Celebrating a Year of
After School Stitch

Pictured here (with sewing instructor Kimberly) are a few of our talented After School Stitch student sewers, modeling their completed final projects for this school year. These students have put alot of laughter and heart into their designs and sewing. We are so sad to see this program end for the year.

Thankfully we’ll be filling our classroom with young sewers again very soon as CAMP STITCH is set to launch June 9-13 and will run weekly throughout the entire summer. Space is still available in both our sewing and fashion design camps, designed for kids ages 7-17. For more information, read the CAMP STITCH descriptions on our Class List page.

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“Make” Your Mom’s Day

Stop by tomorrow at 11 am for a FREE shopper’s tote sewing demonstration. And while you are here, take the time to shop for Mother’s Day. We are sure that you will find something beautiful for your mom from our selection of handmade items and sewing supplies. See below for some of our favorite gifts.

Handmade Pillows

Handmade Quilts

Handmade Soap

Handmade Make Your Day Bags and Patterns

PFAFF Sewing Machine


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Saturday Early Bird Sale!

This Saturday (April 26) we’re bringing back our beloved Early Bird Sale! Come early for amazing savings!

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Sewing Little Dresses

Spring into the world of sewing by making a dress for a little one in your life. Little dresses are quick to make, use a small amount of fabric (=low cost), and are a great first-time sewing project. We love to use patterns by Oliver & S, KWIK SEW, and Burda.

Currently we have a variety of spring prints & sweet eyelet fabrics, perfect for dresses. We’d be delighted to help you get started! See below for a few dresses we’ve made and for some of our new fabrics.

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PFAFF EVENT at Les Fabriques

PFAFF & Les Fabriques
Girl’s Day Out
Friday, February 28
10am – 2pm

Let’s get together and play! A PFAFF® Event Specialist is coming to Les Fabriques to celebrate sewing with you. You will get to play on four different PFAFF® sewing machine models, experience firsthand all the fabulous features, and learn some great new techniques. Our goal is for you to have fun, take a break from your hectic life, meet up with like-minded sewers, and complete a project on a PFAFF® sewing machine. We plan to make a pieced and embroidered tablet or iPad cover. A $20 fee covers materials and lunch.

Don’t miss out on this event’s special savings on machines and financing! Free gift for everyone who attends! Free gift with the purchase of select PFAFF sewing or embroidery machine models!

There are only ten spots available for this event! Please register if you plan on attending: call 434.975.0710 or email design@lesfabriquesinc.com.

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Winter Sewing Classes

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, now is the perfect time to learn a new sewing skill! Read below for a list of classes starting this month (full descriptions including dates, fees and more information including Spring classes can be found online).

Beginner Sewing Fundamentals (starts Jan. 8)
Designers’ Apron (starts Jan. 14)
Date Night Couple’s Pajamas (starts Jan.17)
Sewing Success: How to Work with Different Fabrics (starts Jan. 18)
Slumber Party Pillowcase (Jan. 20 or Feb. 3)
Children’s Playtime Dress (starts Jan. 27)
Reverse-Appliqué Workshop (Jan. 28 or Feb. 18)

Introducing Janice Walker in her new two-part class:
Basic Quilting Part 1 & 2 (starts Feb. 1)

starts the week of January 6th and runs for 16 weeks

Fashion Sewing (Tuesdays, ages 7-12)
Fashion Design and Sewing (Wednesdays, ages 7-12)
Fashion Sewing (Thursdays, ages 9-17)
Independent Studies (Fridays, ages 9-17)

To sign up for classes, view the class calendar. Simply click on the class you are interested in, submit your information on the online form and then you will be directed to a Thank You page where you can pay online. Or call Les Fabriques to register: 434.975.0710.

Hope to see you in our classroom!

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Winter Sale!

WINTER SALE happening now at Les Fabriques!

