Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Toasty warm brushed cotton flannels!

    As is inevitable, the weather changes from day to day but one thing is for sure... we're not about to stop wearing cosy clothing. With the influx of casual garment styles we have in stock now at Ray Stitch - including the (hopefully increasing) menswear range - we are always aspiring to provide you with a variety of fabrics that you can use, whether the weather is inclement or not. So for February, believing that our shirting weight wovens collection will allow you to make clothing that will last throughout the remainder of winter into spring (and have you ready for when autumn quickly rolls around again), we have expanded our range of brushed cotton flannel checks and stripes.

    Ray Stitch Brushed Cotton Flannels

    Our woven brushed cotton flannels, designed by Moda, are 100% cotton and feature a fluffy right side and a smooth non-fluffy wrong side - though, break conventions and have the fluffy texture on the inside!

    Ray Stitch Brushed Cotton Flannels

    They are 110cm wide and remember that if you want to be meticulous with your pattern matching, to add more to your fabric requirements (save the scraps for a quilt!) The two plain colours below are our organic brushed cotton flannels and are 120cm wide, woven on small power looms in Kerala.

    Ray Stitch Brushed Cotton Flannels

    Choosing colours that work well in womenswear and menswear (how about some classic toddler overalls too?), our range offers classic shades in checks and stripes that aren't in your face this-is-a-lumberjack-shirt. Don't get us wrong, lumberjack shirts with the bold checks are quite possibly a wardrobe staple, but generally we think shirting could be more subtle - wearable at work and a casual brunch, something generally more versatile. We have picked out some of our patterns that would be very comfortable in a soft flannel, and easily styled if you want to layer.

       Ray Stitch patterns for flannels


    You could also use brushed cotton flannel as a cosy quilt top or backing! We stock organic brushed cotton flannel in super soft white and natural. Don't forget to show us your creations!

  • February Classes

    UPCOMING CLASSES for February:
    Freestyle! with Rosie - Fri 5th Feb 7-10pm
    Whatever you want to work on, our teacher is there to guide you £40 (Book 3 sessions for £100) - (1 space left)
    Intermediate Steps with Luisa - Sat 6th Feb 10.30-1.30pm
    Beginner Plus, dressmaking techniques £48 - (2 spaces left)
    Recreate Your Favourite Garment with Alice - Sat 6th Feb 2.30-5.30pm
    Some working knowledge of dressmaking and basic sewing machine skills necessary £55 - (1 space left)
    Trouser block (pattern cutting) with Alice - Sun 7th Feb 10am-5pm
    Some working knowledge of dressmaking and basic sewing machine skills necessary £105 (3 spaces left)
    Making Children's Clothes with Rosie - Wed 10th and 17th Feb 6.30-9.30pm
    Must have made something using a sewing machine and be fairly confident with a machine but our teacher will be on hand to help! £90 (2 spaces left)
    Colette Wren Dress with Moyna - Sat 13th and Sun 14th Feb 11am-5pm with lunch included.
    This is a good start to sewing with jersey, but it is good if you have made a woven garment before £165 (3 spaces left)
    Men's Clothing (Merchant and Mills patterns) with Rosie - Thurs 25th Feb plus 3 more consecutive sessions 10.30am-1.30pm
    Fairly confident machine sewing skills necessary with a completed sewing project behind you (our Beginner session + Next Steps or equivalent would be perfect) £260 (5 spaces left)
    Machine Embroidery and Appliqué with Caroline - Fri 26th Feb 6.30-9.30pm Pin-Tucking session! £55 - (4 spaces left)
    Make a Tote Bag with Luisa - Sat 27th Feb 10.30am-1.30pm
    Complete beginners £45 (4 spaces left)
    Next Steps with Moyna - Sat 27th Feb 2.30-5.30pm
    Beginners Plus, basic dressmaking skills to advance your repertoire (Do it with the Tote Bag class above for a good day of learning!) £45 - £48 (4 spaces left)
    Camber or Dress Shirt with Moyna - Sun 28th Feb 10am-5pm with lunch included Next Steps or equivalent would be great, but knowledge of darts and seams is enough £95 (4 spaces left)