Sew Shop Local: The Wee Fabric Shop, Inverness

Ever since it was a pop up shop I was intrigued by The Wee Fabric Shop but the location made it slightly difficult for me to plan a trip as it was in Inverness!

Now it’s a brick and mortar store situated outside the centre of Inverness which means I could plan a much more relaxed trip up.

The sun was shining when I reached the shop front and what a lovely shop front it is (photos don’t do it justice)!

Good thing about coming to this side of town is that you don’t have to worry about parking as it’s got a few spaces at the front of the shop and off street parking is available.

Walking into the store I received a very warm welcome from Marice, One of the owners of The Wee Fabric Shop. It was so nice to meet her finally after seeing so much of the her and the shop on Instagram. It’s not one lady but three that own the shop, Claire and Fiona are part of the power trio!

Their choices of fabric and patterns are on par and the quality is just brilliant- the only problem is that the trio can’t keep up with demand as sometimes the bolt sells out so quickly! (Trust me the quality is Devine!)!

Oh boy! If you like indie patterns you’re in for a fine treat.

Yeap – told you. It’s a Indie pattern heaven!

Before you ask … yes I did buy fabric and patterns (I mean it would be rude not too!) I bought two knit fabrics and three patterns.

Would I recommend? YES, hell yes! Ok I made a weekend out of it but it is worth the trip.

It was so nice to meet Marice and Fiona. I wish them the best with the business, so far they’re on a very good path with such strong and amazing products to offer. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet Claire but maybe next time I’m up the road I’ll catch her for a chat!

Catch them on IG @theweefabricshop and also online at http://www.theweefabricshop.co.uk

Until next time stitchers –

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My Make Nine 2018: 6 Month Review

I’m going to be quite truthful here,  I’ve only made one of my make nine patterns but I have made two dress out of the same pattern (although one is not quite finished).

To be quite frank, I’m not that great at sticking to plans.  Reason: Maybe there’s too much being released and I want to deviate (LOADS!!) away from a structured plan.

But I have progress in other patterns … Hoooraahhhh!

I’m in the midst of doing two Vogue 9075 (view a), one in crepe and the other in cotton lawn.

I’ve still got to finish a McCalls 7536 (the burgandy rose fabric) but I’ve completed a McCalls 7582 and a McCalls 7381.

After these I’m probably going to do a wrap dress in a stretch fabric which I got from Sewisfaction.

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And then the Colette “Moneta”.

Mind you, I’ve had the colette “Moneta” pattern for yonks and the material, so maybe I should do that first – but before I make a plan, I’ll probably do both at the same time – well, can you blame me?

Oh yeah and then add all the wonderful fabrics I’ve got recently to the table …

Whilst in town on the Edinburgh Frocktail poster and prize mission, I picked up a few fabrics from The Dress Fabric Company, Bruntsfield.  Eh, It was a sale, so how could I resist?  The Edinburgh Fabrics had a lovely Tiger print on black, which I think @sew_sleep_deprived is in awe of.  Also I picked some gorgeous Viscose Lawn from Dragonfly Fabrics online as well as a lovely crepe with birds on it from Fabric Focus.

Yeah, you can pretty much say I have truly fallen of the “self fabric ban” wagon and landed in the muddiest puddle known.  Oooooops!

Another conclusion to this post is that you can say if I do make nine it won’t be the original nine as posted earlier in this year – that shouldn’t be a surprise!

That’s all for now, happy stitching!

Emma

 

 

Oooopsa lacy!

Since the 5th May I’ve been on a fabric ban but this Friday past I broke it and I broke it hard!

You see when you see something RTW and the stock is low in your size but you have the sewing skills (this does not include boning or lace!!) you go what the heck and go all in, pretty much head first.

So this is the RTW dress I’ve fallen IN LOVE with and just wanna swosh about in.

The RTW dress is a beautiful Monsoon one but as said a second ago, the size I was looking for had gone out of stock. I would definitely pay £139 for it but that’s if they had it. But I’m not going to buy that dress, I’m going to make it eeek!

