Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Want to improve your sewing?

We have added some more classes and more dates to our class schedule for the summer.... All of these dressmaking classes are only £65 for a day of sewing, learning and making new friends.

Firstly, there is a new date for our Learn to Sew with Jersey class. Zoe Edwards (author of So,Zo... what do you know? blog, and creator of Me Made May ) will be joining us on the 17th of July to teach you how to sew with jersey. You'll make your perfect tee shirt using a standard sewing machine. Zoe will guide you through the Lark Tee shirt pattern from Grainline patterns(or the Thread Theory Henley if you want to make a mans tee shirt).  Book here.

Fancy sewing with fancy fabrics? Then come along to our Kimono class. Fiona Hesford AKA Sewgirl will teach you how to make a beautiful Suki kimono with a lightweight drapey fabric. Not for total beginners but great for those who want to learn new skills and leave with a fabulous new piece of clothing. The date is the 21st August and you can find out more about it here.

Fiona is back in September to teach a 'Dress in a day' class. Choose from the Orla swing dress or the Agnes tunic. This class in on the 3rd September and is a great beginner class for those who want to learn to make their own clothes or just come and sew with like minded people and go home with a fab new dress. Sign up to make your dress in a day here.

Lastly, we have added some new dates for your 'Get to know your overlocker class' with Julia Hincks, author of 'The Overlocker technique Manual' For £60, Julia will help you overcome your overlocker fears. See all available dates here.

All of our classes are really popular and often sell out very quickly, so make sure you book your place now if you don't want to miss out.

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hey Pretty Woman!

Remember that spotty dress Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman?  Ever since I saw that film I have had an obsession about spots, especially on dresses!

Here are my top Fabric Godmother picks to recreate your own Pretty Woman moment
Make the Betty dress in this fabric and you could literally be mistaken for Julia Roberts (minus the Millions in the bank and Richard Gere) 

Imagine the Colette Dahlia dress in this fabric. It would be the ideal summer party or wedding dress

With it's charcoal spots, this stretch cotton satin would make the best Veronkia fitted dress with little capped sleeves.

Tocka stretch cotton drill

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fancy a new Breton??

Need a new Breton tee in your life?? Hell yes, always!  Here are our latest picks for a Breton with a twist.

Ceba is a luxury viscose jersey, top quality with amazing drape to it.  Make a classic Lark Tee (using the boat neck and 3/4 sleeve option) and imagine yourself with white jeans sitting on a yacht! 

This textured ponte roma jersey with it's sky blue stripes on a navy background is crying out to be made into a Coco dress

This crepe textured jersey would be stunning made into a Simple sew Batwing top, ok not a classic Breton but still super stylish. Pair it with a pair of slim trousers in our Stretch cotton sateen in Royal Blue

Ok I know it's not a stripe buuuut.....A. I had to check you were paying attention and B. how could I miss out this fantastic new jersey!! Imagine an Agnes top or Nettie dress made in this!!

If you want to learn to sew your own jersey Tee why not join our Learn to sew with jersey class on the 17th july. Taught under the watchful eye of Zoe Edwards (So Zo blog) she will help you make a Lark tee shirt and teach you have to sew with jersey on your standard sewing machine. 

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Check out our new denim range.....

Visit our new updated Denim range! We have added loads of new denims to our website, here is a peek at some of them....

Denim - Black Slub ideal for pair of casual jeans like the Morgan Boyfriend jeans from Closet case files

Stretch Denim Stars - Indigo this is an ex designer denim with a twist, black stars printed on this denim give it a super funky edge.

Stretch Denim - Blue with a Daisy Duke vibe this stretch denim would make a great pair of tiny shorts! I would use the Grainline Maritime shorts pattern.

Stretch Denim - Indigo This is the denim you need for your skinnies! With 3% spandex  this Indigo stretch denim will fit all your curves. 

Happy sewing xxx
P.S. Did you know we have just added an awesome range of Cupro and acete lining fabric? it comes in some stunning colours and is super slinky against the skin, non static and more breathable than cotton.... An all round summer lining winner!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Your favourite fabric is back in stock - Limited stock only

If you missed out on any of these stunning fabrics last time. Have no fear, you've got a second chance! We've managed to secure a limited amount of stock of these best sellers.

