Hello! It’s Earth Day this coming Wednesday so we thought we’d celebrate some of our more eco-conscious products & have an Eco-Week! We’re kicking off sharing share some information about one of the more eco-friendly fabric out there, Bamboo Fabric.Continue reading “Fabric Guide – Using Eco Bamboo Fabrics”
I just love cotton lawn… Have you sewn with it? It’s divine!
What is cotton lawn?
Well as the name suggests, cotton lawn is made from 100% cotton!
Cotton lawn originates from a place called Laon in France and has a smooth, polished feel.
The Ultimate At-A-Glance Guide to Vilene/ Vlieseline Products
Interfacings and interlinings are some of the most useful products to have in your sewing room.
Vlieseline offer a vast range of products which can add shape and structure to your fabric but there are so many choose from so how do you know which you need for your project?
First off, let’s talk about Vlieseline.
If you’re based in Europe and have been sewing for a while you’ll probably be familiar with the brand Vilene.
Vilene became Vlieseline in the summer of 2016, different name, but the products are all the same and of exceptional quality.
For more than 60 years Vilene (now Vlieseline) has been the essential interlining for all kinds of applications.
Vlieseline products are the most famous and prestigious interlinings for those with a passion for sewing, for studios and for professional tailors/dressmakers!
Did you know that Vlieseline do more than just interlinings?
The Creative Range is the perfect range of stabilisers for all sorts of projects including patchwork, bags, home decoration, or accessories.
Did you know that Vlieseline also offer a great range of waddings/ battings?
Suitable for projects that need a little volume of padding, there are also some flame retardant choices, perfect to offer peace of mind for baby projects.
With the help of Vlieseline we’ve put together a handy at-a-glance guide which will easily help you select the right product for the right project.
As well as the basic weights we’ve included laundry instructions, fabric suitability and properties, a quick guide to how to apply the product.
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Vlieseline/ Vilene & Pellon Equivalent products
Isn’t it annoying when you find the perfect project online, only to discover you don’t recognise the suggested stability option?
If you’re based in the USA you’re probably familiar with Pellon, and here in Europe and Australia the most popular brand is Vlieseline.
We’ve provided Pellon suggestions for Vlieseline products where possible, although we always recommend testing an interlining on scrap fabric first to make sure you’re happy with the result.
Vlieseline have an extensive YouTube channel which you must check out. It has oodles of video how-to tutorials on how to get the best from the range.
We hope you find this guide helpful! Drop us a message and let us know how you get along, we love to see all your amazing makes.
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I’d hazard a guess that most people have used felt at some point in their lives.
Who remembers Fuzzy Felt?!
I used to love putting together Fuzzy Felt scenes when I was small.
Felt comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and quality, here’s a guide on choosing the right felt for your project and some handling tips.Continue reading “A Fabric Guide: Felt Fabric”
Halloween is just around the corner and what better fabric to create a statement with your costumes this year than dress net? We get asked a lot about both tulle and dress net and there seems to be some confusion about this family of fabrics and whether tulle and dress net are actually the same thing (they’re similar, but not the same). We thought we’d put together a fabric guide to help you decide which type of net is best for your project, along with some tips on how to handle this fun and holey cloth! Continue reading “What the Tulle? A guide to net fabric”
We’ve been getting lots of enquiries about taffeta fabric recently and we’re putting it’s popularity down to the fact that both wedding and prom seasons are upon us and taffeta is a very popular choice for posh frocks. With it’s crisp finish and subtle sheen, it’s not surprising it’s often a go-to choice for special occasion garments. Taffeta’s uses don’t stop at evening wear, it also lends itself well to home furnishings such as cushions and curtains where a glamorous feel to a room is desirable. Here’s a quick summary about taffeta fabric and some sewing tips… Continue reading “What Is Taffeta Fabric? A Fabric Guide”
Firstly, let me just brush away the cobwebs that are all over this blog. It’s been a while folks! What can I say…. Moving house and relocating the business have been rather time consuming and sewing and blogging are always the first things to go by the wayside, you know how it is. I do however now have a lovely new marketing assistant (hello Harry!) so who knows, maybe there might be a bit more appearing around here before long. (I hope I don’t regret that last sentence)
In the past I’ve written quite a number of fabric guides but none have really gone back to the very basics. For some of you this post will be teaching you to suck eggs, but for those less experienced I hope this is a useful resource to help you demystify some of the terminology and help you choose the right fabrics for your project.
I wrote this article a few months ago and was originally published in the November issue of Sewing World Magazine but I’m sharing it here for those that missed the publication at the time. This was the second in a series of four fabric guides I wrote for the magazine, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A big thank you to Emma at Mummy & Millie’s Boutique for helping me out with the fleecey makes! Continue reading “A Guide To Fleece Fabrics”
I love cotton drill. It’s very versatile and is a great utility fabric that we stock in some very vibrant colours and best of all it’s really great value too.
Drill has a twill weave which makes it a very strong, dense medium to heavy weight fabric. It’s a really popular choice for uniforms and work clothes but the vibrant colours lends itself to all sorts of other exciting garments including both tailored and casual designs, as well as children’s wear and home furnishings. It’s even used to line shoes! Continue reading “What Is Cotton Drill? A Fabric Guide”