Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Save the Date - Remnant Day September 20th

    All the Ray Stitchers are busy, busy, busy! Sorting through piles of vintage patterns, hundreds and hundreds of lovely old buttons,  fascinating bits of haberdashery and literally MOUNTAINS of gorgeous fabric. There'll be plenty of Ray Stitch stock reduced on sale day but this sale is mostly about the amazing collection of one-off dressmaking pieces we have collected and must now let go.

    These are vintage fabrics in that most of them were cut 20 or 30 years ago as 'dress lengths' or 'suit lengths' but never used for their purpose and stashed away by lifelong sewers who sadly never got round to making up those wished for garments. Far from being old and musty, the pieces have been kept beautifully - most of them wrapped and labelled - there are beautiful quality silks, wools, brocades, chiffon, crepe de chine, Liberty prints - some with their 1980's sales tickets on!

    Please come down if you can. This really is a one-off sale and - much as we would love to - Ray Stitch will never be able to offer this variety of fabrics and vintage patterns again....

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  • Home Made and I are ringing

    They came and went in a flash and when we reordered, they’d been so popular WORLDWIDE they’d gone out of print. But here they are again, Elk Grove Knits from Birch Organic Fabrics. We’re delighted to have nearly all of them back in stock but hu

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  • Avalon by Jay-Cyn Designs for Birch Fabrics

    They came and went in a flash and when we reordered, they’d been so popular WORLDWIDE they’d gone out of print. But here they are again, Elk Grove Knits from Birch Organic Fabrics. We’re delighted to have nearly all of them back in stock but hu

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  • What Katy Did at Ray Stitch......

    Our Summer School sessions are underway and one of our most popular regular classes - Pattern Cutting - ran as a 3 day intensive workshop last week. We were really pleased when the very lovely Katie Marcus - enviably stylish author of (officially!) two of London's best blogs - WhatKatieDoes and WhatKatieSews - accepted our invitation to take part and review the class.

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    We've seen lots of Katie's makes on her sewing blog and, although she's modest about her skills, she's certainly been busy sewing up a wardrobe and we think she's pretty good. However, like many sewers who sometimes find the 'one shape fits all' aspect of commercial patterns frustrating, she felt it might be time to create her very own blocks.  Pattern cutting of course is all about measuring  and replicating your particular shape and ensuring that clothing fits - exactly.

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    The certainty of the measuring and the mathematical calculations made in class, as well as the ability to look at other people's shapes and see how diverse we all are gives sewers invaluable knowledge about their own body shape.  Discussing the many ways in which a block can be adapted will also give the confidence to design your own garments or even to go back to commercial patterns and adapt them to fit perfectly. As with the learning of any new skill though, there is a degree of mental strain involved, that's why it's such a good idea to have a knowledgeable and experienced teacher like our very own Alice Prier to diffuse and demystify the complex information. The outcome far outweighs the small amount of strife that gets you there, hopefully Katie agrees with us on that one...

    Read Katie's full story here on What Katy Sews.....

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  • The Elks Are Back!

    They came and went in a flash and when we reordered, they’d been so popular WORLDWIDE they’d gone out of print. But here they are again, Elk Grove Knits from Birch Organic Fabrics. We’re delighted to have nearly all of them back in stock but hurry, they might disappear again….

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  • One-hundred-and-one summer dresses….

    Have you taken a look at our pattern section lately? It’s heaving…!

    We’ve managed to squeeze patterns into every nook and cranny of the shop since our cafe closed, and now – finally – we have them all on the site.

    There’s a great selection of Simplicity, Burda and New Look seasonal styles to choose from – something for everyone. So have a look through and turn your fabric stash into some exciting summer outfits….

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  • Printed Oilcloth

    We’ve already been busy with our new oilcloth – here’s Rosie off to Bestival last week with her quick and easy drawstring rucksack.

    And you can never have too many waterproof beach bags…we’ve already made 4!

    These are from the Japanese Kokka range, with vibrant prints from Echino and more delicate prints and colours from Ellen Lucket Baker’s ‘Garden’ collection. Printed onto a cotton/linen canvas which is then laminated, the texture is nicely waxy and drapey and perfect for bags or pouches but equally suitable for table coverings or anything else where a wipe clean surface is required….

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  • Uppercase – Issue 22

    "Whether a subtle shade or vibrant value, colour is the jumping-off point for creative exploration and personal expression. Colour offers endless inspiration… and as designers, illustrators, artists and craftspeople, we all share this passion for pigment…"

    "Whether a subtle shade or vibrant value, colour is the jumping-off point for creative exploration and personal expression. Colour offers endless inspiration… and as designers, illustrators, artists and craftspeople, we all share this passion for pigment…."

    "Whether a subtle shade or vibrant value, colour is the jumping-off point for creative exploration and personal expression. Colour offers endless inspiration… and as designers, illustrators, artists and craftspeople, we all share this passion for pigment…."

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  • Uppercase - Issue 22

    "Whether a subtle shade or vibrant value, colour is the jumping-off point for creative exploration and personal expression. Colour offers endless inspiration... and as designers, illustrators, artists and craftspeople, we all share this passion for pigment...."

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