I’m not sure if anyone get’s as excited as me about webbing, but the arrival of tons of the stuff this week has really cheered me up. I just love it for being so … useful. Sturdy and practical and, if not exactly pretty, it’s certainly good looking – well deserving of a pride of place spot in our shop window.
We have been selling Minikrea patterns in the shop for some time now, we love how simple and modern they are. The patterns are Danish and come with an English translation sheet inside. I recently made up two of the patterns, ‘Tunika’ a unisex elasticated top and ‘Spencer’ a simple tunic dress.
The great thing about making baby clothes is you only need a tiny amount of fabric, just half a metre or so. For the Spencer dress I used an organic check in a lovely teal colour, and the black and white stripe organic cotton in this range made a striking lining. The pattern sheets are printed on sturdy glossy paper and they have the ‘simple’ pattern on one side and on the reverse modifications on the simple pattern, longer sleeves, ruched waist etc. I decided to go straight for the simple design. Although the English translation sheet is very brief, I think it’s sufficient as it’s very straightforward sewing. The only change I made was to use poppers instead of buttonholes on the Spencer dress. I then stitched the buttons over the top of the poppers as I think it finished off the dress nicely.
For the Tunika top I used a quirky Heather Ross print with cute gnomes sitting around a campfire and a spooky looking owl! Here are some more of Heather’s prints, I also think the Nani Iro designs would lend themselves well to both patterns.
Merchant and Mills have recently produced a new series of multi-sized, tissue patterns for the first time. You may already be familiar with their brilliantly simple and beautifully styled ladies-wear patterns which have up until now only been available as card templates. Designer Carolyn Denham has taken 3 of the most popular of these (Top 64, The Trapeze Dress and The Dress Shirt) plus 3 brand new styles (The Factory Dress, The Camber Set and The 101 Trouser) and packaged them up in a functional and stylish paper pack.
Needless to say, we love the new designs because they’re typical M and M, understated and cool, and because they work so well with so many of our fabrics. (Watch this space for the Ray Stitch team sporting their very own versions of the Camber Set!) The patterns are extremely simple to make and as Carolyn herself says: “the classic, simple designs place emphasis on the cut and silhouette whilst intentionally avoiding detailing and fastenings which can make even the best dress look homemade”.
Just a note on sizing, Carolyn says they’re based on Toast or M and S sizes which come up slightly on the generous size. Take a look at all 6 new patterns here…
The weather has turned. We’re welcoming in our autumn stock with open arms and this warm palette of brushed cottons wovens are going down very well….
Alice Patullo is a an illustrator and printmaker based in East London. Her distinctive screen prints can be seen in many stylish shops up and down the country and she is regularly commissioned to illustrate stationery, posters and book covers by such venerable institutions as the V&A, Faber…. and Ray Stitch!
The Christmas ribbons she designed for us last year were fabulous (we’re all stocked up again ready for this Christmas) and we were delighted to commission her again to do 8 more designs along the lines of parties and correspondence. We love them! All the designs are available by the metre or in a cute little 5 metre reel – take a look…..
Autumn has always been my favourite time of year, mainly because I’m a bit of a home-bod and I like staying in and eating crumble in front of a movie without guilt. It’s harder to do that when it’s a beautiful day outside! My second favourite thing about autumn is the outfits, thick tights, cosy scarves, woollen jackets – basically all the layering. Summer is far too ‘bare all’ for my liking.
I wanted to make an everyday skirt that would look good with tights and looked a bit preppy so I chose the Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielson. It’s a beginner pattern so I guessed it would sew up easily, which it certainly did. Unfortunately Megan is currently not printing the paper pattern but you can download the pdf version here. I used an Ellen Luckett Baker fabric from the stamped collection, it’s a medium weight, linen/cotton, just what the pattern called for. I actually thought it might be a bit light for this skirt but after making it up I wouldn’t want to use anything heavier. I loved the print as soon as it landed in the shop and instantly thought of the white shell triangle buttons I had sitting at home – twas all meant to be!
I made up the medium size but had to add a bit to the waistband and the front piece, which was an easy adjustment as everything is basically rectangles. The only thing I would change is to slightly curve the waistband next time as you can get a sizeable hand down the small of my back! I have two more versions of this skirt cut out, I’m making one out of the grey scallop fabric from the same designer with fuchsia pockets, and the other using this gorgeous mountain print from Liberty.
