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Battle of the sweatshirts - Your Guide To Sweatshirt Patterns...
For me, January is all about getting out and doing some exercise or hankering down on the sofa and binge watching Netflix. Either way I need a wardrobe that is going to match my life style. I also want to get started on my New Years Intentions (I don't do resolutions they are just too easy to fail at) One of my intentions this year was to make more clothes. Ok I may not be doing dry January but I have made a stack of clothes this year and we are only 18 days in.

Quick easy makes = Instant gratification = January smugness

I started with a pair of leggings and loads of fab sports wear fabric. I then challenged you to start sewing with jersey. Now it is ALL about the sweatshirt. Now I am partial (read: addicted) to sewing a sweatshirt. Why? Well...

  1. Sweatshirts are easy, I can whip up a Toaster in less than an hour these days. 
  2. They are utterly wearable every single day, I can't say that for the many summer party frocks I used to make. 
  3. Why wouldn't you? With so many beautiful swoon worthy jerseys and many different pattern options there is bound to be something there that you will fall in love with.
Here are my 3 Top Sweatshirt Patterns.

In at number 1.
My current favourite Sweatshirt pattern is the Sloane Sweatshirt from Named Patterns. A simple boyfriend style sweatshirt with beautiful long bust darts that give it a feminine edge. I love the height of the neckline on this. I have lengthened it just 2cm. The pattern is cut for people 5'7" but as I come in over that I need the extra length in both the body and the sleeves. The original pattern had a much smaller waistband but I lengthened this for a more relaxed fit. It now sits on my hips rather than tight round my waist. Try our new Leopard Ponte Roma to make a  fab version of this sweatshirt. 

Number 2 was a tough call but in the end I have plumped for the Toaster Pattern from Sew House Seven.
What swung it for me on this pattern was the choice of styles. I have only made the winter friendly raglan sleeve version with a high neck and waist band. There is also a version with more of a swing body and a simpler neck. The best bit of this version for me is the deep sleeve cuffs. I made the bottle green version in a Roma jersey in forest and the thicker more chunky version in a Sweatshirt fleece. I love that this pattern is so versatile and changes so much depending on the weight of the fabric. I would really love to see this version in the new Floral Wool Mix Ponte Roma we have had in. Then I want a version B in the lighter Spot Ponte Roma. #sweatershirtgoals

And finally at number 3, my first sweatshirt love, is the Linden from Grainline Studio. This is where my addiction to making sweatshirts. The only reason I place this at number 3 is because at this time of year I prefer a higher neckband, I get a chilly bit on the back of my neck that seems to control my entire body temperate. This pattern is amazing and it is so versatile. Once again I make the lengthening adjustments. I also find that if I add 2cm to the length of neckband then I get a much smoother neckband with no puckering. I love adding a contrast panel in the front, see almost every version I have ever made (below is just a few of them) anything goes, faux leather, sequins you name it! The other hack which was a winner was my frill insert. I simply measured 7cm from the neckband all around and chopped it in half. I then inserted a frill all around.

There is also a long list of patterns I am just itching to make. Starting with the Bowline from Papercut and the Gemma from Named Patterns.

 Papercut patterns Bowline Sweater (Intermediate)

If you fancy having a go at making a sweatshirt, take a look at some of our brand new sweatshirting fabrics on our site...

(also in Black & Silver)

(also in Claret, Red and Royal Blue)

See the full range of sweatshirt fabrics in our Jerseys section here.

Happy sewing xxx

Super Scuba Your 2018 Sewing challenge
The Olivia Palermo Lookbook

If you have not yet sewn with scuba this may well be the year to change all that. Those of you who have followed me for a while will have heard me banging on about how amazing scuba is. And it really is, I'm not joking. It is the fabric I get asked most about. People always want to know what is scuba fabric, how do you sew with it and what patterns are best. So here I am to give you the low down on scuba.