Fabric:

After ordering several different swatches and doing a ridiculous amount of searches for “mint guipure lace” online I wasn’t anywhere forward. Locally I was starting to loose my confidence in getting what I really wanted. It was on the final straw that I took the tip from a previous co-worker to visit Fabric Focus. It should’ve been first choice – doh!Above the linings, there lay the beautiful lace guipure in exactly the colours and shade I was looking for and too even make my July better the lining was there to make it pop! It’s a-lot more minty than the photo suggests. The lining is a skin tone. But I may have to double it up with a cotton because of the boning!

The Pattern:The pattern was a lot easier to find and in the end the McCalls 7720 was a very close fit.

I’ll get the boning, hook & eye, threads and zip organised at a later date. I might make a toile and see how that goes before I start back at my evening classes in August if I get other projects finished! I can’t thank Kevin at Fabric Focus and his lovely Mum (who actually served me) enough for stocking this lace. You made a very happy lady. This is just a perfect example why we should support local shops like this!

Disclaimer: all opinions are my own!

Sew Shop Local: The Sewing Studio, Dunfermline And The Fife Sewists Meet Up!

A week on after the #SewScottish Afternoon Tea another group of lovely ladies held a smaller but equally nice meet up in Dunfermline.

We all met at the Heaven Scent Cafe, which is set in the new building beside the abbey. The cafe has a lovely selection of cakes and hot drinks on offer but as the weather was so warm I opted for a cool fizzy elderflower juice.

We sat round a couple of tables for about an hour exchanging information about patterns, materials, fabric shops, discount codes and a little bit about our wonderful selves. It was a lovely chilled out affair and “suited me down to a t” as I had been up at 3:30am that morning for a 4:45am start at work!

After some much needed refreshments we headed up to the newly opened Sewing Studio. The Sewing Studio is a fantastic extension of Sew Yarn Crafty after locals were giving feedback back to owner, that there was a massive dressmaking following and they wanted more fabric choice and classes. It all came together pretty simply as there was a property available to extend into and that’s how it all happened.

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve been up to Dunfermline and checked out Sew Yarn Crafty. The last time I’d took a trip up was with my mum and my aunt. Mum was not that great at that point but wanted to get out the house and always supported me in my hobbies. That woman was always pushing herself, where she got the strength from was unbelievable.

Anyway before I go to a dark place … (everything connects!!)

Aileen, the owner of Sew Yarn Crafty and The Sewing Studio and myself!

The sewing Studio has a great range of fabrics and independent patterns (TATB’s, papercut, cashmerette, Sew over it and a couple of others.

I actually saw quite a few fabrics that I really wanted but I had to refrain as I’m only a week in from making that (damn) pact with @Sew_Sleep_Deprived so I wouldn’t buy anymore fabric – urghhhh!

I was stroking them and crying 😭. It was tough. I did refrain from fabrics but I bought two cashmerette patterns and a book about drafting dress and skirts.

The weather was on it’s truly best behaviour as it was gorgeous. I really need to come up and check out the Abbey.

So all in all, it was a lovely afternoon out and I’m looking forward to catching up with the girls again. Hopefully I’ll have made a few me makes by then and I can show them off!

Sew Shop Local: Rejects, Kirkcaldy

Kirkaldy has fond memories for me as I used to study at Adam Smith College back in 2008 and completed my Higher Diploma in Interior Architecture there.

Rejects was a go-to place for the velcro we needed for the back of our display boards at the end of year exhibit of works but I had never explored the fabric section or knew of it.

So when it came to meet the lovely Carol, who I’d been chatting too via Instagram, it was a perfect date to explore the fabric department and have some fun with Carol.

We met in the cafe first off for a much-needed coffee and cake and a good old chin wag. We then skidadeld up to the fabric department, where I was wow’ed.  I had to hold on for dear life as I wasn’t expecting this awesomeness!

Are you ready?  Here come the photos!

