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A close up on our Narnia Vignette!

Christmas is approaching and our first seasonal shop display is up! We decided to go for a Winter Wonderland / Narnia theme for our first this year and we love it!

When searching for a winter quilt pattern I (Kym) came across the Quilting in Black and White book and this amazing pattern! Just perfect for our Narnia forest scene.

The Michael Miller Woodland Winter collection was the obvious fabric choice here, it is so pretty! The trees are in Trees and Birds in Winter Grey,  Winter Birds and Berries in Snowdrop Grey, and Flurry – Black Spot (by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio).

The sweet appliqué birds and the binding are Essex Yarn Dyed Metallic – Copper. I just love how it sparkles and gives it a real festive Christmas feel!

The border is Architextures – Crosshatch in Charcoal by Carolyn Friedlander. With advice from our teachers Charlotte and Jenny, I decided on diagonal lines quilting on the Kona Cotton Solids – White background.

On the back I have used Winter Friends in Grey, also from the Woodland Winter collection.

Our Snow Queen is wearing the Mimosa poncho from I Am Patterns, a pattern company that we will be stocking very soon! Yes that is the red Colette Myrtle dress from our Valentines Day vignette you can spot underneath!

Fabric is Wool – Chanel Tweed in Dove Grey and Cream and is so super cosy for chilly winter days.

I especially love the big cowl neck and welt pockets.

This pattern is perfect for sewists of all levels with different options depending on your experience.

The hem is bound with some Ivory Bias Binding for an elegant finish and some winter berries finish off her outfit just lovely!

Guys! It is snowing in our store! I had such fun making these snowy pom poms with some yarn from my stash using the Large Clover PomPom maker!

Our forest floor is littered with some winter berries, acorns, mushrooms, twigs and snow! The snowy floor is Poly/Spandex/Lurex Jersey – White.

The Snow Queen has also brought along a box of Turkish Delight to tempt you into our store!

Our wooden wall charms are the perfect finishing touch to the display. I released my inner child with the gold paintglitter, and Mod Podge here!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our Narnia vignette as much as we enjoyed creating it. Keep an eye out for more Christmas themed displays coming soon!

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Lets all wear…Christmas dresses!

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought it was time to inspire you with different outfit and inspiration ideas for your perfect Christmas dress! Whether you want something modern or with a more retro vibe, we’ve got you covered!

Christmas Dress fabric and pattern ideas

The  Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress is a gorgeous dress pattern has so many different options to play with, its great if you wish to make more than one! Whether you want long sleeves, short sleeves, add some trim, a long hem or a midi hem, you absolutely can! We’ve chosen Pixie Noel – Pixie Socks in Navy as we think it would look gorgeous and cute at the same time! Who else loves navy at Christmas?

Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress

The tie up bow feature from the ‘Sudley dress‘ by Megan Nielsen, makes it a must have! Its one of those dresses you want in multiple fabrics for all seasons and occasions. The festive Highland Leaves in Natural woodland fabric features evergreen leaves on a natural background and would suit this dress pattern amazingly! Great if you want an every-day dress, that you can wear with some comfy, chunky tights and boots.

Megan Nielsen Sudley Dress

The Collette Wren Dress has such a lovely shape and drape that a simple knit fabric would work wonders. It has a wrap-style front with optional sleeves, suitable to flatter all shapes and sizes! The ‘Interlock Solid in Tango Red‘ is a super soft, organic knit and the ideal colour for Christmas. Why not dress it up with a brooch or two?

Colette Wren Dress

Wanting some matching outfits this Christmas? The Trapeze & Trapezette dress patterns by Merchant & Mills are perfect. They are simple silhouettes, but with a beautiful fabric choice like our Garnet shot cotton you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. This fabric and all of our shot cottons are soft, with beautiful drape and a warm glow created by the different coloured yarns used in the warp and weft of the fabric.

Merchant & Mills Trapeze Dress

If you’re wishing for something bold, bright and a little funky, these adorable party Llamas (Llama Navidad in Red) are the perfect fit! The Christine Haynes Emery Dress screams sixties vibes, with the cute waist bow, fitted bodice and hand sewn hem.

We just had to feature the NamedLempi Button Down Dress as it has a great 1940s edge to it. If you’re wanting pockets and something with structure, then give this one a try! The Festive Ornaments in Black is such a cool print and pairs perfectly with this fierce dress pattern!

Named Lempi Dress

How about something with total class? Maybe something you can wear for a Christmas night out? You can’t go wrong with the beautiful Nutcracker Act 1 – Mini Overture in Cranberry fabric. It has such a lovely shimmery metallic print! The Betty Dress by Sew Over it will give a beautiful silhouette shape as it nips in at the waist and flares out. It features an invisible zip and facings.

