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Stella love

I’m a big fan of Tilly and the Buttons, it’s where my entire dressmaking journey began, when I bought the ‘Love at First Stitch’ book in 2015.  I also went to an in person workshop at Tilly’s headquarters in London (she doesn’t do these any more), and made a Bettine dress in a day! At that point, I’d not graduated from the book, thinking that I had to make each project in turn before moving on, and my eyes were well and truly opened to other possibilities!

So when Tilly’s second book, ‘Stretch’ was released in 2018, I immediately bought it.  It focuses entirely on projects made with stretch fabrics, one of which is the Stella Hoodie designed for sweatshirting fabrics.

I made one with Lara back in 2018 which was her entry to the Christmas jumper competition that Tilly and the Buttons ran that year.

More recently, I have made 2 for the youngest teen, complete with inseam pockets to incorporate details of her favourite, falling apart, Fat Face hoodie.  I also used ribbing on the bottom band instead of just folding over like the book suggests, because I prefer that finish.

And now, there is this one that I made for the oldest teen, in part to thank her for her work on the website (it works well, I think?) She wanted something warm and snuggly to throw on with leggings, and a pocket for her phone, obviously.  She has a ready to wear one with welt pockets (!) which I wasn’t able to replicate, and she finds the pocket from the pattern a little small.  She was most unhappy about having to take her coat off so that I could photograph it, but here it is!

As it is from the book, I had to trace the pattern pieces off, but there are not too many (2 hood pieces, front, back, sleeve and cuff) so it only took half an hour, and that probably included some procrastinating because I don’t really like tracing.

It came together fairly easily, as always, although with this one, I managed to firstly sew the hood on wonkily, lining the centre front of the hood up with one of the off centre notches, and then on backwards!! Luckily I don’t tend to overlock it, instead I use my sewing machine, then trim the neckline and hood outer pieces leaving a longer lining piece which I use to cover the seam around the neck.

This was going to be a Made by Jacks Mum Hot Coffee, the pattern for which I bought in a recent sale, but I ended up sticking to what I know, and I’m not sad about it, although I think that I will try the Hot Coffee at some point.

I note in the Boden catalogue that was sent to me recently, that there is a pink hoodie dress of a very similar style.

Happy sewing everyone!

Heather

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And we are live!

Following our Facebook offer in September, we found the loveliest customers who were all really helpful and understanding while we were trialling our pattern printing and processes.  We also managed to open our website early (thank you Holly), and got some feedback on how that worked too. 

Here’s what we learned:

  • Sewing people are the best, thank you all so much!
  • Printers are temperamental work colleagues, but at least they don’t leave dirty plates in the sink (actually that’s just me!)
  • The folding table needs to be raised up in order to save John’s neck
  • Postage costs more than we thought
  • There are so many sewing pattern designers out there, and the patterns we are printing are often from designers I’d not previously come across, such as DIBY, Ellie and Mac, George and Ginger, and we’ve yet to print a Closet Core Pattern or Named Clothing which are 2 of my favourites
  • Stitching A4s is possible but hard work, and we’ve not had time to properly test it yet
  • Everyone loves our paper, hurrah!

Happy sewing everyone!

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Steps To Printing Your Pattern

Steps To Printing Your Pattern

  1. Buy a pattern from a designer.  It can be from anywhere in the world like Megan Nielsen in Australia, Papercut in New Zealand, or Closet Core in Canada to name but 3.  Once you’ve checked out, download your purchase (pdf) to your computer.  It may be sent by email, or it might be available to download on your account with the designer.
  2. When you’ve saved your pdf pattern, you will see several files.  There is likely to be an A0 file, as well as pdf instructions and an A4 version of the pattern.  Open up the A0 file and look at the number of A0 pages are included in it.  It’s likely to be between 2 for a top and 4 for a coat.
  3. Upload the A0 file (not the A4 or the instructions unless you wish to have instructions printed, in which case edit the number of instruction booklets you would like printed and upload those files to the upload area) to the Fabulosew website selecting the correct number of A0s in the A0 pages box.  You can upload as many patterns as you like, each A0 will have the same cost.  If you want a double copy of anything, or you want to only print particular layers, put it into the comment box.
  4. Checkout and wait for your pattern.  Pre wash your fabric while you wait.  Your tissue pattern should arrive within 3 days.
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Why Use Lightweight Pattern Paper?