 

Crafty things.

 

Rolls and Rolls …

 

and more rolls of gorgeous fabrics 
Check out all these gadgets!
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Boom! More rolls ..
Plenty of craft fabrics too.

 

So there you have it. A good insider of Rejects.  I saw lots of beautiful fabrics and in case you are wondering if I did buy any fabric, then yes I did!

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Here’s a map and the address…. now go go go!

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Rejects, 123 St Clair St, Kirkcaldy KY1 2BS

Emma

Sew Local: Sew Yarn Crafty, Dunfermline

For those who know me, I like to venture out into the unknown, especially when it comes to fabric shops.

It’s also been awhile since I did a shop too.  I like this series because It helps other find fabric shops they may not know about too.

How did I find out about Sew Yarn Crafty?  Well, it was actually a customer at my now old work.   He basically told me to go and check it out!  I’m glad he did.

Based, in the town centre (on the pedestrianised part, don’t let google take you on a wild goose chase!) Sew Yarn Crafty was Dunfermline Sewing Machines and is now the new owner.  They re-opened late last year after gutting and refurbishing the premises.

It’s a nice wee shop.  Stop there.  Appearances can be deceiving!  Yes, it looks small from the outside but not only a ground floor but this shop has a basement too!

It certainly is, very contagious!
Sew Yarn Crafty stocks Tilly And The Buttons patterns – which is a tick in my book.  They have a small selection of fabric for both dressmaking and craft.  I’m going to say small because it was.  The haberdashery is very well laid out and the button selection is enormous.

Step inside to sewing Narnia!
Tilly and the Buttons pattern galore!
They also sell sewing machines, Janome, Singer and Brother were the ones on display.

Did I buy anything?  Eh, that’s a silly question.  It would be rude not too!

TATB Agnes pattern, trimming, dungaree buckles & some rather cute otter fabric!
Cute as a button: Otters!
It’s a cute wee shop. Maybe out of the way for me but a lovely addition to the high street. There’s plenty of parking in the car parks surrounding the shop.  If you need a cuppa and cake after spending some dosh, there are the usual chains and some niche indie cafes.

Sew Yarn Crafty is also on Facebook.

Emma

 Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and pretty please ask for permission before using any of my photos – ta! 

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Edinburgh 

Flipping heck! What a wave of fresh air in fabric gooeyness.

I’m feeling very happy with all my purchases and date I say it I could have bought so much more but resistance was in control. (Thank heavens as I would have bought double the amount of fabric!).

It’s the second year for the show in Edinburgh and I think it was better even though I noticed a couple of stalls not being there from last year (yes, I did miss them!) but hey, you can’t have it all.

My TATB Cleo is getting her grand day out!

Ready, Set, GOOOO!
 

Lots and lots of stalls!

I bought three fabrics from fabrics galore!
The grey textured fabric is for a Saunio Cardigan.  The flamingoes and the black & white fabrics are for M7094.
I chatted to Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani and watched her demonstrate top tips at the creative living theatre on sewing with stretch and jersey fabrics.  I also bought a lovely viscose.

 

Lovely soft viscose, destined for the McCalls 7094!

The lovely Lauren, demonstrating with stretch and knit fabrics!
Ben (@Sewcialogist) gave me some helpful hints regarding the collar in M7094 using the Viscose and how to use the Prym “Wash off Tape” instead of using pins or basting/tacking, which is a winner in my book (I hate tacking).  He was wearing his newly made shirt, which was perfect on G&G’s stall.   The viscose is a long term staple of G&G too, so it’s good to know that lots of people have bought this!

I wasn’t alone for long as I met Shirley (@Beatgirl9091) and Lesley (@sew_sleep_deprived) – because I arrived at 10 am ready for the doors opening and did two circuits of all the stalls.  looking back I should have looked at the needlework exhibition in that time, but hey ho.  Whilst I did two circuits of the stalls I totally missed Girl Charlee stand.  Luckily Lesley and Shirley informed me – I am a numpty! And, yeah that would be rude not to check it out.

