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.
We knew when we opened to the public in August that our little showroom would be only temporary and a toe in the water.
We wanted to work out the balance to keep our online business going while serving our local customers. Our showroom is tiny, despite packing over 100 fabrics in each week plus yarn, haberdashery and other crafty bits it holds less that 10% of our fabric stock alone.
We gave ourselves an 18 month plan to expand, giving over more room for the public part of our business. That 18 month mark ties in beautifully with our 10 year anniversary next year.
Today we’ve finalised part one of our expansion plan and will begin work as soon as we can. Our final plan involves Habbydays becoming a hub for creativity with a solid community foundation. We intend to offer a range of workshops from an amazing range of tutors, plus more (we don’t want to give away too much after all)
This will not disrupt our usual business but we are changing our opening hours. From the week beginning 12th June, we will no longer be open on Mondays. Instead we will be open Tuesday-Thursday: 10-1730, Saturday 12-1630. We intend to expand on our opening hours once our little ones are at school full time in October.
We’re also working on a new website with more features and simpler categorisation of products.
In the meantime, check out our DIY demos for a different take on learning something new and keep an eye on our social media for new fabrics (currently over 1500) and products which roll in every single week.
On Saturday 6th May 2017, we’ll be celebrating Yarn Shop Day 2017!
Yup, we also sell yarn!
When we set up Habbydays, we wanted our customers to be able to purchase the materials needed to make garments: from their underwear to their shoes, hats to cardigans, dresses to shirts and all in pieces in between.
Of course we stock lots of crossover products like quilting fabrics and tools, needle crafting items and general crafting bits and bobs as well as kits to help people get started in whatever textile based hobby they want to try.
We try our hardest to have a representation of our products out in our showroom, most of the time, yarn is out front in some way. To celebrate Yarn Shop Day 2017, we are filling our modest showroom with yarn goodliness for one day only!
Not only that but we’re giving you 20% off of yarns, patterns, accessories, pins, hooks and books!
Plus a chance to try out yarns before you buy.
So come on down, Saturday 6th May 2017 from 12-4.30pm and support your local yarn shop.
Every Friday we offer 15% off of one of our wonderful fabrics.
You don’t need a code as the discount is already applied.
This week we’re discounting Art Gallery Fabrics Ragged Denim Daisies
This premium 100% light weight cotton denim is one of our very popular fabrics and incredibly versatile.
Grab it this Friday for 15% off
Do you have bobbly jumpers? Got a garment that looks tired due to pilling?
Try using one of our handy, dandy wool combs to gently remove bobble build up and bring back those garments back to life.
Pop your garment onto a table and while holding it taut run the wool comb gently along the garment’s surface.
Pay special attention to area prone to friction/use like under arms or between legs.
You’ll be able to remove the bobbled/pilling from the comb and use again until the desired effect is achieved.
Designed by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics, we knew this knit was going to be popular the first time we laid eyes on it.
Part of the reason we love and champion Art Gallery Fabrics is their various base fabrics. So say a collection contains 20 of their amazing quality, 190 thread count, low impact dyed, 100% pima cotton wovens… that’s a pretty good start. But add into to the mix that within that 20 cotton woven fabrics you get a real taste for each designer’s style with modern, fresh and timeless prints. This outstanding woven cotton comes with one tagline:
On top of those wovens this wonderful manufacturer releases a number of the designs on different base fabrics. There are usually 3-4 cotton knit fabrics, a canvas and a voile with the latest base being Rayon.
Some of our most popular fabrics are the knits from Art Gallery Fabrics. They wash well, are easy to sew and completely different to other fabrics available.
One of our most popular fabrics is back in stock! The ever coveted Nightfall Moon Stories Spark Knit
Love the bunnies!
Also pictured Wine Tubular Ribbing
We met the lovely Ruth at our favourite trade show this year and her creativity lit an instant fire under us.
Ruth is the founder of the Make Arcade and graduate of the London College of Fashion and her experience is not only impressive but immense. We loved her enthusiasm to make crafting accessible and modern, sharing our passion for sharing our love of crafting with future generations.
The Make Arcade offers amazing, bright and fun kits with the end product being something you’d happily show off in your home. Perfect as a gift as a kit or made (I bet you can’t help but make it before you give it away) and put together from excellent quality materials.
We picked a range from The Make Arcade’s colourful stand and they’re here!
Prices start at £4.00 and the most expensive kit is the Unicorn Ears Kit at £12.95… but who doesn’t love a unicorn.
We started with these 4 drinks related kits… Which one are you?
Love plants but don’t have a green finger? What about this cute cactus?
I’m pretty sure this pincushion would just make me want an actual donut… okay maybe several.
But as Ruth says, always craft with refreshments.
What about a wee pin badge kit? Super sweet at £4!
There’s a few more designs in our stock that we haven’t shown off in this post. We’re adding these to our website ASAP but right now they’re available in our showroom right now.