Immediate Media announces the acquisition of Upper Street Events

Immediate Media Co, the special interest content and platform company, today announces the acquisition of Upper Street Events Ltd, one of the UK’s leading producers of consumer enthusiast events.

Upper Street Events is a specialist producer of unmissable consumer experiences, producing over 15 events a year at the heart of the UK’s thriving art & design, craft, cycling, dance and specialist travel scene. The alignment of the special interest events, such as craft, with Immediate’s existing portfolio of market leading brands creates exciting future growth opportunities.

Immediate reaches more than 22 million affluent and engaged UK consumers monthly across a range of special interest sectors, including Craft. In the Craft sector alone, Immediate reaches over four million passionate and active crafters every month across its current content platforms.

Upper Street’s current portfolio of events include the Knitting and Stitching shows, Festival of Quilts and Country Living Fairs. These events are attended by over 250,000 high influence, passionate individuals and supported by 3,700 exhibitors and 150 major sponsors. Immediate is home to some of the UK’s best-loved brands including Mollie Makes.

The acquisition of Upper Street Events is a further step in our strategy of focusing on special interest content and communities. We see significant opportunities for growth and development in the events space, both in the markets Upper Street already operate in and with our portfolio of market-leading brands. This deal enhances our ability to offer our consumers world class content, products, services and experiences, across print, digital and live events. I look forward to welcoming the talented Upper Street team to Immediate,
says Immediate Media CEO Tom Bureau.

Upper Street CEO Julie Harris, says: “I genuinely can’t think of a more perfect home for Upper Street’s market leading, consumer events. We deliver premium experiences in passion-led markets which complement many of Immediate’s core special interest brands, and will allow us to accelerate our growth, and benefit  from Immediate’s extensive experience in delivering multi-platform content. After a terrific 2018, this heralds a new and exciting next phase for the business, and I wish Immediate and the brilliant Upper Street team, the very best of luck.”

More dressmaking for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show adds exciting new dressmaking content to its popular textile line up

If you like making your own clothes or freshening up your wardrobe then you’ll be pleased to hear that in addition to its much-loved textile art, craft and design line-up of workshops and galleries , The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show (28th February-3rd March at Olympia London) will have exciting new content dedicated to dressmaking.

At the show’s Spring Sewing School, top tutors will host an exciting programme of full and half-day dressmaking technique and upcycling workshops, including mastering the basics for beginners, making a garment in a day and intermediate skills for more experienced dressmakers.  All Sewing School workshop rooms include a pattern cutting area. 

There’s also a Show Theatre featuring handmade fashion catwalks and live dressmaking competitions, plus a wide range of haberdashery suppliers.  The Fashion and Textile Museum will be hosting 50 Years of Fabulous, a showcase collection of garments from its forthcoming exhibition celebrating iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes’ 50th anniversary.

“Dressmaking is a satisfying skill, which with expert tuition gives you the knowledge you need to create stylish, handmade and unique outfits that save you money and the planet.  We’re excited to be shining a spotlight on dressmaking this year as well as offering all the fantastic textile art, craft and design features that our Spring show visitors know and love,” comments Katie Ventresca, Event Director at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show.

The show also features an extensive workshop and demonstration programme covering an array of crafts, from traditional to contemporary knitting and stitching, wet and needle felting, embroidery, leather work and free motion machine embroidery, with a bigger emphasis on upcycling and remodelling.   There are also: gallery exhibitions by textile artists Ailish Henderson, Ariella Green, Catherine Kaufman, Luisa De Santi and the Quilters Guild; drop-in knitting and crochet lessons from UK Handknitting and advice clinics for a range of textile crafts; an Innovation Station showcasing the latest knit and stitch equipment; a bag for life design competition to reduce plastic bag usage; the stunning Enchanted Wood - an elaborate scene of knitted and crocheted magical creatures created by the Louise Hamilton Knit and Yarn Group and Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers, in aid of the Louise Hamilton Trust Appeal to build a 10-bed hospice unit at James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; and a new Sip & Stitch Bar combining hands-on stitching with a glass of Prosecco.  For those looking to add to their fabric stash, update their sewing machine or start a new knit or stitch project in the new year, over 150 specialist retailers will be on hand to help satisfy those shopping cravings. 

