Sunday, June 28, 2009

Taking a short break

I'm taking a break this week (to have a baby). Please feel free to place orders. All orders placed after 12noon tomorrow (Monday 29th June) will be posted on Monday 6th July. I'll still be checking and responding to emails all week.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New Textured Cottons


We've recently added these new textured cottons from Sri Lanka to the shop. They are woven (rather than printed) from a range of gorgeous coloured cottons which gives them a beautiful texture. They're perfect for all sorts of home decorating projects including upholstery (they will still feed through a domestic sewing machine though).

There are three stripes and three solid colours in the range.






Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Nani IRO Collection






The latest fabrics from Japanese designer, Naomi Ito have arrived and they're at least as gorgeous as her previous collections. There's a mixture of super-soft double gauze and some beautiful linens. The prints range from subtle florals to really unusual modern abstracts.

If you haven't sewn with double gauze before, I'd urge you to give it a go. Usually soft fabric lacks body, but because double gauze is actually two layers of fabric, it holds shape quite nicely.

So, what to make with it? It's ideal for clothing and light homewares such as quilts and cushions. Not only is it beautiful to sew with, it's just so comfortable to wear. Whatever you make, I'd recommend you don't mess with it too much...just keep it simple...an a-line skirt, a throw cushion for a bed, a little girl's gathered top or dress.
If you're looking for inspiration, one of our lovely French customers writes a blog called Les 4 rats which is sprinkled with stylish clothing and other things she's made from Nani IRO fabric (along with snippets of her life in France - just goregous!).

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Love, love, love this new jacket pattern

After searching for ages for a nice jacket for my 3 year old daughter, it seems that clothing manufacturers don't think that girls need to stay warm in winter. I found lots of cool boys' jackets but the really nice ones for girls were super-expensive. So when Toni from Make it Perfect released this one recently, I was delighted! It's a snappy little jacket called Uptown Girl and is easy to make and reversible!

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