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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

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

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

Flamingos and Crosses! New cotton jerseys and poplins.
Check out these cute prints, perfect for summer sewing for you or the kids! A mixture of lightweight cotton sweatshirt jerseys ideal for summer sweatshirts, shorts or dresses. Tee shirt weight jerseys ideal to stock up your summer stash and printed lawn and poplins make fabulous dresses and blouses.

Happy sewing xxx

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

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

White Dress Season is Round the Corner!
Wimbledon, Weddings, Beach BBQs, Garden Parties.. All fabulous white dress occasions!

Here are my top white dress inspirations. (all images and sources can be found on my White Pinterest board)

Like this? Try our Square Brodiere Anglias Cotton with the Alder Shirtdress pattern.

For a Kate Middleton classic feel our Flower Embroidered Cotton Lawn with the Emery dress would be lovey. Line with our White cotton lawn to really bring out the white.

This cute dress would be lovely in our Floral Broderie Anglais and the Sudley Dress Pattern. Use the Prestige crepe in nude to line it and save your modesty while still showing off the pretty floral design.

This show stopping midi dress would work perfectly in White scuba and the new pattern from The Avid Seamstress, The A-Line Dress.

Happy sewing xxx

Bold Laces and Bright Metallics
These stunning metallic and lace fabrics have just arrived. Just in time for the summer party season!

Bright and bold these Guipure laces would make stunning dresses (don't forget to check out my Lace Pinterest board if you haven't already for some lovely inspiration of lace dresses) Available in Royal or Orange. Only £12 per metre.

Stretch lace is perfect for underwear or a panel in a jersey dress. This Black and navy version has a very subtle gold shimmer to it. £12 per metre.

How cute is this Spot stretch net? you could use it for underwear but I think it's too good to hide and would love to see it as a sheer panel on a dress. Just £8 per metre.

This ex designer silk and viscose mix has an awesome Tattoo print and lurex woven though it for a metallic finish. It is the perfect weight for a full skirt, dress or jacket! Designer fabric at only £18 per metre.

You can be sure to be seen in this lurex coated drill. It comes in Silver or Gold. Make a mini skirt, insert a panel into a denim jacket or make a tote bag. Brilliant at £8 per metre.

Metallic linen is a more subtle way of wearing your metallics. Try a simple camisole or a shift dress in these sparkly linens. Silver or Gold. Great value linen only £8 per metre.

Happy sewing xxx

Beautiful Crepes! Buy them now before they go!
These pretty crepes, peachskins and Crepe de Chines are ideal for floaty summer dresses, jumpsuits and lightweight blouses! We've only got a limited amount of each design and as they're all under £10 per metre they are bound to fly out.

We've also added a selection of plain crepe de chine fabrics in a range of trend colours. Choose from pink, orange, mustard, grey and royal.

Happy sewing xxx

Etta Dress - New Pattern from Tilly & The Buttons

Every time Tilly announces that she is going to launch a new pattern we all get very excited at Fabric Godmother.

This latest dress pattern is no exception. Etta has arrived just in time for the summer, Etta is an elegant fitted dress, shaped with darts at the bust, waist and shoulders. Sleek and flattering, it has a choice of lined cap sleeves or darted three-quarter length sleeves, high-back or stunning V-back neckline, with optional collar and faux pockets. Etta closes with an invisible zip at the back. The hemline hits the bottom of the knee, with a kick pleat for easy movement. Have a look at Etta below and see my fabric suggestions for your Etta!

Buy Etta Here

Tilly & The Buttons Etta Dress (Beginner)

Tilly & The Buttons Etta Dress (Beginner)

Tilly & The Buttons Etta Dress (Beginner)

Tilly & The Buttons Etta Dress (Beginner)

Etta works perfectly in a stretch cotton sateen, try this Lynda sateen for a bold floral statement dress. Our plain range of stretch sateen make this a perfect day dress, see all the colours here.

Image 1 

For a proper party dress, make your Etta in a spangly brocade like this Italian designer fabric. The Mara brocade has shades of metallic on grey background. 

Brocade dressmaking fabric

Etta can also be made in Ponte Roma jersey for a really comfortable, wear everyday dress. This Geo jacquard design would be show stopping! Or check out our plain ponte roma jersey range, Roma.

geometric ponte roma jersey fabric

Can't wait to see all of your Etta Dresses.

