Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • The 'Bunting' Dress!

    Jersey is perfect for summer weather - it's a comfortable and throw-it-on alternative to more tailored woven clothes.
    We've recently received a new collection of Liberty printed jerseys which were calling out for some quick overlocker fun.

    The 'Recreate a Favourite Garment' workshop is one of our most popular classes. I wanted to recreate a jersey T-Shirt dress that I wear to death, but is now looking a bit shabby!  During the class, pattern cutter Alice demonstrates how to make a paper pattern from an existing garment. You work on your own garment but you also get to see how other items are copied which is useful. After the class I used the overlocker to make it up in the 'robin' print - cheery rows of brightly coloured bunting, how summery can you get! It was a fairly quick make and because I now have a perfect pattern I can knock out a few more in the winter to team with tights and brogues. I think I might lengthen it by an inch or two next time as looking at the pic is making me want to crawl into the screen and give the bottom of it a tug!

    All of the Liberty jerseys have a different content so be sure to check this, for example this one is 95% cotton 5% elastine so is thicker and has more substance than the ones with a high viscose content which are thinner and more drapey.

    Blogger 'What Katie Sews' also made a lovely copied dress with our Liberty jersey - take a look at it here.

    Take a look at some of our other stretch fabrics for alternatives - bamboo stretch knit, organic cotton jersey and stripes.




  • The Anna Dress from By Hand London

    Hot on the heels of the Victoria Blazer, the Anna Dress - we really love this one!

    "Intended for beginners, this is an effortless Summer dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split."




  • Asymetrical Herringbone Deckies...

    Our first delivery of this Nani Iro herringbone fabric literally flew out of the door, before even the Ray Stitchers had had chance to make anything with it. Luckily, we managed to get some more and whipped up a couple of deck chair covers minutes after it came through the door.....