Scuba is technically a double knit jersey fabric. This means it is similar in weight to ponte roma jersey, so it is a thick jersey rather than a T- shirt weight jersey. It is usually made from polyester, sometimes with added elastane. Don't let this put you off, I know many dressmakers who turn their noses up at polyester, but it really does have a place in fashion. In fact many top designers use polyester in their collections. Scuba has a matte finish and a bouncy texture. It takes print really well so you can find many bold designs in scuba.


Sewing with scuba is like sewing with any jersey. I suggest using a jersey or ball point needle as this will prevent pulling or laddering in the fabric. An overlocker can be a really great way to sew with scuba, but if not, then a normal machine set to a stretch or zig zag stitch works just as well. One of the things I love about sewing with scuba is that it does not fray, so you can leave your seam allowances trimmed without the need to finish them. I also often don't hem my scuba. As it is quite bouncy it can create bulky hems unless you go for a wide hem, so you get a much sharper finish with a cut edge.

Bold geometric hoodie in shades of blue. Hanelli Mustaparta is such a style icon

As for what to make with scuba, popular garments are skater style dresses, leggings and full skirts. Scuba is also great for making swimwear, tee shirts, fitted dresses and jackets. A jersey pattern is ideal but you can easily use a woven pattern as scuba fabric is pretty stable. You may want to size down if using a woven pattern to allow for the extra ease in the fabric. The body of scuba fabric makes it ideal for anything with a frill, a flounce or a  peplum. Read down for my tip Scuba sewing patterns.

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I have added more to my Scuba Sewing Inspiration board over on Pinterest so go and check it out.

Here are our newest Scuba fabrics, see the full collection here.

Chaffinch bough in Old Gold is one of our favourite designs so you can imagine how excited we are to now have this beautiful print on a scuba fabric.

The Vintage Roses scuba has a wonderful delicate feel to it.

Voilet Roses scuba features a vibrant floral design on an inky background. 

This new embossed scuba is stunning. Subtle roses give it an interesting textural finish. In Black or Navy.

Our popular crepe scuba now comes in 2 new colours. Choose from Grey and Ivory for a clean contemporary look. 

This Suede scuba is really breathtaking. A soft suede finish on a scuba backing.

Want to know the best scuba sewing patterns? I've collected them all together for you...

Gaia coat would make a stunning statement coat in scuba.
Named Gaia Quilted Coat (Intermediate)

With its cute frill round the bottom the Saiph Dress was made for this fabric.
Papercut patterns Saiph Tunic (Beginner)

A Sweatshirt looks really contemporary when made of scuba. Try Gemma or Sloane
Named Gemma Sweater & Maxi Dress (Intermediate)

Panelled dresses are having a moment, my favourites are the Zadie and the Washington dress.
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I've made the Scout Tee in our Crepe scuba and it is a favourite make of mine.
Scout Tee Pattern

Happy sewing xxx

Ready. Set. Sew.....
Yes this is another January motivational message designed to get you off the couch and running 25k. Ok, maybe not 25k. But at least as far as your sewing machine. This year is an exciting time to be making your own activewear. Here is a guide to how you can easily make your own workout gear, wether you decide to wear it to yoga, the gym or just as lounge wear is up to you!

2018 is the year for activewear sewing with many new pattern launches to motivate you. Here is my quick round up. Keep reading for my top fabric selections and tips for sewing your own activewear.

Seamwork, the online magazine from Colette patterns feature the Skipper sweatshirt and the Shelly leggings as this months free patterns. You need to subscribe to the magazine to get free patterns or you can buy them from their website. If you do choose a subscription you'll get pattern credits, style hacks and fabric picks. As well as loads of great articles and interviews such as the one this month with Meg Stively the face behind Sew House Seven who bought us hit patterns such as the Toaster Sweater.
Seamwork Skipper and Shelly

Cashmerette have also launched a range of Curvy sized activewear. Featuring the Cedar Tank and Top, Belmont leggings and Yoga Pants and the Shawmut yoga bag. All patterns are available to download from the Cashmerette website and there is a great value bundle where you can buy Cedar and Belmont and get Shawmut for free.

