Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WHATS IS ON YOUR WISHLIST?

I'm a big list maker so Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, presents (to make and buy), recipe and meal ideas, items to come back and look at in the sale, stocking filler ideas, the list goes on....

The list I most enjoy making is the What I want for Christmas List! (Take note Fabric Godfather)

1. Etched storage jars from Beyond Measure
If I am honest I want everything from her exquisitely curated collection. Also check out the Eleonor Bostrom pincushions.


2. Mandala embroidery wall art from Harper and Finch
I was lucky enough to hear Emma talk about her work recently, she has an inspiring story and is a lovely lady to boot!


3. Sewing machine art found on Pinterest 
How striking would this look on my studio wall?


4. White Earnest Wright & Son Scissors from MIY Collection
These would definitely make me a better dressmaker, and make my sewing kit way more stylish.


5. Mid Century Sew box from MyQuirkyCottage
Well I am going to need something to put those new posh scissors in!


6. A new Dressmaker dummy From Adjustoform
Mine is a little old and wonky these days and I would love to be able to stick pins straight into her, it would really help with fitting my garments and help with any voodoo I might need to do!



7. Leff flip clock from Habitat (or more specifically more hours in the day)
I used to be the Homewares Buyer at Habitat and always loved this clock, not sure even at this price it will give me more hours in the day though!

Still stuck for ideas? You could always check out these gifts on our website







Giant Matchbox kits make perfect stocking fillers


Or give somebody the gift of choosing their own present with our gift vouchers

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SWEATSHIRT SEASON

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I am a massive fan of the sweatshirt.

Originally developed in the 1920s  in America. Sweatshirts were  Benjamin Russel's answer to his football player sons complaints about the itchy woolen jumpers they wore. As the owner of a women's underwear factory the first Sweatshirts were made of ladies underwear fabric. I am guessing not the stretch lace we favour these days! Quickly they gained popularity among sports fans in the US and the name sweatshirt was born, as a result of the state of the shirts after a game.


So what do I love about sweatshirts?

Firstly they are about the most comfortable item of clothing known to mankind. Excluding maybe a fleece onesie, but  I am not that kind of girl! Secondly they are now socially acceptable in almost any situation, use a luxe fabric or add a sparkly statement necklace and you can even wear them to a fancy party. Thirdly, they are so easy to sew. I can knock one up in about 45 minutes, and that is one satisfying bit of sewing!

I like to add a bit of detail and individuality to my Sweatshirts so I tend to mix up the fabrics a bit, choosing a feature fabric and pairing it with a plain. Our Roma jersey is ideal for this as it is really soft, washes very well with no bobbling and comes in loads of great colours.

Here is my Checked sweatshirt made with Checked ponte roma and the plain navy Roma jersey.




For this one I used a Botanical print faux leather as the feature in the front of the jumper and paired it with a plain red Roma jersey.




How will you mash up yours?

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, November 20, 2015

ITALIAN FLORAL FABRICS

WOW! I was (almost) left speechless when these beautiful and bold floral fabrics were shown to me.  Ex-designer fabrics all the way from Italy, you're gonna get noticed in these stunning fabrics.

Gertie viscose in navy and magenta has large scale florals on a soft creamy background. I would love a simple T-shirt style blouse in this fabric to make the most of the intricate details of these prints.



Alexia is a textured stretch cotton, again big florals, this time on a dark mustard background. This fabric would make an eye catching pencil skirt and the added elastane would make it really comfy to wear.


Ellison viscose has a authentic vintage feel to it, a small wandering floral on a dark blue background would make a pretty winter blouse or shirtdress.


Creshe is another gorgeous viscose, this time a large repeating pattern of mirror image florals dominates the design. Made for a kimono to just pull on over a black sweater and a pair of jeans.


Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NEW EX DESIGNER ITALIAN FABRICS

If you have been a follower of Fabric Godmother for a while you will know that I have a fantastic Italian supplier who gets me all kinds of Ex-designer fabrics. They're always fantastic quality and the designs are gorgeous. This new batch of fabrics is no different, featuring geometric prints, vintage designs taken from their archives and top quality jersey, viscose and cotton. All at prices you won't believe.

Fleq is a vintage printed cotton, heavy weight with a slight texture, this fabric would make a show stopping jacket or fabulous pencil skirt.



Kale is another vintage designer print on a top quality viscose fabric. The feel of this fabric is really outstanding and would transfer beautifully to a flowing garment, think a vintage tea dress or a pair of plazzo pants paired with a crisp white shirt.


Pixy has a small triangular print all over in bold pinks and greens. A simple T-shirt or shift dress would show off this wild print perfectly.


Time to cozy up in our Checked roma jersey, soft to touch and with a fashionable checked print in navy on a grey background. Keep it simple in a sweatshirt or be bold with a bomber jacket or pair of casual trousers.


Our textured ponte roma jersey is a rich claret colour and great for a jacket or jumper, why not do as I did and mix it with our Roma jersey to create a striking mens sweatshirt.


 Happy sewing xxx

Monday, November 2, 2015

20% OFF ALL DENIMS

Have you seen all of the wonderful new denim dressmaking fabrics we have had in recently? Well now things are about to get even better! We are offering 20% off ALL DENIMS until 6.11.15 just enter the code DENIM20 at the checkout to get your discount. Visit our denim shop here.



Happy sewing xxx

PS Only a few days to go till our open day see full details here.