Monday, July 24, 2017

New Kids Patterns from Two Stitches

These new kids patterns from two stitches are perfect quick makes for little people!

With a sweet Peterpan collar the Edie blouse would be adorable in our Rose honey bee cotton lawn.

edie blouse & shirt dress

Honey bee cotton lawn dressmaking fabric

The Frida swing dress will be loved by little girls, make it in the new Atelier Brunette Graphite double gauze cotton for the perfect summer shift. 

frida dress & swing top

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What little new born wouldn't look adorable in this Grow babygrow made with our Star viscose jersey.

grow babygrow

star print jersey

The Charlie Hoodie would be super cozy in our Isabella wool and viscose mix jersey. This bright red will make them stand out in the crowd as well!

charlie hoodie & tunic

red viscose and wool jersey

Little ones will enjoy wearing the Iris tee with it's fun insert at the back. Try our Cross cotton jersey and use the Pink pisa cotton jersey for the insert.

iris tee

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Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Your Bold New Colour Palette

While dramatic florals are still very much on our radar right now, there is a new trend emerging. Simple shapes in strong bold colours. Think super wearable separates in navy, blush, saffron, rust and azure.

This new wardrobe suits almost every skin tone and body shape as you pick the bits that work for you. These comfortable separates will take you through from now to winter, just start adding layers!
(see Pinterest for all image sources)

Our 4 way stretch double crepe has a good weight to it. Making it ideal for a pair of Mimosa culottes or a simple Inari shift dress. Made with from a viscose/poly/elastane mix.

Stretch crepe - Mustard

Stretch crepe - Royal blue

Stretch Crepe - Orange

Sorrento is a super soft drapey Viscose crepe. Make a simple Kalle shirtdress, a basic Scout tee or the mega pocketed Brumby skirt in this fabric.

Sorrento crepe - Navy

Sorrento crepe - Rose

This soft Gold Cupro will really make your heart flutter. A Marigold jumpsuit would be really pleasing in this fabric. Layer over a stripey tee when the weather gets cooler.

Cupro - Gold

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ahoy there! New Fabrics In Stock

Our newest fabrics have a real nautical vibe to them. Shades of blue and white in crisp prints. It's time to up your maritime wardrobe!

Mermaid viscose challis - what is not to love about his fabric, pretty mermaids dancing in the waves. Perfect for a shirt dress, they're all the rage this summer.

Ringo Chambray - a cute Italian chambray with a tiny circle print. Make a cute summer dress or a pair of comfy trousers in this light weight cotton.

Anchor Ponte Roma Jersey - a super soft jacquard ponte roma jersey. The ideal weight for a sweatshirt or dress. Teamed with cute white kicks you are weekend ready!

Pebble Mosaic - this is a top quality cotton lawn, the simple design would look stunning made into a shirt or blouse. Just the right amount of 'waft' to keep you cool and crisp in the sunshine.

Haru Cotton Percale - this shobori effect indigo print would make a dramatic dress or skirt for summer. Pair it with bright orange accessories for a modern look.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We've got ALL the florals!

We've had sooo many floral fabrics arrive this week, it's like a bit like a florists in here!

Our original Chaffinch Bough was a top seller and I'm pretty sure this new cotton lawn in the Old Gold colourway will be just as popular! Imagine a cute blouse in this fabric. Or a dramatic Buchanan dressing gown.

Savannah cotton lawn with its large foliage and cheeky hummingbirds is a big contender for my favourite fabric of the week. I'm currently dreaming of a Helga playsuit to wear on my holiday.  

The bright jade of this Flora Songbird cotton lawn is screaming out another jumpsuit to me, this time the Marigold, how awesome would this be at summer party??

This red lightweight crepe is not one for the wallflowers out there, make a big entrance in an Ansa Butterfly dress in this Scarlet cluster crepe.

Our navy Cindy viscose challis would be wonderful made in to the new Avid Seamstress pattern The Shift Dress.

Midnight bouquet cotton lawn would be the perfect wedding guest dress in a staple fit and flare. Try the Cashmerette Upton dress perfect for curvier ladies as it goes up to a US size 28 and has 3 bust sizes.

This soft powder blue Smoke Rose cotton lawn has a nostalgic feel to it, I think it would make beautiful bridesmaid's dresses for a summer country wedding.