Workout Pattern Bundle : Belmont & Cedar PLUS free Shawmut Yoga Bag
Cashmerette Cedar, Belmont and Shawmut

Fehrtrade is a pattern company dedicated to activewear patterns, just check out their website for a huge selection of styles.  In 2018 Melissa is launching her very first book (Yay! congratulations Melissa) You can pre order a copy here. Now if that doesn't motivate you to sew your own activewear I don't know what will.

I have fallen in love with leggings. I wear them under dresses, to yoga, round the house. I'm not yet at the stage where I feel comfortable wearing them with a crop top, but you never know #2018fitnessgoals. I set myself the challenge of making my own this year after totting up that I bought at least 5 pairs last year (I know, how naughty when they are so simple to make!)
I made my first pair of yoga leggings using Megan Nielsen's Virginia leggings pattern (available as PDF download only) and our new Black Roses sports jersey. The pattern was so simple I easily made them up in an evening including sticking and cutting the PDF. I am pretty tall and made no adjustments to the high rise long version, next time I will add extra rise of about 1" and the front and 2" at the back to allow for my 'peachy' behind. And to prevent that revealing builders bum in a yoga class, nobody needs to see that!
Scuba is also a wonderful fabric to make leggings from, just make sure it has enough stretch and that it goes 4 ways, otherwise you won't be able to bend your knees.

The Lark Tee from Grainline studio is one of my most versatile go to patterns. The short sleeved version is perfect in our Milano jersey. This is a viscose and elastane mix jersey. Did you know that viscose is a natural fibre derived from wood pulp that is highly breathable and sweat wicking, perfect for a workout tee shirt. For a comfy yoga cover up, try making a longer sleeved version in the Isabella jersey. This wool and viscose mix will keep you cool when you build up some heat, but it is also ideal to slip on to keep you warm and cosy during your relaxation. The pattern includes loads of neck and sleeve variations so you can tailor it to your style. As the pattern is quite a long fit it is perfect for staying in place while you twist and turn, jump and kick or run.

Grainline Studios Lark Tee Sewing Pattern

For serious gym bunnies and runners you need activewear patterns with clever benefits, think hidden pockets and supportive tops. Sewaholic has the Pacific leggings and Dunbar top that are ideal. Use our plain Sports jersey in bright colours to mix and match and create your own fun outfit.

Sewaholic patterns pacific leggings
Sewaholic Pacific and Dunbar

Before and after your workouts, or just to nip to the shops you are going to want an extra layer. There are some amazing sweatshirt patterns around, may favourites are The Toaster, Linden, Gemma and Sloane. Or you could try a Rigel Bomber jacket, or a Seymour hoodie. These all look great made in our Ponte Roma Jersey. Or for something a bit more fun using a Floral scuba be amazing. We've just added some stunning new designs to our scuba range see them all here.

Named Gemma Sweater & Maxi Dress (Intermediate)

Sewaholic Seymour jacket sewing pattern
Customising your activewear is so much fun and really simple. Here are my top customisations:
  • Add panels in a bright neon sportswear fabric to leggings and tops for added visability. 
  • Use Airtex or Powernet for the body or sleeves for a cooler top with an urban edge to it.
  • Mix colours, use contrasting or co-ordinating colours for the body and sleeves. The Gemma sweatshirt is ideal for this.
  • Don't be afraid of patterned fabric. Pair bold patterned leggings with plain tee shirt as the ultimate in gym styling.
Don't forget you're gonna need some of these bits as well.
  • Supersoft elastic, ideal for waistbands and underbust support.
  • Powernet is great for lining sportswear, choose between black and nude.
  • You should always sew jersey fabrics using a jersey needle and a strong thread. Nobody wants a split seam mid vinyasa.
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What ever your workout style, I hope there is something here to motivate you to make your own activewear but if you need just a little more inspiration then checkout my Fitwear Pinterest Board.

Happy sewing xxx


What a great start to the year we are giving you an extra 20% off all SALE !!
Simply use the code 20MORE  at the checkout.

