Striped fabrics for summer

It’s Monday and I needed some cheery thoughts after a wonderful weekend. Then the sun came out (just for a minute!), so my creativity reached out for stripy fabric for summer days – what can be more cheerful than these stripes in candy colours at Black Sheep Wools?

Candy stripe fabric for summer from Black Sheep Wools
Sippy Straws in Strawberry from the Sodalicious collection by Emily Merrick for Michael Miller; Tent Stripe in Tart from the Elizabeth collection by Tula Pink.

Making some round summer cushions with a beautiful piped edging, using this lovely Amy Butler pattern would be a great project to raise the spirits if you’re working with these sunny stripes.

If relaxing with some crochet or knitting is more your thing, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Black Sheep Wools continues with its fabulous line of clearance and sale bargains. This week they have added Sublime Yarns to the sale section – one of my absolute favourite brands, because the quality is fantastic for the price. I am particularly fond of Sublime Natural Aran, one of the yarns I used to use when I was regularly crocheting up my Big Ears Bunny pattern.

A gang of bunnies

At the minute you are getting an even bigger bargain (bigger than the big ears!) because there is 55% off this gorgeous yarn just now. Snap it up!


There are lots of lovely dressmaking stripes at Dragonfly Fabrics. For me stripes and summer tops go together like Wimbledon and strawberries. I’d love to make a Catrin sweatshirt (I love these Schnittchen designs – some of which come in plus sizes too – yay!) with some fab pink and purple stripes:

Stripes from Dragonfly Fabric
Cotton jersey in loads of lovely stripy colours; Catrin sweatshirt pattern from Schnittchen

I guess because BBC’s Sewing Bee has come to an end (I won’t spoilerise you, but I am very pleased about the winner!), Dragonfly’s series of Sewing Bee special offer is also coming to a conclusion. Why not check them out to make the most of the discounts before they run out!  And if you have a day free on Friday, the Dragonfly Fabrics Open Day, down in East Sussex, looks like it will be a brilliant day.

Have a great week – whatever you’re doing. And please support me here at Very Berry by checking out all the lovely goodies my sponsors have in store for you.



Something blue, something new

Something blue and something new from each of my sponsors’ shops – with special offers and other news too!

Something blue something new from Black Sheep Wools

Something blue:

King Cole Baby Alpaca (dk)Special Offer: there’s 15% off all King Cole yarns at Black Sheep Wools until 9am on 28 June with the code COLE15

Something new:

Large floral Zenbroidery printed fabric – this fun printed fabric design comes with a needle, an illustrated guide to free for stitching and a QR code to lead you to fantastic design ideas. A really fantastic holiday hand-stitching project!



Something blue something new from Dragonfly


Something blue:

Ponte Roma fabric in blue – a lovely soft double knit and perfect for dresses, tunics, soft skirts, light jackets and cardigans.

Something new:

Pauline Alice – Reina shirt pattern – a very pretty, romantic shirt pattern, new in stock.

Check out Dragonfly’s Sewing Bee page for great special offers on jersey!


Something blue something new from My Fabric House
Something blue:

Bold floral tulip fabric – a lovely quilting fabric

Something new:

Cats in the streets print on natural hessian linen – a great fabric when you need something more sturdy and I love these cute cats!

There’s also loads of great reductions in the My Fabric House sale.


Something blue something new from Cloud Craft

Something blue:

Lovely 1mm wool felt in French Navy – top quality felt in a lovely shade of blue.

Something new:

Gorgeous stack of 1mm felt in Macaron colours – almost good enough to eat!


Insect life

My garden (and house!) is beginning to fill up with moths and butterflies, and me and the kids are planning to do something for Moth Night which is coming up shortly.. So inspired by our insect friends, here’s a flutteringly fabulous post about my wonderful sponsors!

Butterflies and moths from Black Sheep Wools

At Black Sheep Wools: Tim Holz, Butterflight – taupeButterfly birth sampler


Butterflies and dragonflies from Dragonfly fabrics

At Dragonfly Fabrics: Japanese cotton print, Dragonflies – indigo; Moody Blues (Cloud 9), Butterflies


Moths and butterflies from Cloud Craft

At Cloud Craft: Floss and Mischief cross stitch, mustard moth trio; What Delilah Did, Fanciful Flutterbies cross stitch kit


Butterfly and Bees from My Fabric House

At My Fabric House: Bugs cotton fabric; Butterfly wooden buttons


Do flit off and have a look at all these lovely goodies!

Sewing for an English spring

I was all set to tell you about the beautiful fan-patterned pima cotton lawn and scrumptious chambrays (have you seen all the lovely colours?) that my sponsors Dragonfly have in stock just now, but it is HARD to get excited about summer clothes when it is 7 degrees outside and an overnight frost is forecast. So I decided to talk, instead, about the Morris blazer from Grainline Studios, because during spring in these parts (and, let’s face it, in summer too) you need something to throw on when the sudden northerly breezes take hold.

This time last year, the Morris was all the rage, so I am behind the curve as usual, but the good thing for us is, there are masses of examples of the Morris out there – check out Pinterest – and we can learn all we need to know from the dressmaking gurus of the internet… Ponte Roma is a really popular choice for this jacket…. I love these 3 options for spring – but there are lots more to choose from.

Ponte Roma from Dragonfly


French terry is also a recommended choice.. and Dragonfly have some gorgeous colours, a couple of which (the pretty salmon colour and the dusty blue) are colours of the season according to Pantone, but I love the teal myself:

French Terry from Dragonfly

Stretch denim is another choice – I would love to make one using this gorgeous barkweave denim

What would you choose? Have you already made an Morris blazer? If you fancy a go and are in a quandary over fabric choices – don’t forget you can use Dragonfly’s sample service or you can contact the lovely folks there for expert (and I mean expert – Dorte worked for Vivienne Westwood for goodness sake!) advice.