And yes I bought lovely some lovely cotton jersey from Girl Charlee!  In fact the same as Shirley – as I ❤️ teal too!

But it’s not all fabric, as I picked up the very cute pattern from the Emma Garry stall – it wasn’t a hard sell as Emma was wearing it herself and it was a beautiful version with some classy hacks! I’ve never heard of Sew Different Patterns before, have you? Let me know if you’ve tried any of the patterns! Emma Garry is based in Yorkshire and runs classes as well as designs and sells patterns.

It’s definitely a better show than last year. Maybe TATB and Sew Over It could make the journey as we’d love to see you up here!

This year was definitely busy than last year but there wasn’t any pushing or elbowing to get to any stalls from anyone. Plus there was plenty of lovely fabrics left from all the stalls. I think I will be getting one or two more from Fabrics Galore that I fell in love with!

 

A new Cleo in Arrows?

Amy – Collette’s’ sorbetto?
And if you think that was all the fabric I added to my next shopping list, think again because I spotted more whilst I was at the M stall … cue fabrics from Montreux Fabrics that will also somehow magically appear into my stash soon!

 

My TATB Cleo had her grand day out and I got so many lovely 😊 comments on her! We all know we are our own worst critic but I’m truly humbled to receive so many nice comments on my first Cleo.


But in the evening at home, I must have pulled the dress at the buckle bit and it’s torn!! I’m distressed 😩- s7&*!!! 

Should I patch it and reinforce it with interfacing and then add a bit of material to both sides to avoid this happening to the other side?  I will have to get another stud as the current one has ripped through the fabric 😩.  Any help on this matter will be gratefully received. B&££#%!!!

Moving on quickly to avoid me get all angry on (I am 😤) that matter would be a good idea.

So did I enjoy the show?

You betcha! I sure did! Meeting Lauren and Ben at the Guthrie & Ghani Stall was total amazeballs, as was spending the afternoon with Shirley and Lesley – they made me have a good chuckle! I wish I had a bigger budget for all the material that I walked away from but I now have regrets about not buying it but then again, if I did I would regret being skint for the rest of the frigging month!

I can’t wait until next years show! Eeeek, what will it bring?

Emma

Disclaimer: All views are my own! Please ask if you want to use my photos – Cheers!

Anything in Pink is Instagram names!

Stitching & Sewing Show, Glasgow SEC

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Today alongside @Mrs.f_72, @Beatgirl9091 & @louswlinwood (all on Instagram), I visited the Stitching & Sewing Show at the SEC, Glasgow.

 

Just one of the many stalls!

The advanced technology for tickets after showing the Groupon voucher!!
Mmmmm, for sewists there was not a lot of garment fabric stalls.  In fact, 3 at the most (if you are darn lucky) would be thumbs up for us dressmakers.

Grrrr.  There are just too many card-making stalls considering the title of the show – EH STITCHING & SEWING??? To top it off there weren’t very many quilting stalls either.  Ok maybe I’m being brutal here but seriously I wasn’t impressed.

First off, we sat down and watched the demo for the Lutterloh System, which I’m keen to learn more about after being nominated for being part of the demo using only my hip and bust measurements (thanks for that @beatgirl9091 😉 ).

Using my Bust and Hips measurements for the Lutterloh System

Ohhhh patterns, lots of patterns!
I would love to speak to a real person, not just a product demonstrator about the system and if they think it’s value for money.  If you have it and use it, please drop me an email or PM me on Instagram – I’d like to ask you a few questions!

Thanks to Shirley for the photo!

Then we wondered for up and down the stalls having a wee look.

We all then stopped for lunch feeling rather peckish.  I didn’t even notice the time, me thinking it’s like 11 but no it was 1 pm!  I had a drink of juice and ate the cake I devoured and saved from yesterday’s retirement lunch.  I should in fact of ate my sandwiches that I made up – oh well! Don’t worry, they didn’t go to waste as I ate them when I got home!

