Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Day Dress In Bloom Viscose & Linen

I love the simple silhouettes of The Avid Seamstress patterns. Here is my Day dress made in our Linen and viscose mix fabric Bloom. It is a simple dress with a concealed zip back fastening, gathered skirt and POCKETS! I am a massive fan of pockets, though hate how they can ruin a garment just as easily as make it fabulous. Luckily this full gathered skirt is ideal to hide 2 handy side seam pockets.


For those of you who read my last blog post you will see that Lisa 'The Avid Seamstress' will be at our Open Day on the 9th April. why not pop along and say Hi to her from 2-3pm?

Here are some of my other fabric suggestions for the Day dress. A simple dress that lets the fabric do the talking!

Chairs cotton lawn

Claire floral stretch cotton sateen

Cotton and linen mix in Aurora

Wilde Cotton Twill

Happy sewing xxx


I am really excited that Lisa, AKA 'The Avid Seamstress' will be attending our open day in Hove on the 9th April and will be taking some time to chat to you about her beautiful and popular patterns. Lisa will be at the Open day from 2pm-3pm do pop by and say hello.

The day dress

The sheath dress

The city trousers

The gathered dress

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


We've been very busy bringing you loads of fabulous new fabrics just in time for spring!

Take a peek at some of my favourites below or check out the website for all of the other new fabrics.

This is a 100% linen indigo denim. Ideal for a pair of loose trousers or a shirt dress and only £16 per metre.

Wilde is a cotton twill fabric with a bold leopard print in coral and Petra is an Italian ex designer cotton and linen mix, both just £12 per metre. I would use these to make some bright summer dresses.

How pretty is Pippa? A stretch cotton sateen at £12 per metre. Richard our popular linen chambray in a new violet colour. 100% linen  and only £15 per metre. Think weddings, garden parties and summer BBQs.

I have also added a beautiful selection of new jersey prints from £11 per metre, Molly bird, Riva stripe, Tropical and Kiss. So you can make yourself a new summer staples wardrobe. T-shirts, vest tops and jersey throw on dresses.

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, March 18, 2016


We have got so many new spring and summer fabrics arriving every day. I just had to share the latest range of cotton lawns and voiles featuring fun prints ideal for summer dresses and tops.

Betty (the name given to a surfer girl!) features an cute 50's inspired surf girl and her dog print. In white and pink this would look so cute on the beach a sun dress.

Rochina is the name of a huge favela in South America, I think it suits this cotton voile perfectly. Imagine a dress covered in these lovely little houses.

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Once again we are opening our doors for you to come and have a browse of our wonderful dressmaking fabrics and Indie sewing patterns.  Come along meet other sewing fans, have a natter and a cup of tea or coffee.

I really look forward to our open days as it is a fabulous chance for me to meet so many of our loyal customers.

If you are coming by train the nearest station is Portslade which is a 2 minute walkaway.

See you there xxx

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Head over to our website now for a HUGE remnant sale and grab yourself a bargain! Most fabrics at least 50% off.

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, March 11, 2016


The wonderfully cute origami bird fabric we had in now comes in 3 scrummy new colours! Gold, Terracotta and Blue jean.

Bye Bye birdie is a super soft cotton cambric (like a cotton lawn with a slightly silkier finish) from Atelier Brunette in Paris. Ohhh La La! This fabric is so versatile my top picks would be an Archer shirt, a Bettine dress or a pair of Tania Culottes.



blue jean


Shop all Atelier Brunette fabric here including this delightful Like A Dandy cotton

like a dandy
Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Metallics were a big trend at the catwalks this year. We have got some brand new amazing metallic fabrics for you to create your own eye(and light) catching outfits.

Gloria crinkle jersey would look simply stunning as a little dress - party outfit sorted!

This is Ricki, a metallic, denim jersey and it is about as awesome as it sounds. A sparkly T shirt? Pair of leggings? let your imagination sparkle.

My personnel favourite! This Studded ponte roma weight jersey, let out your inner Rock chick in this fabric.

An Italian ex-designer linen in Olive green and Silver. A most luxurious fabric with a metallic finish, I would use this for a long simple dress to keep cool when the weather gets warmer, but would look just as stunning as a fit and flare party dress.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Learn to sew your own clothes. As a special offer to our blog followers we are offing 10% off this class with the code 8316 at booking.

Do you have a little experience of using a sewing machine? Maybe you sewed a little at school or have made a simple pillow case and would love to start sewing your own clothes?  If so, then this could be the class for you. 

In a one day workshop you will start and finish a simple woven (non stretchy) T-shirt from a pattern designed by Grainline studios called the Scout T-shirt. This workshop is taught by the highly accomplished Zoe Edwards, a sewing maestro with a wide range of experience in the fashion industry, she is also the author of the ever popular So Zo sewing blog. 

We provide sewing machines, a 10% discount off Fabric Godmother on the day, great for choosing the fabric with which you’ll sew your T-Shirt, of course you can bring your own fabric. We also provide tea, coffee and biscuits.

The class is being held on the 20th March at our lovely bright studio in Hove

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, March 7, 2016


Take a peek at these fantastic new monochrome fabrics that have just come arrived.

Claire is a lightweight stretch cotton sateen in either black or ivory. Big bold flowers would make a most wonderful dress or a pair of trousers like the City trousers from The Avid Seamstress. Wear them now with a big jumper and swap for a white t-shirt in the summer.

Wave jacquard jersey would make a stunning long sleeved top like the Lark. Pair it with a hot pink pair of culottes for maximum impact.

Zeeebra jersey is exactly what it sounds like, a fabulous animal print jersey ideal for another Agnes to add to your daily collection.

Finally we have the white Milano viscose jersey back in stock, why not make a simple white Tee to match your floral trousers?

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


So remember that AMAZING textured jersey I had in a while a go?  Welllll I've only gone and got some more for you! It is a slightly different fabric this time a bit lighter in weight but still totally scrummy. It would make a fab fab longline cardigan like the Named patterns Esme maxi cardigan.

The Waffle textured knit comes in Royal blue and Black

Happy sewing xxx