Happy sewing xxx

Tee Shirt Season Is Here - New Viscose Jersey Prints & Atelier Brunette Back in Stock
We have just added some great new prints to our viscose jersey collection, perfect for tee shirts, maxi dresses and wrap dresses!  The mix of viscose and spandex in  a jersey gives this fabric a breathable quality that has great recovery.

We have also had the wonderful Atelier Brunette Super soft terry jersey back in stock, including the new rose pink colour!!

Twinkle - Night

Happy sewing xxx
P.S. Don't forget our Open Day this Saturday 6th May

All the Sequins! Party fabrics to drool over!
I think I have just fallen in LOVE!! These new sequin fabrics are so dreamy. I'm imagining floor length gowns, cute tee shirts or mini dresses! Why not try out the new trend of wearing a sheer dress over your jeans, perfect for a trip to the supermarket! Ok, maybe more wedding guest or prom but either way I am hoping for an invite to an event this summer so I can WOW in a sequin number!

I've pulled together a Pinterest board with some ideas of how to wear these sheer fabrics. Check it out here.

Happy sewing xxx

Denim Fabrics - New Colours Now in!
We are growing our extensive denim range and have added some fabulous new colours and weights. If you are looking to make a pair of Skinny jeans or Boyfriend jeans, a dress, skirt, shirt or jacket, we have the denim for you!

See my denim inspiration board on Pinterest here

These are the newest denim fabrics in the collection and my current favourite denim sewing patterns.

12oz denim - Indigo

Reversible Stripe Stretch Denim - Indigo

Soft Finish Denim - Light Blue

12oz Denim - Blue

Stretch Denim - Moss

Lace Print Stretch Denim - Olive

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Closet case Morgan boyfriend jeans sewing pattern

Deer and Doe Safran Pants (Intermediate)

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

Happy sewing xxx

New Dressmaking pattern releases
We've been busy uploading lots of new patterns to the website this week.

See some of the newest pattern releases below and check out my top fabric picks for them.

French Brand Deer and Doe have 2 new Spring time makes for you: Luzerne, a classic trench coat perfect in a bold floral cotton sateen and Hoya, a cross front blouse that would be so useful in a simple ivory crepe. Both ideal for sewing right now.

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Deer and Doe Luzerne Trench Coat (Advanced)

The lovely Jenny at Cashmerette patterns has come up trumps again with this summer staple. The Springfield, an excellent simple top that would look great in a floral cotton lawn.

New to us is the brand Sew House Seven, the designers behind this winter's big pattern hit the Toaster sweater! Make a spring version of the sweater in our Lightweight knit in bang on trend bottle green. Pair the sweater with this twist on a classic pencil skirt. The Alberta Street features giant hip pockets, a lovely detail and made in our Indigo stretch denim you will wear this all year round. The Bridgetown backless dress is a simple summer dress that works perfectly in drapey fabrics like our viscose challis

Sew House Seven The Toaster Sweaters(Beginner)

Sew House Seven The Alberta Street Pencil Skirt(Beginner)

Sew House Seven The Bridgetown Backless Dress & Tunic(Beginner)

Happy sewing xxx

Sportswear Fabric - Sew Your Own Activewear!
Did you get inspired by the Marathon on Sunday? Ok, maybe you just fancy a pair of funky leggings to throw on to nip out and get the paper. The Athleisure trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so whatever your motivation why not have a go at making your own activewear.

We've just had some new breathable stretchy sportswear fabric arrive at Fabric Godmother, it's limited edition, so once it's gone we won't be getting any more in. The plain colours mix and match with each other, perfect for colour blocking.

Plain Sport breathable poly spandex in Navy, Royal, Sky Blue, Black, Flo Coral and Flo Yellow
£10 per metre.

These digitally printed jerseys are perfect for a pair of funky leggings, wear them with a pair of trainers and head to the gym, or stick on a pair of heels and they would look just as good at the bar!

Here are my top pattern suggestions for Activewear. 

We also stock Powernet, a soft mesh lining perfect for activewear and our Jersey lining fabric in Ivory and Black.

