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.
A city’s glow when seen from an airplane window at night, draws its own map, one that is ever changing as lights are turned on and off. This collection is about looking both outward and inward. Discovering patterns in objects both man-made and naturally occurring, and finding their connection to you. Although the textures may be recognizable in several of the prints, they also have deeper meanings. They speak about the item observed but also about the observer within each of us.
Observer is available in 20 prints made from Art Gallery Fabric’s “Feel the difference” 100% Pima cotton
As well as 4 of the prints being reproduced as cotton knit fabrics. Great for baby wear!
There is also a canvas and a voile that complete the collection.
Incredibly versatile as a print family, this collection touches on the Shibori method of dyeing fabrics and features a range of pattern types in 2 clear colourways. Very easy to mix and match not only with print, type of make and colourways. Plus 4 of the prints include subtle metallic details.
Who doesn’t like a freebie? Get Inward Quilt Pattern for free and while you’re there check out our other free downloadable patterns.
For yet more Observer Inspitation take a look at the lookbook
And lastly, we will be featuring Observer Triangle Tokens Ink (metallic) in this week’s Fabric Friday Offer! No coupon needed, 15% off for 24 hours only! (4th August 2017)
If this isn’t your first visit to Habbydays, then it’s very likely that you’ve already spotted that a lot has changed recently.
We’ve completely redesigned the site to make it easier to navigate, with a cleaner look and feel and a collapsable category list available at all times.
We’re rather excited to tell you that we are once again going to be attending the St Neots’ Armed Forces Day Gala.
We’re also going to be sponsoring the 1940’s Best Dressed Competition and we’ll be helping judge on the day!
There are some great prizes up for grabs and the day is one of our favourite days out in St Neots. Great fun for all of the family.
We’ll be there with our large marquee showing you how you can make do and mend, selling fabrics, haberdashery, yarn and more to show you how handcrafting is still very much going in today’s climate.
Tune in to Black Cat 107fm to hear more information on the build up to this great event and especially on Monday after 2pm to hear us talking about the event and competition.
We’ll have some special offers on for the day and the showroom will be closed for the day so make sure you pop down and find us.
I recently came across this crop top and high waisted shorts set on one of my personal social media feeds. It’s from a website called zaful.com but as I rarely buy clothing, let alone clothing that I can’t try on, this image has been pinned to my inspiration board on Pinterest.
With it being so hot this week, no sewing has happened but I have come back to this set for a future summer make to plan my own version.
I’ve had a look through our patterns and I think this Simplicity one will work for both shorts and top.
Simplicity, New Look and Burda patterns are due to arrive with us next week and we will be stocking all 3 brands in full. For this outfit, I intend to use View A and View D
For fabric, the recommendation include cotton types and so I want to use Art Gallery Fabric: Yuma Lemons Mist. Although this cotton is described by it’s manufacturer as ‘quilters weight’ cotton, we love this brand for dressmaking. It’s premium, 100% Pima cotton is not woven into the standard 60 thread count but a luxurious 190 thread count. You can literally feel the difference, the drape is perfect for dressmaking. This pattern uses concealed zips which we stock in a rainbow of colours and varying lengths but I might just see if I can case some non roll elastic in the waistband.
I would also change the halter neck and pop on some spaghetti strapping to maintain the lightness of the set. Do you find spaghetti straps tiresome to turn out? Try using an easy loop turner to turn and then use loop pressing bars for a really professional finish.
There’s a really sweet detail on the inspiration garment and that’s mini pom pom trim. We love pom poms and the small size that we stock is perfect for a subtle fun trimming.
Now all I need is time to sew up this set.
*Top Tip from an ex wardrobe mistress, when wearing white or light coloured fabrics always wear skin coloured underwear to prevent obvious shadows.
We are always completely honest with customers when asked this, and would rather you get the correct fabric for your requirements than sell something that might do the job but is, in the long run, unsuitable.
We stock primarily dressmaking fabrics, along with quilting, crafting and fabrics suitable for bag-making.
These fabrics tend to be cotton, wool linen or polyester based, either 100% cotton or blends, often using other fibres such as viscose, spandex or rayon.
These fabrics will hang and drape well when worn on the body, or the attractive prints on the cottons will make for a beautiful quilt but there’s a couple of things these fabrics lack which are important when considering them for furnishing.
First, and possibly most important is fire-retardancy. All furniture, upholstery and soft furnishings must meet tight regulations regarding fire retardancy.
What falls under these regulations?
Every piece of furniture in your home with the exception of curtains, duvets, bed sheets and loose cushions. But if you are, for example, re-covering a chair then that fabric and seat foam should meet these requirements.
None of our fabrics are, to our knowledge, tested and approved for use in furniture. Approved and tested fabrics and furniture will have the relevant tags attached to them and you will, if you are so inclined, be able to follow the chain of records from the supplier to the manufacturer, to the tester to demonstrate that the materials used have been properly tested.
There’s much more of the nitty-gritty regarding Fire Retardancy of Upholstery Fabrics on the FireSafe website.
The other topic, which applies more to boats and vans, is the absorbent nature of some natural fibres, especially cotton. Boats and camper vans are, despite anyone’s best efforts, always going to have a battle against moisture and damp, whether it’s steam from the kettle, leaks in windows, moisture from gas heaters or just especially wet weather where you end up bringing damp clothing inside.
Due to the absorbent nature of some natural fibres, the fabric will always remain damp for longer than is ideal and will, over time likely suffer from mildew or, in extreme cases if left for a long time, even rot.
We know of many customers who have, in the end, still made cushions, curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings for both home and campers or boats, but we always make them aware of the pitfall and caveats when doing so.
As with all our products, we’d rather offer advice and ensure you get exactly what you want, than sell you something for the sake of making a quick buck.