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printed wool and linen mix  fabric

Safari Scuba - Browns

Happy sewing xxx

My Esme Cardigan - A Snuggly Lesson in The Coatigan

Christmas is just about ready to go back in its box and be put away in the attic for the next 11 months. And so begins the slow crawl towards summer. Skint January with the days slowly getting longer.
We're all giving up booze, sugar, cheese, basically all the things we have been surviving on for the last few weeks. Discarding everything that make us smile. Replacing them instead with cold morning runs, promises of a healthier, better 2018, oh and a whole new set of sewing resolutions.

If you haven't yet embarked on a Coatigan then you really should add it to the top of your 2018 sewing resolutions. A cross between a Coat and a cardigan, as the name would suggest. This is just the garment to layer up and get you through to spring. I made the Named Patterns Esme cardigan in our fabulous Floral Embossed Ponte Roma Jersey. (Which by the way is currently in our sale and reduced to only £9.99 per metre) This is my second Esme and I really love this pattern. I made no changes, it is wonderfully long and a really snuggly generous fit so if you don't want yours as oversize as mine or, if your fabric has lots of give to it, I would suggest going down a size.

Happy sewing xxx

Shop SALE Fabrics NOW

wool mix pinstripe

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 Embossed Floral Ponte Roma - Black

cotton lawn dress fabric

cotton dress fabric

Happy sewing xxx

Who says Christmas doesn't come early??

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cotton lawn dressmaking fabric

Modern Art Scuba - Browns

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mermaid sequin fabric

Happy sewing xxx

Fun Print Jerseys and Cottons
I just love these bright prints that we have just added to the website. They really brighten up a dull December day! Ideal for making last minute gifts as well!

Portrait Animals is a really soft cotton jersey with 5% spandex for great recovery. I know at least one little girl who would LOVE a tee shirt or pair of PJs in this cute cotton jersey print. Available in Grey or Rose.

Flamingos are still so popular and these bright pink birds on a turquoise background are just perfect. A mid weight cotton with a canvas texture is ideal for craft projects as well as fun dresses and skirts.

These Parrots are also printed onto the cotton canvas, a riot of colour that will brighten your day.

I adore these Kissing Budgies on a natural background. Wouldn't these make a super cute wash bag?

Happy sewing xxx

Had enough of sequins and velvet??
If you have had enough of all the glitter and velvet that is swirling about us at the moment why not try a pared down geometric print instead. These simple designs will slot right into your everyday wardrobe and will be favourites far beyond the prosecco season.

This Matches stretch jacquard in either Black & Stone or Red & Navy is the perfect weight for a pair of Tyyni cigarette style trousers or a dress like the Avid Seamstress A line dress (Very Kate Middleton). Also, it's reversible so you can use the other side as a pocket flap, facing or other little detail to add a bit of interest.

Named Tyyni Cigarette Trousers (Intermediate)

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Our Viscose challis is light weight and floaty, perfect for making shirts with a feminine edge to them. Try the Stella or Melilot patterns for interesting collar details. The Mista viscose with it's tiny cross design comes in Navy, Black or Cream.

Named Stella Raglan Shirt & Shirt Dress (Intermediate)

Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt (Advanced)

For those of you who still love a bit of floral then the delicate Chrissy is perfect for you. Make a sweet dress in this lightweight viscose in either Navy or Stone. Pair with thick woollen tights and chunky boots for a land girls vibe. Try the Tea Dress or the Hazel for a vintage feel.

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Dress pattern

Happy sewing xxx

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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Here are my favourite Saffron fabrics....

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Supersoft Stretch Satin

cotton lawn dressmaking fabric
Chaffinch Bough Cotton Lawn

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4 Way Stretch Double Crepe

cupro dressmaking fabric

Have I convinced you to move into the golden light?

Happy sewing xxx

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

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

Animal & Bird Prints Italian Ex Designer Viscose
These new superb Italian viscose prints have just arrived and I am S U P E R excited about them. Featuring a menagerie of birds and animals all printed on a top quality drapey viscose. You could make beautiful blouses or dresses from these lovelies.



