Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Tis the Season To Sparkle

If you need a last minute party outfit idea then our new Sparkle sequins are just the ticket!
At only £8 per metre, all of these speedy makes will have you looking a millions dollars in minutes.

See the full range of Sparkle sequins here.
All images and sources are from my Party Inspiration Pinterest board, check it out here.

These sequin trousers have me weak at the knees! Use the Marigold pattern, I suggest underlining with our Jersey lining fabric for a comfy finish.

How rock 'n' roll is this sequin sweater? The Sloane would work perfectly and you could use our Black ribbing for the collar and cuffs.

Cut out details add a subtle sexiness. Aphrodite has the perfect back detail for any occasion.

Pair plain black trousers with a striking top, ideal office to party update. The Orla blouse has longer sleeves and a high neck for maximum sequin coverage. I suggest using this Jersey to make the facings so that the neckline lies smoothly (and the sequin facings may be a little uncomfortable).

Never mind a little purple black dress, how about a little purple dress? The Inari is designed for stretch fabrics but again you may want to use our jersey lining to interline for extra coverage and comfort.

Happy sewing xxx

P.S want some sewing with sequin tips? The lovely Elisalex from By Hand London wrote this fab blog post with some great tips. See the post here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Fabric - Beautiful New Animal Prints You Will LOVE

These animal printed fabrics are so adorable. From cute bumble bees, bold chaffinches and fun zebras there is something here to suit everyone.

This cotton printed with Chaffinches is so pretty you could make almost anything in it and it would look stunning. I would choose a Shift dress and pair with opaque tights and chunky boots.

This pretty Cotton lawn has little songbirds nestled in blossom. Give a classic Shirt a girlie twist in this fabric.

Bees are very important and we must look after them. What better way to pledge your support of the humble bee than a cute Dress with pockets and a peter pan collar?

These Dandy owls printed on a natural linen mix would make the perfect Weekend bag.

Who doesn't know a little girl who would't want a Zebra print Hi-lo hem tee??

Pretty dresses deserve pretty fabrics and these Flocks of geese on cotton lawn will make the simple shape of this Dress look stunning.

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Shades of Blue - New Fabrics

If you are a fan of wearing blue then this collection is made for you.
Featuring cosy ribbed sweatshirting, beautiful Jaquard ponte roma jersey and exquisite Italian ex designer suiting fabrics. Not to mention 3 new shades of blue for our bestselling Prestige crepe range.

Dahlia crepe has a stunning large scale floral design, make a simple Ultimate Shift dress for maximum impact.

This Geometric Jaquard jersey would make a lovely Briar sweater, perfect for layering in this cold snap we are having.

How about a really exquisite Missoni suiting fabric made from cotton woven with raffia. Signor would make a very stylish jacket, the peplum on the Cordova would look like it came straight off the catwalk.

Another Missoni suiting, Mesche is a cotton tweed, make a quilted Tamarak jacket to keep out the chill.

Our bestselling Prestige crepe range has a wonderful weight and drape suitable for dress, skirts or trousers. 3 new shades of blue have been added to the Prestige Crepe range. Perfect for the Helmi dress.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Floral Prints to Get Excited By....

These new florals are bold and brave. Be prepared to make a floral statement.

Our popular Master velvet has just arrived in this new Blue colourway. The Inari pattern is designed for jerseys so would be perfect for this fabric.

A dress as elegant as the Dahlia dress deserves a beautiful crepe with plenty of drape. The Darcy crepe does just that and the dark midnight blue background is a great alternative to black

Digital prints don't get much better than Pansee jersey. A lightweight jersey with lots of stretch, float about in a dress like the Tuuli for a comfortable bold statement.

This Rose print viscose has a lovely vintage feel to it, perfect for a Shirtdress and at only £8 per metre it is great value.

The pretty draped sleeves on the Mathilde blouse would work beautifully in the grey version of the Rose print viscose.

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, November 25, 2016


As a small independent business owner I am keen to support other small businesses. Please remember if you are shopping this Black Friday, keep the small independent businesses in mind, each sale that comes though we celebrate and jump up and shout about. We cut all of our orders with love and pack each one with care.

Use the code BLACK FRIDAY at the checkout till midninght tonight.

Happy shopping xxx

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Prints Now In Stock! Florals Everywhere.

Thanks everyone who has given me feedback about the recent blog posts. I'm so glad you love it when I match up pattern suggestions with the fabrics and that it's helping you imagine what to use the fabrics for when planning your own makes.

We just have had a whole bunch of new floral fabrics arrive. Here is the first selection, of course I have added my pattern suggestions for each one.

The new Named pattern collection features this unusual blouse with trench coat style lapels. Make a pretty feminine version in this Spring Serenade brushed cotton featuring birds and flowers.

Can you imagine a pair of pyjamas more beautiful than these teal ones featuring birds and flowers? The Evening Roost cotton lawn would be so stunning as a pair of Rosalind Pyjamas from Sew Me Something.

It is no secret that I LOVE the City trousers from The Avid Seamstress, they are so versatile and can be made in so many fabrics, Mandy stretch cotton sateen is a great dark floral perfect for brightening up a winter outfit.

If you are more of a dress girl then use the black Mandy stretch cotton sateen to make a figure enhancing Charlotte dress and let the pattern do the talking.

This Border print cotton poplin features antique roses on a black background, add to that the quirky spotty border and you could make a fab statement dress using the Mortmain pattern from Gather.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New In - Super Soft Jerseys

As we get closer to the shortest day, my wardrobe becomes more and more jersey based. I just want to be super comfy. Especially once silly season really kicks in and you need some lounge wear to slip on in between all those parties!

Check out our latest jerseys, all ideal for indoor living.

This Mercerised cotton jersey in plum has a such a lovely soft finish, made into Carolyn pajamas I don't think I would ever take these off.

Our Milano jersey is so popular. Made of a mix of 97% viscose and 3% elastane is is really soft with plenty of stretch and drape. We have just added 3 new colours. Olive, Emerald and Burgundy.

If you want to brighten up your loungewear try one of our new printed jerseys. Choose between a Blue animal print, Cerise with pop parrots or a Tropical leaf print.

Happy sewing xxx