The Fabric Tag

Today we’re going to look at one of my most favourite things in the world, fabric! Yes, those glorious folds of woven threads, pile ’em high & stack them proudly I say! 😁

The fabric tag is a fun challenge started by Lisa Emerita and Renata of RunningNStyle. Thank you ladies!

1. What is your favourite fabric to work with?

Cotton prints. I collect fabric like an art collector curates a gallery (hence so many uncut fabrics, just can’t bring myself to do it!). Head over heels I go, falling in love with those fabrics that have detailed gothic prints or fun & quirky characters. For some time I’ve been against florals, they just weren’t my cup of tea. I think I must have mellowed in my 30s as I’m starting to see vintage inspired florals creep into my collection. I’m going to pin the blame on Gertie. Her pattern books make my heart flutter, conjuring up images in my head of made to fit wiggle dresses and pencil skirts in that wonderful 50s style!

2. What is your least favourite fabric to work with?

The shiny, slippery evil stuff. Yeah I’m look at you cheap, green satin like fabric. You were going to make a lovely evening dress. Flouncy sleeves, nipped in waist, the works. But you just couldn’t behave could you? I knew the moment I cut into you, the way you frayed all over the floor. The resistance to being pinned in a reasonable manner, then when I got you under that walking foot you even rebelled against the old tracing paper sandwich trick. We’re through, never again!

3. What is your favourite fabric to wear?

Depends on the situation really. Every day, knocking around the house I layer up and like to keep warm with a heavy knit jumper. I’ve recently purchased a ton of lingerie supplies including some beautiful soft lace so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts on DIY underwear and photos of me prancing round in my keks come the summer. Ha, joking! It’s always too cold in this neck of the woods that kind of frolicking!

4. What is your least favourite fabric to wear?

Speaking of underwear, it’s that itchy band that you sometimes get on shop bought bras and knickers. Possibly got a nylon/barbed wire mix going on in there. Sets my skin off on a right rant. 

5. What is your favourite texture to work with?

On a previous visit to Abakhans fabric shop (my fabric mecca) I did spend an unnatural amount of time stroking the jacquard quilted fabrics. Ooh that texture was divine! I was particularly enamoured with the geometric patterns. I loved those quilted bumps!

6. What is your favourite print?

Without a doubt it’s anything Alexander Henry, more so if there are skulls or skeletons on it. 💀

7. What is your favourite colour palette?

Bold and bright to look at but for actual wearing I love turquoise shades, blues and strong reds.

8. What is your least favourite colour palette?

Due to my olive skin tone I really do not suit peach or nude colours.

9. What is your favourite fibre content to work with?

Ooh I don’t think I have a favourite, though I mostly stitch cotton. I enjoy experimenting with all sorts!

10. What is the first fabric you worked with?

Oh gosh, I imagine it would have to have been a cotton print of some kind. Way back in time when my mum taught me to sew on her old Jones machine with the bullet shaped shuttle. 

11. What is your ultimate fabric goal to work with?

I’d love to gain experience working with all the fabrics so a current goal is to make something with some stunning scuba fabric that I bought the other week. I’m not sure what yet so if you know of any suitable patterns please let me know!

12. What is your ultimate garment to construct with your favourite fabric?


I’m not one to shy away from a challenge so coming up in the future I hope to get creative with some lace for both lingerie and a dress.

So what’s your favourite fabric? Do you stick to a certain type or are you like me, diving into all the fabrics?! Let me know below & if you take part in The Fabric Tag give me a nudge on Instagram as I’d love to read your answers! 

The Pilar Bear Pattern Share

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This month I took part in a wonderful sewing community activity started by Pilar Bear over on Instagram.

What is a pattern share?

Self-confessed sewing addict Pilar generously posted 7 sewing patterns from her stash to a fellow stitcher with the idea that the next person would select a pattern from the bundle and replace it with one of their own from their stash. The bundle would then be posted on to the next person and the same process repeated. Being a sewing addict myself and let’s say curator (as opposed to hoarder) of sewing patterns I leapt at the chance when I spotted the post on Caroline’s Instagram.

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Lucky me, my name was pulled out of the hat and I soon found myself unwrapping a lovely package of stitching fun. Caroline had taken the time to include some rockin’ fabric scraps for me (hurrah for skulls!) and a handwritten note which made the parcel even more awesome having that personal touch. She had definitely taken the time to browse through my photos and see what I like which I really appreciated.

