I was so excited to have the opportunity to use Doodlebug's "Tuxedo Collection" fabrics by Riley Blake. The prints are darling, and the fabrics were so fun to work with. I made two projects- a raincoat and a bag. Both patterns are by Amy Butler and you can find more information about them on my blog.
When I saw that some of the fabric prints were available in laminated cotton, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I've seen this raincoat pattern at the fabric store for a while, and I've always wanted to try sewing with laminated cotton, so I finally took on the challenge. It was actually really fun! I made the outside of the coat with a white and black laminated print, and the inside of the coat as well as the inside flaps of the front pockets, are lined with a black and white striped print. I've got some great tips on how to sew with this type of fabric over on my blog that you'll want to check out. Knowing ahead of time how to adjust your machine, how to iron it, what type of foot to use, and even the type of thread will help it go smoothly. Believe it or not, this raincoat only took me three days.
The bag on the other hand took a bit more time. It's got 8 yards of interfacing (double thick) plus fusible felt, so it holds it's own weight and it super sturdy. Each panel is outlined with cording I made with a plain black fabric, and the top of the bag closes with a zipper. The black and grey prints are just darling. I'm so in love with this bag! This bag itself is huge and it's big enough for my outings with the kids and I made 4 big pockets inside so there's lots of room plus it's organized.
The rose is from the Tuxedo fabric collection as well. I love how the prints all work so well together. Now when there's a rainy day- I can be decked out head to toe in Doodlebug!
The laminated cottons can be seen here: http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/shop/category/riley-blake-designs/available-now/tuxedo-collection-1/tuxedo-collection-laminates-2/
and the cotton prints can be seen here: http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/shop/category/riley-blake-designs/available-now/tuxedo-collection-1/tuxedo-collection-cottons-2/