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I’m super excited to share our gorgeous new window display this week. It celebrates what the shop is really all about when it comes to dressmaking with the theme of ‘plan, cut, sew and wear!’

The g&g team and I love helping our customers get all the supplies together and plan out their sewing project ready to cut it out, stitch it and finally wear a gorgeous handmade garment with pride. Jo, who designs all our lovely window displays, has brought it to life amazingly in such a striking way.

You can check out my latest youtube video to see it close up. 

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Liberty fabric is really nostalgic for me, I loved going to the haberdashery and fabric department in their London store as a child with my mum and generally being in awe of all the beautiful fabric.

So when I got the chance to actually stock it in my own fabric shop it was like a dream come true! We have been official stockists of Liberty fabric for over 5 years now and during that time the range of different types of base cloths has grown hugely from the classic Tana Lawn to now over 10 different types of cloth - all with gorgeous Liberty prints!

In this post I wanted to explain a bit more about the difference between the different types of cloth and give you lots of ideas on what to make with them. A handmade garment made out of these lovely fabrics is really something special and will be a timeless addition to your wardrobe.

I’ve made a little video so you can see up close how the fabric’s move and flow, or read on for links to the fabrics on my website along with patterns suggestions too! 

Click on the highlighted text to see the listings for the fabrics and patterns that I mention. 

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What fabric to pair with what sewing pattern and vice versa is one of the most common questions that we help our lovely customers with. Sometimes too much choice can feel a bit more overwhelming and with so many different pattern and fabric options available now it can mean making a decision on your next project is hard. 

In todays post I wanted to pick out some of my favourite fabric and pattern pairings of the month to give you a bit of inspiration for your next handmade project. 

If you prefer seeing things in a video format, you can check out my latest Youtube video here where I chat through the patterns and show my fabric picks up close so you can see their drape and handle. 

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Polly has made a beautiful Deer and Doe Melilot shirt in Atelier Brunette Stardust which is a dreamy combination! The soft cotton double gauze is perfect for Spring!
Jules used Liberty Satin Cloud Sweatshirting to make a super snuggly Southbank dress which looks so comfy yet so chic!
Holly has been scrap-busting, pairing two different Atelier Brunette fabrics to create a beautiful Stevie top. She use forest Stardust and Crepe, which match beautifully!

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If you are reading this and think, I don’t even know what kind of needle is in my sewing machine, never mind the last time it was changes, then you are not alone! It can be overwhelming working out the difference between all the needles you can get and I know a lot of people probably just stick with the same needle and hope for the best until they hit a problem or the needle breaks.

In this top sewing tips post I hope to make things a bit simpler to understand and get you into a good habit of changing your needle more regularly.

Check out my latest Youtube video to hear my chat about it all and see up close how to change the needle on the sewing machine. 

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I'm not sure about you guys but after the glorious weather most of us got here in the UK over the Easter weekend, it's really thrown my upcoming sewing plans in the air as I realised I really fancy some new super summery things! 

In my latest instalment round up of the gorgeous new fabrics we've had arrived in the shop this month, I've got lots of inspiration for you. Check out my latest Youtube video to see them up close and how they drape and move. 

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After making more Closet Case Patterns Gingers jeans than I can count on one hand, I felt like it was time to branch out my jeans making repertoire! After we received a lovely delivery of new non-stretch denims a month or so ago I decided to go for the Megan Neilsen Dawn jeans.

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Scissors are an essential bit of every dressmakers sewing tool box but there is more to it than a pair of dressmaking shears for cutting out your fabric!

In the g&g shop we stock lots of different types of scissors for all things sewing so in this product review I’m going to feature 4 different kinds of ‘cutting tools’  - 3 scissors and a rotary cutter.

To see them in action - check out my latest Youtube video.

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Jack used this luscious Cranberry Cotton Jersey to make a Jalie Patterns Nico Top and he describes it as "the perfect weight for this maybe-warm-maybe-cold weather" - I couldn't agree more! 
Silvia made a Megan Nielsen Sudley Dress using Atelier Brunette Terrazzo Night Cotton Gauze which is a perfect combination! This dress is so pretty and is absolutely perfect for Spring!
Jessica also used an Atelier Brunette design; Stardust Chestnut Double Gauze to make a Closet Case Kalle Shirt. This pattern is so popular and it's easy to see why - it looks gorgeous! 

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When making your own garments at home, it’s likely you’ll come across the need to insert a facing pretty quickly. In this instalment of my top tips series I’m going to explain what they are, how to attach them and how to under-stitch to get a really professional finish.

If you prefer to see things in action in a video, check out my latest Youtube video to see examples and tips on how to sew.

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