For the second year running, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show hosts The National Needlecraft Awards.  Developed by online needlecraft retailer SewandSo, the awards celebrate the world of needlecraft and recognise talent and skill. 

Booking lines for show tickets and workshops open mid December with a limited number of early bird tickets available at £13 (concessions £12.00).  Advance adult tickets are £14, VIP tickets £30 and group tickets £10.50 (concessions £13, children £6). 

Use code: PATTERN19 and get £2 off advance adult/ £1 off advance concessions, so tickets will be £12 instead of £14/£13 plus £1.75 fulfilment fee per transaction. This discount is for advanced bookings only and can be redeemed before 23:59 on Wednesday 27th February.

Tickets can be booked online here or by calling 0844 581 1319 and quoting the discount code

Our Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Still looking for gift ideas for those who love sewing and making their own clothes?
Let’s us help…

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Here’s 10 brilliant gift ideas that dressmakers and those learning to sew will love from the Editors of The Pattern Pages

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1. Stackable storage
We love this Caddy Organiser with small, medium and large compartments, and use ours to keep all our important sewing notions handy in one place.
Made by Deflecto - it can purchased here for £26.81

2. Luxury thread sets
It’s important to use good quality threads. This 20 reels of 100m high quality mercerized cotton in a mixture of basic and bright shades is perfect for machine sewing.
Made by reputable brand Gutermann - this box set can be purached here for £23.38

3. Heavy duty sewing
We really like this retro looking metal frame sewing machine with stainless steel bedplate. It can sew 1100 stitches per minute, and has a 4-step buttonhole, 3 needle positions and easy to use drop in bobbin, drop feed and copes with the thickest of fabrics. A great little machine for beginners.
The Singer 4411 sewing machine can be bought for £199 here

4. Cut above the rest!
This stainless steel pair of 24cm amplify dressmaking scissors will cope with all your dressmaking demands and the ServoCut mechanism doubles the cutting performance. Fiskar scissors are known for their durability and we wouldn’t be without ours.
Buy your pair of Fiksra Amplify Dressmaking scissors for £22.22

5. Advent Calendar
Treat-filled advent calendars are really popular at the moment. Get in the mood for festive fun with this one filled with goodies for your sewing stash.
Buy your Hemline calendar for £39.30 here

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6. Insider know-how
How to Dress: Secret styling tips from a fashion insider is a great book written by Alexandra Fullerton. It’s a great read for anyone who loves fashion and wants to know the secrets behind always looking stylish with minimal effort.
Buy your copy of How to Dress for £9.11 here

7. Journal entry
This chic journal is designed for fashion lovers to jot down ideas and be inspired by the vintage ladies and patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
This journal is available to buy for £12.99 by clicking here

 8. Sewing-themed wall sticker
Transform your sewing room with a quote vinyl wall sticker.
Available from Webstickers for £7.99 here

9. Sewing machine travel bag
This stylish durable canvas bag fits most standard sized sewing machines and is compatible with Janome, Singer, Brother, Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, and more. It has a safety sponge in the bottom of the bag which will protect sewing machine went you take it on holiday or to a sewing workshop. It measures 45cm x 23cm x 31cm.
Buy this stylish sewing machine bag for £23.99 here

10. Make-up bag
Have a bit of fun with this medium sized make-up/toiletry bag from Flox Creative! The quote of the front ‘Mess with my fabric and I'll rip you apart from the seams’ says it all! It measures 19cm x 18cm x 9cm.
Available to purchase from Flox Creative for £9.50 here


Style Arc launches sewing patterns for kids

Style Arc has just announced the arrival of its
Kids Wear collection! 

After much deliberation, Style Arc has decided to start the collection with everyday basics as building blocks for your little one’s wardrobe. Having a small football team of kids between them, Style Arc are well versed in what is on high rotation in the lttile ones wardrobes!  The new children’s wear range is multi-sized and available in both hard copy and PDF.

