The Spotlight fabric edit: Shop my current favourites

The Spotlight Edit

I buy a lot of fabric, some of it at the pricey end of the scale, but that doesn’t mean I don’t shop at Spotlight. In fact, I’ll occasionally say to one of my daughters ‘Would you like to come to Spotlight with me and pick out some pajama fabric?’ and they’ll be like ‘God, no! You’ll be there for hours. Can you just send me a photo?’ I have to admit, my Spotlight trips often extend far beyond the ‘quick trip’.

Other than pajama fabric, I find Spotlight good for kids fabrics, quirky fabric prints, inexpensive basics, lining, and linen. They regularly partner with Australian surface designers too, and have some lovely Australian flora and fauna designs. Their indigenous fabric range is pretty good too.

It’s always worth checking out what fabric they have on sale (see the Fabric Sales page for what’s on sale at the moment). I regularly snap up bargains when they offer 30-40% off.

Stretch jersey fabric for tshirts

Style Arch teagan-knit-top
Style Arc Teagan Knit Top pattern

Above are a few stretch jersey fabrics in stock at the moment. Many of them are organic cotton jersey (a bonus!) and all are suitable for tshirts.

Pajama fabric

Pajama fabric
Style Arc Loungewear PJ Pant pattern

I love making fun pajama pants and pairing them with a plain coloured and inexpensive tshirt. Here are my pajama fabric picks at Spotlight. In fact, I have some PJ pants in the blue tree print above and they are super-soft and so comfy to wear.

The top row above are all stretch jersey and the bottom row are light weight, woven prints. The Style Arc pattern above is designed for woven fabric, but could easily be made in stretch jersey. You certainly don’t need a specific pajama pattern. If you already have a favourite track pant pattern, it will likely make great pajama pants too.

Kid’s fabric – Girls

clara-kids-knit-dress pattern
Clara Kids Knit Dress pattern – Style Arc

This little girl’s dress pattern would be simple to make and calls for stretch fabric. I’ve picked out some stretch jersey prints in classic styles that are currently in stock at Spotlight.

Style Arc melody-kids-skirt pattern
Melody Kids Skirt Sewing Pattern – Style Arc

The classic tiered skirt pattern above lends itself to a light cotton such as the poplin examples above.

Kid’s Fabric – Boys

Alex Kids jacket sewing pattern
Alex Kids Jacket Style Arc Sewing Pattern – Style Arc

The unisex hooded bomber jacket pattern above holds all sorts of possibilities. You could use stretch fabric such as a French Terry, rugby knit or sweatshirting.

If you’re into prints, a cotton drill such as the kid’s fabric examples above might be more to your boy’s tastes. I particularly love the arrow print. Drill has the advantage of being soft, yet has some weight and drape so is perfect for this pattern. It comes in a huge range of options too.

Retro fabric

anita-peasant-blouse sewing pattern
Anita Peasant Blouse sewing pattern – Style Arc

The retro fabric options above would be great in the peasant blouse pattern or any top or dress that is flowy. These designs are printed on organic cotton poplin and are beautifully light and soft.

I’m also planning on making some summer Pajama pants from one of these for a bit of fun!

Linen fabric

millicent-wrap-dress sewing pattern
Millicent Wrap Dress sewing pattern – Style Arc

Spotlight has a small but really lovely range of light to medium weight linen and linen-cotton blend fabrics for dressmaking. I’ve picked a few of my favourites above. All of these would be suitable for fresh, colourful summer tops, loose skirts and dresses like the wrap dress above.

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