We’ve been enjoying some really lovely hot and sunny weather here in Birmingham recently and it’s got so many summery project ideas going in my head – especially with all the new fabric arrivals we’ve had!
Below is a little video to show how they drape and move in real life or read on to see my top picks and pattern suggestions.
All fabrics can be found in the just arrived section of the website or see below for direct links.
Before I get started on all the new fabrics goodness, I wanted to let you know that a few favourites are back in stock!
The peachskin flamingos in mustard on navy and navy on mustard, the jacquard medium weight anchor jersey in navy and white along with the bright lights active wear fabric are all now available again! We can’t always get more stock of certain fabrics, but you guys loved these so much first time round we pulled out the stops to get more – yay!
First up on the new front are selections of lovely classic jerseys that have all been manufactured in the UK (in Leicester to be precise!) so they have been dyed and knitted here. We’ve got a range of viscose plains and viscose stripes that really have such a beautiful drape. They'd be perfect for the Closet Case Patterns Ebony dress and top or the Tilly and the buttons Agnes top.
We have added to our ever-increasing range of printed cotton lawns with these beautiful designs. I especially love the mustard one with bright teal and turquoise flowers and birds on it. These are perfect for summer dresses, blouses and shirts like the Grainline Alder shirt dress, the Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt and dress or the Pauline Alice Cami Dress.
These tropical vibe fabrics are very on trend right now. The pink palm leave cotton lawn has made its way into my fabric stash for another cropped Closet Case patterns Kalle shirt! The vibrant colours of this rose verdure double georgette crepe fabric are beautiful and the fabric has such a lovely drape – it would be perfect for summer dresses like the Sew Over It 1940’s tea dress or the Grainline Scout tee.
Next up are our amazing range of linens! We’ve got 9 colours all together and they are all just beautiful. From classic white, to bright teal, mustard, dusky denim and the berry pinks and purples – I LOVE them all!
They are perfect for breezy wide leg summer trousers like the Megan Nielsen Flint pants/shorts or the new Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan (we are expecting both patterns to arrive next week - beginning 26th June).
The denim blue and white combination in these cotton ikat style fabrics is amazing! They are more of a medium weight and hold their structure a bit more but I think they would be perfect for a boxy style top or dress. It also comes in cream and black too.
Straying away from fabrics I wanted to let you know about a few new haberdashery items that we have that I think you’ll love. The first one are these rose gold jersey snaps. These are really popular, especially for kids clothes.
Next are these Xact shears that have ‘micro serration’ which basically means that on the blade of the scissors are lots of tiny little teeth. These teeth grip the fabric and give you much better control when cutting out slippery fabric and also allow you to easily cut a long straight line of fabric by just pushing though it – rather than opening and closing the scissors.
Lastly is the forming tape interfacing, which is a bit like the popular seam tape interfacing that gets used to stabilise shoulder seams on jersey garments. The difference with this stuff is that its cut on the bias so it’s really easy to curve around necklines or any other curve that might need stabilised in your garment. It’s iron on and very lightweight so won’t bulk out the fabric at all. It does have a stabilising stitch on it which means that if you sew it onto a jersey neckline, it will prevent the neckline from stretching. This may not be an issue if it’s a wide neckline that doesn’t need to stretch anyway, but something to bear in mind.