Beetle Beauty

Bug Decedance

City Crane



Happy sewing xxx

Pleated Satin. Christmas Essential!
Shiny satins are just what your Christmas wardrobe needs. Pleated, stretchy or supersoft, all will shimmer with delight on the dancefloor.

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The stretch in this Supersoft Stretch Satin makes is ideal for a blouse or why not use it as a fancy lining. Available in Grey, Mustard and Navy. Try the Stella Blouse from Named Patterns it features a wonderful geometric collar design.

Our Supersoft Satin has a little more body than the stretch version so could also be used for a dress or skirt, but would be equally as wonderful as a cute shirt or blouse. Available in Navy or Wine. The Sew Over It Eve Dress features a sexy wrap front and dipped hem, perfect to sashay about the dance floor in.

Jason Wu Spring 2015

Eve Dress

Pleated satin in Wine or Silver, whip up a quick skirt or party dress with this fine pleated satin. Or try an easy to make pair of culottes like the Ninni Culottes.

Black Pleated Culottes | New Look

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Other great satin patterns and some satin inspiration: (all images sourced via Pinterest)

Dolce & Gabbana | Pussy-bow stretch-silk satin blouse | NET-A-PORTER.COM

Embrace an elegant flourish with the ruffle wrap front blouse. Featuring a feminine flounce at the hem and sleeves, this dusty pink hammered satin-feel style is perfect with a black ripped jean for an edgy contrast. #Topshop

Silk Satin T-shirt

Michael Lo Sordo - Two-tone Silk-satin Wide-leg Pants - Merlot - UK14

Happy sewing xxx

New Drapey Florals
If you like your florals all year round then these beautiful drapey fabrics will be just what you are after. Perfect for a pussy bow blouse, a forties style wrap dress or a pretty camisole.

Happy sewing xxx

Last Chance - Save 15% off All Fabric Ends Midnight
Don't forget to make the most of your extra hour today with our daylight saving promotion.
We are giving you 15% off all fabrics till midnight tonight just use the code DAYLIGHT15 at the checkout.

Visit the website here 

Happy sewing xxx

Daylight Saving = 15% OFF ALL FABRICS

This weekend the clocks go back, to make the dark evenings more bearable I am giving 15% off all fabric as part of our Daylight savings discount this weekend.

From the 26th October till midnight Sunday 29th October you can save 15% off all fabrics with the code DAYLIGHT15

Don't forget to tell all your friends about this amazing offer!

Happy sewing xxx

Italian Ex Designer Wool Just Arrived
The right coat can seriously up your game when it comes to winter dressing. Is it time you updated your outerwear wardrobe with one of these unbelievable new Italian ex designer coat fabrics?

Digi is a rainbow woven wool and is the perfect mix of colour and black. Pure wool and only £18 per metre. This fabric would look fab made into a swing coat and will go with everything in your wardrobe.

Citie wool has a subtle black and blue design. Make a smart simple overcoat with a blue twist in this 100% wool only £18 per metre. 

Our Tartan bonded wool is tartan on one side and plain navy on the other. Perfect for a cape and no need to worry about lining it with this reversible wool it doesn't matter if your insides show. At just £25 per metre.

If you fancy something a bit more trans seasonal then how about a coatigan in this Chunky Check Knit. Super snuggly you will love wearing this, at £16 per metre that's a lot of snuggle for your buck!

Another bonded fabric, this time it's a viscose scuba. These bonded fabric have lots of body to them so they make great structured coats. Try a cocoon coat in this for added style points. £19 per metre.

Lastly we have just taken delivery of the most exquisite cashmere mix coat fabric. This Italian cashmere and wool mix has a whopping 25% cashmere, giving it a superbly soft finish and very slight sheen. Currently available in 5 colours Saffron, Red, Camel, Navy and Black this cashmere mix is outstanding value at only £45 per metre. Make a coat in this, it will last you a lifetime.

See all of our lovely Wool & suiting fabrics here.