After a nibble, we then did the rest of the stalls which was half exhibition space and stalls. Here we found another two stalls that did dressmaking fabrics and not just cotton for quilters.  One (dots n stripes) did a good range of jerseys and other fabric. Check out the sparkling flamingo jersey and the cute ribbons!

Yes, this was all Jersey! And it was all rather gorgeous quality! I’m quite astonished I did go mad!

Quirky trims at Dots & Stripes’ Stand

Fla fla flapping fabulous flamingos!
Allison’s Craft Emporium had a good chunk of cotton & baby cord. This where I bought the cotton lawn at £3 per metre (see the last picture in the post)!

The Cool Crafting stand had an excellent spread of Merchant & Mills patterns as well as Chambray and Essex Yarn Dye. I’m glad they are attending Edinburgh’s Knitting & stitching Show this year as I’ll be making a list of goodies to buy from them specifically!!

The stunning Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt in Essex Dyed Yarn at the Cool Crafting Stand.

@beatgirl9091 doing a rather splendid job modelling the Betsy Dress at the Cool Crafting Stand.
So I hate to say it was a “Meh, it was ok” and dare I say it “there is room for improvement”. If it wasn’t for the lovely company of these three ladies, I’m sure I would have left earlier!

 

My rather small haul!
So there you have it.

I’m pleased with what I’ve bought.  Yes, there is a but coming.  My haul could have been so much bigger had there been a tad more stands geared towards dressmakers!

But fear not, the haul may be huge at the KnItting & Stitching Show in April at the RHC, Edinburgh!  Yes, I’ll be going (probably on the Sunday) to hunt for some sewing tools and fabrics, look out for that post too!

Until next time Stitchers!

Emma

Sew Shop Local: Kitschy Coo

“A shop full of Jersey?” I said back to the lady who told me all about it.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and I knew I had to go and check it out.  So I did.  And here’s what I found out!

Kitschy Coo do their main business on the internet but it does have a cute little shop that you can pop into (I dropped Amanda an email, just to check her opening hours to be on the safe side) and see the stunning collection of jersey for yourself.  The shop is based on 10 South Trinity Rd and it’s got a good bus link if you prefer to take public transport as car spaces are few and far between even though they are pay & go spaces.

I took the bus from outside the old St James shopping mall entrance.  A no.8 if I’m correct. It took no more than 10 mins and didn’t have the stress nor cost of parking.

It’s a cute little shop front, you can see the jersey headbands and hats in the window along with some pretty cool fabric combos.  I know I’m in for a treat!


Greeted by a barking Casey (the dog)  I waited a minute whilst Amanda moved Casey through to the back room.  I don’t mind dogs as I’ve had my own.  Casey didn’t batter an eye lid, once she was in the back room and I could wander around the shop freely.

Right, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – JERSEY TALK!  Kitschy Coo: It is a delightful treat. Looking and feeling these magnificent fabrics just brings happy feelings.  So many ideas have sprung into my head regarding the Toaster sweater, Linden and Moneta to name a few.  I thought stepping into the #sewmystyle with the Toaster sweater was a bit ambitious for me as I’ve never used a knit fabric and not set up my overlocker.  I think once I’ve finished Cleo I’ll attempt the Moneta.   Ok, I’m wandering off on project thought talk … I’m guessing you’ve had a look at the shop online by now and you’ll get a gist of what an awesome collection Amanda has.


I bought a delightful cacti fabric, but not enough to make a whole Moneta – perhaps the bodice or now a sweatshirt … oooh, the conundrums.

Amanda was super helpful too as she gave me a link for that elastic to get to stop Jersey from slipping and a charcoal fabric that may match up with the cacti if I decide to go with the Moneta – or should I go all out Moneta Cacti?

Kitschy Coo has a Facebook, Instagram, twitter and Pinterest if you need more Jersey porn!

Check out the fabulous combinations! Eeeek! 


 

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are of my own and so are the photos!  Please ask before you use them!