This pattern would also work perfectly for autumn with our new range of corduroy – so many colours to choose from!
I know it’s bit early, and reminders of the looming chilly months are generally unwelcome, but the arrival of these pretty wintry prints hasn’t clouded our skies….
What do you think of these?!
We’re loving the paintbox vibe and the the vibrant colours. This is Lush Uptown, a new Moda collection by graphic designer Erin Morris which is apparently a reprint. We missed it the first time round so we’ll be making the most of it this time. I want a duvet cover in ‘Painters Palette’!
I can think of a few little peeps who would love these fabric covered buttons, they certainly make a chirpy new addition to our button section….
The Sew Liberated ‘Schoolhouse Tunic’ is one of our most popular selling patterns. We all like to feel comfy sometimes, and a jeans and tunic look fits the bill nicely. We’ve made two tunics in the shop, Rachel (Ray) made one in our Brannock and Patek brushed cottons, however I wanted something more summery so omitted the sleeves. The teal lace was from my stash at home and I simply used a Liberty print bias binding around the front and armholes.
This is a very simple sew and probably a great choice if you’re just starting dressmaking. There are no buttonholes or zips, and the look is very casual so fitting issues should be minimal. I made a size 8 (I’m a UK size 12) and it fits great, although the lace has a slight amount of stretch which helps.
I’ll admit that using lace has made it quite a hard item to style. I originally had planned to wear it with a white cotton slip of the same length, but I’ve found it impossible to find one on the high st. Do I have to make everything?!
We just wanted to show you a quilt that our pattern cutting tutor Alice produced for central london silk shop ‘Biddle Sawyer Silks’. Isn’t it beautiful! Having never made a quilt before Alice went into the project in her typical style – completely fearless! Making a quilt from silk is not easy, so we are very impressed! If you happen to be in Berwick St in Soho it’s definitely worth a closer look…
Alice runs a made to measure business making equally beautiful clothes – Alice and co
Jersey is perfect for summer weather – it’s a comfortable and throw-it-on alternative to more tailored woven clothes.
We’ve recently received a new collection of Liberty printed jerseys which were calling out for some quick overlocker fun.
The ‘Recreate a Favourite Garment’ workshop is one of our most popular classes. I wanted to recreate a jersey T-Shirt dress that I wear to death, but is now looking a bit shabby! During the class, pattern cutter Alice demonstrates how to make a paper pattern from an existing garment. You work on your own garment but you also get to see how other items are copied which is useful. After the class I used the overlocker to make it up in the ‘robin’ print – cheery rows of brightly coloured bunting, how summery can you get! It was a fairly quick make and because I now have a perfect pattern I can knock out a few more in the winter to team with tights and brogues. I think I might lengthen it by an inch or two next time as looking at the pic is making me want to crawl into the screen and give the bottom of it a tug!
All of the Liberty jerseys have a different content so be sure to check this, for example this one is 95% cotton 5% elastine so is thicker and has more substance than the ones with a high viscose content which are thinner and more drapey.
Hot on the heels of the Victoria Blazer, the Anna Dress – we really love this one!
“Intended for beginners, this is an effortless Summer dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.”
Our first delivery of this Nani Iro herringbone fabric literally flew out of the door, before even the Ray Stitchers had had chance to make anything with it. Luckily, we managed to get some more and whipped up a couple of deck chair covers minutes after it came through the door…..
Stylish organic home dec fabric, brand new from Birch Organics. Lovely, soft colours and gorgeous prints – all fab but honeycomb has the edge. It’s all about bees at the moment and these bees are pleasing!
We sell lots of home dec in the shop because it’s so versatile, and we’re expecting to see these prints put to many imaginative uses – try purses, skirts, nappy bags, upholstery, cushions, curtains, dresses…and pot holders. Click the link and check out this great pot holder tutorial from Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest Blog…...
There’s no better delivery than a Nani Iro delivery. They’ve not been here long but these bolts are already starting to look slimmer! Nobody does subtlety of colour and simplicity better than Naomi Ito, we especially love the very slight metallic shimmer on Woodblock! You can view all of the designs here, they are available to order by the half metre but if you need an exact amount for your project, call us up to place the order….