Styles such as the Lily Leggings are fabulous for all seasons depending on your selected knit weight. As they grow you can select age appropriate prints/solids to match their changing opinions of what is cool!  The little butterfly appiliqu´s look very cute fluttering across the leg.  The lily leggings pair back nicely with the Billie T-shirt and Sammi Sweatshirt. The Andie dress is a trapeze shape that’s comfy for the fussiest of kids. A lovely broderie anglaise would look pretty on the sleeves with a solid cotton dress fabric.  Featured on this Andie dress are two of the appliqué designs - butterflies and Houses.

They’ve also been busy designing a range of appliqués to coordinate with the collection.  Appliques are a great way to use up those scraps of your favourite fabrics.  The Appliqué range is is available in PDF only.

To view the Kids wear collection and appliqué designs from Style Arc - click here

Entries open for the National Needlecraft Awards 2019

Following the success of its inaugural year, entries are now open for the 2019 National Needlecraft Awards. The awards celebrates talented needlecrafters and designers and will take place at the Knitting & Stitching Show, Kensington Olympia on 28th February 2019

Entrants can win more than £1,000 of prizes including products from DMC, Purelite, magazine subscriptions from Immediate Media and an online course and kit from the Royal School of Needlework. Every winner will receive a DMC Etoile thread tin and a £10 SewandSo gift voucher. All shortlisted entries will also receive a ticket to the Knitting & Stitching Show.

Entries close at midnight 11th January 2019. There are 11 categories in total – 9 for needlecrafters to enter themselves or nominate an entrant and 2 ‘Designer of the Year’ categories.  

The categories are:

Needlecrafter of the Year: Sponsored by the DMC Group

Young Needlecrafter of the Year: Sponsored by SewandSo

Best Original Design - Cross Stitch: Sponsored by Zweigart

Best Original Design - Embroidery/Tapestry: Sponsored by Zweigart

Crafting Happier Lives Award: Sponsored by SewandSo

Best Use of Embroidery in Fashion: Sponsored by

Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery: Sponsored by the Royal School of Needlework

Best Use of Colour: Sponsored by the DMC Group

Best Miniature Needlecraft: Sponsored by Purelite

Designer of the Year - Cross Stitch: Sponsored by Immediate Media

Designer of the Year - Embroidery/Tapestry:  Sponsored by Stitchtopia

Details of last year’s winners and pictures of the event can be found here

 To enter, visit The National Needlecraft Awards website

Meet Laurel 2.0 from Colette

More sizes for the Laurel shift dress sewing pattern from Colette Patterns

The Laurel dress sewing pattern first came out in 2013 but Colette has just released Laurel 2.0 with extended sizes and now available in misses (sizes 0-16, C cup) and curvy (sizes 18-26, DD cup).

Colette has kept the original design and all the detailing the same, with a slightly updated silhouette and new curvy version. This dress pattern is a great stash-buster that will work with a wide range of fabrics and nearly any print. Laurel is a simple shift dress that’s simple to sew, very versatile, and comfortable to wear all-year round.

Version 1 includes an underlining for sheer or lace fabrics.
Version 2 includes patch pockets.
Version 3 features classic ‘60s style gathered cuffs.
Version 4 is an easy pullover blouse with no closures.

Download Laurel 2.0 for ¢14 (USD) from Colette Patterns

My Image Autumn Special sewing pattern magazine is out

My Image has just launched it’s Autumn Special and it’s full of lovely stretch garments for this season

The Autumn special has just launched from My Image Patterns and features 10 new sewing patterns for the autumn. The magazine includes instructions and sewing patterns for this lovely knit wrapped ruched dress (M1879), shift dress with frill ¾ length sleeves (M1880) and V-neck flared sleeve top (M1883).

The Autumn Special magazine costs €4.95 plus shipping from Made by Oranges

Coco jacket from Sew Over It now in printed pattern

The Coco Jacket has been one of Sew Over Its best-loved PDF patterns, and now it’s been release in paper format too

The printed pattern comes with a beautiful new cover and fully illustrated booklet. As the sewing pattern suggest it has been Inspired by the classic Chanel boucle tweed jacket, Coco is stylish, flattering and very wearable and guaranteed to never go out of style so will be a key piece in your wardrobe for years to come.

It’s perfect for throwing on during the autumn’s awkward in-between weather, where it’s too cold for bare arms but too warm for a coat. The jacket is a simple cropped jacket, and features a pretty round neck, princess seams, two-piece sleeve, full lining and optional braiding.

