There are some stunning dresses and outfits out there as we approach the festive season. One that caught our eye was this £350 Jazz gold sequin dress from LK Bennett. But why pay £350 for it when we can supply you with all you need to get the same look for under £40
Take a look at our Sequin fabric at £7.10 per metre and Simplicity Patterns number 1586 for £8.95 . You may prefer to tweak the pattern to add a lining but even then, not only will you save a packet, you’ll also know it’s a perfect fit.
We are pleased to offer our latest stock, Presencia Algodon 100% Egyptian Cotton 3-ply threads in 40, 50 and 60 weight.
Presencia is a family-run Spanish thread producer which was founded in 1949 by the brothers Pérez Presencia. What sets Presencia cotton threads apart from other manufacturers is the use of certified Egyptian cotton and the processes they use to spin, dye and treat the thread.
In recent years, there has been controversies over companies labelling products as ‘Egyptian Cotton’ when the raw materials were actually sourced elsewhere. This has prompted the Cotton Egypt Association and other trade associations to go to the extent of even DNA testing products labelled as Egyptian Cotton to verify their source. Presencia cotton is fully certified and guaranteed 100% Egyptian Cotton from the Giza Valley.
We are stocking the 40, 50 and 60 weight 3-ply cotton threads, with the 50 weight being the most popular and available in the full 183 colours as it is ideal for general construction, piecing and appliqué and works well on a machine. We hold the most popular colours in stock for the 50 weight, and all of the 40 and 60 weight colours. The 50 weight cotton is mercerised, gassed and dyed using the Bleachfast technique to produce a strong, 3-ply thread that is shrink-fast, smooth, soft and lustrous.
Bleachfast dyeing ensures that the threads can be washed in hot-water and bleach without losing its colour. This is in contrast to the more common Colourfast technique which produces a colour that should only be washed in warm water and mild detergent.
The Presencia 100% Cotton thread comes in 400m reels for the 40 weight, 500m reels for the 50 weight and 600m reels for the 60 weight. All are £4.68 each.
We are supporting Macmillan Cancer Trust again this year by holding our own coffee morning.
The event starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm.
We’ll have cakes and refreshments for sale, a guess the height competition and cake bingo at 12pm.
The shop will be open of course, pleas feel free to bring down a friend and a table top craft for a knit/hook/stitch and natter.
Grab a bargain while the New Look pattern sale is on!
50% off of all patterns making all patterns from the current New Look catalogue just £3.48
We love New Look patterns for their ease of use and their wardrobe building potential.
Many of the patterns available from New Look not only have multiple options but multiple garments. Making it so easy to create an entire outfit from just one pattern.
Whether it be jumpsuits and dresses….
Or entire smart casual outfits….
Sportswear or lounge wear…
Or even outer wear, you can grab a bargain for £3.48 for a limited time in the Autumn sale.
If you shop in store, you can take advantage of our loyalty scheme when buying Burda, New Look or Simplicity patterns. Buy 4 patterns from the above brands and receive a 5th one for free. Terms and Conditions apply.
We like to keep up to date with what’s new in the world of textiles, and one fabric that seems to be reinventing itself is Denim. This cotton fabric long been known for it’s hard-wearing properties and has it’s roots in France for the fabric, Italy for the traditional indigo colour (Jeans being an anglification of the French for Genoa where the first denim trousers were made) and then America where it became well used in workwear in the mid 19th century.
But despite it’s long and valued history, Denim does have it’s drawbacks. Being cotton, it can be heavy and will absorb and hold moisture, as anyone who’s been caught in the rain wearing jeans will know.
There’s also the more recent issues to overcome from the weaving and manufacturing point of view. Around 5 years ago, cotton prices spiked to almost $2 per lb compared to it’s usual $0.6 per lb. Prices have returned to that $0.6-$0.7 level, but it was enough to prompt manufacturers to seek alternative fibres to incorporate into Denim to keep costs down and from that, also extend the reach of denim as a fabric, into clothing and uses that it hadn’t previously been suitable for.
These new hybrid blends are pushing the limits of what Denim can be and has been used for, and there are 2 mills that are leading that push.
Artistic Milliners have developed a denim they name ‘Catch-Move-Release’ which is a performance denim with a cotton/Cordura/Sorbtek polyester/Lycra blend to keep the wearer cool, dry and comfortable. With the inclusion of Cordura, a fabric more usually associated with protective motorcycle wear or outdoor equipment, the abrasive resistance of the Denim has been improved significantly, but by ensuring the fabric is still predominantly cotton,it retains an authentic Denim look. The cordura also improves breathability and moisture transportation which not only makes the garments more comfortable in hot or humid conditions, but speeds drying when the fabric does get wet.
