Friday, 27 February 2015

Whitewashed Cottage

This Collection makes me want a Whitewashed Cottage of my own. A bit like my niece's Dolls House. Anyway, head out of the clouds, here is the new 3 Sister's 'Whitewashed Cottage' for Moda Fabrics.

- 'Whitewashed Cottage' £12 a metre / £3 a Fat Quarter - 

Shown with Grey Essential Dots (£11 a metre) & Baby Pink Plain (£8 a metre)

- A Bundle containing 5 Fat Quarters £14 - 

- Jelly Roll £30.99 & Charms available - 

I also stock Shabby Chic Linens perfect for chairs & cushions. These Linen Blends (70% Cotton/30% Linen) are the perfect weight for hand sewing projects as the fabric is soft and not as coarse/stiff as some 100% Linens.

- All priced at £16 a metre / £3 a Fat Quarter - 

- Payments can be taken via Paypal if you'd like anything posted out to you - 


Friday, 6 February 2015

The Great British Sewing Bee

Yes, the new series is now on (BBC2 Thursday's @ 8pm). It was great to see the contestants making and creating with such passion. The highs and lows you go though whilst creating a garment are all very normal and reassuring to see on TV. I've had to tell myself many a time that you get better through practise and the frustrations you experience (and unpicking) are all part of the journey you go through to get the end result, an item of tailor made clothing.

The theme for this months window has to be the "Great British Sewing Bee". I'm a proud stockist of Tilly Walnes Dress Patterns. Tilly was a contestant on the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee. The Tilly & The Buttons patterns are well illustrated with full instructions and colour photos, they are a joy to use. 

- The Francoise Dress Pattern - 
(£12.50 per pattern)

- My Francoise Dress made using 'The Best Day Ever' Moda fabric - 

- Miette Wrap Skirt, no buttons or zips - 

- Made using a Denim Linen Chambray -
 (awaiting fabric delivery)

- My Mathilde Top using Cherry Fabric - 

I learnt so much from these patterns and Tilly has additional photos on her blog Tilly and The Buttons. 

The Francoise Dress, Miette Skirt & Mathilde Top are a lovely collection to add to your Springtime Wardrobe. So, with the Great British Sewing Bee on now is a perfect time to start Dressmaking. 

- Helen - 

Looking for more inspiration, why not check out Rachel's Dressmaking Blog Sew 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Lovely Lawns

These lovely Lawns are now in stock. 'Regent Street' Designed by Sentimental Studios for Moda have delivered this 1950's inspired Collection. The Lawn has a beautiful drape. Priced at £12.00 a metre / £3 a Fat Quarter


Friday, 23 January 2015

Small Prints

I just love these Sevenberry small prints. Currently Priced at £11.00 a metre, £2.75 a Fat Quarter. 

- These will definitely brighten any dreary day in January - 

- A Liberty style Print in Yellows & Pinks - 

- Small Yellow Flowers - 

- Small Pink & Yellow Flowers - 

- A Beautiful Liberty Style Lawn - 
I used this to make a top, it gives a lovely drape to the garment

- Small Blue flowers with Greens & Reds - 


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Home Sweet Home

I kind of like January. The start of a New Year brings new goals and adventure. I know it's dark and dreary but there's something relaxing about it. Evenings become your own and new projects spring to mind. 

I'm working on a Hand Sewn Quilt at the moment, it's actually called Home Sweet Home. I thought it'd be a great Project to have finished for the Spring (fingers crossed there). It focuses on a new type of appliqué I've not tried before. You use a backing fabric and top fabric. Pin them facing each other, stitch around the shape, make a slit in the back and turn it the right way out. It gives you a seamed edge which is then sewn with an invisible stitch. Brilliant results.

This month my Window is focusing on 'Home Sweet Home' and making your house a home over these winter months. My Cottage Bunting was machine sewn. I then appliquéd the cottage fronts using scraps of fabric, vintage lace and ribbons. I loved working on these in the evenings, satisfyingly using bits from my scrap bag.

Whilst helping my sister in law move I'd spotted my nieces old dolls house. It looked like some of the Appliqué Cottages I'd made. Inside was all the furniture. My mind went in to over drive thinking of all the little pillows and quilts I could make from that ever building scrap bag.

I've placed traditional Red Fabrics with Naturals & the lovely 'Field Guide' Collection. This works so well for the Home. I've displayed the Patchwork Quilted Cushions made using these fabrics. You can make your own at the Sew Now Classes.

This beautifully restored Sewing Box was made by Lou at Fox Hollies. It's available for £30.00 

- This Hexagon Bunting was so quick and easy to make 
Get booked on the Sew Now sessions to make yours - 

I really want to focus on making my house a home, unique to me and my family. Something that reflects our personalities and interests. I remember visiting a relatives home. Their bookcases, music collection & pictures that were displayed was true to them. It reflected them as a family something I want to do in my own home. So it's patchwork cushions for the room and bunting in the Hallway. 

- Happy New Year - 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

20% Sale Now On

I hope you're all enjoying the festivities. I received lots of Sewing & Knitting Books for Christmas, yay. I just love flicking through them and planning my new projects. So if you're like me and have a few sewing projects in mind why not pop down and buy some lovely fabrics to make them. There's 20% Sale off everything in Store as we speak. The Sale will continue until Saturday 3rd January 2015. My Opening hours are the following:

Wednesday 31st Dec - 9.30am - 2pm
Thursday 1st Jan - Closed
Normal Hours Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd Jan - 9.30am - 4pm

- Have a Happy New Year - 
x Helen x 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your support this year. This is my first Christmas in the Shop and I've had a wonderful time. I'm very excited to see where 2015 takes me and The Little Fabric Store. I'll be adding more exciting Fabric Ranges and expanding on my haberdashery.

I'd like to thank you for being part of my journey. My Sewing Groups have been so rewarding. It's been an amazing experience to see people sewing for the first time and seeing that sewing bug setting in :) One of my ladies said she couldn't sleep at night because she was thinking about all the projects she'd like to make or was already working on. What an exciting journey she's on, one that will be part of her life and who she is.

Have a wonderful Christmas & I look forward to hearing all about your 2015 Projects. 

x Helen x 

- I'll be spending Christmas with my family -