Pattern inspiration

Some fabrics do not present themselves well when draped on a roll, and need to be seen on a body to get the best view. Many of us sewers get inspiration when we see a fabric made up. So that is what we did.

We chose this Simplicity pattern 1357. Slightly A-line with bust darts, this dress can be made with or without sleeves. This dress style will suit many figure types, and can be made in a range of fabrics to look completely different.

Simplicity 135707102014

Wendy whipped up this simple dress using one of our new spring/summer fabrics, ‘Nightshade’, which is a cotton/spandex blend in cool blues and turquoise. This version has pockets, but you can make it without.

Blue Simplicity dress

What do you think?

 

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Sheer delight

With a Sewing with Sheers class coming up soon, I thought it would be timely to show some of the sheer fabrics currently in stock.

Our sheers are mostly silk chiffon in both printed and plain. We have a few shot chiffons, like these,

Shot chiffon

or this delicious spicy one

Spicy chiffon

or this cool turquoise one, though the shot colour is not showing very well.

Turquoise chiffon

We also have a few printed chiffons, like these

Green chiffon Fuschia chiffon

also shown here against a dark background to show how the pattern can be enhanced

Fuschia chiffon on dark Green chiffon on dark

And these

Paisley chiffon Geometric chiffon

with this one against a dark background

Geometric chiffon on dark

So, are you inspired to sign up for our class? We still have a vacancies, so head over to the Classes page for details. Look forward to seeing you there.

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A riot of colour

We are ablaze with colour!

Our spring/summer collection is now on show, with varied colour palettes. Here is a little taster!

We have these lovely linens in autumn tones,

Printed & plain linen

and cotton and linen fabrics in ocean inspired colours.

Ocean colours

There are pink cottons

Pinks

and purple cottons

Purple palette

and greens in cotton and cotton blends.

Green palette

This just a taster, as there are many more fabrics available. They are best appreciated when you can see and feel them. If you would like to do this but cannot get to the store, we have samples available to send to you.

 

 

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New classes

Looking to improve you skills sewing sheer fabric? or maybe sewing jersey?

Puppy Love stripe

Puppy Love stripe

Would you like to learn to sew a small framed purse with Nicole Mallalieu from YOU SEW GIRL?

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Check out the Classes page for the latest offerings.

 

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Jersey splendour

These two beautiful jersey fabrics have just arrived in store -

Confetti bloom is a rayon/spandex jersey, in a lively colour palette. Dress to impress in this one!

Confetti Bloom

Lavendula is a viscose/spandex jersey with a more subtle print.

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If you like something much more subtle we have these two striped jerseys. Both of these will team up well with skirts and pants.

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Early spring fabric arrivals

Our spring/summer stock has started to filter in. This colourful collection contains some of the early ones. What fabrics are here?

Spring fabrics

The fabric hanging at the back is a border print. It has little ‘sketch’ lines through out (although you cannot see them here). This is a slightly heavier cotton fabric possibly more suited to skirts.

The fabric hanging on the right is a colourful cotton print, which will look fantastic in skirts or skirts, or maybe even pants. Both this and the border print are Japanese fabrics, and we have very limited quantities.

The model is draped with two fabrics. The solid colour is a purple and indigo shot lightweight wool blend, perfect for these changeable days. The fabric over the top of this is a Kaffe Fassett multicoloured yarn dyed striped cotton.

The top bolt of fabric on the table is a multi coloured Kaffe Fassett “bubble” print cotton, with a bright, blue multi coloured spotted cotton fabric underneath. This fabric is also available in a green background. Children’s clothes maybe?

 

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Spring is coming

The gradual lengthening of the days reminds us that spring is on the way, and eventually bringing warmer weather. If your mind has started to turn towards spring sewing projects, we have a few new fabrics in stock now.

There are some lightweight woollen fabrics, like this double sided taupe wool blend:

Taupe wool

or this purple and indigo shot wool blend

Purple wool

Or maybe you might like this delicious wool/silk blend made for a Savile Row company. Perfect for lightweight pants. Note that the colour depicted here is not a true representation.

Savile Row

Plus some Japanese cotton fabrics of varying weights and textures. The floral fabric on the bottom is actually a mid brown colour, very hard to capture with a camera.

Japanese candy cotton Japanese cotton Japanese patches  Daisy brown

Including this interesting border print fabric.

Japanese border

These are our early deliveries. More fabrics will arrive over the next few weeks.

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Flannel anyone?

We have just taken delivery of two quality flannel fabrics, Elephants and Falling Leaves.

Elephant flannel 2

Elephants

Leaf flannel

Falling leaves

Perfect for sleepwear for all the family, or maybe a cosy shirt.

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A new coat maybe

A recent arrival is the beautiful coating fabric. Cara is 65% wool, 20% cashmere and 15% polyester. Currently available in Charcoal and Papaya, both are shown here are with a couple of pattern suggestions.

Cara coating 2 with pattern Cara coating with pattern

Coats and jackets can be made extra special with a beautiful lining. The Papaya colour looks fantastic with this striped lining. The colours of this lining change depending on the light and how you look at it.

Cara coating w lining

To add the finishing touches, some special buttons are needed.

Like this one, which has just arrived.

Cara Papaya w buttons

Or this one, which is another new arrival.

Cara papaya w buttons 3

Or these lovely Corozo buttons, which are made from the seed of the South American Tagua palm. These buttons are said to improve with age.

Cara Papaya w buttons 2

What do you think?

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Versatile childs jacket

Have you seen this cute little jacket in the shop?

Burda jacket

Wendy whipped it up last year from a Burda pattern, using one of our stretch corduroy fabrics and lining it with a Liberty jersey. We do not have either of these fabrics in stock now, but have some other great alternatives.

Like this burnt orange stretch corduroy and vintage Liberty Tana Lawn.

Cord&vintage Liberty

Or you could use this green stretch corduroy and printed jersey.

Cord&jersey

What do you think?

 

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