Alison Glass Handcrafted 2 now in stock

I am so crazy about Alison Glass Handcrafted! This new collection, and the one before it, are very special fabrics for quilting and dressmaking. Every piece of Handcrafted has been hand-dyed and hand-stamped in Indonesia. The result is beautiful and saturated colour and minimalist design that is distinctly Alison Glass! Read more about the fabric and the process on Alison’s blog here and here.

You can shop our selection of Alison Glass Handcrafted 2 or pick up a fat quarter bundle!

Alison Glass Handcrafted 2 at The Village Haberdashery

Here is a reminder of Alison’s booth at Quilt Market. Lots of Handcrafted on display here!

Alison Glass's Quilt Market booth

The Plume design works so well for garments! I think it’s hard to see it on the website, but this sample helps you see the design as a whole.

Alison Glass Handcrafted 2 samples

And here is our selection, from when I curated it at market!

Alison Glass Handcrafted 2 at The Village Haberdashery

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Reminder! We’re going to the Festival of Quilts this week

Don’t forget – we’re going to the Festival of Quilts this week! The show runs from Thursday to Sunday at the NEC in Birmingham and we will be in booth O14 in Hall 9.

Festival of Quilts 2015

We’ll be taking most of our fabric and lots of other bits and bobs on the road with us, so our West Hampstead shop will be closed from Wednesday, 5 August, to Sunday, 9 August. We’re so sorry for any inconvenience this causes!

We will make every effort to get online orders placed before 12pm on Tuesday, 4 August, in the post on Tuesday. Orders that come in after that will be posted starting Monday, 10 August.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions!

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Honeycomb Dot Reversed by Riley Blake now in stock

We have a new stash builder! Riley Blake‘s Honeycomb Dot Reversed is a fun, modern take on the good old polka dot! There are nine colours and you can pick up a bundle here!

Honeycomb Dot Reversed at The Village Haberdashery

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August classes at The Village Haberdashery

August is holiday month, but we still have a few really fabulous classes planned at our West Hampstead shop if you’re sticking around town!

Sew a Scout Tee or Tiny Pocket Tank with Rachel Pinheiro
One evening: Wednesday, 5 August, 6pm – 9pm – £55

Learn to sew a cute woven tee or tank for summer! The Scout Tee by Grainline Patterns is a woven t-shirt with capped sleeves and scoop neck. The Tiny Pocket Tank is a great basic top for spring and summer which does double duty as a layering piece in the fall and winter. Both tops are great first garment projects for aspiring sewers that will teach you how to work with a pattern, finish neck and armholes with bias binding and/or set sleeves.

Sew a scout tee or tiny pocket tank at The village Haberdashery

Introduction to Lingerie Sewing: Sew Your Own Knickers with Laura Stanford 
One morning: Saturday, 15 August, 10am – 2pm – £55

Learn how to sew the knickers of your dreams in this special class with Laura Stanford, co-author of ‘The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie’. Students can choose to make either the ‘Pretty as a Picnic’ woven mini knickers or the tie-side ‘Love & Abandon’ knickers from Laura’s book and will learn how to sew with lightweight fabrics, use lingerie elastic and embellish with ribbons and lace. You’ll leave class with a gorgeous new pair of knickers and a new passion for sewing your own lingerie!

Learn to sew your own knickers at The Village Haberdashery

Star Quilt Block of the Month – Sawtooth Star with Charlotte Newland
One evening: Monday, 8 August, 6:30pm – 9pm – £40

Each month Charlotte is teaching a new block as part of our 2015 Star Block of the Month project! Take one class or take them all – each block is a version of a star and together the blocks make up a 64″ x 82″ quilt top. Every class is a great opportunity to learn something new and improve your patchwork skills! The block we will learn in August is the Sawtooth Star.

Star Block of the Month at The Village Haberdashery

Learn to Sew a Tote Bag with Judith Dahmen
One evening: Tuesday, 25 August, 2pm – 4:30pm – £45

In this class you’ll learn to sew a simple tote bag that can be used as a shopping tote or beach bag! You’ll learn to sew a bag with a lining or french seams (your choice!), how to box corners and how to make and attach bag straps and will leave with a fun and handy tote bag. This class is great for beginners!

Learn to sew a tote bag at The Village Haberdashery

Sew an Emery Dress with Zoe Edwards
Two days: Sunday, 30 August and 6 September, 11am – 5pm – £135

The Emery Dress is a classic vintage-inspired dress that fits every body type and nearly every situation perfectly. In this class you’ll learn how to fit a bodice that is shaped with bust darts and waist darts, insert a lining, gather a skirt, set sleeves, sew in-seam pockets and insert an invisible zip. A collar or bow belt are fun, optional extras!