Herringbone linen and viscose mix. Make yourself for a pair of loose summer trousers in this wonderful fabric. The addition of viscose to this linen reduces creases and give it an amazingly soft drape and handle.

Ridge jersey. Zoe, from So, Zo...what do you know? blog fame, made a wonderful dress with this jersey so I am really pleased to have it back in stock. Head over to her blog to see her dress here.

Medallione viscose I cannot tell you how amazing this fabric is! It is a thick woven viscose with a slightly silky feel to it. I would use it to make a pair of 'day time' PJs and wear them with a pair of killer heels! It has a real designer feel to it.

Hedegrow cotton voile This is the prettiest lightweight cotton voile. Birds, butterflies and flowers digitally printed on this fabric give it an almost ethereal feel.

Swiss dot cotton lawn This is the fabric I used for my Bardot top last summer (see how to make yours here) It is a pretty cotton with a subtle swiss dot pattern.

Leopard print jersey, this orange fabric really pops and is a favourite of mine, I used it to make a bright tee, what will you make?

Grey denim, use this grey denim to make a lighter shade of jeans than your classic indigo.

Red & black 2 tone denim is screaming 'TURN UPS' at me! Make the most of the coloured inside of this denim or keep it as your special secret either way this denim rocks!

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, May 20, 2016

Boyfriend Jeans, Dresses, Kids and Blouses - New Patterns Alert!

The world of Indie sewing patterns becomes more and more exciting each week with loads of new patterns making their way to the market place. From uber stylish kids patterns to essential Boyfriend jeans, there is something for everybody.

Here are some of our favorite new patterns that we have added to the website in the last few weeks.

Closet Case Patterns
The Morgan Boyfriend jeans are launched off the back of the popular Ginger skinny jeans pattern. Closet case has done it again and ticked off your next wardrobe essential. Make these in Japanese selvedge denim for added cool factor.

Morgan Boyfriend Jeans

Megan Neilsen
A range of mini sized versions of her favourite grown up patterns. All designed for ages 2-12 with sweet details such as heart patches and elasticated waists perfect for your little divas.

Mini Virginia Leggings

Mini Briar Sweat & Tee

Mini Tania Culottes
We also have 2 womens patterns the Axel skirt and the Sudley Dress & Blouse.

Axel skirt
Sudley blouse

Sudley dress

Have you also seen that Megan has relaunched and re-shot all of the images for her grown up range. See the new look here.

Colette Patterns
Selene is a modern take on a vintage pencil skirt, optional details such as welt pockets mean you can choose how much you want to challenge yourself

Selene skirt

Oliver & S 
2 new outfits from Oliver & S.  The Butterfly blouse and skirt features pretty flutter sleeves and a simple gathered skirt. Parachute is a Polo and sweatshirt pattern perfect for those little men in your life.

Butterfly blouse & skirt
Parachute polo & sweatpants
Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Viscose and Cotton Lawn Amazing New Designs

We have got yet another selection of summer fabrics for you.

Starting with this stunning Feather viscose, light weight and airy, ideal for a kimono. In a blue or rust colour and just £8 per metre. Fancy joining us to make a kimono? Then why not come along to our Suki Kimono class on the 21st of August? Taught by the fabulous Fiona Hesford, AKA Sewgirl.

Flores cotton lawn is £10 per metre and is a pretty blue colour with large flowers, I would make a twirly Betty dress with this cotton lawn and wear it to a garden party!

Esme cotton lawn £10 per metre in blue or green has a small ditsy print, ideal for the Jasmine blouse tucked into a pair of Indigo denim jeans with big turn ups and white trainers for a 1950's vibe.

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Printed Viscose - You will want them all!

Ohhh my! The cutest range of printed viscose fabrics have arrived. This lightweight woven viscose (or rayon, same thing) is perfect for tops, blouses, dresses, jumpsuits. In fact pretty much anything you want to wear this summer! They are light, floaty and feature some of the most adorable prints I have seen this season. Best bit? They are all only £10 per metre, but be quick as I don't imagine they will hang about for long!

Bears Rayon 
Foxy Rayon 

Crabe Rayon

Splotch Rayon

Scallop Rayon
Happy sewing  xxx