Win one of 10 dressmaking patterns!
We have 10 beautiful dressmaking patterns from Gather to be won! Competition closes 25th May 2014.
Caroline Vargas and Sandra Meek, the duo behind the London-based independent pattern company Gather (www.gatherkits.co.uk), are enjoying great success with their debut designs, the Mortmain dress and Tallis collar. Sold in beautiful illustrated packets, the designs are just as impressive. “We wanted to create patterns with simple instructions and lots of clear diagrams to demystify the sewing process,” says Caroline.
We have 10 Gather patterns to give away – details at the end of the post!
Here, Caroline and Sandra talk to Love Sewing about their favourite sewing finds!
Here at Gather HQ , we are working on our next pattern launch, and with our head full of ideas and creativity, we’re really loving Fashionarys, Great for sewists, this genius diary/planner/notebook with space for all your project sketches and drawings. The dictionary version comes complete with body measurements, seams and stitches, even laundry label information! Basically, everything you need to play at being fashion designer (or, just remembering your 2.30 dentist appointment, but remembering it in style).
When it comes to stocking up on tools of the trade, you need to check out William Gee. Based in East London, but they ship anywhere in the UK from their excellent online shop. This is a gem of a shop, more of an Aladdin’s cave really, full of treasures like wooden yard sticks, kick tape, coat hanging chains and masses more things you never realised you needed. The interior is sparse, the service is very to-the-point and the window displays are usually very entertaining but you’ll never leave empty handed. Just down the road from William Gee, Brick Lane is a treasure trove of goodies for fabric lovers.
One of our favourite places, aptly and simply named The Shop, is fabric heaven. Vintage tablecloths, sheets and linens all neatly stacked on shelves. Baskets upon baskets of beautiful vintage silk scarves and handkerchiefs and an enormous chest full of trims, ribbons, buttons and more. The fabrics vary in size but there are masses to choose from and plenty are big enough to make a dress. Thursdays are when they get new stock in so that’s the day to sharpen your elbows and get down there.
And if you’re out and about in the capital, don’t miss the last few weeks of the latest exhibition at the Fashion and Texiles Museum – founded by Zandra Rhodes. Exhibiting textiles designed by leading artists of the 20th century, the ‘Artist Textiles’ show is on until 17th May. As well as the exhibitions, did you know they run amazing short courses? Everything from pattern cutting to couture techniques, tapestry weaving to contemporary knitting. Some are evening classes, some are weekend day courses and there seems to be something for everyone. There’s also a cocktail bar next door so you can admire your handiwork afterwards over a Gin Martini if you’re so inclined. Chin chin!
For a chance to win one of 10 Mortmain dress or 10 Tallis collar patterns click here- Win a Pattern – be sure to enter by the May 25th 2014.