Monday, October 31, 2016

Back In Stock - Your favourite fabrics are back on the website

We've just restocked some of your favourite all time fabrics. Missed out first time round? Don't worry, you've got a second chance to get your hands on these beautiful dressmaking fabrics.

Our Mustard denim would make a perfect Autumnal Arielle pencil skirt, add some stand out buttons for a bit of added bling!

Let your inner rock chick out in the Studded Ponte Roma Jersey, a Sweater dress is just the ticket to keep you warm as the temperatures begin to drop.

I am a huge fan of scuba (It's ideal for beginners who want to make an impact as it's really easy to sew with). A simple Sweatshirt will let this floral design sing.

The Avid seamstress got it right making the City Trousers in a black & white Floral stretch sateen like the Claire fabric.

A bold floral jersey deserves a classic Silhouette, make the Olivia Wrap Dress in our red Meredith Jersey.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wool Jersey - soft, snuggly and super warm. You want these!

Say hello to our 2 new Wool jersey ranges.

Isabella is our popular wool and viscose mix jersey now in 3 fantastic new colours to add to the Black, Gunmetal and French Navy. Violet, Teal and Red are all vibrant wearable colours to add a little pop to your wardrobe. Make a long sleeved tee shirt in this super stretchy drapey jersey. It looks fabulous when colour blocked, is machine washable and wears really well. (Trust me I have made multiple tops and dresses in this fabric for me  and Mr Fabric Godmother) Ideal as a tee shirt like the Agnes top from Tilly & The Buttons or why not make a man in your life a tee shirt using the Thread Theory Strathcona Henley pattern?

Emily is a slightly thicker and fuzzier wool rich jersey in a soft palette of Pink marl, Grey marl and Black. This cozy fabric would be super snuggly as a Sewaholic Renfrew complete with cowl neck.


Happy sewing xxx

Monday, October 24, 2016

Printed Chambray and Pattern Inspiration

Chambray is a lightweight cloth woven with a white weft and a coloured warp.* This means it always has a white selvedge and has a lovely faded look to it.
*(the weft is the fabric that runs left to right across the roll of fabric and the warp runs along the length of the fabric.)

These new printed chambrays have cute anchors and spots on them, making them ideal for a grown up shirt dress, a man's shirt or use them to make fun kids clothes.

Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress is perfect for a printed Chambray, try the Spot Chambray in blue for a cute shirt dress to wear all year round.

Fancy doing some selfless sewing (Brownie points for making Christmas presents) make a man in your life the Negroni shirt in this Tiny Anchor print chambray.

Ditsy Anchor chambray is the prefect fabric for little people, it wears well, is soft against their skin and hides dirty marks well! I love both the Gathered dress and the Carousel dress.

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Patterned Viscose Crepe - Just Arrived From Italy!

I think viscose is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to fabrics. This Italian crepe is no exception!
Viscose is made from wood pulp making it a natural fibre, this means it is very breathable and more comfortable to wear than cotton.  It also takes colour very well so you can get some really vibrant prints on viscose. Good quality viscose also has a wonderful drape and plenty of weight to it.

These autumn viscose crepe prints are ideal for a Shirt dress, a pair of culottes or a stylish shirt. 

Wouldn't this geometric Cubic print be stunning as a Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress?

If you are feeling really daring, the Mimosa culottes from Named Patterns would be so striking in the blue and red version of the Cubic viscose crepe. Pair with a simple white shirt for maximum impact.

The Dahlia dress's pretty gathers would drape beautifully in the Pansy crepe, I really love pretty florals on a dramatic dark background and this dress is the perfect way to show them off.

I have always been a huge fan of Tilly. Her very first pattern the Matilde Blouse is a great wardrobe staple, a version in the Navy Pansy print would go just as well with dark jeans as with a bright red pencil skirt.

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Scuba - Embossed, Lace or Printed? Which will you choose?

Scuba just got interesting! Introducing digitally printed giant knitting, dark moody embossed florals and lace embossed.

