Friday, October 4, 2013
Backstitch has gone all fancy! The website has had a lovely refresh and the blog has got a new home too. Hop on over there and get acquainted with the new look.
What's more, we're having a massive competition throughout October where you can win, among other things, 20% off all order for a whole year!! Wow!!
And don't forget to update your blog readers people!
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
A quick one to let all you text lovers know that the Letterpress print from Just My Type by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics has just landed with a great big bang on the Backstitch shelves.
We have this print in five gorgeous colourways and you can also buy a fat quarter bundle of the set.
By the way, our normal dispatch service has now resumed.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Hello everyone, just a quick notice to inform you of our annual summer holiday dispatch timetable.
Between 07/08/13 and 23/08/13 there will be a reduced dispatch timetable. Orders will be dispatched within two working days. Dispatches will be made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.
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Monday, March 25, 2013
What a treat: Four new patterns from Sew Liberated! Meg has done herself proud with this round of patterns, with each one set to become a bestseller. Not only do they have great written instructions, but each pattern comes with a download code to access a full video tutorial online. What a great idea! Let me introduce you...
The Clara Dress is a strong contender for the title of ‘Perfect Summer Dress’. It has keyhole sleeve details, in-seam pockets (you’ve got to have pockets), and a fabulously twirly skirt. And it features an elastic waist that makes it both comfortable and forgiving in fit.
The Esme Top is going to rival the Schoolhouse Tunic for the top selling Sew Liberated pattern. A really cute wardrobe staple which will work in a million different fabric choices. This is a comfortable and casual top that will be smarted up with ease. Use a cotton lawn for a summer version and a cozy cotton flannel for a winter shirt.
Next we have the Simple Skinny Jeans. Easy peasy to sew and even easier to wear these jeans are a great place to start with sewing trousers. With a knit elastic waistband (we love elasticated waistbands!), functioning back pockets, and faux front pockets and fly, these beauties can be whipped up quickly as either jeans, jeggings or leggings.
And lastly we have the Gathering Apron. This is an apron for the forager... designed with collecting produce in mind this apron has a massive front pocket. Perfect for heading out to the veggie patch and the hen coop... or if you're anything like me you can just fill it with small plastic toys and half eaten rice cakes.
Are you going to try one? Which will you choose first?!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Oh the excitement, the build-up, the ‘cut the air with a knife’ tension that these Colette releases generate is unreal, but finally the day is here! We can all exhale and take a good, long, open-mouthed, wonderous look at the new Colette pattern. It’s Laurel! Hello Laurel!
The Laurel dress is a marvel. At first it may look like plain and simple shift dress, but it is so much more... of course. This chic and simple dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile and comfortable to wear at any time of the year.
To cut down on fabric requirements the edges are finished with bias tape. This also gives great opportunity for playing with accent colours and prints. The fit is ‘semi-loose’ with bust and back darts for fit with the front left clear of darts making it easier to work with difficult prints such as stripes or large scale florals.
The different versions give options for underlining, so that you can use sheer or lace fabrics, menswear-style patch pockets, and gathered cuffs. There is also a pullover blouse options which has no fiddly closures to handle. There are a further nine detail variations in the free downloadable ebooklet... Oh how we love a pattern with endless combinations!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Denyse Schmidt has done it again. Her latest collection for Freespirit Fabrics is Shelburne Falls. Another very clever line with the prettiest florals mixed perfectly with brilliant geometrics. Denyse has a great way of making you feel at home with her designs. She manages a winning mix of nostalgic familiarity and refreshing modernity... it’s all rather clever and she should definitely get a medal of some sort. Perhaps I should commission a ‘Backstitch Thinks You’re Brilliant’ medal... she would definitely get one! Lizzy House would get one too... Hmm, I’ll ponder on that one.
Anyhow, Shelburne Falls is in the shop right now and we have four of these delicious prints, each in two colourways, on the shelf. Yardage is already being snapped up for summer dressmaking (all of these prints will make perfect dresses and blouses) and for those quilters you can get the fat quarter bundle here.
Go forth and make pretty things!
Friday, March 15, 2013
Tasia of Sewaholic is bringing out her patterns at breakneck speed right now. This next pattern, released today and
We already have a trench for the kids, with the Oliver+S Secret Agent, but up until now, we didn’t have one for us grown-ups. Well it’s here and it’s brilliant. The Sewaholic Robson pattern stays true to the classic design and will mean we can all have this outerwear necessity in whichever colour we fancy.