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  • I live in jeans, trainers, tshirts and sweatshirts.  It is very boring but quite frankly when it comes to what I shove on in the morning I am okay about being boring.  What can I say, I'm a practical kinda gal and the casual look sits happily with my lifestyle.  Sometimes I'd like to be a little more styled but it's taken a while to realise that it's unlikely! Continue reading

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  • Sew Saturday 2016 at Backstitch


    Backstitch is taking part in Sew Saturday 2016! On Saturday 15th October, 10am – 5pm, we are offering customers 10% off all purchases (including classes booked) and will be running a free prize draw to win one of two stitchy prizes worth over £120 each. There are also tote ‘bags of stitchy goodness’ on offer for purchases over £25. And most importantly - free cake! Why not come and be inspired by all our new dressmaking fabric and new quilting cotton? Or get ready for Christmas crafting?

    The free prize draw prizes will contain a selection of sewing patterns, thread, ribbons, a sewing kit and more (see the image below) and will be available for collection from the Burwash shop. Tickets will be issued from 10am – 16.45pm on Sew Saturday, 15th October 2016. The prizes will be drawn at 16.45 on Sew Saturday by a member of the public, and the two lucky winners will be telephoned to be told the happy news! The prizes will be available for collection straight away.

    backstitch-free-prize-draw-sew-saturday-2016 The Backstitch free prize draw selection of goodies to win in store on Sew Saturday

    Sew Saturday promises to be a fun day to meet each other, have a natter, pick up some bargains and get all inspired for the fireside sewing season... well, we're all for that – put the date in your diary!

    Sew Saturday 2016 is a national campaign. It was first organised last year by Sew Magazine, in a bid to boost the profile of sewing stores and to remind sewing enthusiasts of the personal service we provide. We also feel it was particularly successful at reminding sewers that we are a place where you can get good advice and feel part of the sewing and crafting community too. The Sew Saturday ambassadors are The Great British Sewing Bee's May Martin and series one Sewing Bee contestants and stitching personalities Stuart Hillard and Lauren Guthrie.

    We look forward to welcoming you in store on 15th October!

    Backstitch sewing store The Backstitch store at Burwash Manor, Barton, Cambridgeshire, CB23 7EY
  • So I know that 'Summer' is not technically a month, but seeing as summer flew by and it all went a bit quiet on the blog I thought I would recap June, July, August AND September all together!

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  • Named Clothing Evolution Theory


    Named Clothing released their Fall Winter collection of sewing patterns on 1st September, and it has already been a wondrous success. The Evolution Theory collection of patterns is designed with a particular focus on the cut, in order to make the garments look interesting, yet natural and effortless.

    Named Clothing Evolution Theory The Named Clothing Evolution Theory collection takes its inspiration from Finnish nature - the crude rocks, coniferous forests and cold water. The colors in the collection reflect this origin; ice blue, pine green and granite grey.

    The Evolution Theory collection studies the evolution of fashion, and how certain fashion staples became what they are today. For example, what are the details that determine a classic trench coat? The collection combines and transposes details from one garment to another in an interesting and unique way. As a result, there are garments like a blouse with trench coat like details (the Helmi Blouse), a double-breasted jersey dress (Pilvi Coat Dress) and a kimono-inspired tee (Sointu Kimono Tee).

    There are nine beautiful new patterns in the Evolution Theory collection, five of which are available in Plus Size fittings, up to a UK size 22 (EU size 50):

    Helmi Trench Blouse and Tunic Dress (Plus Size, 2 in 1): This pattern includes two variations: A loose-fitting blouse and a relaxed tunic dress. Both variations have a concealed button closure and an uneven hemline. The blouse has a trench coat-inspired cape, straps with D-rings at the sleeve openings, a rounded shirt collar and vents at the sides. The tunic dress has half-sleeves, a stand-up collar and a curved dolphin hem. This pattern has proved to be so popular we are already out of stock! But more are on their way from Finland so they will be back in stock very soon.

    Named Clothing Helmi Blouse Pattern Named Clothing Helmi Blouse Pattern

    Named Clothing Helmi, Lempi, Pulmu Named Clothing Helmi Tunic, Lempi Button Up Dress and Pulmu High-Waisted Pencil Skirt

    Lempi Button Down Dress: A midi-length and half-sleeved button down dress. It has a wide button stand with chunky buttons, a collar at the neckline, epaulettes with buttons on the shoulders and a wide, buckled belt at the waist.

    Pulmu High-Waisted Pencil Skirt: A high-waisted and lined pencil skirt with a flattering and ladylike cut, without side seams. The skirt is below-the-knee length with V-shaped vents at the sides, has a wide belt with a D-ring fastening at the waist and invisible zipper closure at the back.

    Named Clothing Pilvi Coat Dress Named Clothing Pilvi Coat Dress

    Pilvi Coat Dress (Plus Size): A fitted, coat-like jersey dress with a feminine and flattering cut and double breasted button closure. There are long sleeves, notch lapels and a belt at the waist.

    Named Clothing Talvikki, Sointu & Tuuli Named Clothing Talvikki Sweater, Sointu Kimono Tee & Tuuli Bodysuit

    Talvikki Sweater (Plus Size): An oversized and cuddly sweater with an unusual turtleneck that has darts on the neckline. Deep vents at the sides, dropped shoulders and an uneven hemline give this sweater a unique shape.

    Sointu Kimono Tee (Plus Size): A loose-fitting T-shirt with kimono sleeves and a rounded V-neck. A wide belt wraps twice around the waist.

    Tuuli V-Neck Jersey Dress and Bodysuit (Plus Size, 2 in 1): A knee-length jersey dress with a pleated skirt, and a simple bodysuit. Both variations have long sleeves and a deep V-neck.

    Named Clothing Tuuli, Tyyni, Aava Named Clothing Tuuli V-Neck Jersey Dress, Tyyni Cigarette Trousers, Tuuli Bodysuit & Aava Tailored Blazer

    Tyyni Cigarette Trousers: High-waisted and midi-length straight-leg pants with a slim and flattering fit, with side seams that are curved at the hip and waist. There are vents at the leg openings.

    Aava Tailored Blazer: A fitted and feminine, lined blazer with an interesting and unique princess-like cut, with intersecting seams at the bust. The jacket has a double-breasted style with a vent in the back.

    We hope you love the new Named collection as much as we do, and look forward to seeing your creations!

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