Category Archives: Shopping

Megan Nielsen patterns

I was very excited to discover today that Backstitch has started stocking Megan Nielsen patterns. I’ve been looking for a UK stockist for ages, as ordering direct from the states is pretty expensive on the old postage front.

I’ve ordered myself the ruched maternity t-shirt pattern (hopefully it’ll be more successful than the fateful Preggo Sorbetto).

I also bagged the maternity lingerie set pattern. Hopefully I’ll finish them both before the baby arrives!

If you’re not pregnant, why not try the Darling Ranges dress? Paunnet and Idle Fancy have both made lovely navy blue versions.

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I’m in love…with Stone Fabrics

I had a very exciting treat in the mail today.

I first heard about Stone Fabrics from the lovely Karen of Did You Make That? When I saw they were based in Totnes, I was a little disappointed, but I soon perked up when I saw their mail order Cloth Club.

For £30 a year, I get 6o fabric samples every quarter. And oh what samples! The quality is amazing, with quite a few designer fabrics thrown in. I had a lovely time sorting them all into order and matching them with their descriptions on the listing. Here are a few of my favourites.

This dusky pink cord might look quite ordinary, but it’s 10% cashmere and feels butter soft. I think I’ll be snapping this up to make myself some Clover trousers (post baby of course!).

Gorgeous genuine Missoni knit. I’m not sure what I’d do with this, and at £29.65 it’s a bit pricey to go into my stash, but it is pretty.

Blue check brushed cotton – this’ll be perfect for PJs!

And my absolute favourite, a gorgeous Chanel style grey tweed. I’ll be snapping up a couple of metres of this to make myself a winter coat.

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Bust Craftacular London 2011

The awesome BUST magazine Christmas Craftacular returns to London in November and vendor applications are now open!

The BUST Craftacular will have more than 70 crafty vendors, a cafe and heaps of workshops. The event takes place on Sunday 27 November 2011 from 12pm – 6pm at York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ.

It costs £5 to register as a vendor, apply here.

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A fabulous fabric haul

I’ve picked up a few gorgeous fabrics over the last week or so. Some for specific projects and some just because I thought they were pretty. Here’s the lowdown.

1. Tiny Old Gold Leaf cotton & silk mix.  £9.99 per metre from Ditto Fabrics.

2. Vintage 1940s viscose. £very expensive indeed from Donna Flower.

3, 4 & 5 Pretty cottons. £5.99 per metre from Fashion Fabrics in Bath.

I bought the Old Gold Leaf fabric in preparation for a sewing class I’m doing next week at Sew Over It (more on that after the class!). It’s beautifully silky and soft. My first order from Ditto Fabrics, but service was speedy and I was very pleased with the fabric as it looked exactly as it did on the website.

Next up, this beautiful gazelle print vintage 1940s viscose from vintage specialist Donna Flower. Again, my first order from this shop and I was very impressed. The fabric arrived the next day, prettily packed in polka dot tissue and candy stripe ribbon.

It needs a bit of an iron! I’m not quite sure what I’ll make with this, but it’s going to have to be something pretty special and definitely from a vintage 1940s pattern to do it justice. I’m going to practice on a few cheaper fabrics first!

Then, finally, on a recent day trip to Bath I dropped into Fashion Fabrics, tucked away on Green Street. Wow, what a goldmine. Heaps and heaps of beautiful fabrics, helpful staff, patterns and allsorts crammed into a tiny shop. I picked up three lovely cotton prints for just £5.99 a metre each.

I love this delicate rose print. I got the end of the roll, just 1.4 metres, so I think this will either make a pretty blouse or get combined with some other fabric to make the bodice of a dress.

I also picked up this cute cockerel print. I don’t have any particular plans for this, but I thought it would either make cute baby clothes or cute clothers for me! I love chickens. I know I’m weird.

Last but not least, I thought this paisley-esque green cotton could come in handy for something. One for the stash.

What about you? Do you buy fabric just because it’s pretty, or do you always have a firm plan for what you’ll make with it?

What are your favourite fabric shops?

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