Friday, September 30, 2016

Open day 29th October 2016

Once more we are throwing our doors open and welcoming you all in! Pop along on the 29th October to look at all of our lovely fabrics, browse the many independent patterns we have or just have a cup of tea and a sewing chat.

We can be found at Unit Ell, Knoll Business Centre, Old Shoreham Road, Hove BN3 7GS
If you are driving you will need to use the Bellingham Road entrance. We are a 5 minute walk from Portslade train station (which is 7 mins by train from Brighton) and lots of buses stop nearby.

We hope to see many of you there.

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Textured Scuba and Top Designer Jersey fabrics from Italy added today

I've been banging on about how textures are a huge deal this season and I'm not stopping yet. These latest designs from Italy are quite literally jaw dropping. From top of the range designers, these chunky textured jerseys will make the most fabulous additions to your wardrobes.

The Yona wrap coat would be dreamy in the Waffle knit in navy and olive. You simply won't want to take it off.

I am so in love with the idea of an Esme cardigan in the Bashe jersey. Complete with a plain black ponte roma trim. Imagine wearing that over skinny jeans and a polo neck?

Next up are these textured scuba fabrics available in black or navy. If you have never sewn with scuba before, do it! It has the most amazing volume, almost architectural. It is so easy to sew with, it doesn't move about alot and it doesn't even fray so you can just cut the raw edges. Make a simple Sweatshirt like the Linden or a Inari top or dress. The ultimate in Sport luxe fashion.

Finally.... remember that textured line ponte roma we had in last winter? It is back in a new black colourway.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ribbed Cotton Jersey, Cupro Twill and New colours of the Missoni Wool. Perfect Autumn layering

Layering. That is the key to dressing at the moment. When you leave your house in the morning, slightly chilly, but by lunchtime you are heading to the park to eat your sandwiches in the last of this years sun. You need to know you look your best at every layer.
Start with a simple ribbed tee shirt (ribbed and textured fabrics are a BIG trend this year) in an neutral colour. Our new ex designer cotton ribbed jersey is perfect, you choose the style, long sleeved, short sleeved or if you are really daring and have the stomach for it how about cropped? The Lark tee shirt pattern has loads of sleeve and neckline options.
Next add a slip dress or pinafore both the Willow and Phoebe are perfect for this layer. Use a soft drapey fabric like our cupro twill in the perfect Autumn colour palette.  Finally wrap yourself up in a super bright and fun zig zag cardigan or giant shawl using one of our Missoni wools.

This ribbed cotton is the perfect tee shirt fabric. The texture adds a bit of interest to you basics. You could also use it to cuff your sweatshirts and tops.
Available in Olive, Grey and White it is 95% cotton and 5% elastane.

Our Cupro twill is an ex designer fabric and comes in 3 perfectly autumnal shades Olive, Rust and Grey. With the most wonderful soft handle this fabric drapes beautifully.

We have 3 new colours in the Missoni wools Indigo in cool shades of blue, Sky with fresh stripes of colour and Brights a lightweight slinky knit. We also still have a limited amount of stock of the Orange and Green in stock.

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, September 23, 2016

Birthday weekend!! 10%DISCOUNT and 2 FREE GIFTS for ALL orders

Dear Dressmakers and Fabric Enthusiasts,

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have supported Fabric Godmother over the past 5 years. I can hardly believe that the little dream I had of starting an online fabric shop has changed my life so much. 
From those late nights and long weekends I spent cutting and sending out orders while working a full time job to now.  Fabric Godmother is my full time job and I have a small team working alongside me.
The Fabric Godmother family includes my wonderful supportive partner (The Fabric Godfather), my lovely mum who comes along to all of our fairs and open days. Even my daughter was just 5 days old when she started coming into work with me! Not to mention all of the Bloggers and members of the Brighton Sewing Bee who have come to help out at our Open Days.

Fabric Godmother could not exist without my customers and followers. Every time you visit our website, comment on Instagram, like a picture on Facebook or send me an email telling me how much you have loved our fabric or enjoyed our customer service, it makes me very happy and proud of what we have achieved over the past 5 years.

Now I would like to give something back to you all. This weekend you can get 10% off everything on the website. I will also throw in a free Fabric Bundle and a free Tape Measure. Simply use the code 5THBIRTHDAY at the checkout, from now until midnight on Sunday to claim your discount and 2 free gifts.

Best wishes and as always happy sewing,

Josie xxx

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Viscose Crepe Prints, Faux Fur, Fuzzy Wool and Suedette - New Autumn fabric textures

This winter, texture is a BIG thing. It is as much about how your fabric feels as how it looks. Think printed crepes, woolen furs, soft suedettes and shiny quilted faux fur, all in a palette of soft autumnal colours.

Aperol viscose crepe comes in Mustard and Bottle. Featuring an aztec inspired design on a weighty viscose crepe, perfect for a pair of loose trousers or a swishy shirt dress.

Wook is a wool with a twist, a fur finish will keep you warm and snuggly and is directly off the Italian catwalks this season. Choose from a Soft Grey or Warm Conker colour.

