Friday, 12 September 2014

20 Years

My lovely Sister-in-law Mandy will be covering for me next week. 



I'm going away for a week to celebrate my 20th Wedding Anniversary. Where does that time go. When I look at this picture I see a young girl but at the time I was a grown up & knew exactly what I wanted. When you start getting older you can see chapters in your life that tell your story. If anyone had told me what my future would be now I wouldn't have believed them, I couldn't even Sew!


Me & my beautiful daughter - Lauren - on my Wedding Day 


Whilst I'm away the Shop will be Open 10am - 2pm on Wed 17th, Fri 19th & Sat 20th Sept. I'll be Closed Tues 16th & Thurs 18th. Normal hours resume wk commencing 23rd Sept. 

See you when I get back  - Helen -


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Avant-Garden

Here's the New Autumn Collection by Mo Mo "Avant-Garden". This Collection has so many warm tones with splashes of Pink & Red thrown in. It works wonderfully with Bluebell & Brown Essential Dots. Priced at £12.00 a metre. 








- Jelly Rolls are also available, perfect if you're starting a new Quilting Course - 



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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

New Friendships

Whilst building my Business I've made many friends along the way. Some fellow Crafters & others just starting their Creative journey. I met Kathy over the Summer. Kathy's father had sadly passed away & had travelled from Sydney,  Australia to be with her extended family. New to Sewing Kathy visited my Shop and bought some Fabrics to make Napkins. I had a lovely Singer Sewing Machine on loan in my window which prompted her to find out if her mother's machine was repairable, unfortunately it wasn't. I was overjoyed when she asked if I'd like to use it for my window display. I managed to display her treasured mother's sewing machine in my window.



Kathy also wanted to make her Napkins before heading back to Oz so Kathy asked if she could have a one to one Sewing Session at the Shop. We had a great time, sharing life experiences whilst making her beautiful Napkins. 


- Kathy working on her Napkins - 




- Me & Kathy -


- Kathy's finished Napkins - 


Kathy is now back home is Oz were it's now Spring. She has already proudly used her mitred cornered Napkins. I love knowing that a piece of Fabric you buy inspires you to make something and then has a story to tell. How wonderful that Kathy's Napkins will transport her back to her past in Louth, with fond memories both Old & New.

- Helen - 



Wednesday, 3 September 2014

"SEW NOW"

In our "SEW NOW" sessions we've been making Pincushions, Fabric Flowers, Cushion Covers & Needle cases. It's all Hand Sewing (sociable sewing), perfect for those Autumn Evenings that are fast approaching. Here's a few photos of the Sewing groups & their wonderful makes.



- Victoria & her Daughter Jess. Val also attended -


- Jess with her Flower Brooch - 


- Jess added a button to her Brooch - 


- Victoria's finished Hexagon Pin Cushion -


- Ellie is making her Hexagon Pincushion. 
Anita is making Hexagon Flower Place Mats 
& Lynn & Cynthia are making a Cushion cover - 


- Danielle, Amy & Rebecca are making Pincushions using square templates. 
Lynn is continuing with her cushion. 
There's a choice of projects to either complete on the day or to continue at home - 


- Rebecca & Amy's finished pincushions - 




It's £3.00 per session and you'll also enjoy 10% off in the Shop. Book in advanced to secure your place. This month we're also making a range of Christmas Gifts. Look forward to seeing you soon at one of the sessions.
Saturday 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Tuesday 1pm - 3pm 
- Helen - 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Hall of Fame Winner

As you know I've decided to continue my monthly Hall of Fame Draw. August's winning number was no. 73. Dean from Wrights of Louth chose the lucky winner.



Wrights stock a great selection of Patchwork & Sewing Magazines. They also have my favourite, Mollie Makes. Why not visit & be inspired.



So, the Lucky winner is Sam Laking of Blue Butterfly. Sam made this gorgeous Tilly Top out of the Liberty style Lawn I have available.



