Thursday, October 19, 2017

You Need These Printed Crepes in Your Life...

We know you are just going to love these new digitally printed crepes. Featuring some of our best selling designs as well as some exciting new prints.  All printed on to a soft drapey crepe, this beautiful dressmaking fabric is ideal for skirts, dresses or blouses.

All at £15 per metre, I can't wait to see these fabrics popping up in the wild.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ex Designer Italian Wools You Are Going To LOVE

Sometimes life brings you so much joy you literally want to jump on the spot, do a happy dance and wave your hands in the air all at the same time! I assure you that is how you will feel when you see these Italian ex Designer coat fabrics we have for you today. Get ready to up your coat game in the most stylish way.

First up Pink (tick) Bird print (another tick). This top quality wool coating is so attention grabbing you won't be able to stop watching your reflection as you walk past shop windows. Buy this Bird Print Wool before it sells out.

The Bird Print Wool also comes in a slightly more subtle green colour though sadly there is a slight print flaw in this colour way. The flaw means the print is slightly faded along one edge of the selvedge. This is why it is reduced but it is still a wonderful fabric at a knock out price.

I almost cried when I found this fabric and once I heard the story about how it came about my heart melted. This is a Wool and Linen mix twill panel with a digital photograph on it. The story goes that Alessandro had taken his wife away for a romantic weekend in the Italian countryside. While they were there she spotted this beautiful clearing with lily pads and took a picture (she is a photographer) Alessandro then had the image digitally printed onto fabric so they would remember their weekend away forever. Isn't that just the sweetest thing? The fabric is a heavy suiting weight so could be made into a wonderful long coat or a pencil skirt. Or you could just hang it on the wall and stare at it.

Arc Jacquard is a reversible woven fabric with a luxurious Art Deco feel to it. This mid weight fabric would work as an unstructured coat or a cardigan. For added drama make it to the floor.

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, October 16, 2017

Miss Out On These Italian Designer Fabrics? Good News They're Back!

I am so pleased that we have been able to get in some more of these wonderful Ex-Designer Italian fabrics. When we had them in before they all sold out really quickly but we managed to raid the suppliers and get our hands on the last few pieces. ***Does a little dance***

Cocktail O'Clock is a lightweight viscose crepe that has 'Pussy bow blouse' written all over it* 
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*Disclaimer: It doesn't actually have Pussy bow blouse written on it. In fact it is printed with lots of cute tiny cocktails!

This heavy Hand Painted Silk crepe satin is really unique, painted by hand with gold paint each metre it totally individual and different from the next. With party season looming this would make the most wonderful timeless coat that you will wear for many years to come. Or go for gold with a dramatic ball gown in this structured silk.
silk ex designer dressmaking fabric

I have seen some wonderful creations with our Faux Suede including this AMAZINGDRESS from Lizzie B on Instagram. Now that is a dress worthy of all the heart eyes! Good to know that both the Blush and the Camel now back in stock
faux suede dress fabric

faux suede dress fabric

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Crepe Scuba & Crepe Ponte Roma Fabrics Now In Stock

Fancy adding a bit of texture to your sewing? Try these new Crepe Scuba and Ponte Romas with  textured finishes they add depth and a richness to your garments. Plains have never felt so good!

This scuba is ideal for tops, dresses and skirts, or how about you try a structured cocoon jacket? Available in wardrobe building Black and Navy or a pretty Rose colour. Only £9 per metre.

Our textured Ponte Romas have always been popular and these crepe textures really lend themselves to being made in to a sweatshirt or sweater dress. Choose from Royal, Red or Black.
ponte roma jersey dress fabric

Just in case you missed my Instagram stories yesterday we have also added some top quality ex designer lining fabrics in viscose and cupro. Choose form some basic Plains or these wonderful preppy stripes in Navy and Cream.

Happy sewing xxx

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Look at our new fab faux leather fabrics!

Wow, these new faux leathers are really something special. I've added a few pattern ideas as people often ask what you can sew with faux leather. The answer is, lots of things...

