Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • Our own versions of Wren.....

    Ray Stitch were very fortunate to receive Colette's new pattern 'The Wren' prior to it's official release date last week!! What a treat...  with pattern in-hand, we set to work immediately.

    We recently stocked up on a gorgeous new range of printed jerseys from Art Gallery, and the Wren arrived just in time to try them out! The first version we made was in the printed cotton jersey Imprint - Maze. This single stretch fabric has a lovely weight and drape, with a small amount of spandex perfect for slightly fitted styles, though is fairly stable to sew so we found that it worked perfectly.

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    The second fabric was chosen for it's classic and flattering appeal. We absolutely love our double stretch bamboo jersey; it has such a gorgeous, slinky drape to it, plus it's very comfortable and breathable due to the natural properties of bamboo. The Wren this time took on the characteristic of transforming from a smart work dress to a sultry evening dress, depending on how it was styled. It was a mild day when we had finished sewing so our mannequin was feeling suitably happy wearing just the dress in October - the beauty of bamboo!

    Wren 1

    Wren is one of those great patterns with huge versatility. It lends well to different fabrics and looks great as either smart or casual day wear. The sleeveless option also gives other dimensions – sun dress, evening dress, layered overdress… It’s easy to construct and doesn’t require a tremendous amount of fabric, teamed with the fact that knits usually come on wider bolts. We would also recommend our striped cotton jersey for something striking, and our plain melange cotton jersey for a softer look. You could also go heavier with a Ponte di Roma, a wonderful weight for the fitted version of Wren.

    The options are endless.... we are off to make another!

    Happy Sewing!

    Wren 2

  • Wren, The New Pattern From Colette - Just In!

    Meet Wren: The Fitted Surplice Dress

    Today we are thrilled to share the latest Colette pattern with you! Meet Wren, the fitted surplice dress.

    Wren is a feminine, wrap-style knit dress that is sure to flatter every figure. Make either the sleeveless version for evenings or warmer months or add short sleeves. The gathered neckband is gracefully echoed in the gathered A-line skirt. This dress has a charming silhouette that can be styled up or down.

    We have so many beautiful stretch fabrics that would work for this dress - colorful cotton jersey prints for the perfect day dress, or classy and slinky bamboo stretch for the ultimate little evening dress. Take a look at all our stretch fabrics here...

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  • Boiled Wool Coat Weekend

    These very clever ladies spent last weekend in our workshop making themselves a coat - without a pattern. Customised to suit their taste - long or short? collar or no collar? fitted or straight? pockets/buttons? choices choices.... But anything is possible with our indomitable pattern cutting teacher Alice!

    We have one more Boiled Wool Coat Weekend coming up this year on the 7th and 8th November. Check out the details on our class page here - Don't miss it!

    wool class ladies

  • Printed and Plain Stretch Fabrics

    We've taken delivery of lots of new jersey fabrics over the past couple of weeks. Last week we received a big stack of the much anticipated Art Galley printed Jersey range - we've spoilt you for choice in terms of colours and patterns - from the rather understated and contemporary ‘Morse Dot Blue’ to the fresh and fruity geometric ‘Arboretum Dawn’ to a bold and striking ‘Maze Blue’. Not only are these new additions to our fabric family modern and elegant in design, they also boast a really high quality. They have been knitted in Pima Cotton, a very soft, durable, and absorbent type of fibre similar to Egyptian cotton. Fabric made using this type of cotton is light to wear yet provides superior warmth making it perfect for the coming season. Below is a snapshot of all the designs we currently have in store.
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    If prints and patterns just aren’t your thing we have lots of interesting plains to offer. You might have already seen that our sumptuous Bamboo Jersey is now back in stock - an absolute classic, perennial favourite: soft, heavy drape and slight lustre - perfect for the crossover from casual to evening wear.  More recently we brought in a new range of Melange cotton jerseys, we have these available as a lightweight fabric in Pink, Lime, Light Blue, Petrol & Natural and as a heavier weight in Navy, Anthracite & Grey. Melange is a colour affect achieved by mixing two colours when constructing a fabric, this gives a rich depth and texture, it also lends itself to casual wear.

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    If you haven’t tried sewing with Jersey before, don’t be nervous! It’s not as tricky as you think, you don’t need an overlocker to start experimenting, using the zig-zag setting on your sewing machine will work just fine, the beauty of jersey is that it doesn’t fray like woven fabrics. Another benefit of making clothes using stretch fabric is draping, draping is the alternative to pattern cutting or using a commercial pattern. One drawback however is that you need a mannequin (or a very patient friend!) to, as the name suggests, drape your fabric over and around the body form and pin in place to create unique designs. When we received our new Art Gallery Jersey’s we couldn’t resist draping them over our dressmaker mannequins to see how they look formed around the body, it’s a really easy way to get inspiration for a new project and see how the fabric will suit the style you have in mind. You can see below the results of our half an hour experimentation!