Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, it didn't meet the birthday or Christmas present deadline, but I managed to finish it before the end of the year - just!!! ;)
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year x

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

New Year, New Skills

Excuse me, whilst I blow the cake crumbs from my keyboard..!
So, it's almost the end of another year & time to think of what to achieve in the next.  Mine will probably involve less crumbs in the keyboard i.e. use a plate!  But it you want to learn something new, you've come to the right place, for some inspiration.  We have a new list of workshops and a new teacher.  Hilariously, it's another Kirstie!  Yep, you can teach here, but you must be called Kirstie!  Well, our new Kirstie is a textiles teacher and will be teaching dressmaking skills classes and a monthly creative sewing class, on a Saturday!  Our existing Kirstie (less of the old!) will be teaching our beginners crochet & hopefully later on, an improvers crochet class

Wed 6th 2-4.30pm             Drop in Sewcial.  Bring your own project £5
Sat 9th 10-12.00pm           Kids Club (7-12 year olds) £15   
Thur 14th 7-9.00pm           Get to know your Sewing Machine £30      
Sat 16th 1.30-4.00pm         Understanding Commercial Patterns £30
Wed 20th 2-4.30pm          Drop in Sewcial.  Bring your own project £5
Tue 26th 7-9.30pm             Make a Lined Zip up Pouch £35
Thur 28th 7-9.00pm           Learn to Crochet £30
Sat 30th 1.30-4.30pm         Creative Applique Cityscape Workshop £40

Wed 3rd 2-4.30pm             Drop in Sewcial.  Bring your own project £5
Sat 6th 10-12.00pm            Kids Club (7-12 year olds) £15
Thur 11th 7-9.30pm           Make a Jersey T-shirt £40
Sat 13th 1.30-4.00pm         Basic Shaping in Dressmaking £30
Wed 17th 2-4.30pm           Drop in Sewcial.  Bring your own project £5
Tue 23rd 7-9.30pm            Making Cushions £35
                                          Please bring fabric.
Sat 27th 1.30-4.30pm         Creative Landscape Workshop £40
Wed 2nd 2-4.30pm            Drop in Sewcial.  Bring your own project £5
Sat 5th 10-12.00pm           Kids Club (7-12 year olds) £15
Tue 8th 7-10.00pm            Make PJ trousers, pattern inc. £40
                                          Please bring fabric
Sat 12th 1.30-4.00pm        Hems & Seams in Dressmaking £30
Wed 16th 2-4.30pm           Drop in Sewcial.  Bring your own project £5
Tue 22nd 7-9.30pm           Clutch Purse £40
Sat 26th 1.30-4.30pm        Creative Seascape Workshop £40

Materials and Refreshments included, unless otherwise stated 
To Book call  01590 642808

Recent Top Secret Projects

Well, all my recent sewing projects, can now be revealed!  
Sorry, they were Top Secret until Christmas Day & I then I missed the opportunity to photograph them being modelled!!
So firstly, there was the purse clutch, in my new favourite Tula Pink fabric - flowers & tigers, what more can you ask for!
Then, Christmas Pj's in Michael Miller's Mid Century Christmas.

The lovely Comax trunks pattern from came together so easily & are most comfortable I'm told!
More Tula Pink, in a lined make up bag, with a matching lace zip!
And finally some free motion embroidery on the gorgeous field mouse print, from Inprint at Makower
Well, I think it's time to get back to improving my wardrobe...!
Happy Sewing x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

We're OPEN

We're OPEN today (29th December) & tomorrow (30th December) 10am 'til 4pm

Friday, 11 December 2015

Lack of sewing pictures!

Many apologies for our lack of inspirational sewing pictures recently. All recent sewing is for Christmas presents and so Top Secret!!  After the big day, I'll be posting photos, hopefully with a few happy faces!!

There is still time to make presents (thankfully!) and if you need some ideas try:
Also Pinterest is great for ideas, as long as you don't get too distracted & lose 1/2 a day!!!

Happy sewing & if people keep asking what you'd like for Christmas - we sell Gift Vouchers!!!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Have a break from Christmas!

We've some new cotton poplin prints in store! Not remotely Christmassy!!
They're 112 cms wide & £6 per m.
Time to start thinking of those new year projects!! 

Monday, 30 November 2015

Late Night Christmas Shopping

Our window is almost ready for the Carols on the Green & Late Night Shopping event this Friday 4th December!
Come & join us for some mulled wine & a mince pie ;)

Friday, 20 November 2015

Burda Sale!

