Tuesday, March 31, 2015


These cotton prints have a distinctively Orla Kiely feel to them.
Bright colours and graphic florals on a cotton poplin base. These fabrics are ideal for sewing yourself a simple summer dress or top or how about some bright kids clothes?

Orla Pop - Blue

Orla Pop - Yellow

Ella Pop - Orange

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, March 30, 2015


Scuba fabric has had a really big surge over the last year or so. It is an amazing fabric to sew with, it has loads of body so is great for structured garment and it handles really easily. Best of all it doesn't fray so if you are a lazy sewer, like me, no need to finish your edge - bonus!!
I think that scuba works best with simple patterns as the seams can get a bit bulky, check out my Pinterest board for some ideas of you can do with scuba.
Here are our latest scuba fabrics lots of bold patterns and rich colours.

Floral printed scuba - sky
Marble print scuba - blue
Marble print scuba - pink
Wilde printed scuba
Embossed scuba - cerise
Embossed scuba - teal
Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Ever since the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee I have been dreaming about fabric with cherries on, now I have got some! It is a great cotton poplin at £15 per metre. The questions are do I go black or white and what do I make?
I don't want to go for the classic 50's style flared dress as I think it's a bit too predictable (sorry to anyone who has made one of these or wants to) but I totally think that this fabric deserves bit of retro styling.

After many hours on Pinterest I was struck most by this pictures of Marilyn Monroe looking adorable in a cherry print wrap dress.

Bingo a By Hand London Kim with wrap skirt in the white it is.

But then I thought what about a playsuit? HOW cute would that be? SO maybe I should also make a By Hand London Holly short version in black (assuming the sun will come out properly at some point this year!)

Do you have any plans for sewing this lovely cherry fabric?

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, March 23, 2015


Art and fashion collide. The Painterly trend is all about  watercolours, abstract lines and painted smudges. Pretty, bold and very wearable the painterly fashion is not just for your clothes but also for your home.
I have put together a Pinterest board for you to look at with my favourite inspirations and below are some of our beautiful painterly fabrics. Pretty dresses, bold cushions and simple shifts are the way forward with these artistic prints.

Happy sewing xxx


Our popular Roma jersey now comes in 4 new colours from the soft slate to the vibrant hot pink.
This Ponte roma jersey is a heavy weight jersey ideal for making tops or dresses like Coco. Or you could make the Sol hoodie, perfect as a spring or summer cover up for when the sun goes down .

Hot pink



Happy sewing xxx

Friday, March 20, 2015


This warmer weather is making me feel like I'm beside the seaside.... beside the sea! (Oh and I do actually live beside the seaside)
If you fancy getting nautical we have some sea inspired fabrics to whisk you away.
From ditsy anchor prints to an amazing cotton seersucker with a magical synchronised swimmer print.

This pretty ditsy print has just a subtle hint towards the nautical theme, from a distance it looks like a small printed cotton poplin then when  you get up close you can see the detail of the tiny knots, life rings and anchors.
ditsy anchors cotton

Ahoy cotton poplin comes in seaside colours the dreamy sky blue, then nautical navy and red topped with a white themed print including lighthouses, ships wheels and sailing boats.
Ahoy - sky

Ahoy - red

Ahoy - navy

Anchors away is an organic cotton from the lovely people at Birch fabrics, their designs are always stunning and this is no exception.
Anchors away organic cotton

 Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Eliza M has always delivered wonderful vintage inspired dressmaking patterns. With a belief that vintage patterns were beautiful designs but often difficult for beginners, Eliza M started to design a range of vintage patterns with modern sewers in mind. She recently started working with Rachel Frances the ultra glamorous vintage expert (see her instagram here) and together they have released some new adorable dress patterns. Meet Doris, Joan, Sophia and Bridget...

Bridget is a classic 1950's flared halterneck dress, just asking to be made from a bright floral stretch cotton fabric like Connie.
Doris is a strapless dress with a full skirt, it has PARTY written all over it and would be show stopping in a printed velvet like Jenna.

Jenna Velvet
Joan is the new wiggle pattern that will cling to those curves in all the right places creating a super sexy silhouette make it in the bright Laura polka dot stretch cotton for an even bigger impact.


Finally Sophia is a pretty day dress that I would make in a fun cotton like this birds in paradise.


Birds in paradise
Happy sewing xxx

Monday, March 16, 2015


One of my favourite parts about my job is selecting the fabrics for each season. The ones I look forward to the most are the stretch cottons that we bring in for the spring. These fabrics always have the most beautiful designs on them, lots of florals in bold colours and patterns. Stretch cotton is a fabulous fabric to sew with. It has just enough body that it is ideal for a fit and flare dress or a fitted dress. But equally works well as a jacket or A line skirt. Though my all time favourite use for this type of fabric has to be a simple pair of trousers like the Colette Clovers or Sew over It Ultimate trousers. Pairing these bright trousers with a plain t shirt is as easy as wearing jeans but a lot more fun.




Happy sewing xxx

Friday, March 13, 2015


Our cotton and linen mix fabric has been really popular since we launched the website 3 years ago. The mixture of a bit of cotton in the fabric means it looks like linen but handles better with less creasing and more body. I have just introduced some new colours for spring, great bright citrus colours ideal for dresses, tunics, loose jackets, trousers...



Happy sewing xxx


I adore this 1950's inspired print. It has a really graphic feel to it.
Based on a top quality cotton stretch sateen, this fabric is easy to sew and even easier to wear. The 3% spandex allows for movement (and not so perfect fitting) making it ideal for beginners.

Pins stretch cotton fabric in black

Pins stretch cotton fabric in blue
How about making it in one of these 1950's style patterns?

Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers
Simple Sew High Waisted Skirt
Gather Mortmain Dress

Happy sewing xxx