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Let’s get to know Ana Valls and CocoWawa Crafts!

We are forever extending our amazing range of dressmaking patterns for you all and we are super excited about our latest designer. The lovely Ana Valls from CocoWawa Crafts has answered our questions so you can find out more about her company!

Ana Vals CocoWawa

Tell us about CocoWawa Crafts!
Hi! CocoWawa Crafts is an independent sewing pattern company based in London. A one-woman business bringing comfy, simple and classic designs with a twist to your handmade wardrobe that you can make and wear all year around.

CocoWawa

Describe the style of your garments in three words:
Quirky, comfy, cute.

CocoWawa

Tell us about the woman you design for:
I actually don’t have a specific woman in mind. I design my patterns for any woman who wants to feel comfortable wearing something she has made, easy to fit and that it has that detail that makes it different. From optional ruffles and bows to more simple alternatives that they can wear at work, social events or just out and about on a normal day. The designs have also a Japanese and geometric inspiration, and a vintage touch from the late 50s and early 60s.

CocoWawa

What body shapes work best with your patterns?
Any I would say. For example the Marshamallow Dress is such a great floaty design that anyone would feel comfortable with. The same happens with the Chestnut Sweater and Top for example, easy to fit, comfortable and with lots of options available.

CocoWawa

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?
The CocoWawa Patterns are available in both pdf and paper format. The pdf version comes with the usual print-at-home A4 alternative, and also a copy shop one. All of them come with a booklet packed with technical drawings, step-by-step instructions on how to make the garment, tips and tricks, size charts, fabric suggestions… And! for each pattern I have uploaded a YouTube video where people can actually follow and see how to make the garment.

Cocowawa

CocoWawa

Thanks Ana!

You can find out even more about CocoWawa Crafts on their website and follow them on Instagram here. Find our selection of CocoWawa Craft patterns here or pop into our West Hampstead shop!

 

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Janome Spring ‘Sewing with Style’ offers!

Janome have some amazing deals for you this Spring with their latest ‘Sewing with Style Offers! If you were thinking about treating yourself (or someone else) to a new sewing machine, now is the time! Don’t miss the Early Bird offers available on some of the M-series machines too!

Here is a quick round up of what is on offer…

Janome J3-24 Sewing Machine – £199

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. This is an excellent machine which is packed with a superb selection of features. A hard cover provides great protection when not in use.

Find out more and shop here.

NEW! Janome 725S Sewing Machine – £259

INTRODUCTORY OFFER!

New 725S Janome sewing machine

The new Janome Sewist 725S Sewing Machine has a wide range of features to cope with general sewing tasks. It is a machine suitable for beginners to experienced sewers because of its versatility, allowing you to cope with a varied variety of sewing projects, such as patchwork, quilting, soft furnishing, alterations and home furnishings. There are plenty of features for the machine (including an automatic needle threader) ensuring you a smooth, trouble free experience.

Find out more and shop here.

Janome 230DC Sewing Machine – £299

Save £50!

Janome 230DC

Simple and easy, no fuss threading with the auto needle threader and quick set bobbin. Light enough to carry to classes, it has plenty of stitch options for creating all kinds of projects, and lots of easy to use features which make sewing a pleasure. It is the machine to grow with your skills and is both suitable for beginners and more experienced sewers.

Also there is a MULTI SAVING on this machine… Buy 10 get 1 free!

Find out more and shop here.

Janome M Series Sewing Machines

Janome M200QDC

The Janome M Series delivers more, with more power, more stitches, and more accessories. Quality tools will help produce the best work. Sew with the power, precision and confidence of a Janome QDC M Series model.
Choose from the M50QDC (£479), M100QDC (£519) and M200QDC (£569).
Also get FREEMettler 18C Threads when you buy the M50QDC or the M100QDC.

Buy before the 13th April 2018 to receive an extra £10 off with the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

Find out more and buy here.

Janome Atelier 5 Sewing Machine – £899

Save £100, plus get TWO FREE KITS, Home Decor & Fashion Sewing worth £258!

Atelier 5 Janome

The Atelier 5 is designed to meet every sewing challenge. It is so versatile that there are three optional kits available, one for quilting, one for home furnishings and a third for fashion sewing. 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 an incredible 91 needle positions. It has a superior feeding system and an easy change needle plate to enhance straight stitch performance at up to 1,000 spm. The 9mm stitch width gives added creative options whilst the host of special computerised features including 5 times stitch elongation makes it so easy to use.

Find out more and buy here.

Janome CoverPro 2000CPX – £479

Save £20Coverpro 2000CPX

The CoverPro 2000CPX’s innovative design is based on the marriage of an industrial style cover hem machine and a convenient home sewing machine. This means it sews like a sewing machine with all the dials conveniently located. It has a much larger arm space than competitor models and it has a freearm facility that is unique to this type of machine. It is not an overlocker. The resulting union has produced a high speed, long arm, heavy duty cover hem machine, that looks and operates like a sewing machine. For that totally professional finish choose the CoverPro 2000CPX.

Find out more and buy here.

Special Purchase Buys

Janome have three machines not usually available in this seasons offers!

Janome 217-S – £99
Janome MC400E – £999
Janome 8002DG – £199 (Multi Buy Offer – Buy 10 get 1 free!)

If you would like to know more about or order one of these machines get in touch with us for more info!

