Monday, March 25, 2013

Not just one new pattern but four new patterns from Sew Liberated

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

It’s the NEW Colette Laurel!

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!

A massive Colette Patterns delivery is in transit as we speak, winging it's way over the ocean... we expect it any day.  If you would like to know when the new Laurel, and the restock of all Colette styles, come in please send us an email. It's arrived!  Whoop whoop! Laurel and all Colette styles stocked up and in the shop now.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Shelburne Falls: I feel a nostalgic quilt coming on!

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

The Robson Coat: At last a trench for the grown-ups!

Tasia of Sewaholic is bringing out her patterns at breakneck speed right now.  This next pattern, released today and hopefully in the shop within a few days in the shop now, fills a gaping hole in the coat patterns of Backstitch... A trench coat!  Hurrah!

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. 

I actually don’t have a trench coat and have been painfully aware of this hole in my wardrobe for some time.  Now I will just have to make myself one.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Textural Heaven

A few weeks ago Architextures came in.  This new line from Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics is brilliant.  The collection is based on architectural line drawings and is genius with its handwritten text, diagonal crosshatch and plan based sketches. 

Here at Backstitch we have a selection of six of these prints all in black and white.  These black and white textural prints are fantastic for contrasting with popping colours... check out this fantastic x plus quilt as an example of using monochrome against colour.  I am planning a cot quilt with some of this against the loveliness of Constellations.  You can buy the six prints off the bolt here or as a bundle of fat quarters here. 

If you love the cross hatch texture then take a look at our ever expanding range of Sketch.  More colours due in soon!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Let’s say hello to Make It Perfect

We love it when we welcome a new pattern house onto the virtual shelves at Backstitch.  The latest newcomer is Australian design house ‘Make It Perfect’.  Their patterns are real wardrobe staples which are simple to construct with lots of room for creative expression.  We have started out with four of their women’s designs, but there are lots more, including plenty of little girls dresses, so shout if you see something you think we should be stocking.

There is the Poppy Tunic which has a great everyday shape and fit.  It has insert panels front and back and a stylish bottom trim which allows for that pop of your favourite print.  I think this dress would work wonderfully with our Linen Blend which has a lovely weight and warmth to it.

Then there is the Honey Blouse: a versatile top which is elegant and flattering with it’s subtle gathers and slimming waistband.  The puff-shaped three-quarter length sleeves and a scoop neckline both feature a twisted trim to add personality and detail.  This is a great top for daytime casual and dress up glam (I’m thinking of those work to evening fashion features in women’s magazines... although in my admin days I was never together enough to make that sort of seamless transition from office day to glam night!)

Now we have the fab Coastal Breeze: the dress that feels like a t-shirt.  Made from super comfy stretch fabric and with a classic scoop-necked shape, this is one you can just chuck on in the morning.  The dress features flattering empire-line, tummy-friendly pleats and with no zippers, darts, buttons or other fiddly bits, this is quick to whip up too.  

And the last of these Make It Perfect patterns at Backstitch is the Shearwater Kaftan.  The ultimate summer essential with two length options and a front placket detail this is a great top for slinging on over your costume on holiday or wearing with jeans and flip flops on those balmy summer days – they will come won’t they?  Those balmy summer days feel like the stuff of dreams right now!!

Do let us know how you get on, and whether you want to see more of these patterns!