For PDF and printed versions visit Sew Over it her

More sizing options for the Mandy Tee from Tessuti

Tessuti asked sewers if they’d like to see more sizes for the Mandy Tee and the answer was ‘yes’
so it now comes in four sizes

The Mandy Tee sewing pattern is a boxy boat neck top with drop shoulders and optional 3/4 or full length fitted sleeves. Relaxed and easy-to-wear, this tee is the perfect wardrobe staple and a quick and satisfying sewing project to make.

Now in four sizes:

Size 1 is XXS-XS and for petites and is the shortest length but can easily be adjusted at the hem to suit your preference. Size 2 is for S-M, Size 3 for L-XL and Size 4 XXL -XXXL. Sizes 2 and 3 have the same finished length and Size 4 is the longest length. On Sizes 3 and 4, there’s also a the have been widened too.

Buy the Mandy Tee sewing pattern in PDF format is still free to download here from Tessuti

Issue 5/2018 AW issue of Ottobre Design is available

Over the years, we watched this pattern magazine grow and it's better than ever with modern sewing patterns that you'll want to sew. Here's what the autumn winter issue has to offer

OTTOBRE design magazines are published by a small Finnish family company, Studio Tuumat Oy. Starting in 1987 as a fashion design studio run by one woman designing children's patterns. Encouraged by readers, and from 2006, they started publishing OTTOBRE woman, a pattern magazine for women, twice a year and gaining ground in more than 140 countries, and is now available in 8 languages including English, German, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, French, Spanish and Russian. The autumn/winter edition is out now and featured some lovely patterns to sew.

To buy this issue for €10.75 visit Ottobre design


The launch of new site for maternity wear and more

Maternity Sewing is a central marketplace where women can easily search and buy maternity, nursing, and postpartum patterns in one place. The site aims to build a community and share tips, hacks and talk about body confidence

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When Lisa from Paprika Patterns and Erin from Tuesday Stitches were recently pregnant, they both noticed that stylish maternity patterns were hard to find. They set out to remedy this by creating!

It's a single location to find curated maternity, nursing and postpartum patterns from a variety of designers along with tutorials and tips for sewing maternity clothes and other projects relevant for expecting mothers. From now on, pregnant and nursing sewists will only have to go to one place to find everything they need to sew themselves a fashionable wardrobe.

The ladies recognised how lucky they are in that there was no question they would have access to healthcare while pregnant. They know many women in the world are not so lucky. Maternity Sewing pledges to donate a portion of their proceeds to organizations working to increase access to maternal healthcare around the world. They encourage all of their customers to make donations in kind.

You can sign up for the newsletter at or follow them on Instagram @maternitysewing to stay in the loop.

Launch of UK's first online fabric pound store

Adam Ross Fabrics has officially launched the UK’s first ever online fabric pound store

The innovative new website currently features more than 100 different fabrics with each and every one costing only £1 per full metre! The site features incredible savings and reductions with many products discounted by as much as 90% of the usual price!

The online store is the dream of every dressmaker and fabric enthusiast, featuring a large range of printed fabric including an extensive selection of polyesters, chiffons and georgettes. Every week many new fabrics will be added to the site and will include satin, lining and even hugely discounted
curtain fabric.

“We're always looking at new ways to innovate our offering and deliver the very best experience for our valued customers,” said founder and director Faisal Ahmed. “This brand new offering is the first of its kind in the industry and provides more value to fabric lovers than anything else available.”

Adam Ross Fabrics has seen a surge of loyal fans since its launch in early 2016. The company is now five star rated on Trustpilot with more 300 five star reviews. Many reviews focus on the top quality fabric and outstanding service. One customer, Sue, summarised her recent experience
“Excellent service - fabric and pattern dispatched very quickly and well packaged. Good quality fabric at a great price.”

The company has now committed to this new proposition, focusing on value and low price of its fabrics. If Adam Ross combine this with the quality and service they are known for, this new innovation may really take off and be a winner among the fabric community.