Afleur is another viscose crepe on a Black or Grey background. Use this striking print to make yourself a winter worthy dress.

Our top quality suedette is soft and drapes beautifully. In Navy or Khaki this fabric would make a stunning flared skirt or shirt dress!

Annuska is a delicately quilted faux fur fabric, perfect for a luxurious coat this winter

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Midnight Garden - New Italian floral fabrics

Dark Botanicals featured heavily on the runways for A/W16. Check out my Dark Florals Pinterest page for a collection of my favourite looks. Perfect for transitioning from late summer through autumn to winter, these moody florals should have a place in everyone's wardrobe.

Midnight Rose viscose, imagine a simple top with sleeve ruffles like the Pendrell in this stunning digital rose print.

Midnight Garden is available as a woven viscose or a viscose jersey. Make a statement dress in the jersey using the Olivia wrap dress and keep it simple in the woven version with a Laurel, complete with the feature sleeves.

Violetta jersey is perfect if you are not ready to take on the bold digital prints, a simple floral silhouette on a plum background, an Agnes top would be lovely in this pretty jersey.

Zahlia viscose is a floaty crepe, perfect for a Sew Over It Tea Dress

Make like a true fashionista in a pair of Palazzo pants in this Toui viscose. Teamed with a black polo neck or mix it up and wear a clashing floral blouse.

Roui viscose is the perfect fabric to make an Oakridge tie neck blouse, wear with the Toui Palazzo pants if you dare!

Tura Satin in mustard would be an idea trans seasonal Nicola dress, add tights and a giant woollen cardi as the nights start to draw in.

The blue Tura satin would be divine as an Asaka Kimono all dark moody and glamourous.

Roseau jersey is a pretty jersey, ideal for another Agnes

Olio peached cotton poplin would be brought to life as a Bardot dress

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Colette Patterns go back to their vintage roots with the Rue Dress

Colette patterns have gone back to their vintage roots with the release of their latest pattern the Rue dress.

Here is what Colette Patterns say about Rue:

'As summer turns to fall, one day can be sunny and warm, and the next cool and dreary. Your sewing plans have to change with the weather. Let us help you create something that is perfect for this season of transitions. Rue offers two versions with pieces that can be easily mixed and matched to create the perfect dress. The bodice has flattering, curved style lines that start at the side seams and meet at center front. The bust tucks can be easily adjusted to fit your shape. Add piping in the curved seams for a subtle detail, or color block the side panels for an eye-catching display. With two skirt and sleeve options to choose from, you can truly create a garment that you feel most comfortable in.
In version 1, Rue is perfect for those warm autumn days at the orchard or pumpkin patch, enjoying the outdoor festivities. Sewn in a seersucker, linen, or mid-weight cotton, it will keep you comfortable in the warmer weather. For those cooler days, sew up version 2 in a lightweight wool or cotton flannel. Pair it with a cardigan, and version 2 will keep you warm as you walk the woods, admiring the changing colors of the leaves. Rue has multiple design options so your clothing is as fluid and changing as the seasons.'
I say Rue is a super pretty versatile dress and below are my fabric suggestions for this lovely return to vintage styling.

dress fabric
 Our Viscose and Linen mix Bloom has the perfect vintage feel to make this dress.
viscose dressmaking fabrics
Burgen viscose would give a more grown up swishy feel with its heavy drape, ideal to take you right through to next summer.
cotton dressmaking fabric
Florals not your thing? Zari cotton would give Rue a contemporary twist.
Prestige Crepe - Black
Our Prestige crepe comes in loads of colours but a black crepe Rue could be your prefect LBD.

Which look would you choose? Are you as pleased that Colette have decided to return to their vintage roots as us?

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Have you ever made your own coat?

I had a go at making a winter wool coat a couple of years ago. I'm not going to lie, it was a real challenge. I think mostly because I choose to use a PDF pattern which had almost an entire forest's worth of pages to stick together. Coupled with the fact I choose to use faux leather mixed with thick wool, 2 completely opposite fabrics in terms of weight and behaviour. Since then I have been desperate to have another go at making one. However I have been a little daunted by the idea of tackling such a large garment again. But with all of the wonderful new printed coat patterns now available and these amazing new ex-Designer Italian wools we have just had in, I think the time may be here for a second attempt. The only question is, which one to go for?

Ouzo boiled wool - Clare coat, imagine snuggling up in this boiled wool.

Oriche boiled wool - Artemis coatigan, just WOW!

Nome, this quality Italin wool tweed bonded with scuba- Harriet lumberjack jacket.

Vuna, top quality Italian wool - Albion duffle coat, ladies version for a smarter take on the classic duffle coat.

Ziggy lightening print wool - Goldstream coat - because Mr Fabric Godmother would look fab in this Bowie inspired pea coat

Italian boiled wool - Cascade Duffle, in case Mr Fabric Godmother thinks the Bowie coat may be too much! (is there such a thing as too much Bowie??)

Ompro - Cordova jacket would be really cute with indigo jeans

Circo beautiful appliqued emerald wool with a swirling design- Abbey coat with its curved hem.

Happy sewing xxx