Buy 1 Get 1 Free – All Christmas Fabrics, Kits and Ribbons

Buy 1 Get 1 half price – All Wools, Blends, Corduroys and Polar Fleece

Extra 40% off All Clearance (already reduced up to 50%)

All Brother Sewing Machine Accessories – 75% off

Fashions, Accessories, Bags and Scarves – 20% off

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First Fridays at Les Fabriques

Janice Walker
“Landscapes and Botanicals in Fabric and Thread”
Opening on Friday Jan. 3rd.
5pm – 8pm
in the Les Fabriques Showroom
Items will be on display the month of January

* * * Introducing her new class * * *
Basic Quilting Part 1 & 2
Beginning Feb. 1 (four week sessions)

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Come downtown for your last minute one of a kind gifts. Offering classes for every experience level, gift certificates, sewing machines, fine fabrics, supplies and more.

Wrap it all up with our affordable “green” reusable wrapping materials (burlap, cotton, festive ribbon & felt).

Everything in the store is 20% off until Dec. 24! Machines are 15%.

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20% off till December 24!

Shop Les Fabriques Downtown for the Holidays! Enjoy 20% off store wide till Dec. 24! Machines are 15% off.

Watch us on You Tube here:
Les Fabriques Holiday

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First Fridays & Grand Opening!

Join us this Friday, December 6, and let us introduce you to the vivacious Veronica Morales of Made by Me (and recent Project Reveal winner!). Veronica’s bead shop is now open at Les Fabriques and ready to serve all your beading and jewelry-making needs! Veronica also sells her own beautiful hand-made pieces, which would make great Christmas gifts for any lucky recipient on your list.

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We had so much fun with our SHOP SMALL sale that we decided to extend it through Monday! Come see us and SAVE BIG.

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SHOP SMALL at Les Fabriques!

SHOP SMALL Charlottesville! Support your local businesses today by shopping local. Special savings today, up to 40% off!

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Tickets for 2013 Project Reveal on Sale Now!

We hope you will join us on Saturday, November 9 at 7 pm for this year’s Project Reveal fashion design competition. We are thrilled to add a youth competition this year and can’t wait to see what these young designers will send down the runway.

“Parisian Style” is the challenge and the winning designer will win a brand new Pfaff sewing machine!

In case you missed last year’s Project Reveal, here are some of the designs that rocked the runway. Ampy Smith was our 2012 Project Reveal winner (his winning look is pictured last).

Tickets can be purchased by phone or at Les Fabriques. Call 434.975.0710 to purchase your ticket today!

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Virginia Designer Market

Make this Saturday your market day! After a stop at the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market, be sure to stroll down Water Street to visit Les Fabriques’ own Third Annual Virginia Designer Market! You’ll find fabulous handmade and handcrafted items from local artisans. If you can’t make it Saturday, we’re open on Sunday too. Hope to see you at the Market, this weekend only!

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Calling all Artisans!


Les Fabriques is hosting the third annual Virginia Designer’s Market on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 19 & 20.

Inside and outside vender spaces are available for artisans, crafters and bakers. All mediums welcome, from fiber arts to woodworking to jewelry and more.

For more information or to reserve a space, call or email Les Fabriques: 434.975.0710, design@lesfabriquesinc.com.

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Sign Up TODAY for
Fall Classes!

September is National Sewing Month! Join the fun by learning a new skill in one of our fabulous fall classes.

If you haven’t been in our new Downtown store yet, now’s the time to visit (and to take a class!). Our new classroom space has just been renovated and equipped with brand new Pfaff sewing machines.

We offer an array of beginner and intermediate level classes in apparel sewing, fashion design, garment alterations, quilting, home decor, and needle arts. And for your kids, we offer semester-long sewing and fashion design classes in our After School Stitch program, starting September 10.

New to this semester, is fashion designer and artist Rosalba Valentino‘s “Style and Substance” class. This class is designed to teach the intermediate sewer how to take their garment construction to the next level. You will learn how to obtain a better fit and how to professionally finish your garments.

Also new this semester is Rosalba’s “Mischief and Madness” Halloween Costume workshop in October. Rita Camacho, a professional in the sewing industry, will also teach a Halloween-themed class titled “Style it up for Halloween.” Both classes are designed to aid you in your costume making ventures.

New classes start the first week of September, so check here for a full class listing and then go to the calendar page in order to sign up! (click on the class you want to join and fill in the requested information)

Hope to see you in the classroom!

