Thursday, April 28, 2016

GBSB, MMM16, OUTRUN! what am I talking about?

I can't believe we are practically a third of the way through this year already, how did that happen? We have had a really busy start to the year and it doesn't look like May shows any signs of quietening down. So I thought I would give you a quick low down on what is happening in May.

Firstly, May sees the return of The Great British Sewing Bee. This will be the fourth series of this amazing program and I'd bet you are all waiting on tenter hooks for it to start. Who will be the young kooky one? What will the new judge be like? How hot is Patrick?
If you are lucky enough to live in or near South London, then why not join up with Ana from Coco Wawa crafts and Elena owner of Sew It With Love for a weekly live viewing in a lovely pub in Camberwell (full details here) Don't live close enough? Never mind, you can still join in with their fun as they are running weekly giveaways as part of their International Great British Bee Sewing Meet Up using the hash tag #gbsbmeetup Check out Ana's blog for the full rules) Of course yours truly Fabric Godmother, will be giving away an amazing prize.

Second on the agenda is another Sewing return. Me-Made-May 16 run by the totally awesome Zoe Edwards, blogger, refashioner, super mum to Delores and Fabric Godmother Sewing teacher! (phew) Me-Made-May 16 is about encouraging us makers to wear, talk about and love our handmade clothes. See all the details about it on Zoe's blog. I had so much fun joining in last year. The biggest lesson I learnt was to stop making so many dresses as I don't really wear them that much. So I challenged myself to make more separates. Follow me this year to see if I've managed to make myself a wardrobe with enough separates to enjoy wearing for a whole month.  I have also noticed that everything I have made this year has been patterned, I love bold prints but hardly ever wear them (afraid I am a black, navy and grey girl, usually dressed up with a bright scarf, necklace or red lipstick). So while this years challenge will hopefully make me break out of my black and navy rut, and wear some of the lovey things I have made, I also want to use it as an opportunity to make garments that will transfer easily into my daily wardrobe. Sooooo.... here goes, my pledge for Me-Made-May 16:

'I, Josie from Fabric Godmother, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one me made garment each day for the duration of May 2016. I also promise to make at least one plain item of clothing'

It may seem that just pledging to make 1 garment in a whole month is a bit poor but I have also taken on another challenge for May. I will be running a Marathon in May. OK not all in one go (that would be CRAZY!) I can hardly reach the end of the road without having to stop for a 'stretch' This is part of the Outrun challenge to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Many of us have had to face the challenges that cancer brings to our lives, the support that the nurses at Macmillan give is so vital to many people. It costs £204 to pay for a nurse for a day. Imagine if everyone who reads this blog gives just £2 to support me, how many days nursing we could pay for. So please take a moment to click on my Just giving page and show me some support!

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Check out my new Atelier Brunette makes!

We're absolutely delighted here at Fabric Godmother as we've received our latest delivery of exquisite Atelier Brunette fabrics. They're popular and stylish,  so much so that I just had to sew a couple of cheeky spring tops. I hope you like them!

Below we have the Bexley blouse pattern made with Twist cotton in dark blue. This cotton is ideal for a blouse like this, lightweight it is super comfy to wear and I am sure I will get lots of use out of it. The pattern is really sweet, it is a free In the folds pattern with this months special birthday issue of Love Sewing magazine. I love the gathered yoke and I hope to make more but think I will shorten the sleeves to capped sleeves and try a straight hemmed version next time.

I used the Halo viscose to make one of my everyday patterns the Scout Tee from Grainline Studio. This viscose is AMAZING it has a slightly thicker more open weave than many other viscose fabrics I have seen. The slightly heavier weight means it would be perfect for a pair of casual trousers as well, in fact I have already washed some of the Halo fabric to make a pair of Alexandria trousers.

Both of these tops feature a Bias binding neckband, if you want to learn how to sew the perfect bias neckband and make your own lovely Scout Tee, why not join our Class with Zoe Edwards on the 8th May we still have a couple of places left. Full details here.

Unfortunately Atelier Brunette have sold out of the Halo in navy, but we've just had the Halo in black delivered which would make a fantastic version of Scout (I kind of wish I had seen this colour first!)

