Monthly Archives: January 2019

  • Papercut Patterns: New Range In!

    We are lucky enough to stock so many amazing and creative pattern designers, but because of this, it's hard to pick a favourite but New-Zealand based Papercut Patterns are definitely high up on our list. Everything about them is a joy - from the beautiful but very practical packaging (the patterns are printed on recycled brown trace and designed to hang up for storage, just like a real fashion studio) to the original and highly wearable garments. Plus, owner Katie Brown has always had a passion to make the brand as sustainable as possible and to reduce her/our impact on resources. The Sapporo Coat and the Anima Sweatpants have been staples in-store, in our classes and in our own wardrobes too!


    The latest range is called GEO and features inspiration from both geometry and geology - designs are called, Ravine, Pinnacle and Fjord, and there are really interesting triangle design features and plunging necks/backs. We will be stocking four patterns from the new range which cover all the essentials: trousers, top/sweater, dress and jumpsuit as well as having options for 'Rookie' and 'Skilled' sewers.


    Top Row: Sierra Jumpsuit, Palisade Pants, Ravine Dress

    Bottom Row: Palisade Pants, Ravine Dress, Pinnacle Top/Sweater

    There are some great photos being shared on social media which show the versatility of these patterns and just how different each garment can look depending on the fabric used. You can follow Papercut on Instagram for inspiration, or of course, share with us @raystitch. And if you need any advice on choosing the best fabric for your project then we would love to help - pop in if you're local or email/phone for a chat!


    But as we welcome these fab four designs to our pattern room, we also are saying goodbye to some favourites to make room. This is your chance to snap up these patterns on sale, now only £15 before they are all gone!


    From left to right: Pneuma Tank, Flutter Sleeve Dress/Top and Guise Pants, Milano Cape.

    We are thinking of the Pneuma for keeping up our new year's resolution to be more active, getting prepared for spring with the Flutter top and trousers while the Milano Cape is just perfect for this chilly weather!

    Whichever range you choose from we hope that you will enjoy making and wearing your Papercut project :)

  • New Year, New Makes!

    So that's all out of the way then, and the new year commences with enthusiasm and a keen desire to get stuck in to a few of the patterns we've been wanting to make up for a while. That new year feeling of renewed energy combined with the arrival of some tempting new fabrics and we're all set! Just thought we'd share what's in the pipeline....

    A practical make to start with, the Maven Patterns Maria Apron .This studio apron is so cool, and just the thing for rolling up your sleeves and getting down to it. Paired with this Nani Iro Herringbone Canvas it's going to look the business....


    Astonishingly, we haven't made up The Archer Shirt yet, although we've seen some fabulous versions of it in the shop and online. So this one is definitely at the top of the to-do list, and when this gorgeous Japanese Patchweave Cotton arrived this week we thought it's gentle crispness would be perfect for a neat little button up shirt...


    This Lisette pattern is an old favourite, and sadly it's about to be discontinued :-( The front pleat skirt we've made many times but there's so much lovely wool around that we're going to make it again in The London Cloth Co - Kentish and wear it with a pair of high heeled leather boots!


    Dying to make these! Let's pretend it's summer and slink about in a pair of bright pink flowery City Trousers, sure to cheer everyone up... (Dahlia Print Stretch Cotton Sateen)


    This lovely new Japanese print has been VERY popular since it came in this week. Liesl and Co's gathered Shorts and Skirt pattern will be perfect to show off the fabric's gorgeous drape, but shorts or skirt?? Dilemma time...


    And finally, a simple but beautifully detailed little top to go with [shorts or skirt??] Using the Japanese Patchweave again because it's so pretty, this Chai Tee going to be NICE...

    So watch this space, we'll be sure to share when they're all made up. Hope you're enjoying your own new year makes... xx