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The Village Haberdashery summer tour!

We’re doing the local summer fair circuit this year!

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Come and visit us here:

Highgate Fair in the Square - Saturday, 14 June

Marylebone Summer Fayre - Sunday, 15 June

Hampstead Summer Festival - Sunday, 6 July

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Tutorial: Spring tea towels

A stack of pretty ric rac spools caught my eye in the shop and I decided to use them in a springtime update on this tea towel tutorial! Whip up a set of these pretty tea towels as a hostess gift or to brighten up your own kitchen. In Easter egg-inspired pastels, sweet ric rac trim adds nostalgic charm to the timeless beauty of natural linen.

As always, the easiest tutorials come from me so read on for a quick but absolutely lovely project! This tutorial is light on photos because the last, similar tutorial is heavy on them so refer back if you need to.

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Supplies:

To make three tea towels, you’ll need the following:

  • 1.25m Essex Linen in Natural cut into 72cm x 50cm pieces
  • About 3m ric rac in each of three colours (we used Sky Blue, Mint Green and Bubble Gum Pink)
  • Thread to match each colour of ric rac

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Pressing:

If you’re using regular ribbon or twill tape, as in our Kitsch Kitchen tea towel tutorial, you’ll only need to fold over the hem of your tea towels once because the raw edge will be stitched beneath the ribbon. But with ric rac you’ll need to fold it over twice. I kept the hem very narrow, about .25 inch all the way around.

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Give your ric rac a quick press too, to make it nice and flat.

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Sewing:

Now if you like, you can pin your ric rac all the way around. I only did this on the first tea towel. After that I realised it was quicker and easier to go slow and line things up as I sewed.

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Your aim here is to get the centre of your ric ric on the outside edge of the fold, so when you stitch you’re going straight down the centre of the trim and securing the hem. It’s cute if a little bit of trim is visible from the other side so don’t worry about that.

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About a quarter inch seam worked for me but check your hem and adjust as necessary.

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When you get to the top left corner of your towel (when the ric arc side is facing you) you’ll want to create a loop.

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Keep your needle down and pivot at the corners.

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Remember that you’re using coloured thread so your stitches will be visible on the reverse – so make them straight!

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At the corners just fold your ric arc over and tuck your corners in neatly.

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And if your ends don’t line up perfectly it’s not the end of the world. Just tuck the raw edge under and sew them neatly.

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Some of mine came out better than others!

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Ooh, so pretty!

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New Japanese fabrics in stock

Our order of Japanese dressmaking fabrics from fall Quilt Market are finally here! This is an eclectic selection of really special fabrics and I think there is something for everyone!

Origami in Red from the Cocca collection is printed on a very light weight silky cotton sateen. It drapes beautifully and is perfect for dresses and blouses. 

Kokka Cocca Origami in Red

Nani Iro’s Pocho in Caramel features painterly metallic silver dots on a natural background on soft double gauze. Just lovely for a simple dress, top or scarf.

Nani Iro Pocho in Caramel

With subtle colour pops and a bit of shimmer on a soft cotton double gauze, Colorful Pocho in Berry Field by Nani Iro is beautiful for dressmaking, lap duvets and baby clothes.

Nani Iro Colorful Pocho in Berry Field

Painterly stripes and blue-grey ombre make Painting Check D, also by Nani Iro, a modern gingham you’ll adore! It’s a super soft brushed cotton with the softness of flannel but the thickness of medium weight cotton.

Nani Iro Painting Check D

Nani Iro Painting Check D

Muddy Works have new fabrics out, including the bold, eye-catching Large Orbs in Mustard and Checks and Stripes in Red on a lightweight cotton canvas that is perfect for skirts and dresses as well as bags and zip pouches.

Muddy Works Large Orbs in Mustard

Muddy Works Large Orbs in Mustard

Muddy Works Checks and Stripes in Red

Muddy Works Checks and Stripes in Red

Tiny Star Dot, also from Muddy Works, features tiny little dots and colourful little asterisks on a pale grey background. Printed on lightweight cotton double gauze, this would make a lovely top or dress.

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Finally, in the slightly quirky department, we have My Little Spring in Pale Blue. Within the pretty springy field of flowers are little surprises! Seahorses, flower people, keys, teacups – tiny, fun little designs.

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Etocoto My Little Spring in Pale Blue

Etocoto My Little Spring in Pale Blue

Etocoto My Little Spring in Pale Blue

Etocoto My Little Spring in Pale Blue

Etocoto My Little Spring in Pale Blue

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Selfish sewing: Blue Bird Sureau

I made a new dress! I’ve had my eye on the Sureau Dress pattern from Deer & Doe* for ages and when I was organising my stash the other day I found the perfect fabric to team it with: the Blue Bird design from Gennine Zlatkis’ Alegria collection for Cloud9! This collection was one of the first I stocked in the shop and I loved it all. When I saw how fast the Blue Birds were going I took some for myself and it’s been on my shelf ever since.

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I love this dress and I’m so pleased with the fit! One evening Ed took Harvey and I stayed late and made four test bodices before this final version. I’m not saying that to scare anyone – the pattern is wonderful – but I wanted to get it just right.