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Sailboat Dress SEWN
(and a skirt!)

This little dress came together quite quickly and turned out really sweet. We just adore Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea fabric collection, perfect for your summer sewing.

We were also thrilled that we could make a simple skirt out of the leftover fabric. So with just 1 1/4 yards of fabric we made a size 6 dress and coordinating skirt in a size 8.

We’re not sure which is our favorite detail: the red vintage plastic buttons on the back or the blue wrapped piping detail on the front.

All materials are in stock at Les Fabriques if you want to make your own Sailboat Dress.

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Sew a Little Sailboat Dress

When we saw these dresses online in Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea sailboat fabric, we knew we needed to make up a little dress in this fabric for the shop.

We picked out a simple KWIK SEW pattern (3940) which calls for a coordinating fabric and trim. We chose a fine pique cotton and some sweet piping. Check back soon for a picture of the completed dress!

Want to sew along? Fabrics and pattern are available at Les Fabriques!

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Great Gatsby Photography

Richard Pippin has developed your Great Gatsby Open House portraits! (See scanned images below.) He has a variety of offerings for you, including custom printing and framing. Please contact him directly for prices and offerings: Richard Pippin, side_c@yahoo.com or 434.906.1775.

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Great Gatsby
Costume Contest
Winner Announced

Thank you for celebrating the opening of our new downtown location with us this past Friday. We had a fabulous time and hope you did too!

We are thrilled to announce our Great Gatsby twenties costume contest winner….the ab-so-lute-ly fabulous Veronica Morales. Congratulations Veronica! We loved the embroidered and beaded tulle fabric that you chose, perfect for the decade that celebrated embellishments. We applaud your creative and innovative use of this fabric, your sweet polka-dot slip dress, and gorgeous accessories.

And to our other fabulous contestants: thank you so much for joining in the fun! We so enjoyed seeing the finished product of your designs, many of which we had the privilege to see in process.

A special thanks also to Glass Haus Kitchen and Paradox Pastry Richard Pippin, Shelby Eames, and featured artist Rosalba Valentino for making the evening a smashing success!

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Free Portrait Sitting
at Great Gatsby Open House

We are excited to have professional photographer Richard Pippin join us as our photographer for the Great Gatsby Open House. Pippin will use a large format camera (i.e. not digital) to photograph you in your fabulous 20′s costume. There will be no charge for this portrait sitting (valued at $150). Want to bring the whole family? He will be delighted to photograph groups and families as well. Pippin offers a variety of printing and framing options, starting at $20 per image.

Examples of his work are currently on display at Les Fabriques.

We hope to see you Friday, June 7th, 5-9 pm at Les Fabriques’ Great Gatsby Open House.

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Costume Party Inspiration: Fashion in the Twenties

The Twenties decade ushered in a radical change toward freedom for women. Women finally obtained the vote in national elections and this birth of “women’s liberation” had a resulting liberating effect on women’s fashion. Corsets and petticoats vanished and hem lines rose to reveal silk-stockinged legs. Necklines and waistlines plunged.

Elastic girdles and bandeaux flattened the feminine curves into the “garçonne” (boyish) silhouette straight out of Paris. The “Flappers” look was born. This style’s simple cut made the perfect shape for mass production, providing the lower and middle class access to the Parisian couture influence. Egyptian, Greek and Asian influences were also for the first time incorporated into American fashion.

The fashion ensemble dominated all levels of dress. Shoes, hats, bags and coats all coordinated. Foreheads were covered by over-sized hats, turbans, headbands, and, of course the cloche. The “bobbed” hair cut was a necessity to fit under this new style of head dress.

The Twenties woman was “bejeweled” with an impressive array of accessories including bracelets, long ropes of pearls, cigarette holders, silver compacts, and “pochettes” (a small pouch-like purse). Coco Chanel influenced the birth of “costume” jewelry into fashion for the first time in history.

Are you ready to be “bejeweled”?! We hope this Twenties fashion overview has given you some ideas to get you thinking about designing your own Twenties look for our Great Gatsby Open House costume contest. For more inspiration take a look at our Great Gatsby Inspired pinterest page or stop in at Les Fabriques for fabulous fabrics and trims. We are offering a Roaring 20 (‘s) % discount off any purchase!

