Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

Do we have any Downton Abbey fans in the house? Oh my, I must confess that when I watch this series my eyes wander and I get lost in the costumes and not so much the dialogue.

George Clooney will be gracing the grounds of Downton Abbey but, alas just for a holiday promo. Say what you will about old George but I like the cut of his jib and the costumes will look quite handsome on him.

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Men of Downton Abbey

For all you established fans and for you newbies here are the details of the next season; the season airs first in the UK.  Season 5 will air in the UK September 21, 2014 and runs through November 2014. The US will air season 5 beginning January 4th of 2015. Check your local PBS listings for exact times.

While we’re waiting for season 5 to air we stateside can start making lovely dresses, quilts and tote bags with the new Downton Abbey fabric line now at Keepsake Quilting.

Check out these new prints that are so reminiscent of Sybil, Mary, the Dowager and Edith. These delicate prints remind me of Liberty cotton, soft and very pleasing color combinations with floral and graphic subtleties.

Let’s take a look at a few of the over 40 different fabrics and kits to choose from in the Downton Abbey Fabric Collection. To the left is Sybil’s Pink Bouquet and to the right is Sybil’s Blue Tulle. Both of these would look wonderful in garments, infinity scarves, light blouses, quilts and the sky’s the limit.

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This is my favorite and it is called Mary’s Green Berry. And, I’ll take 12 yards please.

I would make a dress like the Clara Dress from Sew Liberated or some type of romantic twirly dress.The fabric also comes in red and blue tones on a creme background.

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  There are of course many options here for quilting with the Downton Abbey Fabric Collection.

The kit seen below is absolutely fabulous and includes the Downstairs, the Lady Rose, and the Lord and Lady lines with 38 fat quarters in all and packaged in an 8″ x 7″ x 4″-deep quilted tote bag. You can pre-order this Downton Abbey Collection and Collectors tote now.

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Below is a quilt kit with everything you need to create the Bride’s Garden Quilt. This kit has Marjorie Rhine’s piecing and freezer- paper machine-applique directions for two quilt sizes.

brides garden quilt Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!And, charm packs, fat quarter and square collections too.  This small- to large-scale prints contains the four distinct styles of the Dowager, Mary, Edith and Sybil. This collection includes  12 pieces. DA fat quarter kit Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

Back your quilts, line your tote bags or make a table cloth to use at high teawith the image of the Highclere Castle right next to your tea cup. This shade is also lovely for adding in a neutral tone to any project.

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I really like this tote bag’s structure and long handles. This comes as a kit and the bag is lined and padded.  With 16 inside pockets and Nancy Green’s directions the Dowager herself would be impressed and have one made for every lady of the estate. tote bag Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

Or if you would like to make your own tote bag or purse with any of the fabric from the Downton Abbey Collection I think these bag patterns from Sew it All 6 & 7 would best show off the romantic Downton Abbey collection. “Bag of Tricks” from Sew It All 6. Add a vintage button for a complete look.

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The clasp clutch pattern would be perfect for a Downton Abbey inspired clutch.  

January is a long ways off so please visit the Keepsake Quilting website for more on this fabulous collection. I would love to see what you do with this new collection, please post your creations on our Sew News Reader Flickr Group!

 

Thanks and happy sewing!

 Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

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6 Responses to Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

  1. This really looking gorgeous.Women look more smart when she will carry tote or purse in her hand made by Downton Abbey Fabrics.I love all the romantic Downton Abbey collection.

  2. Cherie says:

    I have a whole bunch of strips from this fabric. I have no idea what to do with them. But they sure are pretty.

  3. I’m not a quilter (yet!), but some of these do look wonderful for dresses. Have you seen them in person? I wonder if the weight and drape would truly be appropriate for garments. From what I’ve seen, some quilting cottons work and some don’t, depending on the pattern. (By the way, George Clooney is appearing in some sort of charity Downton Abbey skit, not the actual show. Darn!)

    • Jill says:

      I just read the headline! Well, he would have been swell in it. But, now I’m bummed.

    • Jill says:

      And, to your question, sorry I was so distraught about George. I have not see the collection up close, but I have seen other bloggers use it garments. One is here. She made an authentic 1920′s dress using some of the collection. I’ve also seen Andover used in kids dresses too. I’m hoping to get a sample in and then I can give you more details!

      http://theplaidportico.com/tag/andover-fabrics/

  4. Rhonda Buss says:

    I don’t do a lot of quilting, but I have used Keepsake Quilting as a fabric source for a number of years. Looks like a lovely collection.