Thanks to everyone who entered, the next draw will be 1st October. Keep sending those photos in & you to could be the winner of 3 Fat Quarters to add to your Fabric Stash - Helen -

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Festive Fabrics

More Festive Fabrics are in Stock. These Traditional Christmas colours are teamed with Cream & Natural tones in the new Basic Grey Collection - 25th and Pine - Designed for Moda. Perfect for your Festive Projects. Priced at £12.00 a metre. Also shown alongside the Primitive Gatherings Red Stripe & Kate Spain's - Solstice. 







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Monday, 25 August 2014

Summer Sewing

The weather isn't the best at the moment. I thought it'd be nice to look back at my Summer Sewing Projects. I really love Sewing in the Summer, I quite like the sun streaming through my dining room, music on in the background, relaxing. 

I've entered the world of Dress making & I'm happy with the results. Once you start, it makes you look at clothes differently. The clothes hanging in my wardrobe have been altered to fit, yes to actually fit ME... and they've had a new lease of life. I watched "This Old Thing" with Dawn O'Porter. Dawn has some great Sewing Guides on her site, well worth a visit. Her Programme was a great inspiration for people to try Vintage Clothing and also alter the way they fit. It's taken me a long time to actually find a style of clothing that suits me. There's so many different trends & styles out at the moment, how do you know what will suit you. It's very trial & error but eventually I think I've found my style.

A lot of my dresses are too long in the body so I've taken in the top shoulder seams to shorten them and hand sewn along the bust line.


- A selection of Dresses altered over the Summer - 



The Original Dress


I pinned the Shoulder Seam in place



After altering the Shoulder Seam I also pinned the Cross Section on the bust line to ensure no Gaping. I've then sewn the fabric together.

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The Original Dress pinned at the Bust line


Hand sewn in place at the Bust line

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I bought this Dress in the Sale. It was a couple of sizes too big. Whilst wearing the Dress my trusted aid (my husband) pinned along the side and under the arm. I then created the new side seams. 
Ta Da, a new Dress at a Bargain Price that fits.

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I used the "Sew Over It" Shift Dress Pattern to make 2 tops this summer. One in a Floral Fabric from Chloe's Closet for Moda. The second I used fabric from "Petite Street" by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio. I really like the way these fit it's a really versatile pattern. You can purchase the pattern & Petite Street fabric from the Shop.


Sew Over It Shift Dress Pattern using Chloe's Closet 1930's Playtime Collection



- Petite Street Fabric - 


I've also finished my Miette Skirt Designed by Tilly from The Great British Sewing Bee. It fits beautifully. I used the Denim Linen I have in Stock priced at £9.00 a metre. I pre-washed the fabric and it just looks brilliant. It has a silvery sheen to it and it's so soft too, I'm very happy with the results. You can purchase the pattern from the Shop too, win, win. (I'm wearing the skirt on the Group "SEW NOW" photo).

- The Sewing Session on Saturday - 


- Me with my Afternoon Group making place mats. I love my Miette Skirt - 


- My morning Group (I forgot to take a photo of Jo) sewing our Hexagons & Ice-Creams - 

Due to popular demand I can now accommodate 6 people at the "SEW NOW" Saturday sessions. I'm also extending my Opening hours, the Shop will be open until 4pm on Tuesday's starting the 9th September. "SEW NOW" sessions will be available on Tuesday afternoon's 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Please contact me to book a place.

I'd love to hear about your Clothing Creations. I've been following Rachel, a customer that visited my Shop whilst visiting family in Louth. Rachel's Blog - Sew South London - is well worth a visit. Rachel is always trying different patterns & fabrics available. I have the Mathilde Pattern available at the Shop, (I have mine cut out ready to make, can't wait), Rachel has already made this top, it look great too. Well worth checking out.

I've loved my Summer Sewing. It's a time when you sew things for you, you can be selfish in the Summer. Now we move into the Autumn months our sewing will turn to Christmas Projects for Family & friends. It's so exciting making these special gifts, you have just as much enjoyment from making them as the person who receives them. I can't wait.

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