Japanese sewing books & lovely fabric at M is for Make
I’m not entirely sure how I haven’t included M is for Make in the big list before. It’s really great shop – with a very tasteful selection of fabrics – how tasteful, for instance, is this lovely Chocolate fabric bundle? Absolutely delicious. A really great reason for popping round there for the brilliant choice of Japanese pattern books. If you haven’t encountered these before, you’re in for a real treat – there are some gorgeous things to make. I had my doubts about buying my first one, but although the text is in Japanese, it is no problem to get your head round the patterns because there are tons of step-by-step pictures. The M is for Make blog is well worth a look too.
Sales and Offers
You’ve got just a few days to take advantage of the 10% off sale at the V&A Museum shop to buy some of these gorgeous reproduction fabrics – I saw them in person when I went to their Quilts exhibition earlier on in the year, and they are really wonderful. The code you need is Xmas2010.
Gwen at Celtic Fusion Fabrics has some really lovely fabrics in her sale section at the moment, including some very cute Kokka stuff. She’s also offering free postage on any orders over £10 until Saturday – so that’s two good reasons to go and have a look.
Over at Sew Box, Leah has some fabulous, and very different, patterns in stock. According to the description, DIY Couture patterns contain a ‘set of simple, visual instructions, which help you to make a particular garment type, that can be almost endlessly re-invented. Diagrams and pictures take the maker through the creation process, so that unique, personally fitted pieces of clothing are accessible to anyone’. I love the look of the cloak pattern, but wonder if I’m a bit too small to carry one of these off!?
Lizzet, the owner of The Fabric Loft has decided to make some changes and will be selling fabric in shorter lengths than she has previously done – you can read more about it on The Fabric Loft blog. I think it’s a really good idea – especially in these times when we’re all watching the pennies.
The people at Saints and Pinners have uploaded some brilliant instructions to make a super quick baby quilt – it looks absolutely great. They have used some lovely flannel fabrics so it’s obviously going to be incredibly soft and cuddly. Definitely worth a go – it would make a brilliant Christmas present for a little one (which has got me thinking – have I got time?!). You can buy a pack of fabrics to make the quilt too, so all the hard work is done for you. S&P are also pointing a free FQ (or more!!) in with every order made between November 4th – how fab is that?