Can we start off by noting just how cool this giant Knit print scuba is?? Play to the fun element of this fabric and make an Apollon oversized sweater dress

The new pattern from the lovely ladies at Gathered is the Aziare featuring a very cute peplem. Make it in the top or dress length using this Navy embossed scuba for a prefect day to night outfit.

I have always been a fan of scuba as a party dress fabric. This Lace bonded scuba in Black or White is no exception. Make the most of your curves in a fitted Joan dress.

Shop all Scuba Fabric here. If you want some more ideas for sewing with Scuba I have been adding images to my Scuba Pinterest Board

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NEW ..... Interior Fabrics

As part of our new Interior Fabrics section on the website we have a fabulous range of curtain and upholstery fabrics for you. The combination of grey and mustard has long been a favourite of mine. So if you fancy refreshing your house before the family descend at Christmas go and take a peek at some of these beautiful fabrics.

Mole's Breath and Mustard Bedroom:

Style at Home California Cool Kitchen...Fiddle Fig Tree and Silk Yellow Drapes:

This  cotton and viscose mix Chevron Mustard Chenille would look wonderful with dark grey furnishings. Soft to touch and wonderfully thick this will keep the heat in this winter.

Subtle coloured slubs in this Speckle fabric really bring this neutral to life.  I think it would look excellent in a living room to bring in hints of colour.

A beautiful top quality cotton and viscose mix Chenille in grey would be beautiful as a giant luxury cushion or upholstered footstool.

This textured Wool tweed has a great texture and tactile quality to it. It would make a great dark headboard in a plain white bedroom.

We offer a full sample service of all of our fabrics.

Happy home sewing xxx

Monday, October 17, 2016

New in - Winter jersey fabrics

In this colder weather you need a thicker jersey to layer up in. Take a peek at our latest jersey dressmaking fabrics. Once again all fresh in from Italy and amazing quality.

Cherish is a thick jersey crepe with a large scale abstract floral design. Make a statement skirt or a simple shift dress in this bold pattern.

Switch is a super soft cotton jersey that is reversible. Classic stripes on one side and plain red on the other, ideal for a Breton with plain turn ups, you will never want to take this jumper off!

Our Quilted viscose jersey is ideal for a sweaterdress, snuggly, soft and warm, just what you need!

This thick viscose jersey fabric is perfect for a base layer, either a poloneck or a long sleeved tee in either elegant Ivory or bright Claret these will become wardrobe staples.

Happy sewing xxx

Friday, October 14, 2016

New In - Printed Jersey Fabrics

It's been a while since we had any new printed jerseys in. Mainly because I like to only buy in stock for you that I believe is beautiful and of the best quality. At last I have found some jersey prints that I think are amazing and worthy of your sewing skills. This collection of Italian ex designer knits make great luxury tee shirts from a very pocket friendly price of £12 per metre.

Agnes is such a cute top, I simply cannot decide which of these lovely viscose jerseys to make it in, why not go for a couple of designs?
Clockwise from top right Daze, Tive royal, Tive, ivory, Takka royal

Our Feather Safari viscose jersey drapes beautifully and would look really fab in the dropped hem Briar Tee.

This Flocked wool mix grey jersey has cute red flocked spots all over it. I'd use this to make a Moneta dress and never take it off!

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Beautiful New Wool - Your New Coat Fabric Has Arrived

The latest batch of wools to arrive at Fabric Godmother are going to take your breath away. Super soft and top quality Italian ex designer fabrics just asking to be sewn up.

Jessica is a mid weight wool. Make a statement coat, a wool skirt or cropped jacket. You could even make yourself a lovely cozy cushion if you prefer to keep your brights on the sofa!

Here are some pattern ideas.....

