The Materials!

I was recently asked by my very good friend Pamela at Material Matters if I would be interested in taking over her business as she no longer has the time to dedicate to it. I was always interested in seeing what she was selling each season (and have a considerable quantity of her fabrics maturing nicely in my stash). I was thrilled that she was willing to hand the baton to me! I have known Pamela  since she taught me in a City and Guilds sewing class and she has been a friend and mentor ever since – so I have been ‘brought up properly’ and aim to continue selling fabric of a standard that she would recognise.

I have just received the first of the fabrics for this Spring/Summer and am thrilled to show them here first. I will soon be taking over the Material Matters website but will be trading as ‘The Material Lady’ (it may take a little while to update it – please forgive me!) and will show all the fabrics there but for now check these out!

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I am still waiting for the fabrics to complete this collection but if any of you would like more information about any of the fabrics shown (or samples mailed when I have the full collection – expected to be complete before the end of March) let me know by using  where you may leave contact details .


Not quite a peacoat….

                                 So……..I really wanted to make a Burberry style peacoat in some wonderful claret red wool coating that I had in stash. Or the forest green wool…. Make like a donkey between carrots for several days (or more). Eventually it becomes clear that since it is now almost the end of february a lighter option may not be a bad idea.

Enter the Burberry style trench. I cant remember a time when a trenchcoat was undesirable (unless you count the hand-me-down that I was given while at school – didnt imagine that it would be such a classic – I hated it) so I was quite taken with the denim style trench on the Burberry site. Sadly I can only aspire.

 However, on checking the stash I found a piece of nicely matured ‘teflon coated denim’ (100% cotton). I bought this from Pamela at Material Matters longer ago than I care to admit but that just proves how right I was to keep it in my stash (please tell the husband!).100% Cotton teflon-coated denim

Now while there have been a multitude of trench patterns in the BWOF magazine and a nice one available from McCalls (M6246) I feel that I would be as well to draft my own pattern and fit in some of the details I would like to feature. I particularly like the collar stand – giving the opportunity to use that nice little tab to keep the wind off your neck.

Now I really should be finishing painting my lounge and starting to sew the new curtains (3 huge pairs – soooo boring) but I plan to start drafting this pattern tomorrow. Who knows, I may even finish one jacket before the end of month two. But I cant promise.

May I introduce Bessie?


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I am very proud of my new ‘Lady Valet’ dressform – ‘Bessie’- who will no doubt be of great help in assisting me in achieving correct fit and is also very patient (and not at all bashful) about being dressed and photographed in order to show you what I have been making.

This self drafted sleeveless blouse is the first of the garments for my SWAP 2011 challenge.Whilst not a difficult (or exciting) project it will help get things underway – I was spending too much time planning and not enough time doing.The fabric is a polyester crepe which was given to me by my good friend Pamela at Material Matters which was easy to sew and I know from experience is very easy care. I used french seams throughout – not a difficult process but one I am rarely asked to use by clients so I felt a little rusty. Glad to say they have no ‘whiskers’ showing on the right side of the garment. You can see by the next picture why it had to be a sleeveless blouse. I love being able to use all the fabric!

Just bits!


P.S. Still struggling with the tickers. Have got them prepared but cant get them onto blog.Any ideas out there?