To see the new website and browse the selection of fabrics yourself, visit


Art Gallery Fabrics - Flower Child

Flower Child designed by the lovely Maureen Cracknell is one of the latest fabric collections for Art Gallery Fabric

Maureen Cracknell - Art Gallery Fabric designer

Beautiful curated fabric collection designed by Maureen Cracknell is down to earth. "The collection is a dreamy world hidden amongst mother earth’s beauty lwith lush meadows, wild bouquets and the spirit of the flower child painted with fuchsia, blush pink and teal. The colourway is perfect for making garments for this season including summer dresses, skirts, tops and stunning acessories," says Maureen.

The fabric colletion features cottons (£14.30 pm), knits (£22.20 pm) & rayons (£18.30 pm). Designs include beautiful Prairie fairies and a cosmic sister hand print.

To view the inspirational lookbook click here

To find a UK stockist and see fabric swatches click here

Vlieseline's new Stretchfix webbing

Vlieseline has just launched a new stretch webbing on a backer paper, Stretchfix, which is perfect for jersey and other stretch fabrics

Stretchfix because of the high elasticity of this adhesive web, the natural ease of your stretch fabric is maintained and provides a perfect bond for appliqué and fusing two fabrics together.

Stretchfix is available as a 5m roll (30cms wide) or as a 3cm wide, 5m length tape in a pre-pack. The Stretchfix tape (T30) is 3cms wide and provides an easy, effective way to achieve a soft hem in stretchy garments without affecting the appearance of the fabric. Retail prices is around £23 per 5m, 30cm roll.

It comes in a 5m roll for around £4.65 per pack making it ideal for ironing on motifs or laminating two fabrics without losing bond strength.

To find out more about Vlieseline products, click here

UK stockists include Lady Sew and Sew  and Six Penny Memories

Ruth Maddock Makes sewing patterns

Ruth Maddock Makes has released a new collection of sewing patterns – especially for those with sensory challenges

This dress comes from the Tick Tock collection, and features a mis-matched pattern of a vintage dandelion print. This sewing pattern is available as a paper pattern or digital download. The sewing pattern has been designed for ages 3 years to 10 years, and is suitable for all children but especially those with sensory processing disorder, tactile defensiveness or autism.The seams are worked on the outside (so there are no nasty itchy seams or labels), and the dress can be worn over a T-shirt or tight clothing such as a polo top and leggings. It can also be worn either way round according to the child's preference as back and front are the same. The pockets contain tags onto which precious items can be fastened such at the pom poms shown here.

The pattern comes with full photographic instructions. The fabric shown in this photos is organic cotton knit ultra printed in the 'Tick Tock' design and available from

To buy the pattern by visiting Ruth Maddock Makes

BLOOMS fabric collection from Gutermann

BLOOMS is the new fabric collection from Gütermann Creativ and is a re-interpreted floral theme in powdery pastels combined with deep apricot and vibrant greens and blues. Now spring can last all year round with these fabrics!

With great potential for creative combinations, the delicate blossom on a dark blue background is a bold choice for upholstery and other soft furnishings, bringing contemporary spice to plainer surroundings or the fresh pastel backgrounds give an air of cool opulence, which are perfect for dressmaking, quilting and small decorative crafts.

All 36 designs in the BLOOMS collection are available:

  • By the metre (width 145 cm), £18.90* per metre.

  • Pre-cuts (100 cm x 70 cm) £10.00*

  • Fat Quarter Bundles (5 Fat Quarters, each 45 cm x 55 cm) £19.90*

  • Fat Quarter Singles (45 cm x 55 cm) RRP £4.85*

To give a professional look to your finished projects, there's a gorgeous range of coordinated ribbons from £4.10* per pack and a 7 reel Sew-All Thread Pack £10.95*

* All prices are recommended retail prices.

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For UK stockist information contact: Gü or call 01453 883581.

UK Haberdashery makes an Environmental Stand with New Packaging Policy

Backstitch, the haberdashery at Burwash Manor goes plastic-free on packaging


Parcels won't quite be tied up with string, but parcels from Backstitch will no longer use any plastic. As part of its commitment to reducing waste and environmental impact, Backstitch’s online customers will now receive their orders of fabric, yarn, patterns and haberdashery in recycled brown paper, ‘tied up’ with brown paper tape.
The move has been welcomed by many customers, and feedback is positive that the brown paper is not only strong and practical but also looks great. A recent online customer commented on the Backstitch Instagram account, ‘I really loved my brown paper packaged pattern I received last week, it felt really special!’
Backstitch has always used paper packaging for instore customers at the Burwash Manor based Haberdashery, but like many businesses had until now used plastic parcel bags for posting out their online orders.