Sew an Emery Dress at The Village Haberdashery

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Free project: Caroline’s beachy picnic mat tutorial

Caroline and I came up with a rough idea for a beachy picnic mat to go in our summer shop window. We wanted to show off our new denim and the fun Beach House charm packs, which together make a fab, hard-wearing outdoor mat for playing and picnicking!

And then she went away and made it and just crushed it! This mat is so bright and fun and so full of cool details – it’s a showstopper for sure. So I’m thrilled I can finally share her pattern with you along with some snaps of those details!

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This isn’t a complete step by step tutorial, but we’ve got a supplies list, diagram and cutting instructions for you to work from. Once you’ve cut and laid out your pieces, the quilt comes together easily!

Supplies:

Layout:

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Cutting instructions:

Cut 5″ squares as follows:

10 x Denim
2 x Candy Pink
1 x Carrot
1 x Natural
3 x Lipstick
2 x Nightfall
2 x Lapis
2 x Cactus
2 x Cypress
1 x Ice Frappe
1 x Breakers

Cut 6″ squares as follows:

2 x Lipstick
1 x Candy Pink
1 x Carrot
3 x Nightfall
2 x Lapis
2 x Cypress
1 x Grapemist
1 x Cactus
1 x Deep Blue
1 x Riviera
1 x Breakers

Cut 6″ squares on the diagonal, pair them up as shown in the diagram and sew together to create squares.

Details:

The denim backing gives this quilt strength so it will stand up to outdoor use, but it’s also fun to incorporate into the patchwork on the front!

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These fussy cut lobsters are a fun and easy addition to the quilt with no-sew iron on adhesive.

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Caroline added a paw print in honour of her dog, Munchi.

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The half square triangles feel appropriately nautical!

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Variegated thread adds a fun design detail to the quilt back.

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Use your remaining Kona strips to create a scrappy rainbow binding!

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Ta da! A happy beachy picnic mat!

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Thanks, Caroline!

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Survey time! Cloud9 Knits

Cloud9 announced their first knits collection at Quilt Market and we are excited to hear your thoughts! There is a great mix of patterns, stripes and solids to choose from. They are 55″ wide 100% organic cotton jersey knits and will be priced at £17 per metre.

Cloud9 organic knits

Click here to complete our survey by 2 August and you’ll be entered to win a £10 voucher to The Village Haberdashery!

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Festival of Quilts: let’s do this thing!

We decided at the very last minute to take a booth at the Festival of Quilts! The show takes place next Thursday to Sunday at the NEC in Birmingham and we will be in booth O14 in Hall 9. We’ll be taking most of our wares on the road with us and we hope you’ll come visit us and do some shopping!

Festival of Quilts 2015

Even if you’re not going to be at the show, this could have an impact on your shopping so here are a couple of important bits of information:

  • Our West Hampstead shop will be closed from Wednesday, 5 August, to Sunday, 9 August. We’re so sorry for any inconvenience this causes our local customers and visitors!
  • We will make every effort to get online orders placed before 12pm on Tuesday, 4 August, in the post on Tuesday. Orders that come in after that will be posted starting Monday, 10 August.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions!

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Blueberry Park fat quarter bundle pre-sale!

As you may have heard by now, Karen Lewis’s collection for Robert Kaufman, Blueberry Park, has finally been revealed! This epic collection features six of Karen’s most popular designs overprinted on Kona Cotton Solids. There are a total of 75 fabrics in this line and sadly we just literally can’t fit them all in our shop, no matter how much we wish we could!

In addition to our selection of yardage, we’d also like to offer pre-cuts because we now how much some of you want to have the whole collection. But these will have to be special ordered which can take a few weeks. So, to make sure we order the right amount and have what you want in stock as soon as it is available, I’m going to put the fat quarter bundles on pre-sale!

Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis at The Village Haberdashery

There are three colour stories: bright, cool and neutral. Each includes 25 fat quarters (fat quarter yards) and we’re offering them at a special price if you place your order between now and their arrival in November. You can have a closer look at what is included in each bundle on the Robert Kaufman website.

Payment will be processed at the time of purchase and we’ll ship your bundle as soon as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] Start shopping here!

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Let’s get to know Megan Nielsen!

