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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

Named Clothing - New SS17 Collection - Playground
Named Clothing Patterns have just released their SS17 collection. As you would expect from this Scandinavian pattern company, the latest range is super stylish. The names are based on children's book characters and the whole collection has a playful feel to it with out being childish.

Let's not waste any time getting to know these new characters!

Ok, hands up who has been considering a pair of dungarees recently? With Instagram and Pinterest full of off-duty models and street stylers looking relaxed and super cool in theirs, who can blame you?  If you have not yet boarded the dungaree train, now is the time. Ronja are high waisted and cropped,  2 big trends covered there. Though I am not sure I would be brave enough to wear them in white denim (I am an unapologetic coffee spiller) an Olive green denim pair would be awesome.

Reeta is the elusive versatile dress that can be worn with flats by day and add a pair of heels and a sparkly clutch it will take you straight to the bar of the swankiest joint in town! Named have made theirs in a pretty floral but I would love to see a version in this Cubic geometric viscose crepe.

Appealing to the big kid in us all, the Helga playsuit has a neat wrap front and sexy racer back. Our lightweight viscose Challis in red polkadots would be perfect for this playful number.

Anneli is a dress or top with a clever double layer detail.

Ansa top or dress features pretty butterfly sleeves and a curved bust detail.

Maisa is your ultimate denim jacket, this patchwork version is perfect for denim stash busting!

Minttu will be the top you wear every single day once the sun eventually comes out. For now, make it in something slinky and wear it out at night!

In my school Ninni was a playground insult, but these easy elasticated culottes are anything but insulting. Perfect project for beginners to dressmaking.

Shop the full Named Clothing collection here.

Happy sewing xxx

New Prints Linen mix fabrics to make you swoon!
Q. What have monkeys and pineapples got in common?
A. Apart from both living in trees, they also both feature on our amazing new range of 60% cotton and 40% linen mix fabrics.

This special buy range of fabrics are only £9 per metre and 150cm wide. However they are limited in availability and once they are gone we can't get any more. So don't hang about for summer if you want to get your hands on these and start planning your summer wardrobe.

Pink and green pineapples on a white background. This Pineapple fabric is shouting Pina colada at me louder than an 18-30s rep.  This is going to be your favourite sundress this summer! I would love to see a Rosie dress in this fabric.

Mega pineapples, like the name suggests, these bad boys are massive, each one measuring an impressive 37cm. This is not a fabric for shrinking violets. Go for a maxi dress so there is plenty of fabric to show off this giant pattern, the Saltspring is ideal. Still not convinced you can wear giant pineapples? This fabric would also make superb cushions or a giant beach bag, use the large Fringe bag for a simple throw it all in bag with pockets for sunnies and lotion.

Monkey puzzle comes in 2 colourways Orange or Blue. Featuring cheeky monkeys sitting in palm trees. A simple Scout tee would be super cute and at that price you could have one in each colour.

Tropical flowers take me away to sunny beaches and this bright orange print is no different. Make a Marigold jumpsuit and you will practically feel the sand between your toes!

Clark geometric print has a brilliant black, yellow and white graphic design, I adore this print and think it would look super sharp as a simple shift dress with a black jacket.

We've also had this beautiful Abigail linen and viscose mix fabric arrive, the viscose gives it a beautiful weight and drape, perfect for a full dress like Raglan dress.

Happy sewing xxx

Beautiful Blues - New Fabrics Now In Stock
Blue is one of our most popular colours and with these new stunning prints you can see why! 

Textured ponte roma jerseys are perfect for dresses and sweatshirts. Choose from a navy or white background with large scale florals to make a real statement.

Sandie stretch crepe jersey

Hollie stretch crepe jersey

This ex designer scuba fabric is a real show stopper. I can see a full skirt worn with big heels and a red skinny sweater looking really striking in this fabric. 

Corris scuba

As the weather starts to warm up I live in fitted trousers in stretch cotton sateen, make a pair in this funky design and wear with a plain navy top and white trainers.

Maze stretch cotton sateen

A viscose print jersey with an amazing disc design. How about a wrap dress in this superb fabric? 

Circles viscose jersey

There is something a bit David Bowie about this lightweight silk. I would love to see a pussy bow blouse in this funky fabric. The mix of a girlie blouse with the rockets perfectly offset each other.

Rocket silk

Polyester voile is another perfect pussy bow blouse fabric. With a large paisley pattern this classic design is brought up to date in a modern colourway.
Large paisley voile

Happy sewing xxx

Deer & Doe Patterns Now In Stock
The beautiful French Deer & Doe patterns can now be found at Fabric Godmother. I love the modern designs, perfect party dresses as well as wardrobe staples. They come in beautiful packaging, with English as well as French instructions and they ooze French chic. See my favourites below with my top fabric picks.

