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. 


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.


The Original Dress pinned at the Bust line

Hand sewn in place at the Bust line


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.


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.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

September Blue

Here's the New Collection from Susan Driscoll "September Blue" for Dashwood Studio. Wild Flowers, Birds & Butterflies makes this the perfect Collection to move into the Autumn months ahead. Priced at £11.00 a metre - Helen - 


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Making Ice-Cream

As you know my 'SEW NOW" session take place every Saturday. I really look forward to them, I get to meet some lovely people, we have a great time sewing & chatting. I've extended the times with no price increase, sessions are 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 3.30pm. It's £3.00 & you also enjoy 10% off on the day.

The Morning Session - Lucy, Cheryl & Jo 

The Afternoon Session - Lynn, Cynthia, Rebecca & daughter Hermione

Hermione's finished Ice-Cream Bunting

Rebecca with Hermione wearing her finished Flower Brooch

Due to popular demand the "SEW NOW" sessions will also take place on a Tuesday afternoons from September as I'll be increasing my Opening Hours. I'll update you with confirmed dates.

I'll post instructions & templates on my site very soon for those who can't attend my sessions so you can make Ice-creams at home too :) - Helen - 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Fabrics Now In

I've had my Christmas Fabric Collections in the shop for about 3 weeks now. I've held off posting them in August but I know Crafters are already planning their Festive Makes.

The "Folk Art Holiday" Collection is Designed by Gina Martin for Moda. The Chicken Prints are in Bold Colours and look great teamed with Blue's & Green's making this Christmas Collection work all year round. 

- Priced at £12.00 a metre & available in Fat Quarters -

Spotty Linens £16.00 a metre & Linen Blend also £16.00 a metre (70% Cotton & 30% Linen)

The Dusky Pink is on re-order

Jersey Prints are here too. Robert Kaufman's Laguna Jersey Designed by Ann Kelle. Priced at £12.00 a metre & is 147cm in width. These Bold Designs will make great Dresses & Children's Leggings. It's 95% Cotton & 5% Spandex 

- Beautiful Floral Prints £12.00 a metre -


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Summer Picnic Window

My New Window Display is Picnic/Garden Party themed. I just want to step into it. There's a Picnic Quilt & Cushions all handmade by Lou @ Fox Hollies with a Vintage Picnic Set, all available to purchase. Fox Hollies are based in The Old Maltings, Louth. It's an amazing place to visit, so many quirky & unusual things. It's all very Vintage and Lou's corner is amazing.

Fabric from the Annali Collection for Dashwood Studio inspired my Ice-Cream Bunting. I like to make different Bunting for the Window, by using Pegs to attach them instead of sewing onto the Bias Binding these can change it as often as you like. You can also make these at my "SEW NOW" sessions.

I made a cute Summer Top using the Shift Dress Pattern from Sew Over It. This Dress Pattern is so versatile, you can make it into a Dress, Tunic or Top. Great for a Summer Picnic/BBQ or Garden Party. I'll definitely be making a few of these for my Summer Wardrobe.

A great customer of mine, Deborah, made these Pom Pom Chandeliers using the Pom Pom Makers I sell. Also available for purchase. 

- Summer is well and truly here, let's all enjoy -

The "SEW NOW" Photo's from last weeks Groups

The Morning Group

Joan & her Daughter Sharon with their finished Brooches

Claire & her Gran with their finished Brooches

Jules & Danielle from the Afternoon Group modelling their Brooches

- Here's Bronwen collecting her Prize from the "Hall of Fame" Draw - 

Thanks again to everyone who entered a photo, I've really enjoyed seeing your Makes. And because I've enjoyed it so much I'll be holding monthly Draws from the "Hall of Fame", so there's still opportunities to win, keep sending those photos in - Helen - 

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Lucky Winner

Thanks to everyone who sent a photo through to the 'Hall of Fame". The lucky number has been drawn by Lesley & Paul from Jameson Shoe Repair  Did you know as well as Shoe repair they also sharpen scissors, very handy to know for all that Sew. They're also my neighbours located in Eastgate, Louth just off New Street.

The Lucky Number is "67" which is Bronwen Walmsley. Bronwen made this Lined Bag using the Prairie Collection Designed by Rebecca Stoner. Bronwen is the lucky winner of a Craft Book & 3 Fat Quarters. 

Bronwen's Bag can also be seen on Rebecca Stoner's Facebook Page

The Hall of Fame has been truly Inspirational for the people visiting my site. I've had lots of great comments about the Creative Makes you've been sending in. It's been lovely seeing beginners starting their sewing journey & the experienced Sewer sending their photos in too. There's a selection of Clothing, Quilts & Craft Project. I love seeing what people make with their Fabrics, especially when the bring them into the Shop to show me. Thanks for being a part of this Inspirational Journey.

Don't forget my "SEW NOW" are taking place every Saturday, it's a great chance to meet new people & learn how to sew. If you fancy coming along to one of these session book in advance to secure your place. You will also 
receive 10% off purchases on the day. Hope to see you there - Helen -