NILIT have developed Sensil nylon 6.6 yarns which pairs with cotton allowing denim manufacturers to produce fabrics with additional characteristic functions such as moisture management, cool touch and odor resistance. With the inclusion of FIR yarns, the denim can also actively warm the wearer. FIR, or Far InfraRed fibres use a lead-free bio-ceramic to generate infra-red radiation, or heat, which can penetrate the skin by up to 4cm. The only energy required to generate this is the movement and flex of the fibres themselves. Granted, the temperature increase is not huge, but it’s still an amazing development of fibres which have previously only been found in medical and scientific uses. The Sensil yarns were showcased with a series of garments designed by Augusta Romano from Duplex Style SRL and created with advanced denim fabrics made by Berto Industria Tessile.
We know it’ll be a long time before these cutting edge fabrics make it into the garments we can buy on the high street and become available to the wider market, but we’ll keep looking out for them and hopefully will be able to offer such advanced fabrics when they become available.
Until then, you can still check out our traditional denims where you’ll find various weights, shades, colours and stretches.
Spend £40 and use the code BANK5 for £5 discount
Spend £70 and use the code BANK10 for £10 discount
Spend £100 and used code BANK20 for £20 discount
Available in store and online for a limited time only.
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Can you believe that it is September already?
This week we are offering up a discount of over 15% off of our cosy corduroy.
Choose from several colours, bright or traditional.
Our favourites are:
Need some inspiration?
Why not make a Cleo dress. Designed by Tilly and the Buttons we have Cleo to be one of our go to patterns, perfect for new sewers and so easy to add to any wardrobe.
Find them here
Okay, they aren’t just for the kids but we are now receiving our licensed fabrics from our supplier.
There are more to come but so far we have:
This is a woven 100% cotton
What about Doctor Who? On license from the BBC this cotton jersey features that ever recognisable Tardis
Not into Doctor Who? We have this bright My Little Pony cotton jersey for our Rainbow Dash fans.
Watercolour Tink is pretty and soft, made from 100% woven cotton great for all kinds of makes and perfect for grown up Disney fans as well as little ones.
The ‘good guys’ are all well and good, but who doesn’t love a good Disney Villain? 100% woven cotton in deep purple this fabric features 4 of the most notable female villains: The Evil Queen, Maleficent, Ursula the Sea Witch and of course: Cruella de Vil
And lastly, (for now) our spooky kids love this cult classic movie directed by Tim Burton. The Nightmare Before Christmas is perfect for Halloween as well as an alternative Christmas.
You can find all of these fabrics and more in our Children’s Fabric section. More Marvel, Disney and Minions as well as non licensed fabrics of different bases. We especially love the kids’ showerproof quilted fabrics.
When people come into our modest showroom, they are often underwhelmed due to it’s current size (read more about us and our expansion) It doesn’t take long for our visitors to take a good look around and realise just how much we have showcased in our showroom. One of the most talked about pieces of haberdashery is Petersham ribbon. Also known as milliner’s ribbon, petersham facing or simply Petersham, it is a traditional sewing facing which has stood the test of time. Traditional Petersham is a thick, stiff, flexible corded ribbon usually made out of either cotton, rayon, viscose, or a cotton/ rayon or viscose blend of fibres Petersham is often moire or watered on both sides and comes with a scalloped edge.
Often mistaken for Grosgrain, Petersham is easily identifiable by it’s flexible scalloped/picot edge. The method in which Petersham is woven gives it the ability to support a curve in fabric once steamed or ironed. Milliners use it for the creation of smooth edges on hat brims as traditional flat ribbon may give puckers and wrinkles. A great tailor’s trick is to use Petersham in place of bias tape, as it lends itself to creating a better line in a garment by making the the fabric conform closely to the body which is wearing it. Most commonly it is used in waistbands.Wally and Grace have a great tutorial about petersham waistbands. You will also commonly find Petersham ribbon in the finishings of corsetry.
Petersham is available in various widths and types. Namely: curved, traditional and elasticated.
Bet you didn’t know:
Petersham was invented by an English lord by the name of Viscount Petersham in the 18th Century. Viscount Petersham invented a specific type of overcoat and breeches made from heavy woolen cloth with a round nap surface. As it was a lord who invented Petersham, the word is often but not always capitalised.