Cosmic is a beautiful subtle print  in two colour ways, Chestnut viscose and... 

Blossom is a gorgeous viscose, the same weight as the Halo in three colourways, Coral..

Atelier brunette have also sent us Sparkle cotton in midnight blue with a tiny twin dot motif which would be prefect for a Bexley or a I am thinking it would make a really sweet Archer..

Happy Sewing! xxx

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Beautiful new florals and spot fabrics just added

I kicked off wedding season this weekend in Bristol watching my wonderful brother and sister in-law get married. The bride looked stunning (of course) and so did all of the guests. If you have a wedding to attend this year then take a look at these beautiful new fabrics, perfect for a wedding outfit whatever your style.

Paris Satin would make a stunning Saltspring maxi dress or Satsuki blouse the pale aqua background and soft florals are toughened up by the large scale print.

Lily peachskin would look show stopping made into a pair of Mimosa culottes and paired with a simple blouse like the Aster in a plain peachskin

Cassie polka dot satin in either aquamarine or royal blue would make an elegant Kielo wrap dress.

Make the Ultimate wrap dress in this tropical jersey print Templado.

Use this Prudence stretch cotton to make a pretty Kim dress

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Giveaway time - Swedish Tracing Paper and Makers Workbook

I am really excited to have teamed up with  to offer you this fabulous giveaway. They have kindly donated a roll of the amazing Swedish Tracing paper AND a Makers Workbook that one of you lucky sewists can win. I have also added in 2m of this fabulous Palette peached cotton poplin into the prize pot, lucky you!

If you haven't heard about just how fabulous Swedish tracing paper is don't just take my word for it, why not do a quick google search and you will find lots of rave reviews about this stuff. Softer than standard tracing paper, and harder to rip so it lasts longer. You can see through it easily enough to trace all details and marks without smudging! It can also be used to make a toile for your clothes before sewing. Sounds too good to be true huh? The makers workbook features pages of useful squared paper, forms for doodling and black charts to plan your next makes and organise your stash.

To enter this giveaway simply visit and browse our fabric and patterns and let me know in the comments below which fabric/ pattern comb you would add first to your Maker workbook.

Closing date is Thursday 21st April.
If you are reading this post in an email or on our website please visit to leave your comment.
One entry per person.

Good luck and Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, April 7, 2016

What is Your Floral?

I love it when all of the summer floral fabrics start to arrive. I know summer's just around the corner and the stretch cotton sateens are always some of my favorites. The bold colours of the prints and the versatility of the the fabric make this perfect for spring and summer sewing. Think fitted capri trousers in bright colours paired with a simple T shirt. Fit and flare dresses in large florals, ideal for parties, weddings and BBQs. Why not make a simple pencil or A-line skirt to wear with a tank top and sandals once the weather really warms up? All only £12 per metre.

Rosa has a large rose floral design on a navy or white background. Ideal as a Day dress.

Portia features an abstract design and is screaming to be made into a pair of Ultimate trousers!

Deena features more florals on a navy background, I would use this for a pair of culottes like the Mimosa culottes.

Tulippe has large scale tulips on a black or white background. Ideal for a Peony dress.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Sewing Classes!

I am really pleased that we have got some wonderful new sewing classes that have just been released. We are covering everything from sewing with jersey to mastering your overlocker.

Want to learn to sew with jersey? The join Zoe Edwards on the 23rd April to 'Sew a Lark Tee'
In this class Zoe (the author or the fabulous SoZo blog) will take you through all things you need to know to sew a jersey T shirt.

Not quite ready to tackle jersey yet? Then how about the 'Learn to Sew Your Own Clothes -Scout Tee class' on the 8th May. In this class Zoe will take you through all the basics to make your own clothes, ideal for those who are new to dressmaking and want to take that first step.

Our newest teacher is Lisa AKA The Avid Seamstress. Lisa will be teaching a class to make her 'Sheath dress' on the 14th May. This is due to be very popular so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

We have also added some new dates for our sell out 'Get to know you overlocker' class with julia Hincks. 4th June, 25th June and 9th July.

As always with our classes it is best to book early to avoid disappointment. 

Happy sewing xxx