Join us Friday, June 7 from 5-9 pm as we celebrate our new downtown store and this decade of fashion decadence. Enjoy local food, wine, music and celebrate with a costume contest.

*content and images from 120 Great Fashion Designs 1900-1950, Dover Publications Inc.; Mineola, New York: 2001.

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Party at Les Fabriques!

We agree ab-so-lute-ly! So we’re throwing a Great Gatsby themed party to celebrate our new downtown store.

Join us:
Les Fabriques’ Great Gatsby Open House
Friday, June 7
5-9 pm
1920′s costumes welcome
enjoy local food, wine, and music

Talk about the “cat’s meow”! Come dressed in your best 1920′s attire. Inspired to make your costume yourself? We’d love to help you with design ideas and will even give you a discount on your fabrics (save $10 off a $50 purchase). We have all sorts of new trims, perfect for your twenties look: fabulous fringe and feathers, lace, and embellished fabrics.

For inspiration take a look at our Great Gatsby Inspired pinterest page and check back for more ideas in the weeks to come.

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Sew and Show

After Minh Martin finished sewing his coat, his daughter Sophia decided she needed to sew a coat of her own! They visited Les Fabriques one weekend to pick out fabric and a pattern and were back a weekend later to show off their fabulous coats.

We think Sophia’s choice of purple flannel lining makes for a fun surprise detail. Great job Martins – we can’t wait to see what you’ll make next!

Carla spent her snow days whipping up a wardrobe of dresses for her granddaughter. Here’s sweet baby Kennedy dressed in her new owl dress, perfect for a downtown outing (and a game of peek-a-boo!).

We are hosting numerous new beginner sewing workshops this Spring including patchwork quilting, umbrella making, and sewing some quick and easy tote bags. A majority of our City Market Tote Bag students below had never sewn before and left this workshop with a completed and beautiful tote bag!

Also new this spring, is our City Market Project series for kids on Saturday mornings. Each week features a new project (you can choose to attend one session or the whole series). Space is still available in upcoming sessions. During the first session last weekend, Lily made this fabulous Fox pillow that she designed from her own drawing.

We hope you’ll come sew with us (or stop by and show us what you’ve been sewing). For a list of our current classes, view our schedule online here.

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First Fridays at Les Fabriques

Join us this Friday, April 5, from 5-7 pm at Les Fabriques as we host our first First Fridays Art Exhibit featuring the woodworking of artists Ann and Tom Jacobs. As artists and woodworkers, their goal is to combine art with everyday function and to find new life for salvaged and antique wood. The exhibit will include woodworking, sculpture, mirrors, tables, cutting boards and jewelry. Read more about Tom Jacobs Woodworking here.

All are welcome to attend!

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Sign up NOW for Kids’ Workshops & Camp Stitch!

Starting the end of April, we will offer a series of Saturday Market Projects for kids, ages 7 and up. This brand new series of beginner sewing workshops for kids offers a fun array of projects designed to teach a variety of sewing and design skills. Sign up for one or more sessions. Drop your child off and enjoy a stroll to the farmer’s market and neighboring downtown stores!

April 20: Sew an Animal Pillow
April 27: Sew Doll Clothing
May 11: Sew an Apron (with ribbon ties and pockets)
May 18: Fashion Design Drawing
May 25: Quilt a Doll’s Blanket

Saturdays, from 10am – 12noon
$35 per session (materials included)
Go to the calendar page in order to sign up! (click on the Saturday(s) you want your child to attend and fill in the requested information).

We are now accepting registrations for Camp Stitch, our week-long summer sewing and fashion design camps for kids, ages 7-17. We offer a half and full-day option. See below for dates, schedules and information.

Campers will learn how to sew a simple skirt or pajama pants in this weeklong camp that will teach your child the fundamentals of machine sewing with a commercial pattern. Sign up for an additional week of camp to learn how to sew a tote bag or more clothing.

