New Arrivals for Spring

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It may still be windy, raining and generally grey outside but this week we got hold of some lovely new items for the shop that are a fantastic reminder that spring is on its way! Bright colours and cute designs, plus a brand new kind of product has hit our shelves this week and we have fallen in love with the new arrivals, completely and utterly.

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First up, let us introduce you to these amazingly sweet and incredibly practical pattern weights designed by Oh Sew Quaint. Simply delicious, aren’t they? Available in three different designs, you can up your cutting accuracy with these beautiful little cakes. Choose from classic doughnuts with sprinkles, go old school with the Fondant Fancies, or bring a little French (ooh la la!) patisserie fun to your sewing table with macarons.

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We can’t wait to start using these babies at the shop – but be warned, although they look sweet, you’ll lose a tooth if you try to eat one.

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To accompany these lovely treats are a brand new selection of spring themed prints from Clothworks. Featuring a range of woodland animals and trees, the colours all shout Springtime! and will certainly get you in the mood for some sewing for the new season.

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Foxes, hedgehogs, owls, deer and frogs all feature in the designs, alongside spring blossom and budding flowers, proving that woodland themes don’t have to be about autumn and winter.

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Light, fresh and simple in design, the accompanying prints range from stripes to bluebells and grass-like chevrons, giving you the chance to mix and match for a super cute spring project. We’re thinking kid’s pyjamas, quilts, reversible dresses and homeware to brighten up the last of the grey winter weather.

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The cake themed pattern weights cost £19.99 – £24.99 for a box, and the fabrics are all £16.00 a metre. Perfect gifts for Mothers Day or just a spring themed treat for yourself!

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Have yourself a Hygge Christmas

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Halloween has been and gone, Guy Fawkes Night takes place this weekend and half term is nothing but a distant memory, all of which can only mean one thing – Christmas is well and truly on its way. And so this week we cleared away the autumnal colours and put our  Christmas windows in place.

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Full of bright colours and soft textures, our main window this year takes inspiration from the Danish word Hygge, a buzzword which seems to have swept across Britain in the style of the Vikings, dragging us all into it’s cosy wake. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past six or seven months, or just perhaps buried under a pile of fabric, desperately sewing, you may not have encountered the word, so for those not in the know, Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish embodiment of cosy, wintery, easy sociability – making the routine and day to day more special, taking delight in the small things, spending time with your family and friends without feeling like you have to cater for an entire army unit, or putting your pyjamas on after collecting the kids from school. Basically, it comes down to being kind to yourself, and others, and indulging in your own well being.

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So this winter you can see our Christmas winter is full of cosy designs, warm colours and patterns, comfortable clothing and bright prints to ward off the dark and cold of the early evenings. Even our Christmas wreath is made from soft and fluffy pompoms. Pyjamas are the obvious Go To for us when we think of comfort, so you can see three pairs of cosy pj bottoms in the window – featuring Christmassy fabric and super soft brushed cotton.

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But day time clothes can also be comfy if you coordinate with warm wool – the brand new kimono dress is very easy to wear and fits beautifully over leggings and long sleeved funky thermals, match it with a chunky wool cowl and you’re good to snuggle on the sofa or serve up a Christmas meal to friends. Chunky cardigans and slouchy jumpers are your best friends during winter, just make them bright and soft, and pop them on over relaxed trousers or simple skirts to keep your comfort levels high.

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If you’re thinking of what to buy your loved ones this Christmas, you can’t go far wrong with the Hygge concept for gifts either – cosy quilts, squishy soft cushions, warm woolly cowls and hats, bright acrylic necklaces, pretty patterned prints and soft jersey bracelets. And if you spy some things in the shop that you fancy for yourself, you can always make use of our Christmas Wishlists – simply pop your name and email address on a form, and fill in the boxes with a description of the items you like. Then you can send in your boyfriend/mum/child to the shop and we’ll help them make sure you get just what you want under the Christmas tree.

All fabrics used in the Christmas window are available at Emporia priced £12.50 – £16.00 per metre; the wool used on the models is available from £6.95 – £12.00 for 200g. The prices of the gifts varies.

Me Made May Competition and Classes

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We’re one week into may already and Clair and I have been taking pics of ourselves in our me made garments to keep track of everything we wear – so now it’s time for you to do the same! Last year we celebrated with a giveaway competition to reward those of you who are out there sewing with our fabrics, and this year we’ve decided to do the same again, except we’re going bigger and better!

Indigo ikats would make perfect floaty skirts or loose trousers

Indigo ikats make perfect floaty skirts or loose trousers

If you have been busy making your own clothes with any of our fabrics, or making clothes for someone else be they your friend, neighbour, mum, dad, child or grandparent, all you need to do is take a photo of them in your fabulous creation and post it on Facebook, making sure you tag us in the description. Alternatively, you (or your mate) can come into the shop and we’ll take a pic of you to put on our noticeboard and we’ll enter you into the competition that way. Simples!

