

Liberty fabric

As for Lingerie Stretch Elastic Trim we have a variety in the shop: Herringbone Weave Elastic, Scalloped Elastic, Fold-over Elastic and Rib Elastic. (If you are interested in any of these, please give our shop a call and we can place and ship an order for you.)

Here’s another sweet Shop Sample made with cotton lawn: The Violet Blouse by Colette. We made it in a size 6:


This button-front blouse has a gentle, loose fit reminiscent of the 1960s and sports an adorable Peter Pan collar:


Enjoy working with Cotton Lawn for sewing beautiful garments with a lovely, soft drape! Let us know what you make and feel free to use this hashtag when posting online to social media: #fiddleheadartisansupply

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Moving to Main Street and Expanding Art Supplies

The renovations are under way at our new location at 64 Main Street!

We’re all looking forward to our move at the end of March, and the new shop renovations are under way!





The shop on High Street will be closed for 5-6 days while we move. The new shop will still carry all of our current items and will include an expanded Art Supplies section and a classroom for sewing and crafting classes.

No need to wait for the move to see some of the new art supplies: we’re adding products every day at the shop on High Street. Come visit and you will find these and much more:

art supplies

Pen Touch, Gelly Roll, and Stabilo pens and markers. Faber-Castel PITT Artist India Ink pens. Faber-Castel Art Erasers and PVC-free Erasers. Watercolor & Acrylic paints. Fountain Pen Inks from France. Rhodia journals and a varied assortment of art paper, canvas boards and sketch pads.

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We’ll keep you posted about the renovations for the new shop as well as continue to blog about “What’s New in the Shop” and “Shop Samples”!

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Myrantine Top and Cotton + Steel Pillows

Our latest Fiddlehead Shop Sample:

The Myrantine Top by Citronille:

We’re loving the latest collection of Cotton + Steel fabrics that have come into the shop! A really fun palette of rich teals and indigo, muted blues and lavender, and pops of red. Abby used the lovely “Fruit Dots” by Melody Miller to make our latest shop sample: the Myrantine Top by Citronille:


This pattern has a few options: it can be made with a contrasting bodice, and a ruffled collar:

citronille-pattern-n-210-bb-top-myrantine-361218-mths-2-yrs-Or without a collar (as in our sample):

Myrantine close

It is buttoned at the back. We love the delightful red contrasting buttons Abby used:

Myrantine top back buttons

The Myrantine works well using quilting cottons, and alternative fabric options might be: eyelet cotton, lawn, poplin, Liberty, or double-gauze.

Pillows & Cats & Yarn Balls!

If you’re local you may have seen our window display and the sweet new pillows there! Also made with the latest collection of Cotton + Steel prints:


Abby made the standard-size pillowcase using “Cat Lady Pouncy Balls” in Dusty Green by Sarah Watts, and its cuff with “Cat Lady Friskers” in Lavender. Nitasia made the two Cat pillows using the same fabric. She hand-drew the pattern and used a satin stitch (tight zig-zag) to make the whiskers.

Enjoy the latest Cotton + Steel Prints! Feel free to send us your pictures of what you’ve sewn or use our social media hashtag: #fiddleheadartisansupply when posting to the web!

Happy Valentines Day! from Fiddlehead Artisan Supply!
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The Cappuccino Dress by Liesl Gibson

Shop Sample: the Cappuccino Dress by Liesl Gibson with Oliver + S:

The Cappuccino is an easy-going pullover that is relaxed as well as elegant, perfect for any occasion. The pattern has both a dress & tunic option. Abby made a sweet, size 4 dress for the shop in Honeymoon Rayon in blue “Zipline” by Cotton + Steel.

cappuccino dressAbby's

We have several bolts of Rayon for garment making in similar dynamic prints. Rayon is soft & silky and is perfect for sewing gorgeous drapey skirts and blouses, creating a look that isn’t often attained using cotton.


The Cappuccino has a flattering V-neck that is easy to sew. It has a cross-over neckband and a softly gathered front detail. Its kimono sleeves have a short sleeve or ¾ sleeve option and finish in an adorable contrast cuff. This pattern has a slightly relaxed fit but with gentle shaping at the sides. The dress skims the body but still flatters your curves, and it has almost-hidden inseam pockets.

closer cappuccino

cappuccino sleeve

Abby enjoyed making this in lovely, drapey Rayon. (It is recommended that you wash your rayon prior to sewing as it is known to shrink). For alternative fabric options Oliver + S recommends quilting cotton, chambray, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, sateen, voile, and linen. They also suggest if you are wanting something for cooler weather you could also sew it from fine-wale corduroy or wool crepe.


cappuccino-tunic-4-564x800photos courtesy of Oliver + S / Liesl + Co.

Enjoy making this elegant tunic and/or dress pattern! Feel free to send us your pictures of what you’ve sewn or use our social media hashtag: #fiddleheadartisansupply when posting to the web!

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The Endless Summer Tunic by A Verb for Keeping Warm

Our New Shop Sample: The Endless Summer Tunic by A Verb for Keeping Warm 

The Endless Summer Tunic is a simple and elegant pullover v-neck tunic and was A Verb for Keeping Warm’s first sewing pattern! This may very well be your year-round staple tunic that goes with everything. It pairs fabulous with leggings or wide-leg knit pants.


It sews wonderfully using light to medium weight wovens. Katy made our shop sample and we love the gorgeous “Boysenberry” Kaufman Chambray she chose, as well as the pocket and shoulder contrasting lining which is Kaffe Fasset/Brandon Mably fabric in “Rare Zig Zag.”


The Endless Summer Tunic’s flattering sleeveless design has nice airflow, perfect for the summer and easy to layer over a long-sleeve top in cooler weather. 


This “beginner level” pattern has optional pockets, and the armholes are edged with bias-tape for a clean finish. It features pretty gathers at the center back and shoulder seams, as well as a curved hem that is slightly longer in the back. It can easily be lengthened to a dress instead of a tunic.

Enjoy making this versatile tunic! Feel free to send us your pictures of what you’ve sewn or use our social media hashtag: #fiddleheadartisansupply when posting to the web!


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