Welcome back to our series of Q&As with independent pattern designers! Megan Nielsen is the Australian designer who created some of the most popular patterns we’ve ever sold. We were thrilled when Megan announced a couple of months ago that she was going to be publishing paper patterns again, including the much loved Darling Ranges, the versatile Tania Culottes and the brand new Brumby Skirt. Read on to get to know a bit more about Megan and her patterns!

Megan Nielsen sewing patterns at The Village Haberdashery

Describe the style of your garments in three words:
Contemporary, wearable, adaptable

Tell us about the woman you design for: 
I’m a great believer in making pieces that fit into daily life, so my designs usually come from my desire to have a garment that I can’t find anywhere else. As much as I love wearing and sewing pretty dresses and things like that, the gaps in my wardrobe were always casual wear and maternity pieces. Those are the patterns I struggled to find. My philosophy is that for a pattern to be a valuable purchase it should be used over and over – so I only create patterns that I believe will be essential to the wardrobe of the modern woman.

What body shapes work best with your patterns?
All our patterns come in sizes XS-XL and have a modern fit (which means they have less wearers ease and more closely aligned to ready to wear sizing). However, they are all easily adaptable and we have lots of free tutorials on the website for help in customizing your design.

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns? 
It’s really important to me that all my patterns have clear, concise instructions and accompanying illustrations to make sure sewers have all the information they could possible need and the tutorials on our website provide extra help on trickier steps like putting in zips etc. Making your own fashion is all about putting your own spin on an item of clothing, so each pattern has a list of suggested alterations that you could make to really get the most out of it. Finally, but probably most excitingly, we recently released our revolutionary free sewing app to accompany all of our patterns. Using it, you can instantly access your sewing instructions, supplies list and fabric requirements as well as additional features like links to the help tutorials and space to make your own notes. It is available to download from iTunes now and will be released on Google Play soon.

More about Megan!
I am the designer behind Megan Nielsen Patterns. I started out with a ready to wear collection and used to blog about my sewing experiences. Eventually, I had so many requests for tutorials on how to make my designs I realized there was a gap in the market so decided to release them as sewing patterns; the business has grown from there. I’m a mother of three, so I work from home in order to spend as much time with my kids as possible. And I’m a Christian so I try and maintain an ethical ethos for my business at all times. I live in Perth, Australia with my family, where we are blessed to have a ridiculous amount of sunshine all year round!

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Kona matching! What goes with Picnic, Honeymoon, Zephyr and Paper Bandana

Whew, we spent a good chunk of Saturday matching Kona Cotton Solids for you so you could get on with sewing up all of the Cotton + Steel Spring 2015 fabrics! Are you ready? Let’s do it!

The best Kona matches for Honeymoon by Sarah Watts, from top to bottom, are Candy Pink, Watermelon, Peach, Pickle, Holly, Cypress, Sage, Teal Blue, Bahama Blue, Hyacinth, Deep Blue, Windsor, Indigo, Cerise, Geranium, Pewter, Pepper and Black. You can find them all in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids matches for Honeymoon by Sarah Watts

And here is our selection of Honeymoon so you can see how they stack up.

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The best Kona matches for Picnic by Melody Miller, from top to bottom, are: Lipstick, Candy Pink, Peach, Pickle, Peapod, Jungle, Aloe, Sage, Celestial, Hyacinth, Indigo. You can find them all in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids matches for Picnic by Melody Miller

And here is our selection of Picnic by Melody Miller so you can see how they stack up.

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The best Kona matches for Paper Bandana by Alexia Abegg, from top to bottom, are Medium Pink, Nectarine, Aloe, Hyacinth, Storm, Shadow and Snow. You can find them all in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids matches for Paper Bandana by Alexia Abegg

And here is our selection of Paper Bandana so you can see how they stack up.

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The best Kona matches for Zephyr by Rashida Coleman-Hale, from top to bottom, are Watermelon, Curry, Meringue, Capri, Celestial, Deep Blue, Pepper, Black, Ivory and White. You can find all of them in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids matches for Zephyr by Rashida Coleman Hale

And here is our selection of Zephyr so you can see how they stack up.

Zephyr-Stack

The best Kona matches for Sprinkle, from top to bottom are Gumdrop, Candy Pink (pick one or the other – Sprinkle in Petal falls right in the middle!), Peach, Cedar, Basil, Sage, Blue Grass, Indigo, Black and Silver. You can find them all in one place here.

Kona Cotton Solids matches for Sprinkle by Cotton + Steel

And here is Sprinkle so you can see how they stack up.

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