Nascha from Named Patterns is a cute mini skirt, ideal with thick black tights

Named clothing Nascha mini skirt pattern

Clare Coat from Closet Case would look super in one of these bright wools

Closet case patterns clare coat

The Cordova Jacket from Sewaholic is a cute take on the frill trend

Peplum jacket dressmaking pattern

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bubble - The New Textured Ponte Roma Jersey Fabric

Bubble is our new Textured Ponte roma jersey. Italian ex designer with a scrummy round bubble detail. Give yourself a full bodied fashion statement with this tactile fabric. Thick enough for a sweatshirt or a dress. Below I have given my top pattern picks for this textured jersey.

From the top
Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan
Named Talvikki Sweater
Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Named Inari Dress & Tee
Grainline Studio Morris Blazer

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Add a Touch of Sparkle with our Brocades and Lurex Ponte Roma Jersey

***Warning this blog post contains the C word***
Sparkle is for life not just for Christmas! Ohh ok it looks extra super amazing at Silly season but there is no reason you can't wear sparkle everyday in the run up to Christmas (psst 75 days if you are counting) Especially if you choose one of our more subtle metallics.

Our Lurex Ponte roma jersey has a subtle sparkle that just gently catches the light. Go for pale and interesting Tinnes in coral and gold, or in your face red and black Bamboo with silver. Perfect for a sweater dress or a party sweatshirt.

Our brocade is Italian Ex designer and you can tell by the way it sparkles! Make any simple dress pattern come to life with this wonderful fabric. Try the Veronkia or the Emery for inspiration. Available in Silver and black floral or Gold and grey snakeskin.

We have got our fantastic metallic Faux leather back in stock. Did you see my gold pencil skirt?? The wonderful soft metallic sheen makes this faux leather really wearable for day or evening. Keep things simple in a pencil skirt or a little jacket. In Silver or Gold.

Faux Leather -Gold

Faux Leather - Silver

Our Gloria jersey has a pale gold crinkle effect. Make a simple Scout tee shirt with this fabric, team with a pair or black trousers and move seamlessly from office to bar. If you order it today you could be wearing this down the pub on Saturday!

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Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, October 6, 2016

From Soft Silks To Tough Denims. We've Got Your Autumn Sewing Covered

Last night I drove up to Bristol to see The Kills playing live. Watching Alison Mosshart strut about on stage affirmed what I already knew. She totally owns the 'Silky shirt and rockstar jeans combo'.

Back at my computer today googling photos of Alison (go on have a go) in almost every shot she is rocking this combo.
If you, like me, want to have a go at recreating this cool look then have a peek at our new Italian ex designer silks. In a palette of soft neutral tones through to darkest bottle green our Mara lightweight silk would be beautiful made up into a feminine shirt like the Archer.

Toughen the look up with pair of super skinny Ginger jeans in our Stretch denim in Super Black.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Named Patterns - Outstanding New Collection

Named patterns have really raised the bar with their newest pattern collection. Evolution Theory contains shirt dresses, beautiful tailoring and the most modern split hem oversized jumper. Add to this the BEST tunic dress I have seen to date and you have a wearable, trend driven wardrobe just waiting to be sewn up. For any of you who have previously sewn with Named patterns the best bit is that they have started adding seam allowance to their patterns so no need to add these at the cutting out stage. See the full pattern collection here. Or scroll down to see my top picks with fabric suggestions.

Helmi is a sweet blouse or tunic dress pattern. I think this is my favourite pattern from the collection and I would make it up in simple Gunmetal Prestige crepe or for a more dramatic version use the Afleur crepe in grey.

Pilvi coat dress features a fabulous double breasted fastening. Made in comfy roma jersey this is the perfect 'look smart but feel like I'm wearing my dressing gown' dress. Our Rose roma jersey would add a feminine twist and our Andi stripe jersey would strike a bold statement.

Sointu Kimono Tee is a great beginner project. Take you outfit from the office to the bar with this simple tee in jersey in Black scuba. I've selected the Paume jersey for a more relaxed patterned version.

The Talvikki oversized sweater features a split hem and a darted turtleneck. Pick chunky Ouzo boiled wool for super cuddles or use a 2 Tone scuba to make this sweater sleek and sophisticated.

Happy sewing xxx