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Ringer Tee by Brindille & Twig

Ringer Tee by Brindille & Twig

The Ringer Tee by Brindille & Twig is a really popular free childrens t-shirt pattern. I have seen so many beautiful versions of this t-shirt that I thought it was about time I made one for our little boy. The pattern has the option for either long or short sleeves. I chose to make the short sleeved version using some of our I love cars Jersey .

 

Ringer Tee I love Cars Dressmaking Jersey

This was a straightforward garment to sew, but I found attaching the neckband and sleeve bands rather fiddly. I attached and removed the neckband what felt like 100 times to get it to lay flat, in the end I made the band about 1 inch shorter and half the width of what the pattern says. The issues that I had were because I need more practice sewing for little people, the pattern is really lovely. I also didn’t put a band around the bottom of the t-shirt, I simply overlocked the raw edge, turned it up and stitched around twice.

My car mad little boy loved it! It is a little big for him at the moment, but he will grow into it.

Ringer Tee I love Cars Jersey

The I Love Cars jersey that I used to make this t-shirt is made by Stof Fabrics of Denmark. We have a lovely selection of their AVALANA jerseys and sweatshirts in stock. Each of their jerseys are Oeko-Tex-Standard 100 which means that they have been tested and certified to be free from substances that are known to be harmful. This makes them ideal for making clothing, especially for the little people in our lives.

All of our Stof Fabrics have 10% off until Wednesday 5th September

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Tilly and the Buttons Maternity Agnes Dress

Tilly and the Buttons Maternity Agnes Dress

As soon as we found out that I was pregnant I started looking at maternity sewing patterns. The Tilly and the Buttons Agnes was my favourite – there are so many beautiful versions of it. The ruched front is perfect for a growing bump!

I made it up using our Bromley Jersey, it is a lovely summery pattern with vibrant red and pink flowers on a navy background. This jersey is also a nice weight for this time of year. I made the version with the cropped sleeves so that I could wear it on both hot and cooler days over the summer.

Tilly and the Buttons Maternity Agnes Dress

Initially I cut a size 4 at the top and graded to a size 3 at the hips, but when I tried it on it was too big across the back.  So, I laid the pattern on again and re-cut to a size 3, the fit was much better. I had a lot of trouble with the sleeves, I could not get them to insert smoothly. I am sure this is because I initially cut a larger size and then had to make it smaller. I also shortened the dress about 6 inches so it finished just above my knee.

Sew Mama Agnes

The pattern instructions are easy to follow and apart from the sleeve issue (which was my fault) it was straightforward to put together. It is very comfortable to wear and it is going to be worn a lot over the next couple of months.

 

These jerseys would also make a gorgeous Agnes dress….

Lavender Lustre Jersey  Dark Blue, Teal and Ivory Flowery Viscose Jersey Fabric Royal Blue Floral Viscose Jersey

Happy sewing xx

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We now stock a gorgeous selection of jersey fabrics by Stof Fabrics of Denmark!

We now stock a gorgeous selection of jersey fabrics by Stof Fabrics of Denmark!

We are very pleased to stock a range of beautiful jersey and sweatshirt jersey fabrics by Stof Fabrics of Denmark.  Each Stof Fabric comes with the “Confidence in Textiles” Oeko-Tex-Standard 100 certification, which means that they are safe for making items of clothing for babies and children.

Jersey Fabrics by Stof Fabrics of Denmark

 

 

Shop our range of Jersey fabrics by Stof of Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Giraffe Jersey Dressmaking Fabric

 

 

 

Giraffe Cotton Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Grey Striped Cotton AVALANA Jersey by Stof Fabrics

 

 

 

Grey Striped Cotton Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Striped Cotton Jersey

 

 

Pink Striped Cotton Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

I Love Cars Children's Jersey

 

 

I Love Cars Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Sweatshirt Jersey

 

 

Bear Sweatshirt Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Light Grey Sweatshirt Jersey

 

 

Light Grey Sweatshirt Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Happy sewing! xx

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Star Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

Star Linden Sweatshirt

I’m hooked on making Grainline Linden Sweatshirts! I made this one just before Christmas and it was worn a lot over the holidays.

Star Grainline Linden

This time I made a size 2 and I prefer the fit to my last one. I made it up in our Star Jersey / Lightweight Sweatshirt which has a beautifully soft brushed back, and the finished sweatshirt is very cosy and warm.Grainline Linden

The pattern is very straightforward to follow and the top comes together beautifully. If like me you are short on sewing time then this is a great quick make!

Star Linden

This Star Jersey / Lightweight Sweatshirt fabric has 15% off until Monday 22nd January 2018.

Happy sewing! xx

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Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong

Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong 2017

Are you taking part in this years Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong organised by Corrine of What Corrine Did Next?

Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong

To enter all you need to do is make a jumper and then embellish or decorate it to turn it into a Christmas jumper! You then need to post a photo of your finished Christmas jumper on instagram with the hashtag #myxmasjumper by the 20th December. There are some great prizes up for grabs! For more details visit Corrines blog

 

We are a proud sponsor and are offering 10% off fabric on our website with the code XMAS10JUMPER.

 

Happy sewing!

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New Jersey Dressmaking Fabrics

New Jersey Dressmaking Fabrics

We’ve taken delivery of some gorgeous jersey dress fabrics over the last week or two…

Ivory and Light Navy Striped JerseyThis striped jersey is a classic. It is a similar weight to a ponte roma and would make a great simple styled dress or top such as a Tilly and the Buttons Coco. As it is fairly thick it wouldn’t suit gathers.Black and Coffee Floral Jersey

This is a medium weight floral jersey fabric with a nice drape. It would make lovely dresses, skirts and jackets. I think it would make a lovely Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater or a Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan.

Soft Grey Marl Jersey

This lightweight grey marl jersey is so soft! It is ideal for making items of clothing to layer such as the Papercut Patterns Rise & Fall Turtleneck. It would also make a gorgeous waterfall cardigan.

 

Happy Sewing! x

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My First Linden Sweatshirt!

My First Linden Sweatshirt!

How have I not made a Grainline Linden Sweatshirt before? It is such a lovely pattern!

I downloaded the pdf pattern and spent an evening in front of the fire sticking it together. Sewing it up only took a couple of hours. The instructions were easy to follow. I used my sewing machine and then finished the seams with my overlocker as I wanted to make sure the size was correct before overlocking. I made this up in a Size 4 using some of our Grey and Red Flocked Jersey . I love the style of this top and the raglan sleeves.

Grainline Linden

Even though i’m pleased with how this turned out, I think it would look better in a thicker jersey.  I will still  wear this one either with a top underneath or a cardi over the top. I am planning my next one in this jersey . I also think it is a little big so my next one will be a size smaller.

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My #cosycardichallenge entry – Blackwood Cardigan

My #cosycardichallenge entry – Blackwood Cardigan

The #cosycardichallenge has been organised by Amanda of I Sew A Lot, and The Stitch Sisters. You can find more about the challenge here.

#cosycardichallenge

I chose to sew the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet with our Blue and Cream Textured Cotton Boucle . This pattern was a dream to sew and it came together beautifully. I cut it out one Friday night and by the following Saturday I had a finished cardigan – this is quite an achievement for me as i’m normally a fairly slow sewer and I have limited time to sew around our little boy. I made it  one size bigger than my measurements as this fabric doesn’t have as much stretch as the pattern recommends.

Sew Sew Sew Blackwood Cardigan

This fabric is quite thick so I didn’t add the pockets as I thought they might be a little bulky.

Blackwood Cardigan

I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I think it can be casual with jeans and trainers, and also dressed up with heels. I will definitely be making some more Blackwood Cardigans!

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Tilly and The Buttons – Cleo Dungaree Dress

Tilly and The Buttons – Cleo Dungaree Dress

The Cleo pattern by Tilly and the Buttons has been super popular and I thought it was about time that I made one for myself.

The instructions are very easy to follow and it was straightforward to put together. I made a Size 3 but i’m not sure if it is a little too wide at the waist (I may make a size smaller next time). I made the knee length version without the front split. I like the shorter length but I spend a lot of time crawling around after a toddler so this length is more practical for me. I think it’s going to look great with a chunky cardi and a pair of boots!

I’m tempted to make another from this ex designer Air Force Blue Cotton Corduroy that we have in stock at the moment. On this one I will use a finer fabric for the facings. I will also make the straps a couple of inches shorter.

Air Force Blue Cotton Corduroy

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Autumn Fabrics

Autumn Fabrics

Autumn is well and truly here. This is my favourite time of year, the trees are changing colour and losing their leaves, we are stewing plenty of apples for pies and crumbles, the log burner is lit and it means I can dig out my chunky tights, boots and start cosy-ing up! We have some beautiful autumnal fabrics in stock and I wanted to show you some of them.

 

This dragonfly crepe has proved to be very popular. It has lovely drape and would make a stunning pussy bow blouse.

Dragonfly Crepe Fabric

If you are looking for an eye catching print these two jerseys are just perfect. They are a lovely weight and would make beautiful Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dresses or they could be used for a contrast front panel on a Sew Over it Heather Dress.

Blue Peacock Jersey Fabric Teal Floral Jersey Fabric

This marl grey jersey is the perfect weight to make clothing to layer, I have my eye on the Papercut Patterns Rise and Fall Turtle Neck.

Marl Grey Jersey

The colours on this mosaic viscose dressmaking fabric are so autumnal! I could see it made up into a Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress worn with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan. Or sewn up into a pussy bow blouse to wear with jeans.

Mosaic Viscose Fabric in Navy, White and Brown

Happy Sewing!