Maker Gallery July

By Lauren Guthrie

As ever I'm always really happy to see what everyone has been making each month and this past month has been no exception! 

Here is a round up of some of the amazingness you've stitched up.....

Claire and Elspeth made these lovely Moneta Dresses, don't they look great!?

This is Ellen who made a lovely Colette Macaroon Dress and used our cotton embroidered tulle for the yoke section. Congratulations on your graduation! 

Debbie made a cute sleeveless summer Laurel Dress

Liz made a Laurel too in one of our workshops - there are still spaces left on the 2 day workshop in August - click here for booking details. 

Neil made this amazing Negroni shirt! I'm so impressed! Look at all those stripes he's negotiated! 

Jess made these brilliant Margot PJ's from Love at First Stitch using this cute cat fabric!

Erin made this gorgeous Macaroon Dress too! You know I love a bit of colour blocking. 


Rachel made this lovely dress for her daughter in the girls summer dress workshop - booking details here for the next date! 

Sienna made this really cute dress for herself and a lovely little watermelon purse in one of our kids workshops. Well done her!

How amazing is this picnic basket made from an old suitcase - lined in some of our anchor fabric!? I so want one of these! 

This lovely Violet blouse that Cath is making looks light and breezy for summer. 

Michelle made this great rail fence block in our intro to patchwork workshop (more dates of this workshop will be available soon!)

Elizabeth made this fantastic hat and espadrilles using our 'Breaking Bad' style periodic table fabric! I love them!

I'm sorry I've not got everyone on there - I could have kept going for ever -  but I do look at everything that you send over to me via twitter and Facebook and email too so keep them coming! 

Summer Arrivals in the Shop

By Lauren Guthrie

As each week passes at the moment we have been getting more and more deliveries of fabric – slowly building up our range in the shop.

I can honestly hardly keep track of it all and I keep getting new ideas for projects which I say are defiantly the next things that I’ll start, but then something else new arrives and it all gets changed again!

This week we had a delivery of this bright vivid collection of retro 60’s prints which sort of remind me of Orla Kiely in a way. They are a bit heavier than a lawn and a bit lighter than a poplin so perfect for summer dresses. This is just a few of them - find the full selection in the just arrived section!

We’ve also had this gorgeous vintage yellow floral one with a blue back ground  in a cotton poplin– I cut out a new skirt with this fabric today – it actually made it to the cutting table!

The new pattern from Sewaholic  - the Yaletown Dress and Blouse is also now in stock too and they have another one due out next week – it’s such a lovely staple pattern but I can’t say much more than that until its released to stay tuned!

The new collection by Susan Driscoll from Dashwood Studios called September Blue is also now in stock along with these gorgeous fat quarter bundles of the whole collection. Each bundle contains 10 fat quarters (which measure 50cm x 56cm approx) – so it’s perfect for a quilt top!

And as some of you might have spotted on Instagram already, we now have two prints from this collection in a cotton lawn! The weight of this fabric is amazing! So soft and floaty! I actually just wanted to wrap myself up in it when the blots arrived. You can find them in the just arrived section as well! 

If you like a bit of fun novelty fabric then we have had new arrivals including this 80’s cassette fabric and some more geeky specs fabric! 

If you’re a crazy cat lover then these two delights might tickle your fancy…so cute! 

Or how about these cuts bee’s? We can all do with more bee’s in our life right?

I could go on and on peeps but you'll end up feeling as overwhelmed with choice as I do... so feel free to take a browse the just arrived section so that you don't miss anything! 

I'm about to go into pre-holiday speed sewing mode to try and get a few things finished I the only one or have you been up late sewing before going away too? 

Holiday Projects and a New Sun Skirt

By Lauren Guthrie

With a wee break to the States with my family only a week away, I’ve been getting together some projects that I can take with me to work on ‘sans sewing machine’.

In the past I’ve been quite ambitious with what I’ll actually get done project wise on holiday but there is always the flight to crack on with things and some of my projects will be useful once I get there so I’m hoping that will be motivation to get it finished.

First up is the picnic blanket that I started making in our new Introduction to Patchwork workshop with Sheila. It’s a rail fence block and when combined in a certain orientation it gives a chevron effect, which I love! I’ve been working on quilting it bit by bit – it's far to much to do in one sitting for me.

I doubled the blocks I made in the workshop then used my walking foot to follow the chevron pattern using 3 different colours of thread. Now in the lighter sections I’m using the free machine embroidery foot on my machine with the feed dogs down to outline and highlight the flowers, again using the 3 different colours of threads.

I’ve been quilting it with regular muslin at the back as I’m going to use a waterproof fabric on the back. I was worried about quilting through that fabric as dampness might leak through the holes created by the stitches.

My plan is to then bring the waterproof fabric from the back to the front to make a border, which I’ll then hand sew in place – that’s the bit I’ll finish off on holiday!

If you fancy learning how to make your own patchwork top join Shelia this Saturday morning for a 3 hour introductory workshop to help you get to grips with using the rotary cutter and piecing section together! It’s so much fun!! Booking details are right here!

I know its going to be super hot when I get there so I’ve made up a really simple gathered skirt with an elastic waistband using some of the beautiful nani iro double gauze fabric. I've lined it with some ivory cotton lawn but it's still so light and breezy! I’ve just got the hem to hand sew and as much as I’d love to sit outside in this glorious weather we’ve been having and finish it off, I know I’ll have time to do it once I get there.

If you fancy making your own it’s really easy! I used 1.5 x my wait measurement and a 1” deep strong elastic. My top tip to make sure the fabric stays evenly gathered around the skirt is to sew it in place.

Make sure the fabric is distributed evenly around the elastic, pin in place and then sew 2-3 lines in the elastic with a straight stitch, making sure you pull and tension the elastic as you do.

My other work in progress that I was hoping to have finished by now is my peacock eyes cardigan. I’ve almost finished the left hand button band and only have the sleeves to do. I’ve been tempted to just make the sleeves short so I can start wearing it but I really want it to last into the winter even though it's cotton so I’ll power on and hopefully the sleeves won’t take too long.

The last project I’m going to take with me is the hexy delight that I started literally years ago.  I naively wanted to make a whole quilt/blanked but the hexagons are too small and it takes forever so I’ve lost patience and will now make it into a cushion cover. I just need to quilt it first and wanted to do it by hand so I’ll get that layered up with some wadding and muslin and hopefully get a good head start on that.

I've used lots of different liberty scraps that I've collected from projects and from a scrap pack I bought ages ago too. I just love all the colours together!

I’ve also got a new top planned with this really lovely polycotton embroidered eyelet fabric which will need a bit of hand sewing so the grand plan is to get that together before I go and finish it off when I’m there too – that might be a bit optimistic though!

Do you guys plan to take things on holiday? Or am I just being a bit of a work horse?