JAnome 217-s

All offers are available until 4th June 2018 and are subject to availability.

Happy Shopping!

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Let’s get to know Peggy Mead and Sew House Seven Patterns!

We are so happy to be now stocking the awesome patterns from Sew House Seven and we invited the lovely Peggy to join us for a quick Q&A so you could find out all about her pattern company.

Sew House Seven Patterns

Tell us about Sew House Seven!
Sew House Seven is my small, independent pattern company based in Portland, Oregon and run by me – Peggy Mead. I have a long history in the apparel industry as a pattern maker, designer and surface designer. Sew House Seven was created in 2014 from my need to return to my original passion of sewing and creating and a desire to leave the world of fast fashion behind. I also have a mission to encourage more people to sew their own clothes. The focus of Sew House Seven is on however, not limited to creating simple, easy to follow patterns that encourage the beginning sewist yet appeal to sewists of all levels. Detailed instructions provide an opportunity
to learn while sewing.

Sew House Seven Patterns

Describe the garment styles in 3 words:
The designs could be described as feminine, simple and unique.

Sew House Seven Patterns

Tell us about the woman you design for:
I have found the woman who wears Sew House Seven to be a difficult one to pin down. I have seen garments from my patterns on a very diverse group of women. I think my patterns appeal to the woman who wants something simple yet unique (as in my three word description above). My customer hails from all over the world and is a multitude of shapes, sizes and ages. I’ve had some women say thank you for making clothing that works on women over 65 and I’ve had others ask why I don’t design for women over 65 so I think my styles don’t necessarily cater to a specific age, it just depends on how the customer interprets the pattern and if they feel comfortable in my designs. I think sewists are a different breed of customer than ready to wear customers. A sewist can usually look at a design and decide how they can make it their own and make it work for them so I in that sense, I feel like my designs are a blank canvas for a broad focus of customers.

Sew House Seven Patterns

What body shapes work best with your patterns?
I don’t set out to design for a specific body shape however, I do design things that I would like to wear and so I would say my body type definitely influences my designs. I am short with an hour glass figure. Because I am broad and short, I tend to like to define my waist.

Sew House Seven Patterns

What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?
I try to make my instructions very thorough with lots of drawings. It may be over kill for some people but I want to make it as easy as possible for someone beginning to understand as well as someone who may not read English very well. I also try to make my instructions educational. I try to include some new technique or tip and sometimes come up with my own way of doing things such as the vent and hem on my Toaster Sweater #2.

Sew House Seven Patterns

You can find out more about Sew House Seven on their website, follow her on Instagram and find our selection of patterns in our shop here.

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The colour of the month for March is orange

This month’s Colour of the Month Club members will be receiving these orange stash builders! We have a limited number of these bundles left for you to buy here and you can shop all of our orange stash builders here.

The colour of the month for March is orange

Clockwise from the top our selection is:

Friedlander – Green Wall in Tangerine by Carolyn Friedlander (Robert Kaufman)
Vintage Houndstooth Textured Basic in Tangerine by Patty Young (Michael Miller)
The Highlands – Geometry of Bees in Apricot by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
PrimaveraPaisley in Tangerine by Patty Young (Riley Blake)
TwistPumpkin (Dashwood Studio)
Garden PinDot in Clementine Orange (Michael Miller)
Sun Print 2018 – Compass in Marmalade by Alison Glass (Andover)
Heart & SoulTriangle in Red by Deena Rutter (Riley Blake)
Cotton + Steel Basics – Add It Up in Folk Dress (Cotton + Steel)
Cotton + Steel Basics – Netorious in Roadster (Cotton + Steel)

And now for our Kona Cotton Solids bundle:

The colour of the month for March is orange

Clockwise from top: Mango, Torch, Kumquat, Carrot, Tangerine, Coral, Terracotta, Cedar, Goldfish, Orange.

Want a hand-picked bundle of fabric delivered to your letterbox each month? Join one of our monthly clubs!

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DIY felt butterfly hairclips tutorial

Our A Year of Wreaths project with Laura Howard ended in December and we wanted to do a few more posts to show you how the templates and tutorials she shared in the series could be used to create a whole bunch of different projects! This tutorial for sweet butterfly hairclips is the second post in this spin off series. Over to you, Laura!

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

To make these pretty butterfly hairclips you will need:

* The template sheet from the Butterfly Wreath tutorial
* Wool blend felt in assorted colours (I used Fuchsia, Cotton Candy and Baby Blue)
* Matching sewing thread
* Binding clips or hairclips
* Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors
* A sewing needle and pins
* A glue gun and glue
* A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the hairclips:

Use the templates to cut out the butterfly pieces from your chosen felt colours (I used butterflies 2, 4 and 5).

Follow step 3 of the Butterfly Wreath tutorial to sew the butterfly pieces together.

For each hairclip, cut a felt circle approximately 17mm in diameter in the matching felt colour. Sew each circle to the end of a clip using matching sewing thread, as shown. This felt circle is the base onto which you’ll glue the butterfly pieces.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Very carefully glue the butterfly pieces to the circles. Add the wings first, adding a small amount of glue to the circle then carefully pressing the wings into place.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Then add a very small amount of glue to the back of each body piece and carefully press them into position between the wings.

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

How sweet are these clips!

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

DIY Felt Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Additional photography by September Pictures.

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