Thursday, October 29, 2015

JAPANESE SELVEDGE DENIM

I'm so excited that I manged to find some of this rare Japanese selvedge denim for you.

So what is the big deal about this stuff? Well, back in the 60s and 70s when the denim weaving industry in the USA was booming, manufacturers moved to high production and invested in bigger looms.  These factories then sold off all of their old narrow width looms and the Japanese textile industry snapped them up. The denim made on these smaller looms is artisan denim with extra care and attention paid to the dying and finish of the cloth.

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The denim made on these looms is unique and can often feel very different to standard denim. The texture can be changed by making small changes to the way the shuttles work on the looms. The dying process is also more complex than standard industry denim. To this day many Japanese weavers keep secret the exact 'recipes' for their denim. You can identify selvedge denim by a couple of destinctive features. As it is woven on old looms it is much narrower than other denims and also it has a distinctive finished edge, often with coloured thread, rather than a frayed edge.

Top-standard denim Bottom 2- Selvedge denim 


This finished selvedge edge is often used as a design feature of this denim.  Use it along the outside seam of a pair of jeans so you get the selvedge detail when you turn them up.

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We have 2 selvedge denims in stock one with an amazing slub finish and the other a rich indigo denim.




Have you thought of how you will use the selvedge denim yet?
See all of our denim fabrics here.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

COLOURED DENIM

Our newest denims are amazing!
We have 2 tone denims, ideal for a turn up or contrasting trim. Stretch denims, to make a pair of comfy jeans and coloured denims, ideal for skirts with a bit of POP!

I have teamed the fabrics up with my favourite patterns to give you some denimspiration! (sorry)

I think this Mustard Denim is just asking to become a Arielle skirt from Tilly & The Buttons, imagine cute contrasting buttons down the front like Tilly's  version!



This soft grey denim would make a stylish duffle coat like the Albion from Walden  (by Colette)



Use this 2 tone Red and Indigo denim to make a Named Wyome Boyfriend Jeans and let the red flash out in the turn ups.


How are you going to get your denim on??

Happy sewing xx

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

FABRIC SALE


Why not cheer yourself up from this gloomy day with some new fabric. Our sale is now on over at the website and it is selling fast so be quick!

www.fabricgodmother.co.uk

Happy sewing xxx

PS Don't forget our open day on the 7th Novemer...


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SEW YOUR OWN SPORTSWEAR

Sewaholic have just launched a fabulous range of sportswear patterns. Including everything you need to live an active life. Starting with the basics the Dunbar top and bra and the Pacific leggings provide a base layer. Details such as powernet support and hidden pockets make these functional and comfortable. Next add a Fraser sweatshirt to keep you warm, with optional inserted collar details this is a pretty sweatshirt. Finally the Seymour jacket or Cypress cape will keep the elements off you walking, running or cycling this is the total package.
See some of our technical fabrics to make your own workout wardrobe.





Here is our snakeskin spandex and cassie technical fabric


What are you waiting for? Get your pattern today and get out there!

Happy sewing xxx

P S Don't forget about our open day!

Monday, October 19, 2015

THEN ALONG CAME SOME MORE FLORAL DRESS FABRICS!

Ok I know 2 posts in 1 day! Like a London bus I am, you wait ages then.......

But I just had to let you know about these fabulous new fabrics that have just arrived.

We have had peached poplin fabrics in for a while now and these 2 new designs are as beautiful as all the others! Palette and Pansee are both really soft to touch poplins in winter tones. I think they would make a lovely shirt such as the Granville.





Our linen and viscose mix fabric is another best selling fabric. Now available in these in new designs. It has the texture and feel of linen but the viscose in this fabric means it doesn't crease like a linen and has a soft almost silky feel to it. The weight of this fabric is wonderful and I am dying to make a kimono style jacket out of the Ramone floral on black. Don't fancy a black floral? Don't worry Charlbury is a lovely violet colour and Amore is the same print as our firm favourite Beige Amore but this time on a sage background.




Happy sewing xxx

P.S. Don't forget our open day on the 7th november. Details here

HOW WILL YOU LINE IT?

As the weather gets cooler we are all thinking about lined coats, skirts and dresses. I thought I would do a quick focus on some of our new lining fabrics.

We have Oasis a cotton fabric in bottle or purple and at only £6 per metre this stuff is a bargain.



If spots are your bag  check out the viscose spotty lining available in black, blue and red and only £5 per metre




Happy sewing xxx

Friday, October 16, 2015

WOOL AND SILK- AUTUMN LUXURY

Are you feeling the seasonal shift and fancy a little bit of decadence? Perhaps you’re in the mood for
an elegant autumnal dress fabric?  This gorgeous floral print is a special buy from a quintessential English fabric design house. Grange comes in a couple of fabrics and colourways. Grange Cotton and Wool mix in rust or turquoise colorways. This wool mix fabric is soft and warm, ideal for a cosy shirt or I would make the  Megan Nielsen Tania culottes. While the Silk Crepe De Chine in rust or olive works fabulously for layering at this time of year! How about a Grainline Studios Archer Button Up shirt?

Cotton and wool mix - rust
Cotton and wool mix - turquoise

Tania Culottes

Silk crepe de chine - rust
Silk crepe de chine - olive

Archer shirt
Happy sewing xxx


Thursday, October 15, 2015

BIRD PRINT COTTON VOILES

Are you a fan of gorgeous bird print fabric? I am.
We have four new beautiful cotton voiles bird print dress fabrics. Soft and light to the touch just like birds, cotton voile can be both alluring and casual either as a blouse, a dress or use our pom pom trim to make a gorgeous scarf. Flite, covered in fluttering birds, comes in a green or red and blue colour way on white. Our best selling Hedgerow voile now comes in a blue with garden birds and the occasional butterfly fluttering about. Then there’s my favourite, Penguin March.


Flite - Green
Flite - Red & Blue
Hedgerow - Blue
Penguin March
Pom Pom Trim
Happy sewing xxx

Monday, October 12, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY NEEDLECORD

Hello Sewists, as the weather's getting cooler, here's three warmer dress fabrics for you to take a gander at! They are all needlecords, one is blue with a floral print called Clara which reminds me a little of Peter Max's designs from the 60s. We also have two new Libre Needlecord dress fabrics. They both have a floral deco inspired design with fantastic attention to detail. One is in olive on ivory the other is mocha on ivory. These fabrics are perfect to sew a snazzy winter weight shirt, a dashing tunic or perhaps a pair of standout winter shorts to go over winter warm tights.

Clara Needlecord
Libre - Mocha Needlecord
Libre - Olive Needlecord
And if you're a fan of Needlecord, here are some others we already have in stock....
Pettie Floral Needlecord - Pink
Paisley Cotton Corduroy - Blue & Gold
Happy Sewing xxx

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NEW TILLY PATTERN - ORLA

I am always really excited when Tilly launches a new pattern and this latest one does not disappoint.
Orla is a sweet top with some lovely details. Curved French seams and back darts give a great fit to this pattern and the optional scalloped collar would look lovely peeking out under a jumper.
Buy your Orla here







Perfect for our premiere crepe or a lighter version in one of our pretty cotton voiles or printed viscoses.

Premiere crepe - red

Citie digital print cotton voile

Kubic printed viscose
Happy sewing xxx
PS Dont forget about our open day on the 7th November details here