Thursday, May 25, 2017

Superbrights! Summer prints that POP!!!

The Bank Holiday is within reaching distance and the sun has got his hat on! Time for some super-bright summer sewing! These fabrics are not for the fainthearted, so put your best foot forward and dare to stand out!

Our Ola jersey is a best seller and this new Ola Blue and Green colourway is bound to be a big hit. I think a Zadie dress with navy side panels would be a super summer dress in this fabric.


Tilly & The Buttons Zadie Dress (Intermediate)


Aloha!!! This new blue version of our tropical Aloha jersey has us reaching for our hula skirts, imagine a Delphi maxi dress in this sipping cocktail by the pool!


Named clothing Delphi sewing pattern


Wow! This Giant spot Cotton Lawn deserves a basic silhouette to really stand out. The Kalle shirt dress or the Helmi trench dress would be ideal just pair with a pair of basic slides and giant sunglasses for instant style update. P.S, Yellow is going to be a HUGE trend, don't just take my word for it check out the Vogue colour trends for 2017


Closet Case Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern (Intermediate)

Named Helmi Trench Blouse & Tunic Dress (Intermediate)

Still want more yellow? Try this Palm Tree Print Cotton Lawn on for size, the Centauree dress with it's double spaghetti straps is a perfect summer dress.


Deer and Doe Centauree Dress (Intermediate)

Ever fancied making your own swimwear? Well this bright Aztec print swimwear jersey could be just the motivation you need. Check out the Beverly bikini and don't forget to pack your sunscreen.


Named Beverly Bikini pattern

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Stripes - A Classic Trend

Stripes are a trend that seems to pop up every year. 2017 is no exception. This year brings oversized frills, shirt dresses and culottes, all in coloured stripes mixed with fresh white.
Yesterday I added a whole stack of new stripes to the website; luxury linens, simple cotton chambrays and seersuckers.
See all of our striped fabric here.

See my Stripe Dressmaking Inspiration Board on Pinterest for lots of stripe ideas and inspirations and links to all images below.

Copy this simple to wear red stripe dress with our new Linen stripe and the Lottie dress pattern from, Christine Haynes.


Christine Hayes Lottie Dress (Intermediate)

The Alder shirtdress features a lovely frill round the botton like this dress, use our Grey cotton chambray to recreate this look. 
Image 3 of ASOS Shirt Dress with Frill Hem in Stripe:


Alder shirtdress pattern

For head to toe stripe dressing try a mix of the Mimosa culottes with a Willow tank. Stripes cotton poplin with stretch would make this outfit super comfortable to wear.

J. Crew Spring 2016 RTW:


Named patterns mimosa culottes

Grainline Studio Willow Tank Dress (Beginner)

The Aziare blouse would be great for this peplum look, make the dress or top version in our blue stripe chambray.

Korean Women's Fashion: Miamasvin:


Gather The Azaire Top & Dress (Intermediate)

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, May 22, 2017

Indigo Summer - A Hot Trend

Indigo works well for summer, this rich shade of blue has a vibrancy about it that makes me think of shimmering seas and sunny days. Keep your silhouette simple and let the fabric do the hard work with these new blue hues.

A linen and viscose mix fabric with lovely drape and weight, printed with a small white and indigo pattern is ideal for a loose jacket or pair of wide leg trousers.


This woven cotton is a heavy weight cotton ideal for trousers, a pinafore or a beach bag.


A stretch cotton sateen with a subtle pinstripe design woven into it. Perfect for a pair of simple fitted trousers smart enough to wear to work, cool enough to keep you comfy and perfect paired with a crisp white shirt.


This cotton birdseye suiting  would be ideal made into a fit and flare dress or a pair of long shorts. This dark navy is offset with tiny white spots.


Shibori is a big trend, save yourself the time of dying your own and buy our printed shibori cotton and make a summer dress or shirt.


Kibo cotton would make a lovely dress, wear with a bright jacket and sandals in a popping colour for a chic summer outfit.


This woven Ikat cotton was really popular last year so I am really pleased to have it back in stock. Choose between cream or indigo.
Ikat woven cotton fabric

Ikat woven cotton fabric

Happy sewing xxx

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Viscose Challis - New Designs

Viscose challis is a light weight woven fabric that has incredible drape. Perfect for dresses, blouses, loose trousers and kimonos.

See our full range of Viscose challis fabric here

This ombre border print would make an ideal maxi dress or shirt dress Let the bold design run around the bottom. Choose from Rust with a black border or Black with a gold border.


This geometric design viscose would make a great pair of loose fit tapered trousers. Try the Alexandria or Marigold patterns.

Florals and dresses go hand in hand in my mind, so make a pretty dress in this bouquet viscose.


Happy sewing xxx


Monday, May 15, 2017

New Bird Print Fabrics - You won't want to miss!

These new bird print fabrics are digitally printed and so stunning. Printed on a mix of cotton lawns, lightweight crepe and light stretch viscose, they all have wonderful drape and are beautiful to touch.
You could make a flowing dress, pretty blouse or a simple kimono with all of these fabrics.

This heron design runs from selvedge to selvedge and is a whopping 58cm high. Make a full skirted dress with the heron running around the botton for maximum impact.

These flying swans are a favourite of mine, printed on a lightweight woven viscose with a small amount of stretch, I imagine a stunning maxi dress.

This humming bird print cotton lawn comes in 3 beautiful muted shades, perfect for a summer shirt.





This lightweight crepe has the prefect drape for a pussy bow blouse and this nude colour is really on trend for this summer. 


Dark florals are another huge trend this summer, use this lightweight crepe to make a midi shirt dress for a dress you will want to wear every day.


These cheeky birds on a stretch viscose fabric would be perfect for a simple shell top or tee shirt. Pair with a pop of bright colour and a blue jeans!

These peacocks have a regal feel to them, perfect for a robe or dressing gown that will make you feel like royalty! 


Happy sewing xxx