Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • McCalls 6696 Shirt Dress

    We have fallen in love with the McCalls 6696 Shirt Dress and thanks to the amazingly talented Sew Dixie Lou we can all learn how to make one ourselves!!

    Clare Szabo, maker/blogger extraordinaire and founder of Sew Dixie Lou has been sewing since birth (!!) She is a master at dressmaking and created this stunning version of the 6696-


    Made to perfection, this classic dress looks gorgeous in the Japanese yarn dyed tuft weave fabric! It is such a versatile pattern and one of Clare's personal favourites..... she's made it three times, and each one is effortlessly stylish and unique! Unfortunately this does make choosing your fabric trickier, as it looks great in everything! But I personally love the chic Essex Linen option below.


    But who wouldn't WANT this rockabilly style in their wardrobe as well........

    6696 2

    Whether you choose a slinky Liberty Lawn or a weightier Organic Cotton Crossweave come and join the class and create your own unique frock fit for any occasion!! Book your place here and get ready for the party season early!!

  • Block of the Month

    Our new Block of the Month classes start this week. Beginning this Friday, we'll be running a monthly workshop in which you can learn two new blocks. As a beginner you'll learn the basics of piecing from scratch under the tutelage of our expert teacher Michael (President of the London Modern Quilt Guild no less!) or as someone with experience you'll have the opportunity to extend your knowledge of the many, many different ways to piece together fabric. Either way, you'll have fun experimenting with different fabric and colour combinations.

    The block classes run from October until March (how better to spend the chilly months?) and there are 12 different blocks in all. You can do all or some of the classes but if you manage to put 12 different blocks together by next spring you can incorporate them into a unique sampler quilt. See below for the plan.....