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Usually this dress has sleeves but I didn’t have enough fabric so I went sleeveless and I think it’s for the best. With three-quarter sleeves there would be a lot of Blue Birds. Plus this way I can wear it more easily with cardigans and that’s how I usually wear dresses. I also wanted to add pockets to I moved the side zip up and shortened it by a couple of inches.

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I used Cambridge in Navy for the facing because I wanted a lighter fabric to reduce the bulk at the front of the neckline. That worked pretty well, although the neckline needed a lot of pressing to lay flat. If When I make this again I’m planning to take half an inch out of the front of the neckline at the shoulder seams to see if that helps.

Oh and I’ll add a couple of inches to the length. This dress feels short! I didn’t realise until I’d already cut the skirt, so I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance at the waist and did a tiny him to preserve the length I had.

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I’m going to live in this dress all summer!

*no link because to order you must call or email us – we aren’t permitted to sell online!

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Pinstripes from Makower now in stock

Who likes a stripey binding? Who doesn’t? We decided to pick up some of Makower‘s new collection of Pinstripes with bindings in mind. And because the collection doesn’t include black (they tell me they are working on it!) we also grabbed the Ticking Stripe from the Makower Basics collection. Bind away!

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Organic Wristband Knits now in stock

Our range of organic knits knows no bounds! To coordinate with our amazing organic Sweatshirt Knits, we’ve added Wristband Knits! These organic 1×1 rib knits are 4% spandex and are perfect for wristbands as well as leggings, tops and more! We have them in India Ink, Rapture Rose, Dusty Lavender and Natural, just like our Sweatshirt Knits so you can match.

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And whilst we’re talking about knits, we have added Shadow Lime and White stripes to our selection of Interlock Stripes. Yay!

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Color Me Happy by V & Co now in stock

We picked a pretty bunch of prints from Color Me Happy, the newest line from Vanessa Christensen of V & Co for Moda. Vanessa has said her favourite colours are featured in this line and there are some great ones. I mainly went for that hard-to-find green when making my choices, but that pink ombre chevron and navy vine print really won me over!

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Sewing Box, Bloomin Fresh and Handmade with Love now in stock

We have a few new stitchy-themed fabrics from Moda in stock! First up is Sewing Box by Gina Martin, which is full of bright and graphic sewing icons inspired by the designer’s love of creating with fabric and all the tools that make it happen. Our two prints from Sewing Box are pictured here with Spring Chevrons in Multi from Bloomin Fresh by Deb Strain.

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We also have Handmade with Love, which is made up of sewing labels you can cut out, sew onto your quilt or other project and embroider with your name (or just write on them – no one’s judging)! This is so cute and handy, and even a fat quarter will get you quite a few labels.

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Moneta and Mable from Colette Patterns now in stock

It seems Colette Patterns want to get in on the knits fun too and, hey, the more the merrier! We are well-stocked up in the two new knits patterns from Colette – the Moneta Dress and the Mable Skirt. I think our wonderful Interlock Stripes and Interlock Solids will be brilliant for these patterns.

In addition to being Colette’s first patterns for knits, Moneta and Mable are the company’s first patterns available in plus sizes. These patterns range from XS – 3XL. Scroll on for pretty pictures or just pop to the shop!

Moneta is your new go-to dress pattern. Built for both elegance and comfort, this simple knit dress works in every season and for any occasion.

Colette Patterns Moneta Dress

Made with knit fabric, this dress can be created in a matter of hours. With minimal pressing and just a few pattern pieces, you’ll be whipping up an army of these wardrobe workhorses. Moneta is easy to make, and easy to wear. This dress is versatile, layerable, and above all, comfortable. Because Moneta feels as good as it looks, you will get a lot of wear out of these dresses.

Colette Patterns Moneta Dress

All three styles of Moneta dresses have a gently curved, wide neckline, a fitted bodice, and a shirred skirt with in-seam pockets. Version 1 is a sleeveless dress with a lined bodice and narrow round collar that laps at the center back. Version 2 has an unlined bodice and short sleeves, while version 3 has an unlined bodice and 3/4-length sleeves.

Colette Patterns Moneta Dress

Mabel is a quick, easy, and versatile skirt pattern. It is also your perfect introduction to sewing with knits!

Colette Patterns Mabel Skirt

Mabel uses heavy knit fabrics so you get all the benefits of sewing with stable wovens along with the speed and comfort of sewing with knits. For the beginner, that translates into sure-fire results – you will successfully sew this skirt in one afternoon. And if you’re more experienced, you’ll take advantage of how fast this garment comes together and whip up several skirts in a day.

Colette Patterns Mabel Skirt
Because Mabel can be sewn up in three different styles, it’s a great wardrobe staple. Versions 1 and 2 are mid-thigh length skirts, ideal for warm spring and summer days or worn with a sweater and leggings in the winter. Version 2 is embellished with a faux placket and centre buttons. Version 3 is an above-the-knee length pencil skirt with seam details and a kick pleat. All three versions are pull-on style with a mid-rise, contoured waistband.

Colette Patterns Mabel Skirt

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