Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Sewing for little ones

    We have been selling Minikrea patterns in the shop for some time now, we love how simple and modern they are. The patterns are Danish and come with an English translation sheet inside. I recently made up two of the patterns, 'Tunika' a unisex elasticated top and 'Spencer' a simple tunic dress.

    The great thing about making baby clothes is you only need a tiny amount of fabric, just half a metre or so. For the Spencer dress I used an organic check in a lovely teal colour, and the black and white stripe organic cotton in this range made a striking lining. The pattern sheets are printed on sturdy glossy paper and they have the ‘simple’ pattern on one side and on the reverse modifications on the simple pattern, longer sleeves, ruched waist etc. I decided to go straight for the simple design. Although the English translation sheet is very brief, I think it's sufficient as it's very straightforward sewing. The only change I made was to use poppers instead of buttonholes on the Spencer dress. I then stitched the buttons over the top of the poppers as I think it finished off the dress nicely.

    For the Tunika top I used a quirky Heather Ross print with cute gnomes sitting around a campfire and a spooky looking owl! Here are some more of Heather's prints, I also think the Nani Iro designs would lend themselves well to both patterns.

    Michelle x



  • Merchant and Mills

    Merchant and Mills have recently produced a new series of multi-sized, tissue patterns for the first time. You may already be familiar with their brilliantly simple and beautifully styled ladies-wear patterns which have up until now only been available as card templates. Designer Carolyn Denham has taken 3 of the most popular of these (Top 64, The Trapeze Dress and The Dress Shirt) plus 3 brand new styles (The Factory Dress, The Camber Set and The 101 Trouser) and packaged them up in a functional and stylish paper pack.

    Needless to say, we love the new designs because they're typical M and M, understated and cool, and because they work so well with so many of our fabrics. (Watch this space for the Ray Stitch team sporting their very own versions of the Camber Set!) The patterns are extremely simple to make and as Carolyn herself says: "the classic, simple designs place emphasis on the cut and silhouette whilst intentionally avoiding detailing and fastenings which can make even the best dress look homemade".

    Just a note on sizing, Carolyn says they're based on Toast or M and S sizes which come up slightly on the generous size. Take a look at all 6 new patterns here...

    camber set

    factory dress-2

    101 trouser-2

    trapeze 3

  • Uppercase Issue 19 - now in stock...


  • Cosy Flannels

    The weather has turned. We're welcoming in our autumn stock with open arms and this warm palette of brushed cottons wovens are going down very well....


  • Alice Patullo

    Alice Patullo is a an illustrator and printmaker based in East London. Her distinctive screen prints can be seen in many stylish shops up and down the country and she is regularly commissioned to illustrate stationery, posters and book covers by such venerable institutions as the V&A, Faber.... and Ray Stitch!

    The Christmas ribbons she designed for us last year were fabulous (we're all stocked up again ready for this Christmas) and we were delighted to commission her again to do 8 more designs along the lines of parties and correspondence. We love them! All the designs are available by the metre or in a cute little 5 metre reel - take a look.....

    celebration copy

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