Meet my sponsors (and win a prize!): Dragonfly Fabrics

Dragonfly Fabrics - Designer Dressmaking FabricsI’m delighted to introduce the lovely people at Dragonfly Fabrics as the first ever sponsors of my blog – I am so pleased to have their support – it means such a lot to me and my work here at Very Berry. Dragonfly is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Simon & Dorte, and their aim is to provide beautiful dressmaking fabrics at affordable prices.

Their store is well known for its lovely range  and excellent customer service – you just have to look at their testimonials page to get an idea of how much they are appreciated. They have a lovely, well chosen selection of fabrics, which is no doubt the result of Dorte’s background in the fashion business and teaching sewing classes – she really knows what works when it comes to selecting fabric for clothes – and the good news that she is happy to help with advice about fabric choices.

For the winter season they have a gorgeous selection of boiled wools:
Boiled Wool

To help you get started with sewing wool, Dorte has written this really helpful blog post to take your jitters away – and there’s a short accompanying video to watch.

I’m also a huge fan of these beautiful velveteens and they also have lots of options for a fabric that I know is really popular at the moment – Ponte Roma jersey.

Ponte Roma

If you want to get a feel (and to check colours of course) of any fabrics in the shop you can get up to 5 generously sized samples for just £2.50.

I am always a fan of a one-stop shop, where I can get all the bits and bobs I need for a single project – and Dragonfly fits the bill there with an excellent selection of haberdashery, interfacings, zips and dress linings. The only thing that is missing here is buttons! Most importantly, they have a brilliant range of patterns from indie designers such as Grainline Studio, Tilly and the Buttons, Colette Patterns, Sew Over It, By Hand London, Oliver & S, Named Patterns and many many more. So there’s everything you need for your next dressmaking project!

The Giveaway!

  • I have a £25 voucher for Dragonfly Fabrics to give away to one lucky reader. All you need to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is complete this super-short survey (it really is, I promise – it’ll take you 5 minutes, plus 5 minutes to have a drool over the lovely Dragonfly website) about Dragonfly/fabric buying in general.
  • So you don’t have to leave your name and email on the survey if you don’t want to, you then need to pop back here and leave a comment telling me you took the survey. And that’s it!  You can enter the giveaway any time until I do the draw on Monday 16th November.
  • Remember, leave a comment here after completing the survey or you WON’T BE IN THE DRAW!
  • The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Promo code!

If you can’t wait to get buying, I have a Promo Code for Dragonfly Fabrics for all Very Berry readers. For 15% off any time before November 30th just enter BERRY15 during checkout.

Dragonfly Winner and a Discount Code

So, I have done the draw for the Dragonfly giveaway… The winner of the first prize is:

Dragonfly winner 1

And that’s Kerry – Pennydog! Congrats to you Kerry.

The second prize goes to:

Dragonfly winner 2

And that’s Amy – congrats to you too. I will be in touch with you both.

If you are feeling disappointed you didn’t win, here’s a little bit of consolation for you. Very Berry readers can use the discount code DRAGONFLY12 for a 15% discount at Dragonfly from now until Sunday December 15th. Enjoy!

Dragonfly Fabrics – a lovely giveaway!

I am so delighted to have a lovely lovely pre-Christmas giveaway for you. Especially as it is from Dragonfly Fabrics – a shop which is definitely going from strength to strength.

Dragonfly Fabrics - Designer Dressmaking Fabrics

Since I last looked properly at their site (I clearly haven’t had enough money to spend recently!), they have added patterns and a very well chosen range of haberdashery to their range. I always love it when shops start doing all the extras you need to get cracking with a project – the more you can get in one shop, the more you can save on delivery costs, of course.

I am always recommending Dragonfly to friends and blog readers for their boiled wool selection, which is tricky to get elsewhere. So it is great to see that they have expanded their range, with more colours in stock, and lovely little sample packs and craft packs too. Love the packs, such a great way to try out these beautiful fabrics.

They also have lots of new additions to their range of lovely linens, including some of those popular Kaufman Essex linens – it’s time to add Dragonfly to my guide to buying linen fabrics!

I always think that Dragonfly is particular good for dressmakers, but a great reason to visit if you are a quilter is that they have a lovely range of eco cottons from Westfalenstoffe. Simon, who with his wife Dorte, owns Dragonfly Fabrics, Tells me that the Kitzbuehel range from Westfalenstoffe is pretty much their most popular line.

It is so gorgeous,and the frosty blue colours are especially suited to this time of year. And, if you are into a red and white Scandi-style Christmas, then Westfalenstoffe’s Classic collection is absolutely ideal.

Simon and Dorte are really keen to get feedback on their website and shop as they move forward and grow their business, so they are offering Very Berry readers the opportunity to win a wonderful couple of prizes, in return for your feedback, on what you like about their web shop and what they could do to make it even better.

The Prizes!

1st prize: £30 voucher to spend on anything in the shop
2nd Prize: 1 boiled wool craft pack or voucher for any fabric/item in the shop up to a value of £20.00

Giveaway rules:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post with your feedback (both positive and negative!) on Dragonfly Fabrics for one entry.
  • Like Dragonfly Fabrics on Facebook and leave a second comment to say that you have done so (or tell us that you are already a FB liker).
  • The giveaway is open to readers around the world, but there will be an extra postage charge to any winners outside Europe.
  • I will be doing in the draw for the prizes on Tuesday 10th December (in the afternoon!), so as long as you get your comments left before then, you will be in with a chance of winning.

Good luck!

More gorgeous fabric for you!

I’m really pleased to be hosting a giveaway for Dragonfly Fabrics this week – it’s such a lovely shop, with lots of goodies to interest quilters and dressmakers alike!

Dragonlyfly Fabrics Logo

Dragonfly Fabrics was set up 2 years ago by Dorte and Simon. Dorte studied fashion design in Germany and then moved to London, working as a pattern cutter for Vivienne Westwood and a number of other designers. After leaving London she started  teaching sewing and soon realised the difficulty of getting good quality dressmaking fabric for her classes and for herself… so she started sourcing fabrics from Germany and then worldwide. The pile of fabrics grew ever larger in their studio so Dorte and her photographer husband Simon decided to start up the shop (a great way of dealing with an out of control fabric stash!). Dorte is always happy to help with questions regarding fabrics or making items with the fabric that they stock.

I wont go on too much about the lovely fabrics you’ll find at Dragronfly – please go and have a look for yourself. And don’t buy all the Anna Maria Horner flannels because I want them for myself!!

The Giveaway

Dorte and Simon are generously offering two prizes….

Prize 1: You can either select 5 Fat Quarters of your own choice from the shop OR if that’s just too much for you (!) will get this lovely Joel Dewberry bundle:

Joel Dewberry bundle from Dragonfly fabrics

The first prize winner will also get a lovely pack of Tilda ribbons.

Prize 2: The 2nd winner will also get to select 5 Fat Quarters of their own choice from the shop OR will get this lovely Tilda Kitchengarden bundle:

Tilda Kitchengarden bundle from Dragonfly Fabrics

The Rules

  • For a first chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post, letting us know which fabrics from Dragonfly you might like to include in your bundle if you were to win.
  • For a second chance to win, follow Dragonfly on Facebook and LEAVE A SECOND COMMENT on the blog post to let us know that you have clicked that all important Like button!
  • The giveaway is open to anyone in the world, but any winners outside Europe would need to pay an £8 postage charge.
  • For the duration of the giveaway, and until the 2nd October, there will be 15% off at Dragonfly for Very Berry readers with the code bundle
  • The giveaway will finish at midnight (GMT) on Thursday 27th September, and the winner will be announced on the 28th.