Sew Over It Betty Dress

I hope this has inspired you to make a Christmas dress this year! And if you’re wanting to make one but feeling a little unsure or rusty with your dressmaking skills, why not take our Sew a Christmas Dress class with Charlotte Newland and make the Emery Dress? Book your place here.

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A close up on our Anna Maria Horner vignette!

When the super talented and lovely Anna Maria Horner joined us in our West Hampstead shop to teach back in August, her truly stunning Floral Retrospective quilt was pinned up on our display wall and we just fell in love with it! We were totally inspired to create a vignette with her fabrics.

Read on for full details, more pics and links plus check out our Facebook page for a live tour!

Her fabrics have such amazing striking colour and her Color Dive quilt pattern is the perfect choice to show them off!

I (Kym) have used fabrics from the Floral Retrospective collection, as well as some Annie had in her stash from the original Good Folks collection.

They work so well together and I’m super happy with how the chevron blocks of colour have worked out.

On the back is Kona Cotton Solids – Curry and a scrappy stripe of Floral Retrospective fabrics.

It is bound using pink bias binding.

I have only done a little ‘in-the-ditch’ quilting on this as I didn’t want to make it any more ‘busy’, but taking inspiration from our teacher Jenny Haynes, I may add a little hand quilting to it eventually too… what do you think?

The lovely Alice made our Anna Maria Horner lady’s dress and isn’t it just perfect!

Pattern is The Avid Seamstress Day Dress and fabric is Floral Retrospective – Overachiever in Velvet.

This is such an elegant pattern, perfect for every-day wear or dressing up.

We love the beautifully fitted bodice and handy pockets.

This would be the perfect choice to bring along to one of Charlotte Newland’s Fitting Classes or Guided Studio Time sessions!

Hanging above our display we have added even more colour with some fun Tissue Paper Pompons! These can be found in our Party Supplies section!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our most colourful vignette yet!

Shop all of our Anna Maria Horner fabrics here and don’t forget to share your makes with #thevillagehaberdashery.

 

 

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Janome Halloween Offers 2017!

In addition to their current Sewing with Style offers, Janome have some spooky Halloween special offers for you! Here is a quick round up of what is available…

Janome J3-24 – £199.00

Save £30!

Janome J3-24

Top of the J3 series this model offers the facility of variable stitch width and length, allowing maximum benefit from the 16 utility and eight decorative stitches. A hard cover provides great protection when not in use.

This is an excellent machine which is packed with a superb selection of stitches and features. It is a really easy to use three dial model, one for stitch selection one for adjusting stitch length and the other for stitch width adjustment. It just couldn’t be simpler. The automatic 1-step buttonhole produces perfect buttonholes in one easy step whilst the automatic needle threader takes the strain out of threading the needle. There’s plenty of accessory storage and a hard cover for protection.

Find out more and shop here.

 

Janome TXL607 – £499.00

Save £100 and get a free Quilt Kit!

Janome TXL607

Top of Janome’s XL series the TXL607 is the complete package! With over 400 stitch options including alphabets and numbers it offers great versatility.

It’s a touch heavier than other models in this series but it really does offer a tremendous range of stitch options and features. The memory facility allows for the combination of letters, numbers and even stitches to make creativity so much easier. Fully computerised, it has a maximum speed controller which allows for precision sewing whilst the auto needle threader and the auto 1-step buttonhole make sewing with the TXL607 so simple. There a needle up/down facility – great for pivoting on corners and an auto-lock stitch for a perfect end to stitching. It also has a start/stop button which means the machine can be used without the foot control. And if that is not all it has an automatic thread cutter to trim threads at the end of sewing. There’s plenty of accessory storage and a hard cover for protection.

Find out more and shop here.

 

Janome Atelier 3 – £699.00

Save £100 and get a free Quilt Kit!

Janome Atelier 3

One of Janome’s newest range of computerised sewing machines which has been designed to for all types of sewing with easy to use features.

With a total arm length of 310mm (over 12”) and 210mm (8.3”) arm space right of the needle, this machine is ideal bigger projects and yet is equally suited to precision sewing, offering 71 needle positions. It has a superior feeding system and comes with a semi-rigid cover.

Find out more and shop here.

 

Janome FM725 Embellisher – £299.00

Save £30 and get a free table and needle kit!

Janome FM725 Embelisher

The FM725 will bring out the artist in you, select from your palette of fabrics and threads and blend together to create unique textures and surfaces. It’s easy, by simply moving the fabrics freely under the needles you can quickly and easily create beautiful surface embellishments. Watch your own design develop…anyone can do it!

Find out more and shop here.

 

Feel free to drop by our West Hampstead Store to chat about which machine will be best for you!

All offers are available until 31st October 2017 while stocks last! Get yours online or in store today!

Happy Halloween!