Why Use Lightweight Pattern Paper?

STEPP into lightweight paper with Fabulosew

We are passionate about the paper we use to print your patterns, and here’s why.

Storage. After 4 years of sewing, Heather is running out of space to store patterns. Having had many printed on 75-90gsm paper, they fit into A4 envelopes but take up a reasonable amount of space. The 20gsm paper we use takes up considerably less space per pattern, enabling you to have more in your stash

Tissue fitting. When you hold a tissue pattern to your body, it is far easier to bend it to your curves. This enables you to see where your own waist, hip, bust point etc sits compared to the pattern just by holding it against your body, letting you make adjustments to it far more easily than using heavier paper. The ‘Love to Sew’ podcast episode 36 with Melissa Watson talks about the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method and the Palmer/Pletsch fitting book. Our Lightweight Sewing paper is ideal for this fitting method

Environment.  Paper comes from trees. Whilst our paper is not recycled, the fact that it is so lightweight means that more patterns can be printed from the same volume of trees.  A tonne of 90gsm paper can print 12,025 Scout Tees (it’s a single A0 pattern from Grainline Studio) whereas a tonne of our 20gsm paper can print 56,960 Scout Tees.  If you were to print the Scout on A4 paper, it would take 18 sheets If you print on 75gsm paper, you would only get 11,876 (9,897 at 90gsm) Scout Tees from a tonne because of the overlapping margins.  So sticking together A4 sheets is not only time consuming, but 18% of the paper is lost due to the overlaps.

Pinning. With delicate office worker hands and a touch of arthritis, Heather prefers to pin lightweight paper to fabrics, finding heavier paper much harder to get pins through. It sits flatter against the fabric too, and works well with pattern weights as well (in Heather’s opinion)

Pattern placement. Because our paper is transparent, you can see through the pattern pieces and move them around the fabric, avoiding (or purposefully putting) flowers directly on your boobs!

Lightweight Sewing paper isn’t for everyone, but for those who prefer the feel of a traditional printed pattern, we may be just what you’re looking for.

If you enjoy sticking your A4s together (weirdo’s, but we know you’re out there!), we can sell you blank sheets of paper to trace your patterns onto.  It sticks well as it’s not siliconised like baking paper (been there, come back to multiple unstuck pattern pieces) and is 900mm wide so you probably won’t need to piece together bits of pattern.  Blank paper is sold as cut sheets of A0, but can be continuous, just let us know if you’d prefer that.  It’s folded in the same way as a normal pattern.

This paper can be ironed too( on a low temperature ). We look forward to printing your patterns!

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Welcome To Fabulosew

Welcome To Fabulosew

We are a pattern printing company, printing patterns on lightweight paper.  For more information on what we do see here – STEPP into lightweight paper with Fabulosew.

We created this business in 2020, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic when, at the start of lockdown, John was made redundant from a job he had only been in for a few months.  Unable to leave the house due to shielding, and with Heather due to start a new job in London, we took the decision to set up a pattern printing business. 

Our family, and business consists of:

John – runs the business, sorts all of the day to day problems, does all the printing and folding and sends the orders.

Heather – our resident sewist, started sewing in 2016, and has a pattern and fabric addiction.  Will be writing blogs and buying stock for the shop, but still works full time in the NHS.

Holly – website designer and aspiring software developer.

Lara – head of social media and marketing when she has time in amongst friends, studying and sport.

Tamsin – helps with folding and post runs.  May help sticking any A4 pdfs together on a software to create printable A0 patterns.

Roo – fussy whippet, makes sure we all get some fresh air (but only when it’s not raining).

Yogi – cat, usually angry cute or asleep (still cute).

No photos of the teens (you can probably guess why!) But you might see Heather on @fabulosewuk or @heatherssoulmakes.

We look forward to helping you get your PDF patterns quickly and painlessly – no more sticking A4s together!