What a start to the weekend - new Tula Pink fabric and the Burda half price sale.
Double Whammy!!!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Website Update

You'll be pleased to know, there's a lot more fabric going up on the website! All thanks to a new laptop, that doesn't crash every 5 minutes.   

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Cosy, cosy cotton jersey

Yay, it's back in & in more colours! Another sweatshirt in the making! 150 cms wide & £14.50 per m

I've also finally tracked down the aptly named Wonder Tape! Double sided adhesive tape, that can be stitched through and then washes out! Perfect for tricky hems!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

More & More Fabric!

When these cotton jersey fabrics arrived today, I'd completely forgotten I'd ordered them! It was a few weeks ago, at a show in London, but I still love them!  They are so soft and are perfect to mix & match. 150 cms wide and £12 per m.  I'd just found homes for them, when these 12 rolls arrived!
This is a mixture of chiffons, Ponte Roma, woollens, lawn, wool blends, viscose & ripstop! Prices range from £5 to £15 per m and they're all 150 cms wide.

There's still more on the way...!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015

Cheering up a Dreary Day

We've had more deliveries!  Fabric, patterns, ribbons & lace zips. So much colour for a dreary day :)

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

No-sew Magnetic Bag Fasteners

New Antique Brass & Shiny Nickel, no-sew magnetic fasteners in stock now. They're 18mm diameter & £1 per set.

Time to start purse & bag making :)

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Half Term Closure

Apologies, we will be CLOSED on Thursday 29th October.  It's Half Term & the Sherlock Holmes Museum is beckoning ;)

More Lounge Wear!

My wardrobe is having some comfy additions!  Last time, it was the cosy Linden Sweatshirt, from Grainline Studios & this week, the Hudson Pants from True Bias patterns. 

love the low, wide waist, nicely edged pockets & a slim fit lower leg, the rest is pure comfort!

These are made up in our amazingly wide, grey marl jersey - 175 cms wide!!!  Which is great, as they only took a metre (£9.50) & left enough for a scarf ;)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Upcoming Workshops

Our Machine Patchwork Table Mat workshop is on Thursday 22nd 7-9.30pm and costs £35 (all materials & refreshments included)
Come and learn a quick method of patchwork & quilting using a sewing machine!  Great for using up all those scraps ;)

Our following workshop, is making a Clutch Bag on Tuesday 27th October 7-9.30pm. All materials & refreshments included, £40
This little bag has 2 pockets and a magnetic closure. Great to make for yourself or as a gift and only takes a small amount of fabric!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Apologies, we will be closed tomorrow - Thursday 15th October.

Gone Fabric Shopping 😉

New favourite sweatshirt!

Now this is a wonderful quick make, with a perfect fit!

Grainline Studio's Linden sweatshirt pattern comes with 2 versions - long sleeved with cuffs & bottom band or short sleeved & hemmed. There's also the option of using ribbing or fabric for the bands.  I went for the fabric option, as there was no ribbing to hand!  It comes together so quickly, I just added some top stitching for extra hard wearing.

Sadly, I used the last of our navy Cosy Cotton, with the red & cream flecks ( don't worry there's more on order in 3 colours!). The back of the fabric lives up to it's cosy name, so so soft & warm.  But I will give it another test tonight, running around the flood lit tennis court ;)

New Stock :)

Lots of new things have been arriving this week!  Autumn fabrics for these cold mornings, haberdashery to finish those projects & (sorry to say so early) Christmas ribbons!
There are more deliveries on the way!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Wallet Making Workshop

Come and make a gift for the man in your life/family!
Tuesday 13th October 7-9.30pm £30
All materials & refreshments included
Call 01590 642808 to book

All our workshops are listed on our website, if you can't make this one!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Reusable Bag Workshop

Come and make a Roll-up bag, to keep in your handbag/pocket, for those unplanned purchases!

Thursday 8th October 7-9.30pm £30, all materials & refreshments included!

Call 01590 642808 to book a place

Thursday, 1 October 2015

New Workshop Schedule

Come and learn some new skills, whilst having fun with like minded people!

October is for making items, which could be given as gifts - if you can bear to part with them! 
Then November is for making decorations for your home, getting you prepared for December (I'm trying not to use the C******** word! It is only October!)