CAMP STITCH: Fashion Design
Campers will use their creativity in this weeklong camp to design a virtual line of clothing, while learning how to draw and paint for fashion design. Your child will also learn the basics of draping and patternmaking with hands-on sewing projects including doll clothes, accessories and up-cycled clothing.

June 10 – 14 (Ages 7 – 17)
June 17 – 21 (Ages 7 – 11)
June 24 – 28 (Ages 11 – 17)
July 1 – 5 (Ages 7 – 17)
July 8 –12 (Ages 11 – 17)
Sewing 10am – 1pm
Fashion Design 1:30pm – 4:30pm

July 15 – 19 (Ages 7 – 11)
July 22 – 26 (Ages 11 – 17)
July 29 – August 2 (Ages 7 – 11)
August 5 – 9 (Ages 7 – 17)
August 12 – 16 (Ages 7 – 11)
August 19 – 23 (Ages 7 – 17)
Fashion Design 10am – 1pm
Sewing 1:30pm – 4:30pm

$225 half-day camp (any additional camp is discounted $25)
$425 full day camp (Pack a lunch for a 1/2 hour lunch break)
Campers receive a 15% discount for all supplies purchased for camp projects during enrollment, including the purchase of sewing machines.

Please sign up early as camps fill quickly! We only accept six students per camp to insure that each camper receives individual instruction and is provided with their own sewing machine. Register by phone with a credit card or stop by our NEW Downtown store located under the Water Street Garage. Looking forward to teaching your kids!

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Fairy Tale Dress

Oliver & S Fairy Tale Dress + Amy Butler’s Fairy Tale fabric = one sweet Easter Dress!

This gorgeous voile fabric and more now available at Les Fabriques!

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Easter Dress Sewing

Oliver & S offers contemporary children’s patterns that are beautifully illustrated and easy to follow. If you can’t make it to a sewing class, sewing through the varying levels of difficulty of Oliver & S patterns is a great way to learn how to sew children’s garments.

New to the shop is Amy Butler’s gorgeous and soft voile fabrics from her Alchemy line. When I saw this fabric I knew I had found the perfect fabric to try out Oliver & S’ Fairy Tale dress pattern for my Easter sewing.

For your Easter sewing inspiration, check out our Pinterest page for fun online crafts and in-stock patterns.

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Winter & Spring Class Offerings

Gather with friends in our cozy new classroom space and learn a new skill!

We offer an array of beginner and intermediate level classes in apparel sewing, fashion design, garment alterations, quilting, home decor, and needle arts.

If you have always wanted to learn how to sew, now is a good time. Along with our standard beginner classes (mentioned above), we also have several one-session workshops for beginners: make a quilt top (in “Learn to Quilt” all-day workshop), or a tote bag (City Market Tote Bag workshop), or an umbrella (“Make your own Umbrella” workshop).

We are excited to announce that we are also teaching two needle felting classes (for all levels) this Spring (come see our new stock of 100% needle felting wool!).

New classes are starting up this week, so check here for a full class listing and then go to the calendar page in order to sign up! (click on the class you want to join and fill in the requested information)

Hope to see you in the classroom!

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Valentine Button
Bracelet Kits

(as seen in Charlottesville Family magazine on page 31)

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by making personalized button bracelets to give (or keep!). Les Fabriques’ Do It Your Way valentine kit comes with an assortment of beautiful buttons and elastic, ready for the making. Kids will love this easy and wearable craft.

Kits are now available at Les Fabriques. Come visit us at our new downtown address (206 E. Water Street).

And for more Valentine crafting inspiration, check out our Valentine Sewing Pinterest board.

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Les Fabriques Reopens Tomorrow!

Les Fabriques (first named A Bazaar, Fabrics Etc.) opened its doors in September of 1978 as the creative vision of mother-daughter team Charlotte and Carla (pictured above). Since that first opening in Lovingston, Virginia, Les Fabriques has inhabited ten different spaces (including one in Richmond). From four different locations at the Barracks Road Shopping Center (1984-1996) to Shopper’s World (1996-2010) to the most recent shop at Woodbrook (2011-2013), Les Fabriques has traveled for 34 years along route 29!