Want some tips on how to sew faux leather? Check out this blog post where I made a Gold Faux Leather Skirt

This amazing Winter Rose Faux Leather looks like it has been hand painted. Imagine a zip front Biker style jacket in this stunning fabric. It would totally rock the tough romantic trend.

Named Harriet Lumberjacket pattern

The Master Faux leather features a floral bloom that looks like an old Dutch master. I would love to see a Cleo Pinafore pimped up in this floral loveliness. Yeah, can you see it? Paired with a black polo neck and opaque tights it would look so cool.

Tilly & The Buttons Cleo Pinafore + Dungaree Dress(Beginner)

If floral isn't your thing then maybe you could see yourself in a pair of navy blue culottes, choose a pattern with simple lines like Mimosa and this Navy Faux Leather which has plenty of drape to it so it will really hang nicely with lots of swing. Now that is cutting edge fashion for you, and trust me you can totally wear this look.

Named patterns mimosa culottes

This butter soft plain faux leather also comes in a Teal colour, A simple fit and flare dress such as the Day dress would look really stylish, though I would swap out the gathers for some killer pleats like Lisa has in this Blog post

The Avid Seamstress The Day Dress

The Matte Gold faux leather is what I used for my pencil skirt. It is a popular party skirt fabric and easy to make. For added details why not try the Polly skirt with cool panelling and top stitching.

Faux Leather -Gold

Named Polly straight skirt

I love the idea of a really simple Laurel shift dress in a knock out fabric and this Silver Matte Leather has all the drama needed to pull of this simple look. The sleeve frills are an added bonus with this pattern!
Faux Leather - Silver

Colette Laurel dress and top sewing pattern

And no guide to faux leather could be complete without a classic pair of black leather trousers. Pick a simple pattern like the Ultimate trousers, omit the zip and add elastic in the waistband, this Black Faux Leather has a bit of stretch to it so they are easy to just pull on and go.

Faux Leather - Black

Sew over it Ultimate trousers pattern

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, October 9, 2017

New In Jerseys - Perfect for Jumpers!

These new jerseys will have you all cosied up in no time. We have also picked out some of our favourite jersey patterns for sewing with thicker jerseys. Think jumpers with frills, sweater dresses and longline cardigans, all made with ponte romas featuring embossed detailing or fancy finishes.

FYI: Ponte roma jersey is a heavyweight jersey ideal for making sweatshirts and dresses, it is also a great beginners fabric as it is a stable jersey that won't stretch out of shape or move about too much when cutting and sewing. Just remember to use a stretch stitch or if your machine doesn't have one a long narrow zig zag is perfect.

This Floral Design Embossed ponte roma jersey has a sumptuous texture ideal for those of you who crave subtle details on your clothes. Available in Black or Navy, I think it would make a stunning Coco top. This pattern is a great intro to sewing with jerseys if you've not tried before.

Tilly & The Buttons Coco dress and top pattern

Our Flocked Ponte Roma features a luxurious black velvet damask design on a grey marl background. This would make a brilliant Ebony dress it has just the right amount of swing and would be easy to dress up or down.

Closet Case Ebony T-Shirt & Knit Dress Pattern (Beginner)

Snuggly Quilted Ponte Roma is like a wearing a duvet, only far more practical. Make an Esme Cardigan and this secret dressing gown is one you will ever want to take off.  Available in Navy or Grey Marl. Use our plain Roma jersey for a matching or contrast trim.

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Oh hello Sparkle Terry Jersey! This kind of fabric is just screaming to be dressed up, add a frill (or 2) with the Kyoto sweater and wear your sparkle on your flounce, like any fashion forward girl should be doing this season.

Papercut patterns Kyoto Sweater/Tee (Beginner)

This large scale Checked Ponte Roma would be warm and cuddly made into a large oversize coat. Try the Sapporo Cocoon coat for a hug you can wear.

Papercut patterns Sapporo Coat (Intermediate)

Happy sewing xxx