Sew House Seven Patterns - Burnside Bibs - Sizes 00 - 20

The Burnside Bibs are not your traditional work overalls. Yes they are comfortable and easy to wear, yet they are much more stylish and feminine than traditional versions. The straps that transition to narrower ties offer many options for how they can be tied. And...like so many sewing patterns, we as sewists are able to influence how casual or dressed up they become simply by fabric choice. Choose a fabric with some drape such as Tencel and pair them with a silk blouse and some heels for a dressed up look. Use a more traditional denim or linen and wear them with a tee shirt, sneakers or clogs and take a more casual approach.

RECOMMENDED FABRICS:  For a more utillitarian and casual look use fabrics such as denim, canvas, stiff linen or cotton twill. For a dressy, flowy version use light to mid-weight woven fabrics that are not too stiff perferably with some drape such as Tencel, linen, wool gaberdine, or sandwashed silk.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. 

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Fabric Care:

Cotton Fabric Care: Cotton comes in many patterns and colors and is used for everything. Cotton has a tendency to wrinkle very easily, so cotton/polyester blends are popular. Cotton is machine washed and tumble dried at high temperature.

Linen Fabric Care: Use a gentle wash cycle and avoid using bleach to protect linens. White linens should be dried in sun to help them keep their whiteness. Linen creases easily and that’s why it needs firm pressing when ironed, or it can be dry cleaned.

Polyester Fabric Care: Polyester is a synthetic fiber that is relatively easy to care for. It is strong, durable, machine-washable and tumble-dryable. Iron with moderate temperature. Some polyester fabrics are dry-clean only.

Rayon Description and Care: Rayon is cellulose fiber, and its fabric is soft and tender and absorbs well. Rayon can be either machine-washed or dry cleaned depending on the finishing stages of its manufacturing.

Nylon Care: Is generally machine-washable and tumble dried at low temperature. Use softener at the final washing rinse cycle. Remove nylon from the dryer as soon as the cycle is over to prevent from wrinkling.

Silk Fabric Care: Some silk fabrics can only be dry cleaned. Only silk pre-shrunk by washing is washable. Hand-wash silk items in lukewarm water with mild detergent. Do not chlorine bleach. Fabric Mart will always suggest Dry cleaning Silk.

Acrylic Fabric Care: Acrylic fiber is a synthetic fiber that is relatively easy to care for. Machine wash acrylic fabric using warm water. Softener may be added during the final rinse cycle. Dry using low temperature; remove as soon as the drying is done.

Acetate Care, Description: Acetate is a synthetic fiber with a shiny, silky appearance. It doesn’t absorb moisture and is usually dry clean only. Acetate fabric is used a lot in the apparel industry for clothing lining and knitted clothing. Acetate knits can be handwashed in warm water with mild soap or detergent and should be laid flat to dry. Fabric Mart will always suggest Dry cleaning acetate.

Wool Fabric Care: Wool fibers will discard wrinkles and return to their original shape if you let wool garments rest between wearing. Brush the surface of wool garments to remove dust and soil. Clean delicate wool fabrics with a damp sponge to remove the stains and dust. Fabric Mart will always suggest Dry cleaning Wools.

Lyocell / Tencel: Lyocell can be either hand washed or machine washed and tumble dried successfully but some fabrics are most durable when dry-cleaned.

Spandex and Lycra: Hand wash or gentle machine wash in lukewarm water. Do not chlorine bleach, use only non-chlorine on garments that contain spandex. Dry at low temperatures and iron quickly at low temperature.

Common Terms:

To test a fabric's sheerness, we hold the fabric out over our hands. If we can see the color of our fingers through the fabric, we list it as Semi-Sheer. If we can only see the shadow of our fingers, or we can see light through it, we list this fabric as Translucent. When our hands can be seen clearly through the fabric, the fabric will be listed as Sheer. And if when held up we are unable to see anything at all, this fabric will be listed as Opaque. The stool shot in the additional images of a fabric is usually a good way to see the fabrics sheerness.

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