We are so excited to get off the highway and move to historic downtown Charlottesville. Our beautiful new space is located at 206 E. Water Street, at the corner of 2nd and Water, directly below the Water Street parking garage (the space was formerly London Bathecary).

We can’t wait to open our doors tomorrow and get back to what we love doing best: creating together with you, our fabulous customers and friends!

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Last Day for Moving Sale!

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Downton Abbey Inspiration

At Les Fabriques, we love a good sewing challenge. So when we heard that the Paramount was going to simulcast the third-season premiere of “Downton Abbey” we jumped at the chance to sew something to wear for the occasion.

In the third season of “Downton Abbey,” the characters are carried into the fashions of the roaring twenties. Our beloved characters are seen wearing low waisted dresses with straight bodices, adorned with a plethora of embellishments and paired with cloche hats.

For our twenties looks, we each took on a different challenge. Kimberly (pictured below, left) restored a vintage twenties silk and velvet dress. Carla (middle) sewed a silk kimono jacket, paired with “pajama pants” (trousers for women became popular in mid-twenties). Jaime (right) sewed a silk dress from a vintage twenties pattern called “The One Hour Dress” (see pattern here).

The fashions of Downton Abbey are wide-spread in their influence, inspiring American and European designers alike. The Washington Post’s Lifestyle section feature “Fashion from Costume to the Runway” highlights some of the Downton Abbey-inspired looks that have made their way onto the runway. Here are a few of our favorites:

From Ralph Lauren’s 2012 Fall Collection:

And his 2012 Spring Collection

From British designer Jenny Packham:

This season’s Project Runway All-Stars also featured a twenties-themed design challenge in which All-Star designer Anthony Ryan’s flapper design took the lead.

At Les Fabriques, we hope to inspire you too! So come on in and find what you need to sew something beautiful.

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We’re on Etsy!

Good news! We are now listing our merchandise and fabric online on our etsy site. Check here for our growing list of items (we are adding more each day).

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up to 75% off!

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Fleece Animal Print Scarves

Just in time for your last-minute gifting is another quick-sew scarf! With a myriad of super soft fleece prints and colors to choose from, and a great price (currently all fleece is 30% off), you can make one for everyone on your gift list (that’s only $2.75 per scarf)! This fleece is from David Textiles, Inc. and washes beautifully without any pilling.

Here’s how to make your own Fleece Scarf:

Materials needed:
1/4 yard of Fleece
coordinating thread

1. Fold fabric in half, right sides together (long sides together) and pin. Place a “warning pin” (use another color pin, or place two pins side-by-side), four inches from each end.

2. With a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the long pinned edge, back-stitching at beginning and ends. Remember to leave the four inches at the beginning and the end unsewn.

3. Turn scarf right-side out. You will now create the loop. To do this, match short ends of scarf, right-sides together, making sure that the unsewn lengths are on the same side (you will not sew the unsewn sides till the last step). It is easiest to pin one length together and then as you are sewing, stop, and leaving the material in the machine, pin the other sides. You will sew completely around the circumference of the scarf. This will make more sense as you do it!

4. Now for a little hand-sewing. Turn scarf so it is completely right-side out. Fold the seam allowances in and pin the unsewn 4 inches that you had left on each side. Hand-sew with a blind stitch.

5. Wear or gift scarf!

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Shimmer Infinity Scarf

This Shimmer Scarf is great as a last-minute handmade gift or as a fun accessory to wear to your holiday parties – you can easily whip up several of these in an afternoon. And to make it even easier for you, Les Fabriques has Shimmer Scarf kits available for $15 with the fabric already cut!

Here’s how to make your own Shimmer Scarf:

Materials Needed:(all can be purchased at Les Fabriques)
1/4 yard of Matte Sequins (stretch) fabric
1/4 yard of 100% Silk Charmeuse fabric
Coordinating thread

1. Square up your fabric edges, cut off selvedges, and even out widths of the two fabrics. We used a rotary cutter to square the edges of the sequined fabric because it’s stretch makes it difficult to cut a straight edge with scissors. The beginning widths of these fabrics varied, so we cut off some of the length of the silk to match the length of the sequined fabric. With seam allowances, our scarf was 47 3/4″ long and 9″ wide.