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Tutorial! Cross-body bag with adjustable strap by Kym

We shared the details of our ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Vignette with you all the other week and promised the tutorial to make your own cross-body bag so here we go…!

Cross body bag tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

What you will need:

*50cm of medium-heavy weight woven fabric for the outside of the bag (I used Essex Yarn Dyed MetallicSand)
*50cm of fabric for the lining (I used Kona Cotton SolidsEggshell)
*Medium weight fusible interfacing
*Paper to make your pattern
*This downloadable pattern guide sheet
*Magnetic snap fastener
*Strap slider
*2 x D-rings
*2m webbing
*Matching thread
*General sewing supplies

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

PLEASE NOTE: Seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.

1. Draw out your paper pattern using the pattern guide sheets.

2. Using your paper pattern cut out your fabric. See the pattern pieces for how many pieces you need in the main fabric, interfacing and lining and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric pieces. Remember the rough side is the glue side and use a dry iron. Mark on the snap placement marks.

3. Cut 4 extra pieces of interfacing approx. 8cm x 8cm.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

4. Fuse these extra pieces of interfacing to the centre top of pieces B main, C main and E just inside the seam allowance as shown below. This is to add extra strength to the fastening and strap.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

5. Cut a two 10cm pieces of webbing and slide a D-ring on each piece. Fold the webbing ends in so they meet in the middle.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

6. Place them 4cm from the top of each of the bag sides piece (C main) on the right side where the extra interfacing is in the centre. Stitch a box with a cross in it to hold them in place. Go slow on the machine as it is a thick piece of fabric.

7. They should now look like this…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

8. Attach the magnetic snap fastener to the pieces as shown on the pattern pieces.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

9. Place pieces A and E right sides together lining up the sides and  front flap edges.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

10. Pin and sew around the top and side edges, pivoting at the corners and back stitching at either end.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

11. Clip corners and turn to right side. Press with the lining rolled in to the inside slightly.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

12. Hem the top edges of your side pieces (C main), and main front (B main) by folding them 1.5cm to the wrong side and stitching.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

13. With right sides together pin one side (C) to your back/flap (A) piece align the bottom raw edges and the hem on the C piece should be in line with the raw edge of the flap lining (E).

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

14. Stitch taking care not to catch the flap lining making sure you lock stitch at each end.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

15. Repeat with other side and press seams towards bag back.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

16. With right sides together pin the bag front (B) to one of the sides (C) aligning the top hem and bottom raw edges. Stitch.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

17. Repeat with the other side and press seams towards the bag front.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

18. With right sides together pin the bottom piece (D) to the bottom of your bag.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

19. Stitch, pivoting at the corners and being sure not to catch any of the bag up in the seam.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

20. As best as possible, press the seams toward the bottom of the bag. Under-stitch along the two long sides as much as is possible. This will help to strengthen base of the bag.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

21. Turn to the right side and push out the bottom corners.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

22. Place your lining side (C) pieces right sides together with one of the lining front pieces. Pin and stitch.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

23. Place the other lining front piece right sides together with the other side of the lining side (C) piece. Pin and stitch. Press all the seams towards the bag sides. You should now have a tube.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

24. Pin the lining bottom piece in place and stitch as you did with the main bag pieces in step 19.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

25. Fold the top edge of your lining 1.5cm to the wrong side and press.

26. Turn the bag lining so wrong sides are facing out. Place the right side of the fold you made in step 25 so it is sitting on the flap lining about 4mm away from the raw edge. The rest of the bag lining should be lying between this side and the bag flap. Without shifting the placement, unfold the edge of the bag ling and pin down through all layers of the bag.

Red line is where the raw edge of flap lining is. Blue line is the fold line on bag lining.

27. Using the fold as your stitching line, stitch along the flap from side seam to side seam. Make sure you don’t catch in the rest of the lining. You may find it helpful to place it under the free arm on the machine to keep it out of the way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

28. Push the lining into the bag so wrong sides are together.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

29. Pin the folded edge of the remaining three sides to the top hem of the bag and pin in place matching the side seams.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

30. Stitch together by hand using a slip stitch. When you get to the corners with seam allowances make sure you only catch the outside of the bag in your stitches and the seam allowance will slip between and be hidden.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

31. To make the adjustable carry handle slide the slider through the webbing like this (over the centre bar)…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

32. Then thread it through one of the d-rings on the bag so the slider faces the right way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

33. Thread it back through the middle bar on the slider like this…

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

34. Fold over the raw edge and stitch using the box shape used before.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

35. To attach the other side simply pass the other end of the webbing through the other d ring taking care not to twist it, fold the raw edge under and stitch in the same way.

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Ta da!! Enjoy using your new bag… everyone will want one!

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

Cross-Body Bag Tutorial

Cross-Body Bag Tutorial

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

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