Alice Synge of Backstitch says ‘The attitude towards packaging has taken a real shift recently and we're really behind this move. We've noticed a very clear change in behaviour in our Burwash Manor store with customers usually refusing even a paper bag for their purchases. Like so many people we are really worried about the impact of single use plastics and know that postal packaging is a contributing factor. We're proud to have made this move to eliminate plastic from our packaging.’

Backstitch is encouraging people to share their views on the no-plastic topic using #backstitchnoplastic.
For more information on Backstitch’s packaging policy, click here


The 2018 NetPrinter Sewing Pattern Printing Giveaway

There's still plenty of time to enter Netprinter's competition and get your PDF patterns printed for free!

Netprinter has been a leader in the online printing of large scale plans and documents for the last five years. Originally set up to provide plans to the building industry, but realised that its services would be valuable to the sewing world and launched the Sewing Pattern Printing section of the website back last year.

Netprinter competition 2018

The Netprinter Online Pattern Printing Portal was been set up to provide a quick streamlined online service for sewing enthusiasts that need 24 hour, 7 day a week capability to print large patterns in one piece. They now work with a wide range of designers and sewing enthusiasts to deliver top quality printed patterns on demand.

Based in Plymouth in the UK, NetPrinter print all sewing patterns on state of the art machinery and patterns can be turned round for next day delivery, plus there's no minimum orders and orders can be made in just a few simple steps. If you're out of the UK don't fear, patterns can be shipped overseas and is surprisingly cheap!

NetPrinter has a competition for 2018. Every month iduring the year, they will be giving away two prizes of credit, which can be used to order sewing patterns from their website. The first prize is £50 and the second £25.

How to enter
Sewers simply have to visit and submit an email address, name and their five favourite designers or sewing bloggers. Once entered, they'll be out into the draw every month for the rest of the year, which drawn on the last Friday of every month. All winners will be notified by email.

Whether you print patterns periodically, or regularly, it's a great way to be in with a chance of some free patterns and as they say, you've got to be in it to win it!

Scarves for Water

The Obakki Foundation is bringing clean water to villages in need, one scarf at a time. For every 500 of the limited edition scarves sold, the Obakki Foundation will drill a well. To date this has brought water to more than 2 million people and they’re just getting started


The Obakki Foundation was established by fashion designer Treana Peake in 2009 and its work has focused on meeting the basic needs of people in South Sudan, Cameroon and Uganda through the development of long-term solutions for growth.

When launching the Scarves for Water campaign the foundation vowed to provide a clean source of water for many villages where mothers and children would spend hours walking to a reliable source of water to cover their basic needs such as drinking, cleaning and cooking.

With each limited edition scarf dedicated to a village the foundation achieve their aim of empowering the people, allowing them to grow fruit and vegetable, raise live-stock that can them be ‘sold’ to other villages thus allowing the village prosper and grow.

500 of these 'limited edition' Night print  scarves worn around the world build a clean water well for the village of Nukta. Each scarf is packaged with tags and material about the Obakki Foundation’s programs for clean water and information about the community that benefits from your purchase. As you wear this lightweight modal blend scarf, remember its greater purpose.

To find out more visit The Obakki Foundation and vist the Scarves for Water page.

Hand-dyed washed linens from The Maker's Atelier

The Maker's Atelier has just introduced lightweight hand-dyed linens to its fabric choices. The linen has been sepcially dyed to The Maker's Ateiler own set of preferred colourways and is available by the metre

Everything about this fabric says summer and inspired by sweet pea blooms for this colour selection of periwinkle, coral and lilac plus as neutral warm taupe. The fabric is available in 1/2 metre to 4 metre lengths and costs £19.50 per metre. The crumpled, dry handle of this fabric is  ideal for your summer makes such as dresses and blouses.

To find out more visit The Maker's Atelier