All materials & refreshments are included & we have afternoon & evening classes available. To book, call 01590 642808

We look forward to seeing you ;)

Friday, 25 September 2015

New Indie Patterns

We're adding to our stable of Independent pattern designers!
The new additions are Victory Patterns from Canada, with a sweater dress Lola & a full skirt, with optional braces, Madeleine. 
Secondly, we have Grainline Studio from USA, whose patterns I have bought as PDFs - Moss is a great fitting skirt! They have a slim fit t-shirt Lark, classic raglan sweatshirt Linden and the gorgeous Morris Blazer (my new autumn jacket!).

I always source these patterns after hours of reading sewing blogs & reviews and pouring over web images - so you don't have to ;)

Oh & we have new colours in our lace zips!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Happy Birthday to us!

Well, it's come around quick, but we're celebrating our 2nd Birthday!!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Knicker Making Workshop

Come & learn to make some comfortable undergarments!  Find out the best way to handle jersey, cut, sew & apply fold over elastic - all in 2 1/2 hours! (along with tea & cake) £40
Call to book a place 01590 642808

Friday, 18 September 2015

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New Fabrics in Store

Some of our new stock!
Some new landscape cotton prints.
An amazing quilted print, with lots of things to see!
Stretchy paisley jersey, what more could you want in a fabric!
Beautiful drapey viscose & you get to see how it makes up, in the producer's magazine!
We've more in store & more on the way!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

New Range of Fabrics!

An early start for a Sunday morning, but for a good cause. Fabric shopping is always worth getting up for!  Luckily most of the range was in stock, so the estate car came in handy, for the return journey.

This range has had a sewing pattern magazine produced, photographed using the fabrics. So you can see what they look like made up, before you make them yourself!

There's a magazine in the shop for you to browse for ideas & some for sale, if a pattern (or few!) take your fancy ;)

Having a relaxing browse in the afternoon sun, with a cold beer for company!  

But which pattern to make first & what fabric shall I use?!

Thursday, 3 September 2015


Sorry, we will be CLOSED tomorrow - Friday 4th September.
17th Birthday to celebrate!!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Haberdashery Delivery!

Well, this should get you sewing!
Cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters, tracing wheels, carbon paper, corner shapers & bobbins - no name but a few!!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pin Loom Weaving Workshop

Come and try a new craft - quick to learn, with many variations, styles and uses. Totally addictive! We have a variety of looms for you to try your skills on, all locally made in the New Forest.

Thursday 3rd September 7-9.30pm, 
Call to book: 01590 642808

Monday, 31 August 2015

Decorating Fabric

So I found myself ordering a kit for something I've always wanted to try - Screen printing!! It arrived in perfect time, for a rainy Bank Holiday Monday. Luckily my eldest is also very keen to print T-shirts for his travel blog, ( so it was double trouble, teaching ourselves to screen print!
Fortunately, he has a simple logo & a steady hand with a craft knife, for cutting stencils. We're pretty happy with the result, just need to invest in some colours now, but whilst the fabric ink was out...
I found a wooden printing block to play with!!! The final task is to heat set them when they're dry and decide what to do with my paisley fabric.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Summer is still here - just!

Our latest delivery of cotton prints have a natural theme - seagulls, boats, field mice & floral.  All 112cm wide & £12 per m

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Friday, 21 August 2015

New Look Sale

The New Look pattern sale starts tomorrow! All patterns are £2.95, time to stock up!

Tula Pink

At last, another part of the Tula Pink Elizabeth range - Chain Mail! Lovely colours, which link all of the other fabrics in the range.
100% Cotton, 112cms wide & £15.25 per m

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Results Day

GCSE results day tomorrow - Thursday 20th August, so we're going to be CLOSED!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

One week only

Opened my post holiday mail & this dropped out!
Sadly, it ends this Saturday 15th August

Friday, 31 July 2015

Holiday Times

Finally ready for my holiday - swimsuit finished with hours to spare!  A great pattern - Soma swimsuit/bikini from www.papercutpatterns in New Zealand.

Whilst I am sunning my self in Italy, Sarah & Brigette will be here to look after you.
Opening hours
Saturday 1st 10-12am
Thursday 6th 10-4pm
Saturday 8th 10-5pm
Thursday 13th 10-4pm

All back to normal on Tuesday 18th!!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A summer delivery!

We have a lovely group of new fabrics - cotton lawn, cotton poplin, cotton print, stretch cotton, viscose & a Ponte Roma!

The bird & egg prints are all named British birds!  The cotton lawns (2 on the left) only came in small amounts, from a trial print - so get them while you can!

The top 3, are a soft lilac Ponte Roma, a drapey viscose &  grey floral stretch cotton.