October Sponsor Showcase – Discounts, Special Offers + News!


Wendy Ward – New Patterns and a new book!

I am fast realising that I have perhaps found a bit of a kindred spirit in Wendy. Not that I would liken my skills to hers in a million years; but more that I really relate to her laid back style and easy manner. If I lived Closer to Wendy’s Brighton workshop I would snap her up as a sewing teacher in a heartbeat! Wendy’s success continues with the announcement that she has just signed the deal for her second book (due out next year) and the recent launch of 2 new patterns and the expansion of some of her existing patterns into kits!. The Wisewood cowl neck dress and top; and the Kelham ultimate A Line skirt. Both are print patterns and available now…WENDY WARD


Swedish Tracing Paper

This week I started my first adventure with SWedish Tracing Paper. A long overdue bit of pattern hackery that’s been on my mind for months. You can trace your pattern pieces on this stuff then sew it up like a toile, and make any adjustments directly onto it; negating the need for muslin/toile fabric and cutting out the need to transfer your adjustments from fabric to pattern then back again. Will keep you posted on my progress!SWEDISH TRACING PAPER


Girl Charlee UK – 10% off with code MAKERY

It’s stripes a go go at Girl Charlee right now! They’ve expanded their range of stripes massively in ALL the colours. (Over 50 different colourways!!!) So if you love your stripes, check it out and take advantage of the discount code above. They’ve also taken a keen interest in YOUR feedback as to what you would like them to stock in addition to their already extensive range. I’m reliably informed there’s some amazing stuff to come!girl charlee


Fabric Godmother – Sale now on & Open Day 7th November

These are just some of the fabrics I hope to be working with in the next few weeks. Am waiting on swatches of the marl and shatta jerseys (Far Left and Far Right). The Venice Modal Silk Jersey I have already got my mitts on and is new in. Oh.My.Word. Soft doesn’t even begin to describe it! Look out for some posts coming up using the plum and slate colourways 😉 There’s currently a sale on and Josie is opening up her premises to the public on 7th November for her Open Day so you can get to fondle the fabrics in person (I am HOPING to make it too). Head to the website for deets…FABRIC GODMOTHER


Dragonfly Fabrics – 15% off until Nov 29th with code DRESSMAKING

If you want boiled wool then I haven’t seen a better range of it anywhere than at Dragonfly fabrics. And I can attest to how delicious it is because I made this last year!! They’ve also just got in an awesome range of ponte roma jersey in the most delicious autumns tones. This cable knit jacquard one is particularly fun. Would make a great knit pencil skirt surely?! I’m also crushing on this Melton wool. I’m formulating ideas for a winter kimono coat and this could well be perfect! Delicious range of silk crepes on 20% off  too! Crushing on this one in particular!dragonfly fabrics


The Splendid Stitch – 10% off with code PORTIA10 + 20% off “Recommend a Friend”

So I have been chatting a bit with Amy at The Splendid Stitch this week about an upcoming project and asking for some fabric recommendations. There’s something about independent business that makes them go that extra mile you know? (This applies to everyone in this post). Blue Viscose Challis, Atelier Brunette challis in Facet and this Atelier Brunette Batiste . Can’t decide. Need to feel them. One of the difficulties of buying online. Swatches are on their way to me now. But not only that, Amy has set up a Pinterest board where she will post pictures relating to customer queries. Seeing the fabrics draped on a form etc gives a better idea of things like drape and pattern repeats and I think is an excellent idea! To help you even further, I like the way The Splendid Stitch have laid out their fabric categories. Not only can you shop by the usual fabric type/colour pattern etc…but also by “project type”. In other words…what that fabric will be suitable for. Simple but clever. The extra mile you know. The first fabric is a lining that’s just come in that I’m bookmarking for that coat project!the splendid stitch


Remnant Kings – 10% Off with code MAKERY10

Talking of coat projects…what say you about this tweed from Remnant Kings? And if you like the idea of the scuba pencil skirt I made, there’s an expanded range of colours and finishes available too….remnant kings


Sewbox – The one stop Liberty Shop + 10% discount on Hot Patterns to 10 Nov with Code HOT10

If you’re a Liberty fan then Sewbox have got you covered yet again! Their Liberty Rossmore Cords are marked down including this rather unusual  abstract design as is this John Kaldor polka dot crepe de chine and this Liberty poplin, although not in the sale is still fantastically priced.  Click here to shop the entire sale… Lots of new Liberty Cords in stock – all at discounted prices – from £14.95/M. Sewbox is on Stand E24 at the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show 5-8 Nov at NEC and  will have a ‘huge’ range of Liberty prints  – jerseys, cords, Tana Lawn, Lantana wool mix etc all at discounted prices.  New Cashmerette Appleton Dress in Stock* UK Sizes 16-32.  This classic wrap dress is designed to play up your curves with a crossover front, a built-in waist tie, and a deep V-neck. Designed by and for curvy women. Boom!SEWBOX


Sew Crafty – 20 % Off with code PORTIA20

Some cute new arrivals at Sew Crafty! Including these two cottons from Windham fabrics. How quirky are they???! Also happy to see this curved ruler being stocked. I LOVE mine.  Had it for several years now and it’s super useful for pattern drafting or alterations especially if you’re crap at drawing smooth curves freehand…like me! Can thoroughly recommend that bit of kit!SEW CRAFTY ONLINE


White Tree Fabrics – 20% Off + Free P&P with code MAKERY

And how about this for genius? This evening dress kit (Includes the fabric and the pattern) for £30!! Whaaaat? They are also stocking a new line of U Handbag kits. So that’s a whole outfit sorted for the party season then!



I want to say thank you again to all of these wonderful people who have been supporting me and this blog this month. Take advantage of all the discount codes in this post and support them too if you can. Independant businesses like this are part of what makes this sewing community of ours so awesome!

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  1. Wendy W October 29, 2015

    Oh you lovely lady thank you Portia ? what a brilliant selection you’ve got here and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with those lush knits. Wx ps. yep I think we were stylistically separated at birth!

  2. Seamsoddlouise October 29, 2015

    Wow busy post, hopefully bump into you at fabric godmother.

  3. Linda October 29, 2015

    Lots of lovely offers here! Lovely!


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