Thursday, December 28, 2017

My Esme Cardigan - A Snuggly Lesson in The Coatigan


Christmas is just about ready to go back in its box and be put away in the attic for the next 11 months. And so begins the slow crawl towards summer. Skint January with the days slowly getting longer.
We're all giving up booze, sugar, cheese, basically all the things we have been surviving on for the last few weeks. Discarding everything that make us smile. Replacing them instead with cold morning runs, promises of a healthier, better 2018, oh and a whole new set of sewing resolutions.


If you haven't yet embarked on a Coatigan then you really should add it to the top of your 2018 sewing resolutions. A cross between a Coat and a cardigan, as the name would suggest. This is just the garment to layer up and get you through to spring. I made the Named Patterns Esme cardigan in our fabulous Floral Embossed Ponte Roma Jersey. (Which by the way is currently in our sale and reduced to only £9.99 per metre) This is my second Esme and I really love this pattern. I made no changes, it is wonderfully long and a really snuggly generous fit so if you don't want yours as oversize as mine or, if your fabric has lots of give to it, I would suggest going down a size.





Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun Print Jerseys and Cottons

I just love these bright prints that we have just added to the website. They really brighten up a dull December day! Ideal for making last minute gifts as well!

Portrait Animals is a really soft cotton jersey with 5% spandex for great recovery. I know at least one little girl who would LOVE a tee shirt or pair of PJs in this cute cotton jersey print. Available in Grey or Rose.




Flamingos are still so popular and these bright pink birds on a turquoise background are just perfect. A mid weight cotton with a canvas texture is ideal for craft projects as well as fun dresses and skirts.


These Parrots are also printed onto the cotton canvas, a riot of colour that will brighten your day.



I adore these Kissing Budgies on a natural background. Wouldn't these make a super cute wash bag?


Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Had enough of sequins and velvet??

If you have had enough of all the glitter and velvet that is swirling about us at the moment why not try a pared down geometric print instead. These simple designs will slot right into your everyday wardrobe and will be favourites far beyond the prosecco season.

This Matches stretch jacquard in either Black & Stone or Red & Navy is the perfect weight for a pair of Tyyni cigarette style trousers or a dress like the Avid Seamstress A line dress (Very Kate Middleton). Also, it's reversible so you can use the other side as a pocket flap, facing or other little detail to add a bit of interest.



Named Tyyni Cigarette Trousers (Intermediate)

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Our Viscose challis is light weight and floaty, perfect for making shirts with a feminine edge to them. Try the Stella or Melilot patterns for interesting collar details. The Mista viscose with it's tiny cross design comes in Navy, Black or Cream.



Named Stella Raglan Shirt & Shirt Dress (Intermediate)

Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt (Advanced)

For those of you who still love a bit of floral then the delicate Chrissy is perfect for you. Make a sweet dress in this lightweight viscose in either Navy or Stone. Pair with thick woollen tights and chunky boots for a land girls vibe. Try the Tea Dress or the Hazel for a vintage feel.



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Dress pattern

Happy sewing xxx



Monday, December 4, 2017

New Stand Out Prints

Is it time you injected a bit of drama into your wardrobe? Pick one of our new attention seeking prints for an instant wardrobe update.

Hatches is a lightweight stretch satin with a retro green floral design. This would be so cute made into a Pussy Bow Blouse, wear it tucked into high waisted jeans and brown boots for a truly retro feel.


Marrakech Viscose crepe has a great drape to it, keep the lines simple and make a long length Hermes shirt dress in this Moroccan tile inspired print. Feeling really brave? Wear this over bright wide legged trousers.


The double borders of this Crane print viscose are so elegant. Make the most of the double border fabric with a simple Scout tee. You will want to wear this simple top every day.


A bold design that you can have lots of fun with. Why not make a Day dress in this Masque viscose that will be sure to catch everyone's eye. Perfect for parties or drinks with your mates.


Falling leaves is a very lightweight viscose with a silk like texture and feel. Make a delicate blouse with added trench details using the Helmi blouse pattern.


How adorable are these tiny sunflowers Seeds on Viscose, I love this cheeky fabric and would make it into the Archer, with its cheeky back peplum!


Masie's Garden has wide stripes of flowers, perfect for a Reeta midi length shirt dress so we can see all the lovely floral detail of this drapey viscose. It will look great layered up for a Boxing Day lunch.


Happy sewing xxx


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Top 5 Velvet Sewing Tips

Velvet is the number one fabric this party season. There is still plenty of time to make yourself a little velvet number and to help you on your way I have pulled together my top tips. Below these tips you can see my favourite velvet pattern suggestions.

Top 5 Velvet Sewing Tips
  1. Make sure that you have the pile going the same way on all pattern pieces. The  short pile that gives velvet its lustre can look like totally different colours depending on the light. If you cut your pieces different ways this will stand out like a sore thumb once you have sewn it up.
  2. If you are sewing a Velvet jersey then use a jersey needle and a jersey stitch. If your machine doesn't have a jersey stitch, a long narrow zigzag works just as well. This will prevent the stitching from braking as you put the garment on.
  3. Invest in a walking foot, this feeds the fabric through from both the top and the bottom. If you don't use a walking foot make sure you use plenty of pins or tacking to keep the velvet in place while you sew. 
  4. You can iron velvet but make sure you don't use steam, keep the iron cool and use an ironing cloth or piece of muslin to protect that pile. (Don't ask me how I know about this one...)
  5. When finishing velvet you should avoid double folding as this adds bulk. Instead finish the hem by overlocking or use a wide zigzag along the edge then a single fold. 
We have some fabulous new velvets in stock, including a panne velvet in Silver or Rose pink. A new colour in our pleated velvet, Wine. Plus 2 new Cotton Velvets. Don't forget to check out the full range of Velvets here.

Latest Velvet Arrivals


Top Velvet Sewing Patterns

Named Inari sewing pattern

Megan Nielsen Rowan Bodysuit and Tee (Beginner)

The Avid Seamstress The Sheath Dress


Happy sewing xxx