A lightweight viscose twill Mugi is your perfect floral shirtdress fabric. With so many new options launched recently take your pick (my choice would be the Matilda - those pockets!!)

Pretty birds and blossoms on a dusky pink background Spring Serenade cotton lawn, pretty and girlie without crossing into saccharine. Make a Sudley dress and tough it up with big biker boots.

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The New Shade of Pastels

When someone mentions pastels, you probably think of muted and washed out tones. This is not always the case, these new pastel designs are bold and rich! Shades of summer but with more depth  these stunning designs are less girlie and more daring. Linen knits, Silk tweeds and lightweight Viscose, all perfect additions to your wardrobe now.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Italian Ex Designer Checks & Stripes

I love the nautical feel of these latest Ex designer fabrics that have arrived from Italy. Shades of blue, red and black with crisp white. All on amazing and unusual textured fabrics.

The range of stripes are all classics with a twist from hard to get hold of double woven viscose to bonded jersey these will add a real level of interest to your handmade wardrobe.  Check out my Pinterest Board for lots of stripe inspiration.

(Left to right)

  • Pique Stretch Cotton
  • Stripe Stretch Jacquard
  • Wide Stripe Double Woven Viscose
  • Woven Stripe Bonded Jersey

The pique stretch cotton has just a little bit of stretch and the pique texture gives it a lovely sporty feel. Make a fit and flare dress in this crisp fabric. Jacquard stripe has a beautiful floral jacquard design subtly hiding behind the stripes. This fabric has quite a bit of stretch for a woven and is really soft to touch. You could make a show-stopping fitted wiggle dress in this fabric. Our Double Woven Viscose is a really modern fabric, woven in 2 layers with a Charcoal and white wide striped top layer and a plain ecru backing. I am dreaming of a two piece in this structured fabric, maybe a pair of wide legged cropped trousers and a casual jacket? That would look very cool and worthy of a fashion blogger! The last fabric is a bonded jersey, a soft textured woven stripe with a navy backing and a thin layer of padding in the centre. Perfect for a structured jacket or full skirt, the soft backing means no need to line this fabric.

The 'shopping bag' trend is a big one and has seen all sorts of checks making their way back into our wardrobes. These super soft brushed cottons are quite simply the softest fabrics I have ever handled. Imagine a shirt, pair of loose PJ style trousers or a cute sundress in this super soft fabric.

These checked viscose double crepe fabrics come in red or blue (very limited amounts available) take the checks straight off the catwalk and into your wardrobe. I imagine a really simple shift dress in this thick soft crepe. The viscose makes it super soft but the double layer gives it a little bit of body.

Happy sewing xxx


Monday, July 3, 2017

Papercut Patterns - New Collection Sakura

The latest collection of dressmaking patterns from New Zealand pattern company Papercut is inspired by Japanese simplicity. Minimal aesthetics and relaxed easy to wear garments make for the perfect capsule wardrobe. Using indigo and white with touches of orange, these pieces will see you through the next 6 months and beyond.

See our whole collection of Papercut patterns here.

The Kochi Kimono works equally well in a cosy wool to a soft chiffon. I love this soft Linen and viscose mix Inda fabric for a version that is a great transitional seasonal piece.

Kyoto is a fab sweatshirt and tee pattern with a super frill on the sleeve. Make this in a simple White Terry sweatshirt fabric for a fresh layer that will look super up to date. (Even better as the Terry is currently on sale marked down to £7.99 per metre)

The Mito Cami dress is so simple and perfect to pull on when the temperatures are soaring. In this bright Orange Crepe de chine it will really pop. It would look stunning paired with the Inda Kimono!

Nagoya pants are cropped with a wide leg and fitted waist, super flattering and very easy to wear. Make them in this Pure Linen in navy for a classic with a twist. Wear with the white terry Kyoto sweatshirt for casual chic look.

The Kobe Dress made in the Orange Guipure lace would be stunning layered over the Mito dress for a simple elegant evening look, or a swimsuit on the beach for a glamorous cover up.

The Sapporo coat can be made in a thick wool or a light weight fabric for warmer weather, I've chosen this Indigo Woven cotton, it has body and subtle texture, perfect for a light cover up.

Finally, I am so happy when a pattern collection includes accessories, this simple Himeji bag is fully lined and has a neat zip compartment to keep your belongings organised.  In this Cotton Woven Ikat it will be the perfect accessory to your new Sakura wardrobe.

Happy sewing xxx