Introducing 'Haberdashery' by Ray Stitch

We are delighted to share our very first range of in-house Ray Stitch fabric with you!

'Haberdashery' has been created in collaboration with fashion designer, and friend of Ray Stitch, Justine Tabak who shares our core beliefs of 'slow' fashion - garments that are made to last years, not just one season. And, as we all know, if you've invested time, money and effort to sew your own clothes, then you want to cherish and wear them time and time again. Justine's clothes are also made entirely in Britain using British produced fabrics, and we are proud to have been able to design and manufacture our first collection of fabrics entirely in the U.K.

'Haberdashery' features patterns of everyday sewing essentials - a subtle suggestion that you might have made your garment yourself?! All five designs have been printed on the finest quality cotton lawn, in a classic colour palette of red, white, sky blue and navy.

Cotton lawn, very similar to cotton voile, is ideal for use in dressmaking. If you haven't sewn with lawn before here are some interesting facts and tips:


  • *Lawn was originally named after Laon in France, where fine linen lawn was made and used in clothing for royalty or the clergy.
  • *Voile comes from the old French word for veil. In French it is pronounced 'vwal', but we tend to anglicise it so that it sounds like 'coil'.
  • *Lawn is made from specially selected ultra-fine, long staple cotton. It has a very high thread count which means it is untextured, has a silky feel and is also extremely light, perfect for all sorts of garments.
  • *Voile is technically more gauzey than lawn but many of the American printed voiles available now have an identical finish to our printed cotton lawn.
  • *The quality of lawn means that it is very easy to work with during construction. Garments made from cotton lawn hold their shape well, are cool to wear in summer and are very comfortable.
  • *Despite how light it is, lawn is actually very durable. The high quality of the fabric also means that creases quickly fall out.
  • *It makes an excellent base for prints: because the fabric is so smooth, the colours and patterns are extra sharp and bright.
  • It sounds like the perfect fabric, right? We think so, but there are a couple of things to take into consideration when working with cotton lawn...
  • *Even though the fabric is lightweight, it is not great for garments that need drape. Lawn is slightly crisp (not stiff) and gathers nicely but it won't fall into heavy, soft folds.
  • *As the fabric is so fine, use a corresponding needle on your sewing machine for the best results.
  • *It can be more expensive than regular cotton fabric, but given all the benefits listed above, we think it's worth it.


So now you know what it is, let us show you what we have made from Haberdashery....

Clockwise from top left:

The women's dress is made from 'blue scissors' and uses the very versatile pattern from April Rhodes, 'Date Night Dress'. (If you are in London, we have this pattern in the shop but not online yet.)

These two darling girl's dresses have been made up using the 'navy pins' and 'white buttons', from this pattern by New Look.

Finally, the gorgeous knickers have been made from 'navy pins' and if you'd like to have a go at making a pair yourself, then why not join our class on the 19 May? More details here.

We are fully stocked with all 5 designs so you can pop in store or purchase online.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on 'Haberdashery' and for you to share any projects you make with our community. You can find us on Facebook or Instagram - tag your photos with #RaystitchMakes. Happy sewing!