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I selected the Anouk pattern from the bundle because the decorative front placket immediately caught my eye as a technique that I’d like to try. It is also labelled as an Intermediate level pattern and I’m not one to shy away from a challenge! I think this pattern will be one of those that you take your time with, reading through the instructions a few times and then tackling the steps a little each evening. The perfect winter sewing project!

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The Anouk was swapped with the Lisette Traveler Dress pattern. I had two of these in my pattern stash in the same size range and I thought that this modern take on the classic shirtwaist dress was aptly named for the pattern share. I look forward to following the bundle on its adventures and seeing where my pattern ends up!

The journey so far

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The pattern sharing chain is growing with the bundle having travelled from Spain to Scotland, then down to me in Cheshire, up the road a few miles to Faye (we unexpectedly live the next town over from each other) and then onto southeast Asia where Mylene lives. It really is great to see the bundle travelling worldwide!

Getting social with sewing

The one thing I love about social media is that it allows me to connect with others who share my passion for sewing and all the paraphernalia that comes with it. Those bookcases crammed with fabric and multiple boxes of patterns hidden under the bed don’t seem so bad when you see others are doing the same!

The sewing community on Instagram is worldwide and you are instantly rewarded with a new perspective at the tap of a follow button. This pattern sharing activity wasn’t just a chance to expand my sewing pattern stash, it was a chance to meet other stitchers from around the world and follow what they are creating. By adding a pattern from my sewing stash and adding a few stitching treats the pattern share became a personal investment that I eagerly follow from one Instagram account to another. As Pilar noted in her letter to Caroline and in turn, Caroline quoted to me:

I think it makes a difference when you do things with care and love.

The Pilar Bear Pattern Share is a fine example of this.

How to join

Would you like to get involved in the Pilar Bear Pattern Share? Then head over to the pattern share’s Instagram for details of the latest keeper of the bundle and how you can pop your name down to be included as the next recipient.

Follow the progress of my Anouk stitching over on my Instagram and feel free to say hello or offer any tips if you’ve made the top or dress from this pattern before.

Until next time, happy stitching!

Time for a craft room spring clean!

It’s a job I’ve been putting off for ages. A spring clean of the craft pit, err I mean my craft room. Join me on my quest to discover the ever elusive Clean Craft Room!

 

With the long Easter weekend upon us, it’s with a determined sigh that I log off Pinterest, put down my Kindle, and tidy up my craft room before I sew another stitch. No longer will an arm sweep of my desk suffice – the sunlight from the window is being hindered by a mound of craft paraphernalia! If you decide to take up the feather duster this weekend and tackle a crafty tidy up then check out some craft room inspiration here.

Happy crafting!

Black Friday Sewing Sales

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With the work’s Christmas party in a couple of weeks I’m on the lookout for patterns, fabrics and haberdashery for a handmade outfit.

Here are some of my favourite independent pattern retailers with offers on this week thanks to the Black Friday sales:

Ahh, choices, choices! My urgency to stitch prompted me to go for my favourites in PDF. Time to put that printer to work!

Have any sewing sales caught your eye? What are your favourite go to patterns for the party season?

Cultivate Blog Tour!

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Hello, I’m jumping back on the blog today for my turn on

Bonnie Christine’s Cultivate Blog Tour! Woohoo!

flourish  harvest

This new range of fabrics designed by Bonnie were inspired by her love of gardening. Being a green fingered type myself I fell for the designs the moment I saw them so I jumped at the opportunity to stitch up something special.

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With a yard of fabric to play with I had in mind to stitch a nice summer top. After rifling through my vintage sewing patterns and then my modern pattern stash I eventually settled on doing a mini pattern hack with By Hand London’s Holly Jumpsuit.

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Taking just the bodice part I stitched up a cute sleeveless crop top, perfect with lightweight trousers or shorts. It was also the perfect opportunity to dive into my vintage button collection. Oooh my pretties!

I love the print as I feel like there’s a bit of a vintage vibe to it so I’m thinking of making the playsuit version as well using Flower Field Mist again for the top and navy fabric for the shorts.

Fingers crossed the summer weather doesn’t disappear on me so I can wear it!

In the meantime here are the out takes from today’s photo shoot courtesy of the Little Man after being bribed with a chocolate croissant!

With the four year old in charge

With the four year old in charge

Cultivate Crop Top

Say DUCK Mummy!

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Can I have my chocolate croissant now?

You can find the Cultivate range at your local awesome fabric shop but here in the UK I spotted it at one of my favourite online retailers Plush Addict.

Be sure to check out the full Cultivate Blog Tour and visit (another) Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs for her gorgeous project from last Friday.

Next up on the tour is Jenn from Quilted Thimble Cottage. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Happy stitching!

Annie