2. Pin right sides of fabric together. Viewing your scarf with the length running horizontally as pictured below, place a “warning” pin four inches over from the bottom left end and four inches over from the top right end. You will leave these opposing 4-inch lengths unsewn in order to create the infinity loop. In the first step of sewing you will not sew the width (i.e. the shorter sides).

3. With a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew both long edges, back-stitching at beginning and ends. Remember to leave the four inches on each long edge unsewn.

4. Turn scarf right-side out. You now will create the twisted loop. To do this, match short ends of scarf, right-sides together, with opposite fabrics (i.e. match the silk to the sequined). It is easiest to pin one length together and then as you are sewing, stop, and leaving the material in the machine, pin the other sides. You will sew completely around the circumference of the scarf. This will make more sense as you do it!

5. Now for a little hand-sewing. Turn scarf so it is completely right-side out. Pin the unsewn 4 inches that you had left on each side. Hand-sew with a blind stitch.

6. Wear or gift scarf!

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2012 Non-Woven Gift List

Les Fabriques boasts a growing collection of jewelry and other hand-crafted items from local artisans as well as an assortment of lovely vintage handbags, furniture, and more. Stop in this holiday shopping season. We’re sure that you will find treasures to delight everyone on your gift list!


1. MASLO JEWLERY both vintage and modern, handmade in Richmond, Virginia

2. VINTAGE LACOSTE MINI DRESS (Vintage Jeweler) we’re loving this mustard and navy striped Lacoste mini dress

3. NATURAL SOY CANDLES (Sydney Hale Co.) hand poured in Arlington, Virginia, these candles come in irresistible scents such as grapefruit & orange, fir & blue sage, and cocoa & espresso

4. GREEN & COPPER ADJUSTABLE CUFF (Kimspirations) Kim Steele’s stunning original beaded designs

5. AMERICAN GIRL APRONS lovely handmade accessory for your little one’s doll

6. VINTAGE BUTTON EARRINGS (Suzanne Pennell) charming earrings made from 19th to the early 20th century buttons

7. HANDMADE & VINTAGE HANDBAGS (Victoria Horner & Vintage Jeweler) pictured here: Victoria Horner’s Ivory Toucan doctor bag lined with a fun pop of fuchsia satin; and finds from Vintage Jeweler, a beautiful embroidered bag and a black leather handbag

8. BEADED NECKLACE (Kimberley Roll Bead Artistry) sparkly and gorgeous

9. WINE CORK KEY RINGS (Dutch Girl Designs) great stocking stuffer for a wine connoisseur

10. VINTAGE DOLL BUNK BED & SHELF (Vintage Jeweler) sweet vintage doll furnishings for your little one

11. VIRGINIA NOTE CARDS & ORNAMENTS (Corner House Gallery) celebrate Virginia by gifting these beautiful Linda Boudreaux Montgomery prints

12. CHEESE BOARD WITH SLICER (Dutch Girl Designs) this melted wine bottle serves as an ingenious and unique cheese board

13. MEDALLION NECKLACES (Rinnie Roo Jewelry) handcrafted in Virginia from Precious Metal Clay, a unique form of bronze that allows the artist to form and sculpt metal by hand

14. 100% ITALIAN WOVEN WOOL (We are a fabric store after all, so we couldn’t leave off at least one woven gift!) a stunning addition to anyone’s fabric stash

15. LES FABRIQUES GIFT CARD let them choose their own gift from our array of jewelry, vintage gifts, fabric, notions, sewing machines, sewing classes, and more!

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Quick Holiday Skirt

Need something festive for your little ones to wear this holiday season?

One of our favorite free patterns that is perfect for the new sewer is the Lazy Days Skirt by Oliver & S (you can find the pattern here). We took this pattern and adapted it to make a reversible skirt: red corduroy fabric with pockets and applique on one side and holiday fabric with a contrasting fabric band on the other side.

Holiday fabrics are on sale now (25% off) so it is a great time to get going on your holiday sewing.