Happy sewing xxx

The Chiffons & Satins you Need in your life right now!
This is the time of year when beautiful envelopes start to fall on the door mat. Wedding invites, garden parties, a day at the races.... Time to start planning your summer stunners if you want to stand out in the crowd!

This range of chiffons and silk mix satins in bold digital prints are just what your summer event wardrobe is crying out for! Think floor length sweeping dresses, pretty beach cover ups and stand out party dresses all ready for when the invites arrive. Butterflies, birds and pretty florals will make up your summer staples this year.

I would love to see this made up into a floor sweeping maxidress like the Saltspring worn over jeans for the ultimate in 2017 street style. This year it's all about the sheer dress.

Imagine a beach friendly pull on dress like the Sudley in this eye catching butterfly print, it will fold up super small in your luggage and take you from beach to bar in no time.

I can't help but dream of this made into a stylish Kimono dress, those birds are totally dreamy and the soft grey background make this easy to wear if you don't want to be the brightest dressed person at the party.

These have a touch of exotic about them in a beautiful Chinese inspired print. Make a stunning Yaletown wrap dress with a swishy skirt in this fabric and you will feel a million dollars!

A luxurious fabric like this works with the simplest of patterns. A Kanerva shirt in this silk mix paired with a plain midi skirt is the perfect separates outfit for this summer.

A delicate floral deserves a pretty pattern. Make a paneled dress complete with godets like Sophia in this pretty floral fabric. 

Happy sewing xxx

Stretch Cotton Sateen - Perfect Spring Patterns

Stretch cotton sateen is a fabulous fabric to sew with in spring and summer. It's got enough body to make a pair of trousers, skirt or a dress. Bright prints and a little bit of stretch for comfort, what more could you ask for? Stretch cotton sateen is also a great fabric for beginners to sew with, it's nice and stable but the 3% spandex means that you can be a little more forgiving with your fitting.

Happy sewing xxx

Fabric Studio - Open day 6th May
You are not going to want to miss our next open day on the 6th May. We have had so many beautiful new fabrics in and more arriving daily there is so much to choose from. Come and browse our extensive range of dressmaking fabrics and sewing patterns. We are based in sunny Hove, just a few minutes by train from Brighton and a hop and skip from the beach where you can go and rest your weary fabric shopping legs after a wonderful morning spent with us.

There is parking on site (use the Bellingham crescent entrance for car parking) and we are just a few minutes walk from Portslade station where trains run regularly from Brighton and London Victoria.
You can also get a bus to us, the following all stop nearby 1,1A,2,46,49,56,6,66

Looking forward to seeing you there xxx

Limited Edition Scuba Fabric with Digital Prints
These scuba fabrics are limited editions once they are gone, they are gone! Don't hang about grab yours now!

For some scuba sewing inspiration check out my Pinterest board. To see our full range of scuba dressmaking fabric click here.

All 150cm wide and only £12 per metre.

Happy sewing xxx

Viscose Prints new Designs in Stock
Our viscose prints are so popular. As a natural fibre (it's made from wood pulp) viscose has many properties such as being more breathable than cotton. Making it a perfect summer fabric.
The nature of viscose means it takes colour really well so you get these vivid colours and designs. The drape of viscose is really special as well, the only downside? It can be prone to shrinkage so allow 10%-20% extra fabric and always wash before you cut your fabric.

These beautiful fabrics start from only £5 per metre, perfect for a pre payday treat!

Here are our latest Viscose Challis prints, this lightweight fabric is ideal for floaty maxi dresses and floor sweeping skirts and well as summer dresses and blouses or shirts.

This new fabric is a viscose mix stretch sateen, similar in weight and feel to cotton sateen perfect for a fitted dress or pencil skirt.

Lastly we have a lightweight viscose twill with a traditional paisley design, this fabric would make a great dress or shirt.

Happy sewing xxx

Perfect Stretch Crepes in the Lastest Trend Colours

These new plain stretch crepes come in all the new season shades. See my top sewing style picks over on Pinterest now. (With all original image sources)

A stretch crepe in Coral or Charcoal is a suiting weight, ideal for a pair of wide leg trousers. Paired with a classic Breton. A la Jessica Alba.