Summer brights

Summer brights

The options are endless – been on one of our reversible dress classes recently? Show us what you made with the pattern after you learnt the basics from Clair; been inspired by some of our funky patterns to make something for the summer? Crack on with it now and get to wear it and enjoy it during May, as well as being in with a chance to enter the competition. Perhaps you’ve gone home with some of our bargainous vintage fabrics and have knocked up something with a suitably vintagey pattern – get out that camera and show us! All we ask is that the fabric came from us and that what you’ve made is a piece of clothing for a human being. (although, if anyone has made a dog coat or a pair of trousers for a goat out of our fabrics, we would absolutely love to see it, but that would be a different competition altogether.)

Greys and mustards are very on trend right now

Greys and mustards are very on trend right now

So, you’ve made your dress (skirt, shirt, jacket, pyjamas, blouse, waistcoat etc) and you’ve taken a photo and shown it off to us and everyone else – what next? You can either sit back and wait for the end of the month when Clair and I will decide who walks off with the prize of a pattern from the shop, plus enough fabric to be able to make it, or you can carry on sewing! There’s nothing to stop you from entering again – and in fact given that it is Me Made May, we’d really like it if you made some clothes for yourself and then actively wore them. And we’d really, really like it if you thought about signing up for Me Made May officially and made a little pledge about how often you will wear your self made clothes throughout the month – even if it’s just once or twice, or you made one item that you can wear lots like a pair of pyjama bottoms, it still means you are participating and celebrating your sewing skills.

Tilly and the Buttons, and Sew Over It

Tilly and the Buttons, and Sew Over It

And if you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got plenty of patterns in the shop from Threadcount, Tilly and the Buttons (currently only £10.00 each) and the entire collection from Sew Over It is due to arrive at the beginning of next week – so now you have no excuse not to get making. Feel like you need a little hand holding to get you started? Fear not! There are plenty of classes taking place during May that will get you happy and sewing in no time. Take a look!

Feature panels make for stunning dresses

Feature panels make for stunning dresses

Me Made May Classes
Saturday 7th – Beginners Sewing £30.00
Tuesday 10th – Reversible Dress Class £45.00
Wednesday 11th – Beginners Sewing £30.00
Wednesday 18th – Amelie Dress Class £50.00
Thursday 19th – Pyjama Bottoms Class £45.00
Tuesday 24th – Reversible Dress Class £45.00
Thursday 26th – A-line Skirt Class £45.00

All these lovely classes with the lovely Clair, and a whole load of new fabrics which have arrived recently just waiting to be transformed into something special for the summer. Come and join us for Me Made May and see if your talents can’t win you a prize!

Competition entry closes at 5pm on Tuesday 31st May 2016 – the winner and runner up will be announced on Monday 6th June 2016 and will be contacted by email or phone. The judges decision is final.

 

Brushed Cottons and Funky New Prints

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This week our fabulous funky brushed cotton finally arrived just in time for our first pyjama making workshop this weekend. Alongside some very cute designs that are destined to keep the legs and bottoms of both children and grownups cosy this month were some extremely delicious cotton prints that we can’t resist sharing with you now. Take a look at all the gorgeousness now on the shelves in the shop and see if how hard it is to resist rushing into town and grabbing some lions or tigers or zebras (oh my!) to make into something comforting and warm.

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These are our new super duper brushed cottons: perfect for little and big kids, and dare we say it, even adults. Cute zebras and lions, marching soldiers and nighttime stars, all in lovely soft flannel, on the bolt at £16.00 a metre.

It’s not obligatory to make your pjs out of brushed cotton, you can always go for smooth, cool cotton instead – how about a pair in these funky zebra or leopard print numbers?

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Or try something a little more romantic, with these pink and red apples, or some big blooming roses.

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It’s not all about pyjamas though. More new prints could be turned into some fantastic creations, as clothing, accessories or homeware. Fans of all things gothic should appreciate these potato print style skulls, available in pink, blue or grey backgrounds.

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Red, grey and white make for a bold skull print mix, while the scratchy line drawing version from Michael Miller is ideal for serious statement pieces.

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These gold and plain mixes are just wishing the days away until we hit warmer weather – the turquoise would look amazing against tanned skin we think.

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Whereas these raindrops are much more appropriate for the current weather, but no less lovely.

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And finally we are completely in love with these gorgeous soft grey and mustard gold tigers, peacock feathers and birds. Feast your eyes on how well they all go together! We’re thinking amazing double quilt, making use of some of the gold and taupe stripe too. Just amazing.

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If you missed out on this weekend’s pyjama bottom making class, fear not as there is another one coming up soon – book yourself a place on Saturday 27th February and you could be making yourself or a friend a fabulous pair too.