Crushing on Velvet
Our new velvets will have you going weak at the knees.  If you want some velvet sewing inspiration why not check out my Pinterest board. Or keep reading to see my favourite velvet sewing patterns and top tips for sewing with velvet....

We have a wonderfully rich crushed velvet jersey available in Rust, Saffron, Champagne and Chocolate.

We have also added 3 new limited edition colours to our plain Carlotta velvet jersey range Navy, Grey and Olive.

Here are my top Velvet sewing patterns for this season...

The Agnes top would look great made in a velvet, wear in to work under a jacket then come 6pm whip it off and head to the bar!
Tilly and the buttons Agnes top sewing pattern

If you fancy a bang on trend outfit update make this Rowan bodysuit in velvet and tuck it into high waisted jeans. (If you are as old as me you may remember this trend first time round, could you go back there??)
Megan Nielsen Rowan Bodysuit and Tee (Beginner)

How cool would a bomber jacket be in velvet??? The Rigel Bomber would be perfect with the option to add in contrast should trims, our Metallic Faux Leather would be perfect!! 
Papercut patterns Rigel Bomber (Intermediate)

A velvet party dress should be on everyone's list and the Turner Dress has just the right amount of swing to it.
Cashmerette Turner dress pattern

Here are my Top Tips for sewing with velvet
  • Velvet has a pile or nap. Make sure when you cut out your fabric that the pile faces the same way on all the pieces. Traditionally the pile should run down the fabric but this season in Max Mara I saw velvet with the pile running giving a more light reflecting sheen. Well if it's good enough for Max Mara ..... 
  • Because of the pile velvet has a tenancy to 'walk' while sewing. Just make sure you use lots of pins or even tack it is place before you sew.
  • If you have an overlocker these jersey velvets will breeze through, if not don't worry just make sure you use a jersey needle and a stretch stitch or narrow, long zig zag so the threads don't break.
  • If you iron your velvet make sure you use a coolish iron and a pressing cloth or piece of muslin to protect your velvet from steam burn. Ask me how I know about this one!
Happy sewing xxx

Top 5 Autumn Dress Patterns
Just because the temperatures have dropped there is no need to stop wearing dresses. It's time to get out the trusty black opaques, layer up with a pair of boots and a chunky cardigan or leather jacket.

Here are my top 5 Autumn dress patterns.

I really adore The Raglan dress from the Avid Seamstress, it has a simple silhouette with long sleeves and in-seam pockets (love a dress with pockets). Make this dress in something with a bit of weight and drape, like this Inda Linen and Viscose mix, to make the most of the swing shape.

The Avid Seamstress Raglan Dress

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The statement sleeve is still going strong this season and what better way to show off your wrists than this cute Sea-bell dress from Papercut Patterns.  I would love to see a version in the really soft aubergine Victoria Stretch Cotton Twill.

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Stretch cotton dressmaking fabric

I recently made the Sew Over It Eve Wrap Dress in a bold Lorikeet Print Crepe. It is a real show stopper, the kind of dress that instantly make you swish as you walk. I think for the cooler months I would trade the tropical birds for the dramatic Nightingale Grove Crepe and wear over a polo neck with knee high boots 70's style. 

Sew Over It Eve Dress (Intermediate)

crepe dressmaking fabric

Currently on my sewing table is a velvet version of the Closet Case Ebony Dress. This pattern is a simple pull on jersey dress, so no fixings or darts meaning you could easily finish it in an evening. Try a version in our Mellie Floral Jersey or if you're not a florals kind of girl the plain Carlotta Velvet Jersey is just as jaw dropping. 

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

floral printed velvet dressmaking fabric

I believe every lady should have a a shirt dress in their wardrobe and this year we have seen many different versions appear. I'm currently lusting over the Stella Dress from Named Patterns. With a cute pussy bow or the angular collar option you wouldn't go far wrong making this in a retro geometric crepe like Ribband

Named Stella Raglan Shirt & Shirt Dress (Intermediate)

retro crepe dressmaking fabric

Happy Sewing xxx

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

Happy sewing xxx