Archive for June, 2010

July Giveaway! — CLOSED —

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Yeap… time for another giveaway!   This giveaway is extra special because we are teaming up with The Sewing Directory.  So yes, you have guessed it, it is a double giveaway!!!!

The prize will be a 4 fat quarters bundle for each of the two lucky and talented winners!

The rules are quite simple and, more importantly, you will enjoy them.  You only have to browse our shop and select 4 fabrics to make a bundle.  Your choice of fabrics will be packed with lots of care, wrapped in a beautiful ribbon and posted to you if you win :)

You can submit your answer as a comment in this post, in our Facebook page or in Twitter.  You can also submit your choice to The Sewing Directory by Twitter, blog or in their Facebook page.  All entries must be received by 6pm on Tuesday 6th July 2010.

Good Luck to all of you and have fun!

Lizzet xx

Some of our gorgeous selection of fabric

New fabrics in the shop!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

We have new fabric in stock.  A bit of a mix-match, some sweet florals, some vintage reproductions, and one quite bold and contemporary.  The colours?? Well you can pick and choose!  

My favourite?  It must be Mingle in leaf.  

We have more stock coming soon and I will post it as soon as it arrive, but take a look at what it is here now.

Summer dress for all year round

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

After reading Perry Lewis’ article yesterday in The Guardian I end up looking for clever ideas, cool classic dress patterns with modern fabrics, then I found plain and more basic fabric designs matched with quite contemporary patterns 
… then I found the perfect match!  Clever Mary Jo from Five Green Acres made The Liverpool dress using Denyse Schmidt Prairie Rose from the Hope Valley collection.

The Liverpool dress by Mary Jo

 

I can see that sort of dress/shirt being one of the most useful pieces in any wardrobe all year round.  During the winter I could wear it with trousers, a few layers and voilá!  I would probably use Prairie Rose in Piney Wood instead of the grey colour, but I guess that it is one of the beauties of making your own clothes, you can do whatever you want!

Prairie Rose in Piney Woods by Denyse Schmidt

 

Personally, I love the idea of using a pattern from one designer and the fabric from another.  It makes the whole project even more unique and personal.  If you are thinking of making any of the variations of The Liverpool Shirt pattern, take your time and read Mary Jo’s post, and, of course, show us the pictures!

We’ve got a winner!!!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

 

This month the prize is a gift certificate of £10 and

Angela (WandaFish) is our first giveaway winner!

I would loved to give a voucher to every single one of you who entered,

but I must remind myself that this is a business and certain things are just not possible.

If you left empty handed try your luck next month, keep checking our blog and our Facebook page for any updates!

 

Results given by Random.org

 

To choose the winner I created a list with the names of all the kind people that took the time to comment in our blog,

then we used Random.org to help us choose a lucky one.  

 

For those interested, I still haven’t made my mind about the 2 fabrics that I am going to use to make the bag,

but I am seriously thinking of using

Nicey Jane Pocketbook in Moss for the outside

and Lindy Leaf in Blue for the inside.

Our First Giveaway!!!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

After quite a few sunny and warm days, the UK is once again under a massive cloud.  It is raining and grey so we thought it was about time to have a giveaway at The Fabric Loft to cheer us up!  We are planning to make it a monthly thing, so everybody can try their luck.

The process is going to be very simple and we will let you know every month what you need to do to enter.  For June all you have to do is leave a comment sometime between now and next Wednesday 16th June in yesterday’s post.  The lucky winner will be announced here and will get a £10 voucher to use in our shop. 

Good Luck!

Gorgeous fabrics at The Fabric Loft!

Reversible bag – Tutorial

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Hello, my name is Lizzet and I am a bag addict.  I love bags of all sizes, shapes, colours and materials.  It doesn’t matter to me if they are useful or just pretty, but it is great when they are both nice and practical.  I was over the moon when I found this tutorial because for me it is a perfect sewing project.  It is easy to make, you don’t need lots of different things to make it, and depending on the type and style of fabric that you choose it can be worn any time time of the day and in all sorts of different occasions.  Because it is reversible, you can choose both fabrics with your favourite colours and be able to match it with almost anything in your wardrobe!

Reversible purse tutorial from MarthaStewart.com

 

I thought of using a floral fabric so I can use this bag all summer long.  I am also thinking of adding a few beads here and there so it could be a perfect match for a nice evening out.  Once I make up my mind I will post the finished bag here, but if any of you have any suggestions about which fabric I should go for please leave a comment  :)

Technical Problems

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

We are having a few technical problems here are The Fabric Loft. Customers that are using Internet Explorer Version 6 or earlier are unable to see any of the purchasing information for our fabrics. Customers that are using newer versions or, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari should be able to see our site with all the information.

We are currently working to fix this problem and we hope to sort it out very soon. If you are experiencing difficulty and you want to buy some of our beautiful fabrics or need more information, please contact us and we will be very happy to help you.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we are hoping to get back to normal in no time.

Kindest Regards,

Lizzet

Gardening with fabric

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

I have always admired people that think outside the box.  Clever, creative people that make the most out of things.  Christi Chitnis has that gift.  After clicking here and there I found her blog, Lavender and Limes.  It is very refreshing and full of clever ideas.  I love her photographs and the way she shares her life on the web with us.

One of my personal favourite post from Christi is “Pretty Pots”.  If you ever been in a situation where it is sunny and warm outside but you really want to play with fabric but feel guilty being indoors, or maybe is rainy and grey outside and you wish you were planting gorgeous flowers and plants; then you need to read this post.  Christi has the perfect answer in her tutorial.  Decorate your pots with your favourite fabric!  In other words take your craft every where you go and incorporate it in what ever you do.

Fabric Covered Flower Pots tutorial by Lavender and Limes

 

I am going to make one for our spare bedroom, it will add a warm touch and hopefully our guest will like it too.  I will probably use some of our floral fabric, but haven’t decided which one yet, maybe I will go for this one.

It is such and easy and quick project that you can make it in a flash and there is no sewing involved.