View the full range of Deer & Doe patterns here.

Belladone is the perfect 'fit and flare' dress. Featuring cute details like the cut out back and diagonal pockets, yes that's right, pockets! I think this dress looks best in a fabric with a bit of body. Add in some texture and you're onto a winning combination. This Banbury cotton twill has just the right amount of both of these features and in a classic navy you will get so much wear out of this dress.

With its box pleats, the Chardon skirt is just crying out to be made in scuba (just in case you have never heard me going on about scuba before). If you haven't tried sewing with it, do it! It's a really satisfying fabric to work with, it sews up easily and doesn't fray, so no need to finish your seams. It has lots of 'bounce' so patterns that have pleats work really well. Just be aware scuba is a jersey so if you are sewing a pattern that is meant for wovens (like this one) then you may want to go down a size to allow for the give in the scuba. This Rose print scuba would just make the most perfect skirt, don't you think?

Safran is a super skinny high waisted jeans pattern. Optional pockets, belt loops and a cropped version make this a perfect wardrobe builder. You need a denim with plenty of stretch, we have just added loads of Stretch denims to the website but my top pick would be this 2 tone denim.

The Zyphyr dress pattern is specifically designed for scuba fabrics or thick jerseys like a ponte roma. And hello! check out that 2 piece version, how sweet is that?? This prism scuba would be totally amazing in this pattern.

  Happy sewing xxx

Stretch Denim in Fabulous Prints!

Wow, these new stretch denims are having all the fun!! 2 tone, camouflage, glitter, jacquard we've got them all. I've also stuck in a few of our old favourites in case you missed them last time! Stretch denim makes great skinny jeans (as you would imagine) but it is also perfect for skirts, dungarees and dresses.

This 2 tone denim changes as you look at it, I would love to see a pair of skinny jeans in this fabric. It would really brighten up this grey weather.

Surely every girl should have some glitter denim in their wardrobe? Make a Cleo pinafore in this fabric and own it!

This pinstripe denim would make a great dress, like the Phoebe dress, stick a white shirt underneath for maximum business!

This cute jacquard denim would look great in a short skirt, the City stroll wrap skirt is ideal.

I love the retro colour of this blue denim, the Madeline skirt would work really well in this colour with some gold top stitching and a pair of clogs you are good to go!
Stretch Denim - Blue (Scale)

I'm making a pair of skinny jeans in this fabric right now, I love dark jeans and this is a great change from the standard black jeans I wear.
olive stretch denim dressmaking fabric

Pale pink is a proper girlie denim, so toughen it up in a western style shirt dress like the Rosa.
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Totally the other end of the scale, this camo denim is ideal for the boys, why not make a man in your life a pair of shorts for when the weather gets warmer (it will soon, I promise, it always does!) 

Happy sewing xxx

All New Prints Now In!! Viscose Challis In Florals & Spots
We have a beautiful Viscose challis fabric for you today. Lightweight and drapey, perfect for blouses, dresses and palazzo pants, In a selection of florals and spots, with a great price of only £7 per metre.

Spot Viscose in Teal, Red, Black, Green, Navy

Clover Viscose in Royal, Olive, Blue Grey

Happy sewing xxx

Italian Designer Fabrics - Ponte Roma Jacquards and Viscose Crepes
It's that time again, when the delivery from our Italian supplier arrives and we all start getting very excited about the ex designer fabrics that we unpack.

First out of the box are these stunning jacquard ponte roma jerseys. Beautiful colours, amazing prints and really soft to touch. These jerseys would make beautiful sweatshirts, jackets or dresses. They would also be beautiful as inserts on the Zadie dress.

We have also had this snuggly wool and viscose mix fabric in, it would make a divine coat or coatigan to get you through the next few months. 

We've also had more stock of these viscose crepes in. They have an amazing drape to them and would be perfect for dresses, or even a pair of wide legged trousers.

Pansy comes in black or navy
Cubic comes in rust or wine

Happy sewing xxx

Open Day - Come and visit our studio on the 4th March!

Come along and visit our sunny studio in Hove. Take your time to get up close and personal with our fabrics, peruse our large range of Indie sewing patterns and have a chance to have a chat to other sewing fanatics!
We are based in the Knoll Business Centre in Hove on Old Shoreham Road, the nearest station is Portslade just 7 mins by train from Brighton. Or there are lots of buses from Brighton Town centre. The entrance if you are driving is Bellingham Crescent.
We look forward to seeing you on the 4th March and will be here from 10-2 to welcome you.
Josie and the Fabric Godmother team xxx

Textured Ponte Roma Jerseys & A New Tilly and the Buttons Pattern!