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Now through December 8th…

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Virginia Designer Market (Dec. 1 & 2)

Stop by the Virginia Designer Market this weekend at Les Fabriques for some fabulous holiday gift shopping. Some of the best designers, crafters and artists will be in the shop offering a variety of gifts for sale.

Also make sure to allow time to craft! We will have a table set up for holiday crafting – for a small materials fee, you can create handmade decorations for your home.

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Black Friday Sale!

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The Daily Progress: Project Reveal

In case you missed yesterday’s The Daily Progress print version, read here about Project REVEAL. Hope to see you Sunday, 7 pm!

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Win Tickets to Project REVEAL

Like us on Facebook for a chance to win tickets to Project REVEAL!

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Project REVEAL Tickets on Sale Now!

Look what just blew in!

Get your tickets today to see Charlottesville’s own fashion design competition: Project REVEAL (November 11, 2012 at 7 pm).


To purchase, call 434.975.0710 or email design@lesfabriquesinc.com
Tickets $15 (12 yrs and under FREE)

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Sunshine & Sugar shop Les Fabriques for Costumes

Local canine celebrities, Sunshine and Sugar, visited Les Fabriques this week for last minute Halloween costume inspiration.

Sunshine and Sugar are ready for Halloween, are you?!!! Halloween fabrics are still discounted by 20%, so come in this weekend to get your last-minute supplies!

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C-ville’s own Fashion Design Challenge: Project REVEAL

Dmitry may have won Project Runway, but who will win Les Fabriques’ 3rd Annual Project REVEAL on November 11?

The Challenge: This year’s challenge is themed on the “House of Thomas Jefferson”. Here in the heart of Virginia, where Thomas Jefferson has remained a long-lasting influence, we recognize his genius in design and invention. That is why we have selected “T.J.” as the ultimate challenge for Project REVEAL.

The Designers: Come meet this fabulous group of Virginia designers as they present the results of five months of sewing and designing in this exciting runway show (some will even model their own designs!).

The Prize: A brand new PFAFF sewing machine!

Join us at Project REVEAL, November 11, 2012 at 7 pm

To purchase, call 434.975.0710 or email design@lesfabriquesinc.com
Tickets $15 (12 yrs and under FREE)

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Fall Sewing Classes Beginning Soon

Our second round of sewing class offerings for the fall are about to begin! There are tons of great options for expanding your sewing know-how; so sign up today by clicking on your chosen class on our calendar page.

Read below for a short list of available classes and visit the class list for the full listing including descriptions, instructors, and cost.

Beginner Sewing: “Maiden’s Apron”
4 week session beginning Wednesday, October 17th

Fashion Design Illustration
One workshop, Friday October 19th

Beginner Sewing
4 week session beginning Tuesday, October 23rd

PFAFF creative performance Introduction
FREE session to explore this newest edition sewing and embroidery machine
Thursday, October 25th at 9 a.m. or 2 pm
call Les Fabriques to sign-up 434-975-0710

Pattern Drafting – Sloper part 2: Sleeves and Collars
4 week session beginning Wednesday, October 31st

Fashion Design: Up-cycled Clothing
First Fridays (November 2nd & December 7th)

Fashion Design: Maiden’s Dress
5 week session, beginning Wednesday, November 7th

Intermediate Sewing
5 week session beginning Thursday, November 8th

“Confetti Masterpiece Landscape Quilt”
2 workshops, Mondays (November 26 & December 3)

Sloper part 3: Skirts
4 week session, beginning Wednesday, November 28th

Instructor JoLee Tarbell’s exquisite Impressionist Masterpiece Quilt

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Handmade Halloween

Come shop Les Fabriques for Halloween costume inspiration, fabulous fabrics, furs and trims. In stock are a variety of colors of glitter tulle (think sparkly tutus and wings), felt (perfect for no-sew embellishments), fleece (cozy animal costumes), and tons of fun Halloween inspired prints (from leopard to pirates to owls and bats).

To inspire your creativity, check out our favorite homemade costume ideas and in-stock sewing patterns on our pinterest page. And scroll down below to see pictures of a selection of our Halloween fabrics.

Happy Handmade Halloween!

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