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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Do you do winter florals?

These floral fabrics are perfect for the colder months, who says flowers are just for summer? I've paired them up with my favourite patterns to inspire your new winter floral wardrobe...

This beautifully soft Quadro Olio Satin with it's large painted blooms scream romance. What better than a floaty midi dress? Try the Named Stella Raglan Shirtdress for a dramatic outfit that works beautifully over black opaques and layered with a chunky knit.

Named Stella Raglan Shirt & Shirt Dress (Intermediate)

This stunner is a coating, yes that's right, this absolutely jaw dropping Amore floral is printed on a super soft felted coating fabric. The clean lines of the Clare coat from Closet Case Patterns would be ideal to maximise this attention seeking fabric. 

Closet case patterns clare coat

I love a cotton with a bit of stretch, so forgiving and so versatile. Both the Emma and the Dora have 3% elastane in them and are perfect trouser weight fabrics. Go for the beginner friendly Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over It and pair them with a plain sweater simple yet stylish!

Sew over it Ultimate trousers pattern

Scuba is perfect for making a party dress, and who says all winter florals have to be dark and moody. The Paradise Scuba has big bold flowers on a bright green background. Lift everyone's spirits in a Deer & Doe Zephyr dress, specially designed to be made from scuba.

Deer and Doe Centauree Dress (Intermediate)

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Remnants & Roll Ends 50% OFF

We've just had a big clear out and have added loads of remnants to the website. But hurry as when they are gone they are gone. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saffron - The Colour of Winter

Saffron, Mustard, Gold, all these rich shades are creating a big buzz this season (psst also tipped to be a top colour for 2018 0 watch this space) Not sure it's for you? Check out my Pinterest board and you will want to add this golden hue into your wardrobe.

Mira; Mustard; Street Wear

The 'half untucked' shirt trend is still going strong for AW16. Mustard yellow trousers. Leather jacket.

Discover our Autumn collection, introducing this season’s best coats! Dress for the season with these gorgeous oversized coats. Discover more online and in store at George.

By Biombo | Catálogo Más

Here are my favourite Saffron fabrics....

Image 1

Image 1

Image 1 
Supersoft Stretch Satin

cotton lawn dressmaking fabric
Chaffinch Bough Cotton Lawn

Image 1
4 Way Stretch Double Crepe

cupro dressmaking fabric

Have I convinced you to move into the golden light?

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Ex Designer Floral Crepes and Drapey Fabrics

These beautiful ex designer crepes and drapey fabrics have got my heart all a flutter. Dramatic florals that really stand out from the crowd. I've been pinning lots of long floaty dresses and pretty pussy bow blouses to my pinterest boards lately and these quirky, dark and dramatic prints really capture the mood I'm feeling this winter.

The flowers on this duck egg viscose crepe are prints of embroidered patches, take up the embroidery trend without hours spent embroidering them yourself..

This dramatic print features small red berries, giving it a Christmasy feel without limiting it's wear to just a few short days in December. 

This twill has the feel of a light silk and these dramatic florals almost jump out at you. Imagine a wide legged jumpsuit in this fabric.....

Another viscose crepe featuring embroidered patches, this time they are cute Chinese cats, bananas, dragons, you name it, it's on here. I adore the quirkiness of this and cannot imagine much better than a simple shirt in this fabric to really let the fabric do the talking..

This chocolate crepe features large sprays of flowers, I've seen a stunning trouser suit made in this fabric and it looks even better made up!

According to fashion insiders spots are having a turn in the spotlight (do they ever go out of fashion?) these lightweight woven viscose have taken this trend one step further by adding floral to a classic spot. 

Happy sewing xxx

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Italian Fabric perfect for making something really special.

Are you planing on making something special for the next season? These gorgeous fabrics will really up your handmade wardrobe and make you feel like a million dollars.

Our Bethany silk features painterly flowers in autumnal shades on a flowing silk fabric. Perfect for a floor skimming maxi dress with all the drama!

This Deco viscose looks and feels like a silk. I would love to see a dramatic shirt dress in this. Those bold flowers really pop out against the black background.

This Silk crepe features an amazing Double flocked spot design. The drape of this fabric means it is ideal for a skirt with plenty of volume, wear it with a simple black sweater and boots.

This delicate embroidered mesh has a double border design. Make a simple tee shirt in this fabric and layer it over a black cami dress for an instant update on your LBD.

These glitzy pleated jerseys are sure to grab you some attention. Add some razzle dazzle to your wardrobe with a wrap dress in either the Gold or Silver Lurex pleated jersey. 

Happy sewing xxx