Whenever we get these textured Ponte Roma jerseys in they are always really popular. The plain colour with a bit of textured detail make them fun but easy to mix into your wardrobe. At only £10 per metre they're great value as well. Textured line ponte roma is available in Royal, Navy and Black and the Ribbed Ponte Roma comes in a lovely oatmeal colour.

Tilly and the Buttons has also released her latest pattern Zadie, and guess what it's perfect for? Our textured Ponte Romas! Choose from our huge range of jerseys and scuba fabrics to make your perfect combo! Check out those beautiful Z shaped seams! So flattering!

Tilly & The Buttons Zadie Dress (Intermediate)

Black Ponte Roma accented with this Elvaston digital jersey would look very chic, perfect for a night out!

Craze textured Scuba is really eye catching, add the Royal Blue Ponte Roma and it become a dress dreams are made of!

This blue Textured Ponte Roma as a highlight to a pillarbox red jersey dress will flatter your waistline and add a bit of interest.

Scuba is really easy to sew and the Aztec scuba pairs with our Navy scuba perfectly! For a bold look use the navy as an accent or if you prefer a slightly more subtle version the Aztec would look cool poking around the sides.

Happy sewing xxx

New Atelier Brunette Fabrics - Supersoft French Terry
The new fabrics from the French company Atelier Brunette are just a beautiful as their previous collections. They have added a new cloth to their range. A super soft French Terry sweatshirt fabric. The back of this fabric is a lightly brushed loop back making it snuggly against the skin, perfect for grown ups and children. The small metallic designs are really modern and wearable.
5% elastane give this fabric a 30% stretch making it ideal for sweatshirts, dresses and trousers.

They have also added this lovely navy blue version of the best selling Bye Bye Birdie cotton lawn

Happy sewing xxx

We're Hiring!

We are looking for a Customer Service Assistant to join our team.
Fabric Godmother was established in 2011 by Josie and Tivian, who still run the business today. We are now looking to grow our team to support the growth the business has seen over the past years. We have lots of further exciting growth plans for the next few years so this is a very exciting time of change and expansion for the business.
If you think you may be the right person for this role, or know somebody who may be interested. Please head over to our website Work for us section for the full job description.
Happy sewing xxx

It's Scuba Time!
We have got so many exciting new fabrics arriving daily at the moment. Today this collection of scuba fabrics has landed and I want to make sure you get the chance to order them before they sell out.

Linea scuba has a mix of photographic and intricately drawn florals on a white background. I would love to see a big full skirt in this fabric.

Roses scuba, as you would expect has large blooms of roses in pastel shades.  Imagine a pretty party dress *already dreaming of summer*

This Craze scuba has an interesting textured surface adding an extra level of detail to this already striking design. Digitally printed I see this fabric made into a sweatshirt for a bright take on the athleisure trend.

A geometric pattern on this Zula scuba would be super fab made into a pair of funky leggings, time to get your pins out people!

Bradgate is an Ex designer exclusive digitally printed scuba has an abstract floral design in a dark colour palette with pops of colour. Perfect for transitioning to spring. Make a fitted dress in this and you will look stand out stunning!

OK, this one is not a scuba it is a printed Ponte Roma called Elvaston but it's new in and so amazing I had to share it with you guys.  A simple jersey dress would look really wonderful in this reflections digital print. 

Happy sewing xxx

Jerseys To Make You Smile!
These jerseys are all perfect for Tee shirts or dresses, like the Moneta dress! Are you on Instagram? If so come and join the #monetaparty full details can be found here. Even if you're not joining the party there are plenty of lovely excuses to snap up some of these amazing jersey fabrics.

Show Stopping Cottons - Bugs, Bouquets and Bellinis!

We LOVE a bold dramatic print and they don't come much more dramatic than our newest range of digitally printed cotton lawns.

With snakes, flowers and bugs this Cobra corsage fabric is not one for the faint hearted!  Pick a simple pattern like the Ultimate shift to really show off this dark pattern.

Celebration Bouquet has a soft grey background to really make these pink and white floral bouquets pop out. Perfect for a dress like the Emery Dress

This Tropical stems lawn featuring bold Birds of Paradise flowers on a coral background just makes me want a maximum impact maxi dress or long sweeping dressing gown

Cocktail hour has a wonderfully retro feel to it. Imagine sipping a cocktail wearing a smart shirtdress in the fabric. 

Happy sewing xxx