Jessica Alba leaving her hotel in New York City (April 14, 2015), wearing a J.Crew Double-breasted schoolboy blazer, a  A.L.C. Dale Striped Top,  Alice + Olivia Coral Wide Leg Trousers and Prada shoes. #jessicaalba #style:

This 2 way stretch double crepe in mustard is such a beautiful rich colour. I would love a pair of cropped trousers in this fabric to wear with a pretty blouse this spring!

Image 1 of Monki Tailored Peg Trouser:

Our Blush Crepe Scuba Jersey would be super cute as a simple teeshirt dress. Getting ready for summer!!

Love the blush color and the longer sleeves. Wish it was a little longer tho.:

Happy sewing xxx

Floral Stretch Cotton Jacquard & New Ribbing!
These cotton stretch jacquards are so pretty and perfect for Spring! (which I have been reliably informed is just around the corner) Ideal for a pair of Sew Overt It Ultimate trousers or a Betty Dress. With 95% cotton and 5% spandex and at only £8 per metre you are going to want them all.

We have also had 4 new ribbed jerseys in. Perfect for cuffs and collars or try making a tee shirt or fitted dress in this figure hugging jersey the Nettie pattern would be perfect.

Happy sewing xxx

Monochrome Prints - New In!
Check out these amazing new monochrome prints we have just added to our collection.

This chiffon is perfect for a billowing maxi dresses or chic kimono style top..

This lightweight crepe would make a fantastic blouse or lined dress, perfect wedding guest attire!

I live in stretch cotton slim fit trousers in the summer and this fabric would make a fab pair, brighten it up with a pop of colour in the shape of a red tee shirt or royal blue jumper!

This variegated stripe viscose jersey offers a twist on a classic breton, make a couple you will want a spare when one is in the wash!

This spot satin has loads of body so it would be perfect for a full skirted dress, add a net petticoat for added oomph!

I think classic designs like this Toile de Joey look great when made into modern shapes, try a summer dress with a cut out back or a full pleated skirt in this cotton.

A lightweight blazer in this ponte roma jersey is perfect to take you through from spring to summer when it is ALL about layering!

Happy sewing xxx

Beautiful New Spring Cotton Lawns
These super soft cotton lawns have just landed and boy are they beautiful. Imagine long floaty dresses, simple shirts and beautiful lounge wear in these delightful prints.

Marabou Mosaic in navy or ivory has large scale birds making it ideal for patterns with few seam details such as a simple shift dress.

Elegance departure has geese made up of a riot of flowers and butterflies soaring across it. Choose from pink or silver and make a classic shirt in this lightweight cotton lawn.

Morning glory has pretty oriental birds and blooms on a nude background, a perfect summer dress fabric.

So this last one isn't a cotton lawn, it's a slinky jersey, but it's just too pretty to be left out. Blossom has a generous 4 way stretch making it ideal for a wrap dress you will wear and wear, from now till next winter!

Happy sewing xxx

Beautiful Italian Viscose Crepes - Stunning designs

These beautiful new Italian viscose crepes have just been added to our website. This fabric has the most wonderful drape to it and fabulously vibrant colours. The bold designs and weight of the fabric lend themselves to wide legged trousers, full skirts and billowing tops, anything that requires movement and drape. 

Polloi features people dressed in their finest clothes on a royal blue background. Not for those who don't want to stand out in a crowd.

Clara draws on the huge trend of dark florals that is still going strong, and I think easier to wear if you are not a girlie girl than pale florals.  Featuring line drawn flowers on a black background.

Bloom has bold coral flowers on a navy background, that colour mix of navy and coral is a favourite of mine and this is a perfect execution of this colour palette. 

Flapper as the name suggest has rows of Erte style dancers in individual scenes posing with birds. Be bold in this twenties inspired fabric.

Party is a carnival of colours, watercolour rectangles make a beautiful pattern. The softness of the colours and the drape of the viscose crepe give this fabric a dreamy feel to it.

Reiste has a traditional feel to it. However the coral and teal on a navy background make it bang up to date. Use this fabric and mix it with another design for brilliant pattern clashing. 

Paisley is brought to life in this blue and red print. Paisley was brought to Europe in the 1700's and was thought to ward off evil, what better reason do you need to get some?

Happy sewing xxx

P.S. Don't forget it is our open day this Saturday! Full details here