On the second of my monthly sponsor visit posts, timed so you can order before Christmas, I'm off to Village Haberdashery. I suspect my visit is very well timed as Annie loaded a stack of new fabrics to the website yesterday, including these beautiful silks: Hot Pink Ponies, and Pink and Navy Stripes.
I haven't a huge experience sewing with silk- I have done a little and I know you need a very fine needle- I think I used 70 Microtex which is extra pointy, and supersharp pins. You could go wild and sew a slip, there's a slip pattern included as part of April Rhodes date night dress which Winnie made beautifully here. Or, you could buy a small amount- a metre, and make a Simple Scarf. I am tempted to by a little and use it on dress facings for a bit of inner luxury! There's an amazing solid fuchsia pink available too.
Next up, Honor Roll by Anna Maria Horner. Inspired by a vintage handkerchief collection and an eclectic mix of geometrics, modern prints and feedsack style florals, Annie has stocked a selection from the range:
This is my favourite, Hand Picked in Ecru, no surprises there. I like the way the print runs both ways vertically- this is always a bonus as it makes fabric usage more economical, especially when dressmaking.
For the confident dressmaker, new in, some sparkly grey and metallic wool boucle- that's boucle not Bublé.
If you are not familiar with
Bublé boucle, it is a slubby, nubbly fabric with soft loopy curls that form part of the weave. This version is a woven and boucle is classically used with a lining in coats, jackets and tailored dresses/skirts/trousers. Annie has more boucle here including an amazing neon orange.
There's always some pretty kits at Village Haberdashery at Christmas time- great to gift, to make and give the result as a gift or to have gifted to you! I made the Not a Homebody scarf a few months back and it is much worn on chilly days:
The Party Bunting Kit with all the fabric and supplies to make three metres of bunting will bring you almost instant decor with a touch of glam and the free instructions are here.
The ten year old Kerry would have loved to receive this charming Buttonbag Sew a Cottage kit. The cottage opens to make a storage box-very cute!
Wanting a straightforward snuggly everyday make? You may be tempted by the Grainline Linden Sweatshirt pattern.
If you prefer a more dressy but equally easy to wear lounge style, Christine Hayne's new Marianne knit dress pattern is in stock with some cool little details like buttoned cuffs and a peter pan collar. Find stripy and plain stable interlock knits (which are a dream to work with) here.
Let's finish with something a little Christmassy. 'Light a Candle' canvas by Rashida Coleman Hale. I just love this print, I can't believe I haven't bought it yet. I don't think I want to make anything with it, just stretch it over a canvas and enjoy it as a beautiful thing.